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#388 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [beardie]
Oct 27, 2006 (5:36 pm)
Back in '04 the '03 program cars I looked at were all base models. Mine was an ex-Alamo rental car. A few months ago I looked at two 15,000 mile certified used '06 DTS's at a Fort Worth dealership and both had the Luxury II package along with a sun roof. You might also find a loaded lease return. I plan on getting at least the Luxury II package on the '07 I get in '08. The warranty IS better than a new one on a certified Cadillac but not on the other GM certified cars. They just tack three months onto the 36/36,000 mile warranty. With the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty on '07's "certification" which used to cost $1000 may cost less. I'm sure that some dealerships roll this fee into the sales price but if I wanted the '03 "certified" I had to pay an extra thousand dollars. I understand that in '06 this has gone up to $1500. It is still lots cheaper than buying a 6 year/100k mile GMPP on a new car.
#389 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [dispencer1]
Oct 28, 2006 (6:19 pm)
I have the same thought re. a CPO car. My hope is to get an 07 in March. Hopefully, there'll be some around by then. I also got the $1000 price to certify a vehicle.Personally, I think it's negotiable. It's not a set price, but one set by the dealer. If they want to move the vehicle, I'm sure they'll be flexible with the certifying price. I saw an 06 the other day at a local dealer with 5,000mi on it. I tell you, you could not tell this vehicle was not brand new. It's amazing how they can detail these to look brand new. I'm hoping to find a Lux ll also, as I want the stability control on it which is standard on the Lux 11.The only thing I worry about is that most of the new re-sales are silver or some other very common color. I love the blue chip or chrimson(red). Guess I'll have to start looking early. Nowadays, with the computer, the whole country is a possibility, as far as finding a desired car is concerned.
#390 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [vic10]
Oct 29, 2006 (10:59 am)
Different people value a car's features personally. I'm 6-6 so the tremendous leg room of the 06 DTS was important. My wife and I play a lot of golf. Two sets of clubs and two two suiter suitcases still leaves room to spare in the DTS's almost 19 cubic foot trunk. Try that in a 2006 Lexsus GS430 at 12.8 cubic feet or an Avalon at 14.8. I turned down an Infinti M35X because of the small trunk plus the passenger seat had far fewer adjustments than the driver's, something you might hear about on a long trip (and something the testers never test). The DTS is very quiet, plenty of power and I never come close to testing its lateral grip on twisty roads so that is a minor consideration.The DTS is a wonderful turnpike cruiser for long trips.
#391 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [dispencer1]
Oct 29, 2006 (4:57 pm)
My sentiments exactly -- purchasing a lightly-used NorAm vehicle is the sweet-spot. When my Aurora gives up the ghost I will be looking for a low-mileage DTS. The low resale value of these vehicles is exactly what I love about them!
#392 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [eg98]
Oct 30, 2006 (6:22 am)
Couldn't agree with you more. As mentioned, I'm 6'1" and have a great deal of difficulty getting comfortable in my Lexus ES330. People constantly complain about the quality of domestic brands, but read some of the Honda, Toyota etc. boards and you'll see that some have their fair share of problems too. Taking 10K off a one year old luxury car seems quite appealing, and I don't see where Caddie owners are suffering that many more problems to warrant the extra big bucks.My daughter, looking for an SUV, wanted the Pilot. No big discounts available, would have run about 32K+. I found a similarly equipped Merc Mountaineer(new 06), where the dealer took $9600 off MSRP.$23,900 equipped well, with leather, stability, etc. etc. I said you have to be nuts not to go for it. I know they're worse on gas, but that's a heck of a lot of gas to make up for $9600. It's not just the gas issue. It's the perception that domestics are worse. Maybe I've just been lucky, but I don't see it!
#393 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS 
Oct 30, 2006 (4:10 pm)
I'll get either silver or beige so I don't have a problem with color. I'll also search throughout the country for a low mileage '07 in '08. It is relatively cheap to fly most anywhere and drive it back. Hopefully my dealer in Ft. Worth will get one in with enough notice. It is only a 6 hour drive from Clovis NM.
#394 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [beardie]
Oct 30, 2006 (4:23 pm)
My '03 Deville has required virtually nothing in the way of mechanical repairs. The radio skipped on CDs occasionally so the dealer replaced it. I had a slight wind noise along the vertical edge of the right rear passenger window and the dealer replaced a large frame piece that contained the rear quarter window ($900 if I'd been paying for the job). The dealer said that if I had had the complaint on a Chevrolet GM would have done nothing except check the weatherstripping. I have a friend with an '03 CTS that he drives all over the country and it has required nothing in the way of warranty repairs (it too was a Certified Cadillac). My '06 Impala now has 8000 miles on it and has not had any problems. I don't think there is anything wrong with domestic cars. My experience with Japanese cars (and I've owned a few -my wife has an '05 Odyssey) is that the silly periodic 'checks" cost a fortune .I just get oil changes every 3k miles on the Odyssey and ignore the service "recommendations". Apparentely the foreigners like to "tinker" with their cars. I just like to drive them and change the oil on schedule.
#395 of 896 DTS vs. STS
Nov 05, 2006 (6:42 am)
I'm debating which of the two to buy for my wife. I think the DTS is a very good-looking sedan, but my wife worries that it might be a little too big to be fully manuverable and parkable. Do many here feel the car's size gets in the way of fully enjoying it?
#396 of 896 Re: DTS vs. STS [merckx]
Nov 05, 2006 (8:01 am)
I've had both and see no difference. I just got the STS after checking out both. For me I couldn't fit the DTS in my garage due to having a Honda Goldwing motorcycle that sits in the front of the garage. The STS gives me about 18" to spare where the DTS would have been right on top of the bike. I'll say one thing for my STS with nav. package is it sure is a big step up from my 99 STS. I got the V6 and am very happy with the power. This car does it all. With a 600+ page owners manual and a 200 page Navagation manual there is a steep learning curve. Of course most of it once you set it up for you and the wife you can forget about it. The STS is more sporty and you won't see as many but the quality on mine is outstanding. It is built in Lansing, Mi. where Lansing has alway enjoyed a reputation for building excellent quality vehicles. Either one will give you years of happyness so to me it's a win win deal.
#397 of 896 Re: AutoWeek Comment on the 2007 DTS [dispencer1]
Nov 10, 2006 (7:24 pm)
Lived in Clovis in the mid 80's. Air Force. Look on eBay and Autotrader. You can find same model year cars for almost half off (or close). Several sellers with 100% feedback always have DTS's in their eBay stores. Best wishes.