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#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.
#313 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [bremertong]
Aug 29, 2006 (4:36 am)
We're not at 15 business days yet...I'm at 9 and counting. I received a call from Cadillac customer service late yesterday telling me that she talked to the dealer, and that all the tests that Cadillac required them to do have been performed, and the dealer has been authorized to install a new main computer, or whatever. She said that they should receive it "in a couple of days" and then they would let me know the status.
The interesting thing about this is the lack of communication from the dealer, Frost Motors of Newton, MA. The only reason the car is there is because that's the closest dealer to the breakdown.
On 3 different days last week, the service dept. did not call me, after saying they would. That's when I called Cadillac customer service, and they've been calling the dealer daily. It was Cadillac, not the dealer, that called me yesterday to tell me about the new computer.
At this point, I'm just going to let this take it's course...until I hit the 15 business days of being out of service. After that, it'll be interesting to see what happens.
#314 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [barryob]
Aug 29, 2006 (7:02 pm)
On re reading your message I did note the ten days versus the fifteen I made reference to in my initial reply. I think you are correct in coordinating your efforts to resolve the issue through Cadillac corporate. You may want to see if Cadillac has a dealer service issues department to share this experience with after the matter is resolved. In the meantime please continue to update here so we will be aware of how it is being dealt with. As a Cadillac owner it is just as important to me to know how service issues are dealt with and resolved as it is to drive and enjoy my Cadillac. Best wishes!
#315 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [barryob]
Aug 30, 2006 (7:06 am)
If this was a computer failure, I think that is an unusual problem. My last desktop computer purchase failed to work when I took it out of the box. I ended up taking it back, and ended up getting the last one they had, the store's demo model, which was fuctional. The point here is that computers can fail. The purpose of the warranty period is to give the car time for various parts to fail if they are somehow not up to the specs.
The service department will probably not call you unless they have good news. Replacing the computer is the next step, and while it may solve the problem, it also may not. I think that it is a bit early in the game to start talking about a Lemon Law. You need to let the service department have as much time as they need to fix it. On the other hand, as they run out of ideas to fix the car, Cadillac may have to replace the whole car or you may want your money back so that you can buy brand X instead.
At least you do have a rental to use while they work on the problem. I would call them to see what the status is, once a day is often enough. When my 2002 Seville had a solenoid fail in the transmission, my dealer did not give me a rental. Instead they gave me a ride home and then picked me up when the car was finished the next day. Since the car was drivable with the failed part, repairs could be scheduled at my convenence. However, they did goof putting the transmission back together, and I had to take it back. Then they needed more than a day to fix it and I did get a rental.