Said goodbye to the 750 (thread here: https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...t-inside/page8). I had it for around 25k miles, and felt like if I didn't get out from underneath it now, I would be losing the shirt off my back soon. Car was in excellent shape and still had a good amount of warranty left, so I found a buyer to pay me what I owed on the car, and off she went to Santa Monica, CA. I had bought the car for 42k and sold it for 37.5 about a year and half later--so since maintenance and any work done was all paid by BMW, I think I made out pretty damn well for driving a 750i for almost 25k.
I spent a LONG time trying to figure out what exactly I wanted next. I knew that we needed at least one 4dr car in our stable to retain at least some semblance of practicality, but I went back and forth on what to buy. The child in me wanted to up the budget from the 7 and "upgrade". The teenager, knew things needed to not be a penny more than the 7; and the grown up wanted to downsize altogether, and just save more. I initially was looking at '15 E350s to downsize a bit (financially), as those can be had for 25-30k depending on mileage and options. I test drove one and came away neither impressed nor disappointed. It was as expected. Car is handsome, rode well, decent power from the 3.5 V6, trans shifted without drawing attention to itself, material quality was good (although the interior layout is very dated), it seemed to be everything that I needed in a daily and nothing more. It was definitely lacking in the lust department, but come on, 25k.
I was looking at sedans, but wagon pic (because TCL);
From there my mind wandered to 330s, 340s, S4s, S8s, on and on and on. The budget would balloon, then decrease and everything in between.
Then. One night, poking around swapalease, I stumbled upon a deal I deemed too good to be true. I picked up the phone, called the gentleman, and after a quick chat I had someone local to him (in Dallas), come out the following day to look over the car and owner, and verify both's authenticity. It all checked out.
Talking further with him, we realized we had the same propensity for automotive indulgences, as was verified by this pic he sent me;
So, I was to be the proud new papa of a '17 CTS-V with around 4k miles, and I told the PO to begin paperwork for transfer with GM financial.
Car was a loaded '17, all options except the carbon package, but he had procured/installed the oem front carbon lip.
We started the paperwork (mind you, this is mid-february), only to realize that GM financial forbids lease transfers in the first 6, and last 12, months of ownership. The PO wasn't aware, and the car was only 4.5 months old at the time. GM told us to pound sand for at least 1.5 more months. So... I was stuck to make a decision. The BMW was on a truck heading to Cali, and I literally had nothing to drive to work and back--and I sure as hell wasn't going to put commuter miles on the Viper. Do I wait? Or do I pass, and get something else. Almost simultaneously, the other half's mother, retired, and was "burdened" with an unused vehicle at her residence. Maybe I do have options after all... So, I struck a deal with the mother in law to use her car during the work-week and tread water until the Caddy's clock struck midnight. The deal was just too sweet.
So began a L O N G month a half behind the wheel of this luxury machine;
But, as time usually does, it ticks by, whether fast or slow; and here we are, heading to Dallas in the black egg to pick up the new machine almost 2 months later;
I will post my initial impressions in a bit, but for now, here's the new old man cadillac;
A few thunderstorms and an inter-city jaunt later, car and driver arrive home;