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#491 of 896 STRANGE NEW ELECTRICAL PROBLEM
Jun 21, 2007 (8:49 pm)
Just bought new 2006 DTS (left over inventory) in early may.
Had electrical problems which for the most part have been corrected with new battery and some computer re sets. I have one remaining quirk that occurs about once every few weeks.
At start up the radio does not go on and the audio in my turn signals does not sound when making a turn. Is corrected by by pushing the radio on off button on/off a few times. Never had this type of quirk on my two previous Cadillacs and wondered if this should be ignored or if it is a prelude to more serious recurring electrical problems.
The dealership is over 130 miles round trip so unless it is serious will ignore and jiggle the radio on/off control to clear. Have other owners had this problem? What was the cause and how was it corrected?
#492 of 896 Re: STRANGE NEW ELECTRICAL PROBLEM [bremertong]
Jun 22, 2007 (2:06 am)
My 2006 DTS Lux III stereo was acting up (loss of audio, loss of display) so the dealer replaced the entire head unit rather than try to diagnose/repair it. No problems with it since. I've had no problems with the turn signals, though.
#493 of 896 Re: STRANGE NEW ELECTRICAL PROBLEM [robw64]
Jun 22, 2007 (8:35 pm)
Was the loss of your cars audio and display total or only occasional?
Mine goes out about once every two weeks and then seems to work until a few weeks later? Talked to the service dept today and they said they were uncertain as to cause. I will follow for a few weeks unless it happens again sooner. This will be the third visit regarding electrical problems if not resolved I am encouraged by the consumer protection agency of my state to start a lemon law process. In my state you have 30 months
to file for lemon law protection. Using the lemon law would be my LAST preference since I like the car and hope it will be resolved before that. I had an alternator replaced in my
98 Deville and the car worked fine after that, had an oil filter adapter gasket replaced in my 2004 Deville and the car was fine after that. have owned the 2006 DTS less than two months and this would be the the third service visit if it goes that route.
Thanks very much for your post every bit of information provides food for thought and action in resolving these issues.
#494 of 896 Re: STRANGE NEW ELECTRICAL PROBLEM [bremertong]
Jun 23, 2007 (3:30 am)
The problems with my DTS' stereo were intermittent....sometimes it was fine, sometimes it lost audio, sometimes it lost only the display. I didn't let it go on very long and had it in the shop within a week of the problem starting. Sounds like you may need to ask for a full replacement rather than let them tinker around with attempted fixes. I'm sure they will see the benefit of a "once and done" service rather than bringing you back again and again.
#495 of 896 Re: STRANGE NEW ELECTRICAL PROBLEM [robw64]
Jun 24, 2007 (9:27 pm)
Good advice, will wait until it happens again and see how long a period in between. I have thirty months on the lemon law (not at all that eager to go that route). Has been fine for a few days, we will see. Since the turn signal audio is also involved just changing the stereo, CD, radio unit might not be enough. Also over 130 miles round trip to the dealer. They would probably want the car overnight so would be close to 300 miles altogether with round trip in the rental car. I think timing will be the key so will see how long it takes to happen again. Car is under new car warranty until May of 2011 so plenty of time in that regard. Unless I change my mind will probably trade just before the new car warranty expires, my average hold period for cars is three years. Thanks very much for your continuing interest.
#496 of 896 how's the 2004 deville?
Jun 28, 2007 (10:15 am)
I have a 2004 base Deville for a few months now. Have about 27,500 miles on it.
Would like to hear your experiences with the 2004 Deville?
Had many issues?
I don't want to hijack this thread.
Would you mind sending me an email?
#497 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville? [jasper60103]
Jun 28, 2007 (8:36 pm)
I just traded a 2004 Deville with 36,000 miles on it,owned for close to three years. I was satisfied with it and had no major problems other than a quirky cruise control which would sometimes set as much as six miles an hour below the set point, never resolved and just used it knowing sometimes it would set as desired and sometimes not. Only other issues was a defective oil filter apdater gasket which I think was caused by an oil tech doing an oil change and having a bad day, once repaired never leaked again. The DTS seems to have more power, has smaller door pockets than the 2004. Big issue with me is the fact that my 98 and 04 Devilles had locking fuel doors and the DTS does not,went out and bought a locking fuel cap for the 2006 DTS. My concern is not that anyone would steal fuel but that a prankster would put a substance such as sand or sugar in to the fuel line which of course would ruin the engine. I think it was very poor judgment for Cadillac to build the newer models without the locking fuel door. If you have other specific questions please let me know. I think you have made a very good choice in the 2004 model and should have many good years of service from it unless the previous owner did not maintain it properly such as oil changes and other routine items. If you have other questions and issues please post and don't worry about hijacking the thread in that there are so few posts that it would be nice to see more specific interaction by owners here.
#498 of 896 DTS On Star Turn-by-Turn Nav
Jun 30, 2007 (2:16 am)
I've had my DTS for nearly a year and I just used the On Star turn-by-turn navigation for the first time the other morning. A major accident on the interstate forced me to take an alternate route to my office.
We are in the process of testing SUV's to replace our '01 Tahoe and have been able to try some in-dash nav systems recently. After testing those systems and using the turn-by-turn, I can't imagine why anyone would want an in-dash version other than for the 'cool factor'.
Talk about easy. I just hit the blue On Star button, told the rep I was calling for directions, gave the name of my company (she looked up the address herself) and the directions were downloaded to the car. The vehicle then talks you through the route as you drive.
One thing the dealers may want to stress (or at least mention.....I had no idea) is that the directions also display in the driver information center window during the entire route. I'm not exactly sure why, but this was somewhat reassuring for me rather than relying on a disembodied voice to speak to me.
Overall, this set up is enormously easier than trying to type in information to a touch-screen nav system. My only suggestion for On Star would be to offer greater discounts for their long-term contracts so more consumers will stay with them after the free trial. Doing the math I see that signing up for a year saves me a little less than $30 rather than going month-to-month which allows me to drop it at any time.
#499 of 896 Re: DTS On Star Turn-by-Turn Nav [robw64]
Jun 30, 2007 (7:14 am)
I am fairly sure that you can't type in a destination while you are driving. However, if you have the address of your work place already in the address list, then while you are driving you can select it to give you the best route from where you are now. I guess that I am surprised that you would get lost going work.
Jun 30, 2007 (3:50 pm)
Analog On Star will go away in December 2008. Cadillac will upgrade your system to digital for $15 IF you buy a $199 annual Safe and Sound Package. I've paid for this stupid OnStar for three years now and have never used it except once when I bumped the rear view mirror by mistake. I'm seriously debating NOT to upgrade it .Resale value on my '03 is nothing anyway. I'm sure that On Star isn't going to make the difference between a sale or not and besides that the new owner can always upgrade it and pay for it. OnStar promotes it with the safety stories but I have a cell phone. I'm sure the plusses outweigh the negatives but I look forward to buying some sort of car in the future that doesn't have OnStar. XM Radio is bad enough.