This is my second Cadillac, the first having been a 2001 Seville STS. Overall, I have been very satisfied with the car, with the exception of a couple of pretty small issues. I fault the selling deale...
This is my second Cadillac, the first having been a 2001 Seville STS. Overall, I have been very satisfied with the car, with the exception of a couple of pretty small issues. I fault the selling dealer for not being careful and thorough in the Certified Pre-Owned process before listing it for sale.
Those issues were largely cosmetic, though, and relatively easy to fix, and all were taken care of quickly and at no cost to me.
Like my last STS, this car has lived up to my expectations. The Northstar V8 has plenty of power for my, shall we say, "spirited" driving style. My heavily-optioned car includes Magnetic Ride Control, which provides noticably better ride and handling than the 2001 STS which had only the older version of electronic stability control.
Fuel economy is about 10% less than the 2001, probably because my 2008 STS is equipped with all-wheel drive. But where I live we get about 200 inches of snowfall annually, so the added security is well worth it to me.
There are a number of improved features, such as the head-up display, remote/keyless starting, blind-spot alerts, lane-departure alerts, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlamp dimming (which works surprisingly well), and Bluetooth connectivity. But a few of the creature comforts of the 2001 Seville are now gone, such as memory-adjustable power headrest and shoulder strap positioning, and massaging lumbar front seats.
I am surprised that this model hasn't sold better, and especially that it hasn't outsold the aging DeVille/DTS. It's a much better looking car, pricing is similar for similar power and performance, but it is less roomy in the back seat. Cadillac sells a long-wheelbase version of this car with more luxurious interior options, exclusively in the China market. I think GM missed the boat by updating the DTS rather than bringing the long-wheelbase STS to the US.
It's got great performance and features, especially for the money, even with the pricey "1SG" top-of-the-line luxury/performance package mine has. Considering the purchase of a Lincoln, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura, or Infinity? Give the STS a shot.