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#6273 of 6595 CTS in dealer service for check engine light
Aug 03, 2005 (2:17 pm)
This is the third time to enter Cadillac dealer for service on check engine light on 2003 CTS. Two previous visit yields nothing, Dropped car at dealer yesterday, call today ask about what is going on. Seems like they retrieved the codes but cannot figure how. Ask me if I want to leave the car longer so they can see if there is anything they can do. My firends at office was suggesting California lemon law maybe able to use if they still cannot resolve this. Any comment?
#6274 of 6595 Reasonable dealer demo discount?
Aug 14, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I'm looking at a 2005 CTS 3.6L with luxury package and moonroof. Employee price is $34,633, just like any other simliarly equipped '05 CTS. But it's a demo car with 6,000 miles on it, so dealer will take another $2,000 off. Is two grand a reasonable discount for that number of miles? Also, the '06's are already out. Am I wrong in thinking that he should reduce it further?
#6275 of 6595 Certified Cadillac CTS??
Aug 16, 2005 (8:29 pm)
Looking for anyone who purchased a used Cadillac CTC Certified. The Cadillac Certified Warranty 6 years/100k bumper to bumper looks to be the best out there.
No deductible? Must be a ton of Caddy's coming off leases. Anyway, price limit is about 24-27K, any advice on engine's, options, etc.? The Cadillac site had tons of listed models. Just looking for a safe car, OnStar, fun to drive, with a warranty. Saab is too risky, though safe. Acura too overpriced. Any recommendations? Anyone purchase a certified CTS?
#6276 of 6595 '06 CTS--Is this a good deal?
Aug 17, 2005 (9:34 am)
I have an offer in writing for an '06 CTS with luxury package and power sunroof, no other options.
Offer is for $35,628. With the SmartBuy incentive, botom line price is $33,378, plus TTL.
Is this a good deal? Should I try for better at same dealer or elsewhere?
#6277 of 6595 Re: Certified Cadillac CTS?? [smu1976]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:35 pm)
I have an '05 that I bought new. You want the 3.6 engine; not the standard 2.8 engine. I have satellite radio which I was not sure I would like. I love it and I would not buy anything without it. The CTS is a great car; handles well; lots of power with the 3.6 engine; great 5 speed auto transmission made in France. I bought mine new for 28,000. It has the standard 8 way power seat. The car without the additions comes fully loaded. The list on it new was 34,070. The dealer gave me 4000 off and i had 2000 on my gm mastercard. If it were me, I would go with the standard package with satellite and 3.6 engine.
#6278 of 6595 Re: '06 CTS--Is this a good deal? [mrjones1]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:38 pm)
That sounds like a fair deal to me. With the employee discount program going on, I don't think you will get any different deal elsewhere. That program equalizes the ground for everyone.
#6279 of 6595 Re: CTS in dealer service for check engine light [tester1]
Aug 18, 2005 (6:20 pm)
Interesting that you mention this. I have the same problem with another model car. They keep getting the code P1136 (which means unknown), and on the look up in the book it means the fuel is running lean (or weak). The car in question requires 91 octane, and that's what I use.
All aspects of the diagnostic test show that there is truly no problem. Everything checks out fine. The report reads (computer generated light P1136 unknown) otherwise the test results are satisfactory. This is from two different shops. Neither charged me for the test because there was nothing to fix. I believe they felt bad that they could do nothing to help.
Both thought that it may be caused by bad fuel and the second shop suggested that I try a bottle of octane booster which they provided. The light hasn't come back on yet, but I have only driven about twenty miles since. Prior to this, it would take about 170 miles or so after each reset. The car performs fine. If the light wasn't on you wouldn't know the difference. I'm beginning to wonder if we are being served bad (weaker than posted) fuel from time to time. What's your take?
#6280 of 6595 thebug Octane
Aug 19, 2005 (6:56 am)
It is very possible that the gas station selling 91 octane is really pumping out 87 octane??? This is a common practice at some stations.
#6281 of 6595 Re: thebug Octane [nortsr1]
Aug 24, 2005 (6:35 pm)
Most cars sold in this country will run just fine on 87 octane. Even my step-son's '99 Porsche Carrera, even though the book says high-octane, the dealer said 87 would be fine.
Face it; everything connected to the oil industry is designed to separate you from as much money as possible. Especially oil changes. Every 3,000 miles is a crock. But I digress .
Thanks for listening.
#6282 of 6595 Re: thebug Octane [larnes]
Aug 26, 2005 (7:58 pm)
For the most part I do use regular unleaded regardless, but in the VW it called for 91, and I put 87 in for the first few months without realizing that it required 91, and it ran crappy. After that, I switched to 91, I noticed a major difference. That's why I think it's a bate and switch at the pump sometimes. It's truly illegal, but how would anyone defend against that without spending a lot more money.
BTW, my engine light problem may be vacuum hose related. Got the info from the VW group. Changed a few hoses out and the light hasn't come back on yet. I've only driven about 80 miles since though. I hope this is the fix. On all other attempts to fix it, the light came back on after about 170 miles with no noticeable change in performance.