20k: Seller Submission: 2007 Cadillac CTS-V

For a fast/fun late model sub $20k sedan, it doesn’t get much better than the first generation Cadillac CTS-V.  The V cost about $50k new (before options) and the early LS6 powered (2004-2005) have been the cheap ones to get, but today’s seller submission gets you into the refreshed LS2 powered (2006-2007) version at a good price.  Find this 2007 Cadillac CTS-V for sale in Wilton, CT for $18,400 via craigslist.  Seller submission from Peter.

The early first gen CTS-V cars suffered from poor interior materials (fit/finish felt like a rental econobox) and rear-diff issues, but the refreshed 2006+ cars fixed these issues and gave a bit more torque with a bigger engine.  The old advice of avoiding the first few years of any new model is well considered here as GM fixed the rear diff problem, but it took a few years.

Pop the big angular hood and find a 6.0 liter GM LS2 V8 with all of its pushrod-valve glory putting out 400 horsepower and 395 ft-lbs of torque.  GM only offered a 6-speed manual with the 1st gen V, no sissy slushbox for this beast.

The CTS was sized somewhere between a BMW 3 and 5 series, but the early interiors weren’t universally loved.  This one with 100k miles on the odometer looks in decent shape but the hard plastic painted parts require a soft touch to avoid scratching.

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