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2003 CTS Base Model Questions Before Buying

Old 05-17-2014, 02:07 PM
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I am a junior in college and have came across a 2003 CTS with 180,000 miles on it. The pictures make the inside and out look to be in pristine condition. The transmission has been recently rebuilt. I called the guy and the only thing was it has a spider line crack in the windshield. He said it runs so quiet you can't hear it run.

I'm going to test drive it Monday. A body shop owns it. They are selling a few vehicles, I don't know if they did work or not. He didn't act like they had touched it.

It is apparently a one owner vehicle. I know the 03 model has it's problems but since it's made it to 180k and is one owner I feel like it is a solid car and has been taken care of.

I'm just wanting to know if there are specific things I should look for when I look at it. What is the reliability of this year? Any opinions or concerns is appreciated.

Also, how much is regular maintence for these vehicles? I assume slightly more expensive because it's a Cadillac. I can change oil myself. I just didn't want to buy it and find out it is a very expensive car to own.

Thanks for ANY information guys and gals. It's appreciated.
Old 05-17-2014, 02:21 PM
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Also, does that year require premium gas?
Old 05-18-2014, 10:38 AM
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It should run on regular, maintenance records are always good, pre purchase inspection at dealer or reputable shop is also helpful. Its a 11year old car there will be an element of risk.
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