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#751 of 896 Re: Reliable DTS? Anybody have one? [vic10]
Mar 30, 2008 (8:46 pm)
Thanks you for your well thought out and detailed response. You may be right about the 2006 model year. Many years ago I had heard that first model years were not good model years to buy in any car
but I thought new quality controls by most manufacturers had improved upon this. I guess there could still be issues with first model years including Cadillac. I am reasonably satisfied with 2006 DTS but just have had bullet proof results with my Town Car. In addition (for me) the best part of my experience with T.C. has been the seats and interior comfort in general. One of the reasons I like the forums such as this is that owners can compare experiences and results and develop better insights in to the car owning experience. Of course this experience is enhanced when people like your self post their experiences with out trying to diminish the experiences
of other owners and posters at this forum. Thanks again!
#752 of 896 LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR
Apr 03, 2008 (8:26 pm)
My onstar free first year enrollment will expire in a few months and am seriously thinking of dropping the service. My reasoning is that I have never used the phone (have my own cell phone which never use when in motion) , when I had electrical system problems Onstar was unable to detect any problem and in fact has never been able to detect any problem with this car. Recently someone told me they were locked out of their car and Onstar was unable to unlock the car by their remote system. I realize that if I go off a cliff or have other kinds of accidents the system will contact assistance I rarely drive at night and for Seventeen dollars a month I suspect the chances of Onstar saving my life are less than my winning a mega bucks lottery if I bought seventeen dollars worth of tickets each month. Realistically people probably take a billion or more car trips a year both long and short distances and if Onstar has saved 100 lives they are sure using it as a big marketing tool. Having said all this I am eager to learn of others experiences and opinions regarding Onstar. I had a really bad experience with Onstar early this year when they were using an auto dialer to call me a few times a day to pitch additional Onstar services. It took the assistance of Cadillac customer service and Onstar to get my phone number out of the system.
There is no right or wrong in this so any and all opinions are appreciated to help me evaluate whether
I need this system.
Apr 04, 2008 (5:33 am)
I have an '07 DTS and my wife has an '07 STS. Both have On Star. Only the DTS has the NAV system and frankly I find it less than easy to use. For that reason and because of the absence of the NAV system in my wife's STS, we both rely heavily on OnStar's turn-by-turn directions. We both have used the program many many times in many different situations and it has worked flawlessly on every occasion. In addition to the audible directions through the radio, directions are also visibly provided via the DIC.
In addition, my wife had a flat tire recently in a remote area. She merely pulled over, kept the car doors locked and called OnStar for Cadillac's Roadside Assistance. Such assistance was forthcoming within minutes. For this alone I would keep OnStar operational.
#754 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [bremertong]
Apr 04, 2008 (5:47 am)
Insurance is nothing but a lottery: You're betting you'll need the $$$ assistance and the insurance company is betting you won't. I think of OnStar as another lottery.
On Cadillac.forums, one of the CTS contributors told how he was going down this relatively remote road, took a turn too fast, and rolled his car. OnStar responded when the airbags went off. As a result, he said he'd never drive without it.
If you've never had an event when it was needed, then the yearly cost seems like a waste. But if you've needed it just once, you can probably justify it forever.
I have no personal experience YET (If my new DTS doesn't come today I'll attack someone....). Ask me in a year if I think it's worth it. Since the car doesn't have NAV, I'll probably get some use...though I NEVER get lost.....
#755 of 896 Re: OnStar Pluses [davebuswell]
Apr 06, 2008 (8:16 am)
I have the NAV in my SRX and I find it easy to use. Putting an address in is somewhat different from the way one might expect, but after reading the manual over and playing with it some, I find the NAV very useful. However, the OnStar directions are much easier in that you can summon the OnStar help and tell them the address bypassing the problem of getting the address into the NAV. But can you deviate from the directions? With the NAV if you deviate, it will try to turn you around, but if that is not succesful, it will compute a new route.
#756 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [vic10]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:13 pm)
I keep a cell phone in my Town Car and hope that will be enough for DTS if I give up Onstar. As mentioned before I drive mostly on main roads and rarely at night. You make a good point, if you needed it just once, might be a life saver. Be sure to post your reactions and feedback on your new DTS and best wishes with it!
