Standard Transmission of the World: 2006 Cadillac CTS

I remember quite vividly the first time I drove a Cadillac CTS sedan in anger.  It was at one of those GM ride & drive events that were all the rage before the 2008 carpocalypse killed many a marketing boondogle budget item — but GM put us in the seats of a CTS, BMW 3-series, and some kinda Volvo (forget which one…it was that good) and told us to tear up an autocross style parking lot cone track.  The BMW handled the best out of all of the cars, but the CTS was shockingly well composed compared to the previous “grandpadillacs” that we were used to seeing from the brand that claims to be “the Standard of the World”.  The CTS in 2.8 or 3.6 liter trim wasn’t as fast as the CTS-V version, but the V6 was peppy and the car was happy to NOT attract the attention of the 5-0 or leave pieces of carbon fiber and plastic on every speed bump in town. Prices when new were approaching an Audi/BMW/Merc, but now they are used and cheap cheap cheap..which is exactly how I like my manual gearbox equipped late model luxury sedans.  Find this 2006 Cadillac CTS offered for $4,500 in Cohocton, NY via craigslist. Tip from Joker.

 From the seller:

2006 cadillac cts 

condition: excellent 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 118000 

paint color: blue 

size: full-size 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: sedan 

3600 6 cylinder. Rear wheel drive

Antilock Brakes and Traction Control

Fresh NYS Inspection –

225/50/17 inch performance tires-Original Alloy Rims

Dual Power Heated Leather Seats –

Separate Driver and Passenger Heat and Air Conditioning Controls

Lots of Woodgrain Interior. All Original

Interior Excellent – Like New

Exterior 9 of 10

Power Everything and Everything Works

Cruise- Power Windows Locks Trunk Release

Ice Cold Air Conditioning

Front and Side Airbags

Bose Sound System

Trip Computer with Driver Information Center

Heated Mirrors

Power Sunroof

Original Window Sticker and Owners Manual

2 sets of Keys with Fobs

Located in Cohocton NY

1 Hr South of Rochester

1 Hr North of Elmira

Just off of Interstate 390

See a better way to drive a late model on the cheap?