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#543 of 896 Re: on star should have small independent battery [gabby10]
Aug 12, 2007 (8:29 pm)
Your absolutely right! And oddly enough it does but it is only good for a short time (a few hours at most) after main battery goes dead. In my case I drive the DTS every other day generally alternating with my Lincoln Town Car. The DTS had been idle for about 46 hours and the defect causing the power drain had also caused the Onstar battery to go dead.
I was just working on an Onstar survey of customer satisfaction online and it was so long, ponderous and irrelevant that I zapped it about 40% of completion. I have a feeling that my power issue may not have not been resolved and that I may be slightly surprised when the car is again dead at start up some morning. Needless to say unless I start getting better results from this car it will in fact be my last Cadillac. My experience with Cadillac has been going downhill, my 98 Deville was a trouble free car, 2004 Deville had a quirky cruise control and oil leak,
this car has had three in shop repairs to the electrical system. I do like the appearance of these cars and they are good performers when they are working as they were meant to but the 2006 DTS with only 2600 miles on it has been a huge disappointment so far. If you buy a car other than DTS which cars and models are you considering? Many thanks for your reply and keep in touch so we as buyers and owners can help each other to get the best value and reliability for our money.
#544 of 896 Re: on star should have small independent battery [bremertong]
Aug 13, 2007 (7:37 am)
I would recommend a Lexus based on J. D. Powers. I suspect that the quirky cruise control was more your accidental pushing the coast button than anything. I can say that my 2002 Seville was very trouble free and so far my 2007 SRX has not been troublesome. I did run the battery down on it once playing with the rear seat, but since then it has been OK.
#546 of 896 Re: Tapping Sound in Exhaust? System [fmoeller]
Aug 13, 2007 (8:01 am)
I recently posted the following:
"There is a fix for the KNOCKING sound. Cadillac has a TSB out on this. They replaced my EVAP Canister Part Number 15941577 under warranty. Too early to tell if the replacement corrected the problem - will have to wait till the weather cools off to test."
Well, so much for the fix. Had a couple of cooler days (70s) and the knocking noise is still there. Back to the drawing board.
#547 of 896 Re:Cadillac dependability
Aug 13, 2007 (3:26 pm)
I too, like my Cadillac (Escalade). However, Sunday, it blew out the A/C Compressor while I was leisurely trolling through my neighborhood. Not happy about that. I feel I get better overall design from Ford, better overall dependability from Toyota - but I'm trying to keep a GM truck in my fleet, mostly for loyalty.....stupid, I know. Still, the Escalade does very little better than my Navigators did - seats maybe, exterior beauty.....not much else.
#548 of 896 1 Year Update
Aug 14, 2007 (4:17 pm)
So it's been a year (and one month) since purchasing my '06 DTS Lux III. Since hitting the 1 year mark, we've been experiencing some problems, one of which is a recurring drivability issue.
The trunk lid brake light was cracked and was replaced under warranty. The rear window-mounted subwoofer developed a very loud rattle, which turned out to be a loose electronics mount (also fixed under warranty). The constant display "replace battery in remote key" turned out to be a bad key fob which had to be replaced.
The wobble in the tires at highway speed is back again. We replaced one tire with the dealership, but that didn't stop it. We've taken it back twice since then (having to drop it off and carpool), but the service folks can't seem to "replicate the problem". I will now have to take an afternoon off work to make an appointment with the service manager because my dealership doesn't offer loaner cars for tire vibration issues.
While it's there I'll also have them fix the power driver's seat which has stopped lifting altogether. I will ask them about the B-pillar seat belt guides....the nylon seat belt has has sawed into the plastic on both the driver and the passenger sides. The plastic now looks just like a stick of cold butter that has had a knife dragged across it.
We also had the stereo replaced when it was new because the display gave out.
I still love the car and don't regret buying it (yet) but I'm becoming concerned about build quality.
Any suggestions on the tire wobble would be greatly appreciated.
#549 of 896 1 Year Update [robw64]
Aug 14, 2007 (5:58 pm)
but the service folks can't seem to "replicate the problem".
sorry to hear about your problems.
Regarding the tire wobble.
It's nothing worse than picking up a car from the shop and being told they didn't notice a problem.
Next visit, maybe take the mechanic for a ride? It could help save time and frustration if you could demonstrate the problem.
Hope all goes well on your next appt.
#550 of 896 YES THE CRUISE ON MY 2004 DEVILLE WAS DEFECTIVE
Aug 14, 2007 (8:02 pm)
When my 2006 DTS was in the dealership overnight for the fourth electrical problem, I was given the same model for a loaner as my 2004, Deville, same cruise buttons, same system. The difference was that this cruise system worked like the cruise system in every other car I have owned, push the button and the cruise sets within a mile or two of the set speed. My 2004 Deville, unlike any other car I have ever owned would lose up to six miles an hour before setting. Some car companies want to build their reputation by blaming the owner rather than their own inability to diagnose and fix a defect. The same thing is now happening with the 2006 DTS in that they have had the car in the shop four times each time saying that the problem is corrected only to happen again. I believe that improved diagnostics and improved build quality are the key to a better Cadillac. I also strongly believe that Cadillac and its employees can do better in the diagnostics area and initial build quality.
#551 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [robw64]
Aug 14, 2007 (9:19 pm)
Thanks very much for sharing all this information at the site. It is much more helpful to have owner experience posts
like yours to help resolve problems. Do you have a good dealership service department? Are you satisfied with their work? With the problems on both my 2004 and 2006 Cadillacs I've had to work with more than one dealer service department to try to resolve problems. I am still not sure that the electrical failures issue is resolved. Fortunately, I keep my cars an average of three years and bought the 2006 new so I will have a full four years of complete coverage, reading your post it looks like I may need it. Unless I have better results in the future this may be my last Cadillac. I also like the car but expect better in build quality and service department competance.
#552 of 896 Re: YES THE CRUISE ON MY 2004 DEVILLE WAS DEFECTIVE [bremertong]
Aug 15, 2007 (6:23 am)
Something you need to understand is that Cadillac does not own the dealerships and the dealership employees are not Cadillac employees. Diagnosing problems is up to the dealership, however, Cadillac does send out representativies from time to time. As I recall, your dealership asked you to come in with your 2004 when such representative was visiting and you refused.
Also as I recall, your cruise control problems with the 2004 only occurred part of the time, so I think you are jumping to conclusions regarding whether the loaner did or did not have the same problem. Your story about just how the cruise control did or did not work has shifted.