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#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.
#501 of 896 Re: Upgrading OnStar [dispencer2]
Jul 01, 2007 (8:36 am)
For either OnStar or a cell phone to work, there has to be cell phone service where you are. However, if you crash, OnStar will alert someone that your car has crashed even if you are not conscious. For your cell phone to work - 1) you must be awake; 2) you must not have lost track of where the cell phone is during the crash.
In the four plus years that I owned my 2002 Seville, I never made use of OnStar except for the cell phone. I did keep the mid-level OnStar service. Now that I have Nav I see no reason for anything more than the basic OnStar.
#502 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville?
Jul 02, 2007 (10:54 am)
bremertong, thanks for the info.
The previous owner leased the car. I spoke with the previous owner, and it was serviced per the maintenance schedule. I have about 5 months left on the factory waranty, 4yr/50,000. Still deciding whether to buy an extended warranty.
I've had to take my Deville back to the dealer for a Check Engine light. Turned out to be a defective Air Pump. They replaced it under warranty. FYI, http://www.carcare.org/Emission_Control/air_pump.shtml.
Also, after driving for a couple months I noticed the brakes were worn. The dealer resurfaced the rotors (under warranty) and replaced the front pads under their goodwill policy.
The car drives great and I've been very happy with it otherwise. Thanks again.
#503 of 896 Re: Upgrading OnStar [sls002]
Jul 02, 2007 (4:19 pm)
That's the pitch that OnStar gives you. I guess it is like insurance. I'll probably upgrade it on the Cadillac because we only use it on trips and it would be useful if the car got stolen or I was in a crash. I won't renew my '06 Impala OnStar though next March. That car is only used in town. My back goes out if I try and drive it longer than about 5 hours anywhere. The Cadillac I can drive for days and actually stand up straight when I get out after a day on the road! Hopefully I'll have a program Sebring Convertible by next spring for local town driving.
#504 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville? [jasper60103]
Jul 02, 2007 (7:10 pm)
I would suggest getting an extended warranty if you plan to drive any number of miles on the car. I had one for seven years or 100,000 miles and am now getting a pro rated refunded of a little over 72% of the premium. You seem to have a good working relationship with your dealership so you might first get a quote from them and if satisfied purchase. You might also shop around and see what a non dealership warranty would cost you. A major transmission or engine problem could easily cost you over $2000 to repair so unless you don't mind that kind of surprise strongly consider an extended warranty and choose carefully.
#505 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville? [bremertong]
Jul 03, 2007 (4:46 am)
yeah, these cars have a lot of electronics on them as well.
I'm comparing GMPP and AA Autowarranty (Warranty America). I'm skepticle about purchasing a 3rd party warranty after hearing some horry stories. On the other hand GMPP is much more expensive.
Can you recommend a 3rd party warranty company (that you filed a claim with)? I hear some low ball the cost of the repair, or find some rediculous reason to advoid paying claims.
#506 of 896 Re: how's the 2004 deville? [jasper60103]
Jul 03, 2007 (8:17 pm)
I have had only one claim on my 98 Deville, a faulty alternator and it was repaired without charge at a non Cadillac repair shop. I never got a bill as the third party warranty company paid without question. I will share their name as soon as I get my pro rated refund on my 2004 Deville, the field office misplaced the papers and I was told I should receive the chrck shortly. I have waited for close to two months and am a little less than thrilled at their handling of my pro rated refund request. In the meantime I suggest that you investigate several companies and be sure that they offer a pro rated refund if you don't keep the car for the full period of the warranty.