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#303 of 896 2006 Cadillac DTS - 3 week Road Test
Jul 29, 2006 (8:29 pm)
For anyone interested in a new DTS, my wife and I recently rented one and took a 3200 mile, 3 week drive thru 11 eastern states. Practically lived in the car when not visiting relatives. The trip had everything from mid Manhattan traffic to long 80+ mph runs in GA and PA. We are both retired, over 60, and here are our impressions:
Engine/trans: Stunning! Excellent power and gearing for all situations.
MPG: 25 at a steady 80 mph, 27+ if you drive at 65 or less, all using 89 octane. City, maybe 16 or 17. All hand checked but the electronic dash numbers were very close.
Ride: Overall very nice, good seats, met our expectations. Some body roll on the high speed interstate exit ramps that curve.
Brakes: The weak point. Lots of brake noise and some fade in the NC mountains as you come down the steep interstate hills at speed. (Car had 10k miles on it overall.)
Fit and Finish: First class.
Other: The trunk is a cave and the AC works well even on 98 degree afternoons. Good headlights but overall visibility from the driver's seat can sometimes be a problem (as is typical with many new models).
OnStar: OnStar was wonderful getting us out of Manhattan to New Jersey and in the Williamsburg/Jamestown area. Better than a NAV screen.
Parking: This car needs a wide area to turn and park and the doors are super wide when fully opened, making them hard to reach and pull closed. (Upper end models have an auto-closer feature.)
Summary: The car is little large for us as a daily driver but for travel, it's wonderful. The dash info center rivals an airplane on information provided to the driver. Great car......
#304 of 896 Re: 2006 Cadillac DTS - 3 week Road Test [fin]
Jul 30, 2006 (1:14 am)
Nice review -thanks
We bought an 06 a couple of months ago. Taking to Denver this coming week. Will watch brakes in mountains
#305 of 896 SO, WHAT'S NEW?
Aug 14, 2006 (9:44 am)
Okay, my 1998 Sedan De Ville is just turning 100k and only a few problems. Repalced both rear knuckles with alignment and the heater blower motor. Approx. $2000.00. That's it!! I'm thinking about a 2006 or 7 DTS and I like the looks, but the interior room isn't as good as the 98. Can anyone here reinforce the build quality and dependability of the latest GM offerings? Very nice design! I checked out the BMW 5 series and I think I'd be tired of it soon. Lexus, Toyota nice but something missing. By the way, when getting a brake job, don't bother turning the rotors, just replace the whole thing. A little more money up front, but far better in the long haul.
#306 of 896 Re: SO, WHAT'S NEW? [trainiac1]
Aug 17, 2006 (2:23 am)
I purchased my DTS Lux III on July 5, 2006. Although I can't speak to long-term reliability yet, I can assure you build quality is excellent. My previous car was an '01 Chrysler Concorde LXi (which was a very good car) but this vehicle is amazing. Interior materials are first-rate, fit & finish are excellent, and the paint & body work are beautiful. We bought black with the cashmere interior, so overall the look and feel is very formal. The car is extremely quiet and the ride is very smooth. I was expecting the handling to be more sloppy after driving the Concorde for 5 years (that car's handling was very taught) but the DTS is more controlled than anticipated. It's certainly no BMW, but I didn't buy a DTS to do slalom maneuvers down the interstate. It's an excellent vehicle which gets looks everywhere we take it. I work with people who drive Lexus, BMW, VW and other imports and they all want to drive it. I would recommend checking out an '06 DTS before getting in to a BMW....you might be surprised by this new generation of Cadillac.
#307 of 896 2006 DTS... more impressions...
Aug 18, 2006 (6:12 am)
Adding to my post #303.... We were in Los Angeles this week, had a basic rental car but got a free upgrade offer and of course took the DTS. Here is what we found as we wandered thru West LA:
Lots of parallel parking and the DTS steering geometry makes this somewhat difficult. This rental had a backup sensor and it is both helpful and necessary. The hotel also had tight parking spaces and, as before, the wide doors and the large turning circle can be a problem to manage.
