Kind of hard to remind yourself you're driving a wagon when you're in this vehicle. It drives like a sports car, looks
unlike anything else on the road and gets stares whereve it goes.
That's a Cadillac? A station wagom? Well, actually,
it's a Sport Wagon, but it hauls more than the usual supplies from Costco and Home Depot. Given the depth you decide to
depress your right foot, it really hauls something ese too. And that's just the 3.6 liter V-6 version. Want even more?
Try the V wagon with 556 HP and a six speed. Like sitting on an supercharged Corvette under a disguise. Just
Ride with the upgraded summer performance tires and 19 inch polished aluminum wheels is tight, yet not harsh.
The upgrade does move you from the FE2 sport suspension to the tighter FE3 suspension, and you will feel more bumps in
the road, but the car doesn't convey them to you in an unpleasant way. Good road feel, although the variable speed power
steering is a bit on the light side for my liking. Throttle response is good, but I do go with the other drivers who say
lag in downshifting at highway speeds needs improvement.
Fuel economy is good for a vehicle of this size and weight..
Average about 21 city and highway combined. Uses regular grade fuel which is a huge plus and saves 20 cents or more per
gallon. The Bose stereo and navigation system is top notch, the panoramic moon roof is huge and the fit and finish is
well suited to be called Cadillac.
Speaking of size, the CTS looks smaller than it really is due to the great lines
and razor sharp creases. Nothing else looks like it, so it won't be mistaken for some import clone for sure!
Detroit has learned something from the imports. If they keep this up, we should all be driving American Iron again!
Questions & Answers
A: Is rotating my tires worth it? ?
Most BMW's have offset tire sizing. meaning the rear tires are different sizes than the fronts. This is typical with the "sport package" and other performance packages. Thus, rotating the tires is not possible. To add to that issue, the tires on all BMW's that I am aware of are "directional", meaning they are designed to rotate in one direction only.
So, to "rotate the tires" at all, you would have to demount the tites from the wheels, and only be able to move the right rear to the left rear, following the same rotation direction, and the right front to the left front, and vice versa. The cost to do this would far overshadow any benefit in wear or mileage service for the tires. In fact, it could result in poor handling and a potential for sacrificing ride quality.
On some lower line BMW's, where the tires are all the same size, they are still directional, so yes you can rotate them. They have to go front to rear only though, and not cross rotated as you used to do with non-directional, non-radial tires.
To further muddy the waters, the manufacturers of the run-flat tires on almost all BMW's today don't recommend roration.
So, there in a nutshell, you have it, Inflate carefully, use the correct pressure (I inflate to 1 lb over the recommended pressure for normal driving; 2 lbs over for extended highway driving) check your tires with a quality gauge when they are cold in the mornings, reset your pressure indicator on your instrument panel aftewards, and never depend on that TPM system in the car to tell you that you are a few pounds low. By the time it warns you are low, you likely have a flat and will need a new $400 tire.
Happy Motoring courtesy of the Safety Doc!