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#808 of 896 Re: lemon law [bremertong]
Oct 03, 2008 (3:41 pm)
Back Again friends. I still have the '03 DeVille base model. 65,000 miles and runs perfectly and even still smells like leather. No problems whatsoever. The warranty runs out this month but I only drive it on trips now - probably 5,000 miles a year so I think I'll keep it another year. I'll look for an '08 or '09 DTS in the spring of 2010. I just took advantage of GM's Employee Discount sale and bought a Victory Red '09 Cobalt 1LT Coupe for driving around town. We rented an identical one in Hawaii in January and it averaged about 28 mpg around Kauai and was comfortable and roomy for a compact. Anyone who wants a commuting car ought to check it out. I had an '06 Impala and there doesn't seem to be much difference in the ride. The first tank in all town driving got 23.8 which is great. The Cadillac gets 15 or 16. I hope that all the problems inherent in the '06 DTSs have been fixed in the later models. I'd like to hear from owners of trouble free '08s. Karl
#809 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [barryob]
Oct 04, 2008 (4:44 pm)
A similar thing happened to my Mother when driving her 2007 DTS! It has stopped dead (& with NO onstar activation either!) at least 5 times. The dealer has kept the car for 10+ days and GM even sent someone to "investigate," but the problem has not been fixed. Very scary. And, the dealer and GM seem to have washed their hands of the problem - every time she calls, the "will get back to her." Pretty shabby to treat a 17-time cadillac owner! Soon as the lease is up, it is a reliable foreign car for her!
#810 of 896 Re: DTS died 10 days ago [barryob]
Oct 12, 2008 (6:40 am)
We had a similar problem with a 2006 DTS (Performance Model). The car would be dead for no apparent reason. Jump start the car and it would be fine for weeks. After several disappointing trips to the dealer with "no trouble found" diagnoses, I finally traced the problem myself to a bad ground connection at the floor under the back seat. This is the connection from the battery negative terminal to the floor. The terminal is attached to the floor with a screw that goes into threads under the floor. In the case of our 2006 the floor is painted and so are the threads. I sanded the paint off the floor and put a star washer under the terminal and the problem went away.
We now have a 2008 DTS and that's the first thing I checked. There was still no star washer under the terminal, but the threads in the floor were clean and there was a bare spot (no paint) under the terminal.
This may not be related to your problem but it's worth checking it out. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.
#811 of 896 Re; Warranty Repairs
Oct 14, 2008 (1:59 pm)
I've had nothing but good luck with the few warranty repairs on my '03 DeVille by the local Cadillac dealer but my Buick LeSabre was another matter. It needed a strut bushing (car creaked after going around a curve and tilting back up). Everybody heard it on test drives but the dealer refused to fix it and the Zone Office wouldn't do anything either. I sold it soon thereafter and won't buy another Buick. I think a lot depends on the dealer. I took my car into a Cadillac dealer in north Louisiana for a noise in the front end after hearing it off and on from NM to LA and he said that nothing was wrong. My dealer later found the problem immediately and fixed it. My wife had hit a suspension part on a high curb and bent it slightly. I find that Cadillac dealers are more receptive to warranty repairs than dealers of other GM brands.
#812 of 896 Re: Re; Warranty Repairs [dispencer2]
Oct 14, 2008 (7:31 pm)
You won't buy a Buick but will buy a Cadillac? Hate to tell you, but the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS are much the same car.
Oct 15, 2008 (12:44 pm)
I had an oil change (at the dealer) a couple of weeks ago , drove around town, took a 400 mile trip, and now discover that I'm down a quart of oil. I rarely check the oil -just get an oil change every 3,000 miles. The car has 69,000 miles on it ('03 base Deville). I heard that the Northstar engines tend to use oil. Is this true?
Oct 15, 2008 (12:59 pm)
I am a cadillac owner i had 03 dhs and now 08 dts , my 03 had consumption issue it seem like but i would check stick next morning after change it be down 1/8- 1/4 of inch from full line talk about a Bull crap answer i got , from wrong dip stick to it a high performance engine , I unloaded my 03 in 06 and came back in 08 , almost 20,000 and no issues just go in for oil change every 6500 miles and tire rotation
oh i did go to different dealer , but next oil change check that stick next morning
figure if they short enough customers on oil the profit line will raise , shame is it not GM fault it quality of dealer , it a shame
#815 of 896 On oil consumption
Oct 18, 2008 (9:01 am)
My 2002 Seville LS would use a quart of synthetic oil every 2000 miles or so. I think that the FWD northstar engines are supposed to get 7.5 quarts with an oil/filter change. So, they should charge you for the amount of oil actually put in.
My RWD northstar V8 has used less than a quart in the last 10000 miles since the first oil change. I am now down to 27% on the oil monitor and will have it changed after 24000 miles. It requires synthetic oil meeting GM's 4718 standard (mobil 1 or equivalant).
Oct 19, 2008 (2:56 pm)
New 08 DTS lux II white diamond paint---List for 50K sell for $40K. Anyone care to guess how long it will sit on the lot and/ or what it will sell for? Will the folks who want it be able to finance it? I would need another 8K off to get me interested but these guys act like the economy's great even with an empty showroom day after day after day. They have used 08's with 20-40K and are asking $29-35. Maybe they'll keep busy polishing the bumpers in March.
Took a test drive --- very nice ride.
#817 of 896 Re: Re; Warranty Repairs [thegraduate]
Oct 28, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Very true but the divisions are different - one is Cadillac and the other is Buick. I had good warranty service from Cadillac and poor service from Buick. These problems on 06's-08s are troublesome. I may look into a 350 Lexus instead next time. I like Cadillacs though and have had good luck with my 03. Frankly I like the way they ride and if I can get a model year old base model for $27k or so it is cheaper than a new Avalon. I'll look around though in the spring of 2010 when I'll sell the 03.