City gas mileage was 16 mpg.
As before, OnStar makes a nav screen obsolete. We easily found local eateries and businesses in Westwood and Santa Monica with the "turn by turn" recorded directions.
All in all, another good rental experience and a great ride from GM. If you travel in unfamiliar places, OnStar alone is enough to make you think about a GM product.
#308 of 896 Re: Tapping Sound in Exhaust? System [geezer408]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:46 am)
This is in response to geezer408 and lanzz message regarding the tapping noise in the rear at cold start up.
I purchased a DTS Performance on 3 Jul 06. I currently have 1600 or so miles. I just experienced the rapping noise. I read you postings prior to the noise in my car and boy was I glad. If not, it would have been spooky. Nobody around and sounded like someone knocking on the rear of the car. Thanks for the heads up.
It is exactly as geezer408 described. It happened two days in a row and on the second day I watched the temperature gauge climb and could predict when the noise would occur.
If anyone has a fix – let me know.
Other problems and solutions.
1. PING NOISE ON ACCELERATION: Sounds almost like engine ping. Try premium gas and did not help. Took to dealer two times – total of 4 days. They spent a lot of time and finally found the cause. SOLUTION: Shifter cable fell back into wrong area causing the noise. Zip strapped cable into correct position. OK now.
2. CLOCK: Cannot read from driver seat and too shinny and too much sun glare. SOLUTION: None that I know of yet.
3. NAV RADIO: When radio is off (at night) there is a glow that can be very annoying while driving. Poor design – it should go off when you turn it off. SOLUTION: 1-turn radio on. 2-through the menu turn the display off. 3-from the steering wheel press the mute button. Works great this way.
Overall it is a great car and I am happy with my purchase.
If you hear or know anything of the clock please let me know. I would be willing to purchase an aftermarket clock if one were available and it wouldn’t effect the warrenty.
#309 of 896 Re: Tapping Sound in Exhaust? System [lanzz]
Aug 25, 2006 (4:51 am)
lanzz: See what i posted to geezer408 - message #308 regrading rapping sound in rear of car.
Aug 27, 2006 (11:29 am)
The 2007 DTS will have a redesigned clock because of the exact issues you mentioned. Unfortunately, it will still be analog and not digital. However, I would think the size would be the same as the 2006 and you could buy a 2007 clock and have it installed on your 2006 DTS.
#311 of 896 DTS died 10 days ago
Aug 27, 2006 (4:25 pm)
I have a 2006 DTS III. Less than 10,000 miles. Very happy with the car. Absolutly no problems....until 10 days ago. My wife was driving the car, and it just died on the highway. She pulled over, tried to start the car, and nothing...except all kids of strange gibberish on the dashboard. She called Onstar, and they dispatched roadside assistance, which was unable to diagnose the problem.
The car was then towed to the nearest dealer, where it has been for the past 10 days. They...and apparently lots of Cadillc zone folks....cannot figure out what's wrong.
I have been putting lots of miles on my Enterprise DTS loaner car, but I want my car back! I'm more than halfway to the 15 business day threshold for the Massachusetts Lemon Law to kick in, so I'm patiently waiting to see what the dealer has to say. Anyone experienced anything like this?
#312 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [barryob]
Aug 28, 2006 (8:08 pm)
Thank you very much for sharing your experience at this forum! I own a 2004 Deville and have never had anything like that happen to me, also owned a 98 Deville before that with no major problems. When I read a post like yours I want to hope and believe that your experience is an isolated one. When one considers what we pay for these cars it should be an isolated experience. I assume someone from Cadillac reads these posts and my message to them is, THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANYONE! It will be important to both yourself and other Cadillac owners to post the outcome of your experience at this site so any owner or prospective owner will know how Cadillac resolved this issue. Considering it is fifteen business days it raises serious questions in my mind as to WHATS GOING ON? Please keep us posted as to the outcome of this issue and thank you very much for alerting other Cadillac owners such as myself.