#757 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [bremertong]
Apr 08, 2008 (4:26 am)
We've had thunder / hail storms here in Tulsa since 3AM today and are under a thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for most of the day. Of course it would be the day I pick up the new car. Expect to spend most of the day sitting in the garage reading the manual instead of cruising around. Might be awhile before I get a chance to form an impression of the car (it's suppose to be stormy all week). Coming out of a 300C, I'll probably post in the DTS vs 300C thread.
#758 of 896 Suspension/Wheel/Front end problems
Apr 08, 2008 (12:27 pm)
Sadly, I must say I have given up on my 2006 DTS. I bought it new in 2/06 and have had nothing but problems the entire time I have owned it. After correcting the battery problems and windshield noise problems right from the beginning, I still have ongoing problems after 7 attempts to correct clunking noises in the front end. When I would come to a complete stop and then start to move again, there is something making a loud clunking noise in the right front end. You can also hear noises when turning the steering wheel to the left. GM called in tech support after continiously changing out parts to try and correct problems. I have new lower control arms, new front strut assembly, new axle, new tie rod ends, alignment of upper engine torque arm, and various other bolts and tightenings they said may have caused it. Needless to say, I am now trying to "lemon law" my beautiful black DTS. Besides these problems, they have replaced my radio amplifier because I have all of my sound in my interior go "mute" including my turn signals. This issue is ongoing, but only happens on occasion and they cannot "duplicate" this problem. I have read through the forum and noticed banging noises coming from the rear end from other people. Service people thought I was crazy when I told them that I get about 1 mile from my house after start-up and I hear 5 knocks coming from rear end. Sounds like a "monkey in my trunk"! Thought it was outside construction at 1st...now I know it is just another thing they cannot fix. This is my 4th Cadillac and the most disappointing. Loved my 2000 DTS but had stabilization light on for 2 years that they could not correct either. Parked my Cadillac in garage 3 months ago and bought another car because they could not fix problems and I felt steering problems made it unsafe to drive. Anyone having these problems also, please let me know. I just want GM to take car back at this point!
#759 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [bremertong]
Apr 08, 2008 (5:32 pm)
recently renewed the "Direction and Connections" plan for another three years. Got a little better deal that way.
I travel a lot and use it quite a bit.
It is real nice, when coming into a strange town, to just push the button and ask the nice OnStar lady where the nearest Holiday Inn is. She tells you how to get there and will give you the phone number. Sometimes I have had them make the reservation for me. All I have to do is check on.
After you get checked in, you need to eat... Push the button and ask her where the steakhouse (or whatever) is, and she tells you how to get there.
It can save you a lot of trouble and hassle.
I also used it one time when I locked myself out of the car and was 50 miles from the nearest town. The cost of a locksmith to come out that far probably paid for at least a years subscription. And I didn't have to wait a couple of hours to get the car unlocked.
#760 of 896 Re: Suspension/Wheel/Front end problems [swhite407]
Apr 08, 2008 (9:40 pm)
I'm really sympathetic to your problems and hope you will be provided with a new car. May I suggest that as a part of your efforts you write to the President of the Cadillac division outlining the problems you've mentioned in your post, if that doesn't get results write directly to the president of G.M. Considering that this is your fourth Cadillac they should do something substantial for you and not just apologize for your problems. My 2006 DTS is my third Cadillac,
I would rate my level of satisfaction at around a six with ten being highest. PLEASE NOTE, I have the same problem as you do with the radio and turn signal audio not coming on at ignition, this happens around once a month on average, I giggle the on off switch on the radio and this generally corrects the problem but for a car of this category it is disappointing to have an unresolvable glitch like this.
Based on my experience I will probably not by a first model year again unless I do more checking than I did
for this car. My warranty runs out in mid 2011 and will probably replace the car before the end of the new car warranty period.
I hope you will continue to update us on your progress and the resolution of it and if I can be of assistance please post here and I will certainly try in that I own the same model year. Best wishes and continue to go after what you paid for, a good quality luxury car.