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#5661 of 6595 Re: CTS Dashboard and other rattles [scott1 #5651]
Jun 24, 2004 (3:46 pm)
My CTS is over a year old with about 35,000 miles. I have had three rattles over the past six months. I have a rattle/clicking sound in my dash on drivers side, my latch to glove box rattles and a buzzing/vibration sound coming from my rear speaker area below rear windshield. My Cad dealer fixed the rear speaker area buzzing sound, tightened my glove box latch which did not fix the rattle in my latch. The clicking sound did not click when they test drove my CTS to find the rattles. I am going to continue to pursue the rattles with my dealer until I get them fixed. I really like my CTS and plan to buy another one in a couple years, I hope the rattle problems are solved by then. My CTS is the most expensive car that I have ever owned and has had more rattles than any car that I have owned. I don't expect this from Cadillac. I can't believe we still have to deal with dash rattles in 2004.
#5662 of 6595 Re: CTS Dashboard and other rattles
Jun 24, 2004 (6:39 pm)
" My CTS is the most expensive car that I have ever owned and has had more rattles than any car that I have owned. I don't expect this from Cadillac. I can't believe we still have to deal with dash rattles in 2004."
I have to agree with you there. In the last 10 years I have owned a 94 and 99 Corvette, a pair of chevy Astro Vans, and a 2000, and 2003 Silverado. None of them have had the rattle problems that I have encountered in my cadillac. It's very annoying to spend the kind of money we have spent on a luxury brand, and then be kept busy for the first three months of ownership, in my case, getting rid of the rattles.
Rattles are not as serious of a problem as something mechanical that can leave you stranded..and I have to say I am very pleased with the engine and transmission in my CTS....but if Cadillac wants to compete succesfully against brands like Lexus, then they MUST get their act together and eliminate the design/ build/ or quality control problems that result in all of these rattles.
Jun 25, 2004 (2:01 pm)
I do not have any rattles to date . Now on my 88 Corvette .....that was a rattle trap . But WOW did that Z52 suspension handle
#5666 of 6595 Mobil 1 vs 'Regular oil'
Jun 25, 2004 (3:17 pm)
I have '04 CTS, 3.6. The owners manual recommends Mobil 1, but you can use GM approved 10w-30 oil. The dealer I bought it from ONLY uses the non-synthetic. I always change the oil 3,000 intervals.
Asking for feedback on should I insist on Mobil 1 and let the oil life system say when to change?
Jun 25, 2004 (4:21 pm)
Use mobil 1 and the oil life indicator . That 3000 mile interval is old history . Technology has made it obsolete . Of course you can change your oil whenever you want
#5668 of 6595 Re: CTS Dashboard and other rattles [scott1 #5653]
Jun 25, 2004 (5:09 pm)
I agree with your comments. I want to make it clear that with the exception of the rattles, I am very pleased with my CTS. If I had it all to do over I would still buy a CTS. I find myself going for Saturday and Sunday drives on a country road with the Bose system a blazing. I have never owned a car that made me want to do that. The rattles are just frustrating.
#5669 of 6595 Mobil 1 vs 'Regular oil'
Jun 25, 2004 (5:28 pm)
"I have '04 CTS, 3.6. The owners manual recommends Mobil 1, but you can use GM approved 10w-30 oil. The dealer I bought it from ONLY uses the non-synthetic. I always change the oil 3,000 intervals."
The owners manual says to use an oil that meets the spec "GM4718M". The ONLY oils that meet that spec are full synthetic like Mobil 1. A few other companies make synthetics that meet that spec..Valvoline for one I know does, but I would never use an oil in my CTS that did not meet that spec. The owners manual also states to use 5W-30, although you could probably get away with a 10W -30 in warm weather.
I took my car back to the dealer I bought it from last week because they owed me a free oil change. They have already lost my business because of awful service, and my visit just reinforced that opinion. I mentioned to my service writer that my engine reguired a full syntheric like Mobil 1, and he stated that they use Citgo Products. I asked if it met the GM4718M spec..and he hemmed and hawwed and never answered my question. After the oil change..I did some checking, and found that Citgo doesn't even make an oil that meets GM4718M. The bext morning, I took the car to the oil change place near my house that I have used for years, and had them drain out the wrong oil..and put in Mobil 1. I'm not taking any chances with a very expensive engine. Any Cadillac dealer that is putting oil in customers cars that does NOT meet the specs called for by the manufacturer, should have their cadillac franchise revoked.
#5670 of 6595 Re: CTS Dashboard and other rattles [golfnut5 #5659]
Jun 25, 2004 (5:34 pm)
Rattles in cars drive me crazy. I did manage to get all of them eliminated ..but it took me three months. I too love my CTS..its a well engineered car with great handling, a smooth powerful engine, and the most refined automatic transmission I have ever experienced.
I just hope someone from Cadillac sees this thread and does something about it.