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#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.
#761 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [vic10]
Apr 08, 2008 (9:52 pm)
Unless I have to go out and drive in bad weather I just stay home since I work at home and don't have to commute to an office. The idea of spending some serious time with the owners manual is a very good one, even an hour would probably bring very good results. I have considered a 300C as a replacement for my DTS but suspect will not be trading till at least 2010 and suspect lots will happen with Cadillac in the next few years so am open to the idea of another Cadillac. Best wishes with your new car and by all means keep us all posted on how you like it and your overall impressions versus the 300C.
#762 of 896 Re: OnStar Pluses [sls002]
Apr 09, 2008 (8:27 am)
If you deviate from the turn-by-turn verbal OnStar instructions, there will be a message indicating you "have left the planned route." This will occur, for example, when you turn into a rest area on the Interstate. This message will be followed by "will you need help getting back to the planned route. Yes or no?" I have never had a problem with any route deviation.
#763 of 896 Re: Suspension/Wheel/Front end problems [swhite407]
Apr 09, 2008 (8:43 am)
"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."
This has happened several times in my '07 DTS with 12k miles. Happens so infrequently that I didn't expect the dealer to be able to duplicate the problem. Until a service bulletin appears, there's probably nothing that can be done. I assume this glitch isn't setting any codes in the BCM.
#764 of 896 Re: LOOKING FOR INPUT FOR ONSTAR [bremertong]
Apr 09, 2008 (11:46 am)
From an earlier post I wrote:
"True, with On-Star turn by turn you do not have to type your destination. That is the only advantage. Just before my free subscription expired I called for directions to a very well known destination just to test the system. At the same time I set up my built-in system for the same destination
I purposely passed the destination. On Star asked if I wanted new directions by reconnecting to an advisor. This would mean waiting for a down load of new directions.
Meanwhile the built-in system had already re-calculated and was redirecting me to my destination. Also, you can see an actual map to clarify where you are with the built-in system.
I will not be renewing On Star unless they lower their prices."
Additionally, someone made mention that ONSTAR would direct you to restaurants and hotels. The built in NAV does this also if you have those options turned on. The map actually shows such things as gas, hotels, restaurants, and medical facilities right on the map, but you do initially have to tell the system what you want displayed.
The built in NAV is extremely easy to set up and use.
The built in NAV system is by far, better than On Star. I have a small portable NAV system that I purchased ($150.00) for my truck that outperforms On Star.
#765 of 896 Re: Suspension/Wheel/Front end problems [kenb757]
Apr 13, 2008 (9:03 pm)
I have the same problem with my 2006 DTS and dealer told me that unless it was going on at the dealership there was not much chance of figuring out what was wrong. As is the case with your car, mine only does this about once a month. If you get it diagnosed and repaired please post solution here and if I find an answer I will also post here. My car does it at ignition and if I giggle the radio on/off switch a few times the turn signal and radio audio have come on so far.
Apr 15, 2008 (10:11 am)
We purchased a 2007 DTS this past summer and have had several issues with the suspension. The brake and gas pedals feel like they are loose and going to come off whenever you hit any kind of rough terrain. There is also a ticking sound in the dashboard that sounds like a fan hitting something. It's been in several times to solve these problems but they have never been able to do anything about it. They even contacted Michigan and were told that they'd had other DTS's with the same problem but deemed it to be a design flaw. We are now working on a dealer buy-back with our local dealership.
Anyone know what I'm talking about or have the same issues?
#767 of 896 Re: Suspension/Wheel/Front end problems [bremertong]
Apr 16, 2008 (7:19 am)
The GM representatives (the same one that told me there was nothing wrong with my car in Feb. 2008, but then a bad tie rod end was found!) came out and drove my car again on 4/9/2008. I am now waiting to see if they will re-purchase my 2006 DTS. Again, my wheels feel like bobble heads when I am going over any bumps in the road along with having front end clunking noises. I think maybe Cadillac should have all of their tech support drive Cadillacs on a daily basis like we do, so maybe they would know what their supposed to drive like! Will keep everyone updated on my meeting with Atty Generals office for the lemon buy-back.