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#245 of 896 Re: DTS demographics [dispencer1]
Mar 14, 2006 (5:07 pm)
A few things off the top of my head...
The front seats don't have as much hip room. I'm a bit of a big guy (6'2", 230#) and I feel squeezed in the drivers seat. I am fine with my 02 DeVille DTS. The sides of the seat seem to come up higher in the 2006.
The clock is a disaster. It is tilted back facing the windshield. I can't read it in the daylight (reflection) and I can't read it at night (poor lighting). I need a clock that I can just glace at in a second and know exactly what time it is. I can't be trying to drive and study a clock to see the time. The car needs a digital clock. It's 2006, not 1906. If they add a digital second clock to the radio / nav system, that would be fine as long as it can be displayed all the time.
My 2002 dash has a pure flat black backround where the tach and speedometer is. It looks great day and night. The 2006 has these stupid glossy rings around the tach and speedometer that reflect light from outside and I just think the pure flat black is so much better.
The interior door handles in my 2002 are fancy and neat looking. The ones in the 2006 are plain flat. I like mine better.
I just think the way the dash is rounded and tilts back towards the windshield is less appealing than mine in my 2002.
As far as the steering wheel. I'm not sure what the story is here. I drove 2 different 2006 DTS's as loaners from the dealer. On both of them, the seams between the center of the steering wheel where it meets the outer part of the wheel had large gaps at all 4 points. It really looked like some mistake was made in the fitting. The gaps were so large, I could fit my little finger in them. If I look at the interior pics on the Cadillac website, the seams seem tight there so I don't know what is going on there. There should not be those gaps there.
I think the window and lock buttons on my door panels are better than on the 2006.
These are a few things off the top of my head. The lack of a digital clock and the gaps in the steering wheel are enough for me not to buy the car. The other things, I can deal with. I have decided to hold out to see if these are corrected in the 2007 model when I plan to buy a new car. If not, I'm very likely to move away from being a Cadillac owner. I have already sent Cadillac a letter concerning the clock and their response was that they forwarded it to the appropriate people.
#246 of 896 Re: DTS demographics [carnutpa]
Apr 20, 2006 (5:34 am)
I really hope you didn't avoid the DTS because of a lack of a digital radio clock. This can be turned on/off in the radio menus. We made this option because some people don't like having both an analog and digital clock, and some people are bothered that the two are not synchronized....
(This is on the non-Nav radio...)
#247 of 896 Re: 2006 DTS [dispencer1]
Apr 20, 2006 (5:42 am)
As someone who worked on this radio, I beg to differ. RDS is there (press the info button), Auto tone control is there (push the center of the right tune knob, the note button). There are ATCs with the base amp, DSPs with the Bose amp. Auto Volume is there, in the Menu button (called Speed Comp or AudioPilot in the Bose vehicle.) Plus it now plays MP3/WMA CDs, has an iPOD input, etc.
#248 of 896 Re: 2006 DTS [peetow]
Apr 20, 2006 (12:54 pm)
Am I correct that there is no digital clock on the DTS's w/ Nav, or am I missing something?
#249 of 896 two clocks?
Apr 21, 2006 (5:22 am)
volvodan, I think you are correct. I have a 2006 DTS Performance with Nav - I do not know of a digital clock - just the analog clock in the dash.
#250 of 896 Digital Clock
Apr 21, 2006 (10:50 am)
Hopefully, someone (or Cadillac) will make a digital clock that will just pop into the spot where the analog clock is. It just seems to me that from where the driver sits, where your eyes are, to look at that clock while driving 70 mph and be able to quickly tell what time it is very difficult. I am in business and I pay very close attention to time. I find myself looking at the clock often while driving. I can glance at my digital clock in an instant and see exactly what time it is. I can't do that with the clock on the 2006 DTS and that would frustrate me.
#252 of 896 Re: 2006 DTS [peetow]
May 06, 2006 (8:03 am)
Obviously you are correct. When I made the comment in 2004 I didn't know what the 2006 radio was going to have standard. Now I am waiting for a total DTS redesign. Does anyone have any idea when this will happen?
#253 of 896 Re: 2006 DTS [dispencer1]
May 06, 2006 (5:10 pm)
I've heard that the DTS will be redesigned at the end of the decade and will get rear wheel drive. Does any insider know anything about this?
#254 of 896 Choosing the DTS Performance model
May 11, 2006 (7:55 pm)
I thoroughly enjoyed my loaded 2001 Aurora with the 5-year, 60k warranty for 50,000 miles. Checking out new cars, I first drove the 6 cylinder STS, but it seemed sluggish to me. Then I tried the V-8 Buick Lucerne which seemed peppier, but still sluggish compared with my Aurora. Then we drove a DTS Performance model with the NAV system, and it took me no time at all to want it.
We now have the Light Platinum color, with everything on it except for the Adaptive Cruise Control, which I do not want. This car will really move, but the ride is about the best that I've ever experienced.
I wanted the NAV for the enhanced display for XM radio. I am now enjoying using the voice command system for changing radio channels and CD tracks. My wife really likes the analog clock.
We just took delivery on Monday, so these are my early impressions. But, it appears to me that my new Performance DTS is a very worthy successor to my Aurora that I had enjoyed so much for the past four and one-half years.