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#557 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [beardie]
Aug 17, 2007 (3:34 pm)
These posts about problems on the 2006/2007 DTS's are bothersome. I have an '03 Deville with 56,000 miles (a Program Car I bought in Jan.'04 with 30k miles) that has required virtually nothing in warranty repairs except for a wind noise around the rear passenger window. Everything works perfectly and there is no oil usage between oil changes. I'm just about relegated to buying a new Avalon vice another Program Cadillac next year. Resale value is far better and I rented one for a 1,000 mile trip in Florida last year. Lots of wind and road noise but plenty of room, much more impressive interior than the DTS, and great gas mileage -constantly over 30 MPG on the road. I'm going to be using the next Cadillac for around town driving as well as trips. I'm selling my 2006 Impala -seats are horrible and anything over about an hour hurts my back. I can drive the Cadillac all day and walk upright when I get out. Does anyone on this forum have a 2006 or 7 DTS which has NOT had problems? The LS Lexus costs too much -used or new - and there is no dealer closer than 100 miles so that's out. The Town Car has huge discounts but is an antiquated design. I actually like FWD. Hopefully someone will come up with a positive recommendation for a DTS. Doesn't look good thus far from what I've read.
#558 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [dispencer2]
Aug 17, 2007 (10:16 pm)
Your post raises very relevant questions and the type a prospective buyer should be asking in choosing a car. It is still to early for me to decide whether I am satisfied with my 2006 DTS but I can say that if I continue to have the type of problems I've had so far (posted at this forum) I will also go to Avalon, Lexus or Mercedes for my next car. As you may be aware I also own a Lincoln Town Car which in my opinion is one of the most underrated cars on the market. I like the Avalon very much and think you should definitely consider it in making your choice. Dealers try to minimize the problems with first model years but it may be that if you choose a DTS it would be better to buy a 2007 which of course is the second model year for the nameplate.
While DTS is similar to Deville there are enough differences that it is fair to say that the 2006 DTS is a new model. One of the disappointments for me has been the poor gas mileage I get on the DTS vs the 2004 Deville: about 26 avg highway and 20 around town on DTS and over 29 on the highway and 21.5 around town for the 2004 Deville. If I can answer any other specific questions regarding my own experience with these two cars please post here and will try to help you make a choice that will satisfy you. Best wishes.
#559 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [bremertong]
Aug 18, 2007 (6:45 pm)
I get around 28-31 on the road in the Deville. I knew that the DTS was a little less. We don't do a lot of trips -it is far cheaper to fly most places -but I've enjoyed the ones I've taken in the Cadillac. There is another option -I may just keep it beyond the warranty period (10/08). It is only worth about $10,000 now anyway - I doubt that it will depreciate much more in a year or two. It has been so trouble free that I hate to get rid of it and gamble on something else.I won't keep it more than 100k though. I will look at the Town Car as well as the Avalon. Town Cars are so heavily discounted that you can buy a new one for the price of a program DTS and I might just do it. How does your Town Car ride as compared to the DTS? How are the seats in the Town Car? I'm definately steering clear of a Mercedes. The reliability has been awful. I had enough experience with an Audi to never buy another German car.
#560 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [dispencer2]
Aug 18, 2007 (9:33 pm)
Thanks for the information on Mercedes, having had the problems I've had with the DTS reliability is very important
to me. The fact that your car is trouble free is a very important factor and should weigh heavily in your decision.
The 2006 DTS rides well is less likely to lean in turns, the T.C. is very quiet on the road, handles very well for a car of its size, gets about 29 MPG on the highway and 22.5
in the city. The interior materials are more pleasing to me than the DTS, the seats are very large and comfortable. There was a recent customer satisfaction survey that ranked it among the highest in customer satisfaction (don't remember the source). The US plant was recently closed but the car will come back in 2008 and will be made in Canada I am told. Lincoln technology is not as modern as Cadillac but for ride and comfort I am very pleased and strongly suggest you rent one even if it means going out of your way to find a rental company that has them available. And yes the value is one of the strongest advantages for this car. I bought mine, a Signature Limited with sun/moon roof and in dash CD stacker with a little under 17,000 miles on it
in excellent condition, 14 months old and for less than half the new price. It is in Gold and turns heads all the time. Amusing aside is that for the big car it is it handles extremely well on the road especially in winding and steep grades, often the folks in small sports coups can't keep up with it in that many sports coupes don't have the road holding capability of T.C. . The transmission has real braking power on steep grades where as my Cadillacs have required much more braking to keep the car in good control. Suggest you rent one for a week and see what you think. Please let me know if you have other questions and will help as much as I can.
#561 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [bremertong]
Aug 19, 2007 (1:56 pm)
Thanks for the help you've already given. I'll check out a rental on our next trip. One rental car company is owned by Ford -is it Avis? Whichever one it is should have a Lincoln.
You might check Consumer Reports reliability pages in their annual booklet. I don't place much stock in their test drives and opinions but the reliability pages reflect input from owners.
#562 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [dispencer2]
Aug 19, 2007 (8:41 pm)
Thanks for the information about C.R. After thought, the Town Car will not handle anything like the German cars you referred to in a previous post, it has a more floaty ride. They did make a small but significant change to the suspension system beginning with the 2003 models that greatly
improved the handling of the newer cars. Only way you will
know is to drive one and see. Probably as suggested for a moderate to long trip. I find I have difficulty in evaluating a car if driven for a few hours or less. Think it is Budget Rent a car that is connected to Ford but not certain. Best wishes, keep me posted and feel free to ask additional questions as needed.
#563 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [robw64]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:36 am)
Just returned from the dealer where they replaced another tire.....I now have 2 new and 2 original Continentals. The car rides much better, but it doesn't seem perfect to me. I might just be sensitive to any minor vibration after all of this. The service manager rode with me (both before and after replacing the tire) and told me about the difficulty fixing wheel vibrations with several Cadillac models, including the DTS and CTS.
Parts have been ordered to repair the power seat and replace the seat belt guides, so another trip to the dealer will be required to fix those issues.
#564 of 896 tires vibration /rob64
Aug 20, 2007 (11:39 am)
Hey rob , put 500 miles on them and then if you still have problem go to a TIRE store in my area in baltimore i go to a MR Tire , but go and have the tires Road Force Balance ask them if they have it , that will either correct it or probably get the other 2 tires replace , i have a ford excursion that i put new perille tires on there 10 ply i went back after 1000 miles had them road force balance they replace one tire and i can put coffee in my cup holder and truck runs smooth i try and see what kind of machine they have and post it , what year is your dts i was out looking today at one
#565 of 896 any one with 06 dts
Aug 22, 2007 (4:15 am)
going shopping looking at dts any one still having problem with car battery after it been parked for a week or so ,any other electrical issue , like what i seen but it what i can't see that worry me
#566 of 896 Re: 1 Year Update [robw64]
Aug 22, 2007 (4:45 pm)
Well, the tire vibration is worse than ever now. I am assured it's not all in my head.....my co-workers asked what's wrong with my car when I drove to lunch today. Now it sways and shimmies at low speeds (such as driving in a parking lot) and vibrates like crazy on the highway from 55 mph or higher.
When they call to tell me the additional parts have arrived (to fix the power driver seat and replace the seat belt guides) I'm planning to rent a car and leave mine with them until they can fix it.
This is all very frustrating. The mechanics at the dealership seem to be trying their best, but I am just amazed that no one can fix this issue. I am an extremely conservative driver and don't abuse the suspension in any way, so this is mind-boggling.