Last post on Nov 04, 2011 at 1:54 AM
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Cadillac SRX, SUV
#798 of 803 Re: All Wheel Drive Designation [pscheid]
Dec 30, 2009 (1:21 pm)
Forgot to add. The dealer folks were glad to see warm bodies prepared to buy.....end of month and quarter and not a lot of prospects, especially around the holidays when realistically most folks are tapped out financially and fried emotionally and are not much into the purchase mindset. If you want a motivated dealer/seller, the timing could not be better for you to buy.
My wife has been following the SRX in Auto Trader for several months.....she could tell the sales person exactly what he had on the lot, where he got the vehicle, how long the vehicle had been on the lot, how many miles had been put on the vehicle from test drives, and any price reductions over the time frame. She did her homework.
Yes, it helped that my wife and I showed up at the first dealer knowing exactly what we wanted in terms of year, color, options, mileage range, and price, with the Carfax knowledge already in hand on the vehicles we were interested in (2 at this place), the NADA pricing known, functional knowledge of the vehicles we were about to test drive, and printouts of competitive vehicles from other dealers printed out that day.
Buying a car can be an easy and relatively enjoyable experience when all the parties are on the same page and know their end of things. And both parties know they are getting what they realistically need and want out of the deal. The key is in the preparation. My wife and I even had fun.......but we were not pressed for time nor did we have to make a decision right there and then. There were several other dealers with SRXs out there that would have floated our boat.
I believe the purchase experience goes South when expectations and communications break down and emotions enter into the picture. Car buying is a business proposition on both sides of the table.
One final observation......if you don't feel comfortable with the sales rep you have, ask for another. While I am not going to marry the guy or invite him over for dinner, I do get to pick my poison.
#799 of 803 Re: All Wheel Drive Designation [miked22]
Dec 30, 2009 (11:13 pm)
Mike......you got your 07 new in 12/07, right? You are a patient man. 20 trips back to the dealer is about 15 too rich for my blood. Perhaps the moral of your story is to get the the AG's office earlier on and take no prisoners. I looked back on your posts but could not find which engine you have or what your problems have been. No one should have to deal with half that.
What many outsiders don't realize is that this vehicle depreciates so quickly that simply trading it in is an ugly option. The V8 07 SRX I just purchased with 26K miles was acquired for 55% of the original sticker, and it wasn't the lowest priced one out there. That essentially translates into a vehicle that is worth about half just 2.5 years from it's first "in service" date.
#800 of 803 2004 srx engine shutdown
Feb 23, 2010 (10:47 pm)
Engine light comes on and the car shuts down while driving. I see other people have had this problem but have not seen a solution. Dealer wants about 6K to fix it and it sounds like it's not worth it. Can someone offer a suggestion?
Help! Love the car but OMG...
#801 of 803 Re: All Wheel Drive Designation [miked22]
Feb 26, 2010 (1:25 pm)
So sorry you got a bad one.
Mine still works perfect in every way and has no problems of any kind. And I just love it!!! My 2005 had no problems either.
#802 of 803 Re: All Wheel Drive Designation [miked22]
Feb 26, 2010 (1:41 pm)
Oh, I just read the other messages backwards. I thought you were talking about the new 2010 SRX with the new bright platinum ice paint (not that dull creamy white diamond color).
You really must have gotten a lemon. Maybe it was made when the employees were disgruntled. My previous 2005 SRX had no problems either which is why I was excited to buy the much cooler new version.
Plus Cadillac treats me the same as my previous lexus dealership. I always have a comparable Cadillac waiting on me when I got oil changes or new brakes. The only dealership experience I found rude was when I bought my 2000 BMW X5. That was full of electronic software glitches and they would always give me cheap used 325 demos to drive home as loaners. One even had a busted out grille.
Definitely, you're going to win that lemon case because you really got a bad one
Nov 04, 2011 (1:54 am)
I just drove the 2008 Cadillac SRX4 in burgundy, after having months of the true red wine. This car is not, junk. As I handled it, I really knew what Cadillac was up to to try to invest in a true cross-over car by 2011. The cars on the street today that caught my eye and attention. The 2011 & 2012 is aerodynamically correct in its markings, perhaps not close to the Acura MDX I saw yesterday, but the 2008 CAD SRX4 has the smartest tilt steering and beats the predicament of the Mazda Miata or the 1990s and 2000s, where the sixth-gear would not shift because of wheel vibration complications in 2009. hmm...that Miata was also burgundy in color. The sixth gear eventually shifted on the Miata I drove, but the dealership also had to make high appeals to get the matter straightened-out. For the 2008 that looks like a Volvo wagon, but is a SUV, I felt it was a true dream and nearly has eclipsed my dreams of a Chevrolet Malibu Maxx that has polite interior gestures as well.
The 2008 CAD SRX4 model should be talked about more, I really liked its difference from other Cadillac models. Regardless, I like the new crossover trend between wagons and SUVs, i think MFGs are getting that wheel base correct to stop the vibratory effect of oil draw and raditor pull. It hurts the wheel base and the steering base.