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#2 of 99 2006 DTS Battery Drain
Feb 01, 2006 (7:49 pm)
Anyone having a battery drain problem with 2006 DTS Luxury III? My battery has been lasting approximately ten days prior to failure. Car has less than 500 miles on it. I agree about the lousy fuel economy.
#3 of 99 Re: 2006 DTS Battery Drain [dackel]
Jun 05, 2006 (5:10 am)
We have had this problem. We bought the car Dec. 02, 2005. On February 10, 2006 car was setting in our garage and would not start. When I bought the car the mileage was 56 and the first time it would not start the mileage was 412. On May 01, 2006 the mileage was 974 and car would not start and it was setting in my garage,again. I did not buy this car to have to drive it every day or every week. The dealer claims that they cannot find anything wrong the first time, they charged the battery and ran a series of tests on it. The second time it happened, they replaced the battery, charged the new battery and ran another series of tests and said they could not find anything wrong. I know of another Cadillac (2006) in the neighborhood that has experienced the same problems. This must be an engineering flaw in the electrical systems, computer, or something. Each time the only solution that the dealer gave me was to drive the car more. I paid too much for this car for this to be happening. My other car did not have this much mileage on it until it was about 18 months old. It still started and never gave any problem of this nature. I also hear that the Corvettes are facing this same problem on a regular basis and I know that this is not a car that people want to drive every day. There has to be a problem in the systems of these automobiles. If it can happen in my garage it can happen anywhere. I do not believe that driving the car more will solve the problem it may only delay or hide the problem for awhile.
#4 of 99 Re: 2006 DTS Battery Drain [alvinl]
Jun 05, 2006 (12:28 pm)
I don't own a DTS but my father is looking at one. The issue with modern cars is all of the electronics that use a small (very small) amount of battery power to maintain settings and memories. For the average person who drives a car daily, it never becomes an issue, but judging by the miles you noted, your car is driven very little, so when it sits, the various components and accessories gradually discharge the battery. Even something as simple as the clock in the car will wipe out a battery if left long enough. Other than driving the car more so the battery recharges regularly, the other thing you can do is get a trickle charger to plug in when the car is in the garage and sitting for extended periods which would keep the battery maintained at the proper charge. They are relatively inexpensive and are available at most auto part stores or somewhere like a Sears auto center. By the way, this was explained to me by an electrical engineer who used to work for a large truck manufacturer. Hope this helps.
#5 of 99 Re: 2006 DTS Battery Drain [rprossil]
Jun 05, 2006 (1:01 pm)
I have an '03 Deville and also drive it very little -sometimes only once or twice a month around town for a day. I also use it on trips - that's why I got it -for the 400-800 mile trips I take every couple of months. I replaced the battery a couple of months ago just because it was 3 years old not because there was anything wrong with it. The car always started even though it had not been driven for weeks. I think that there must be a problem with a car that can't sit for a month without a battery charge. Another thing to remember for those of you who sparingly drive a car. Oil should still be changed at least every 3 months. It breaks down when the car is not driven. My mechanic friend says that this type of driving is considered "severe use". Forget about the usual 3,000 mile oil changes. Just do it every 3 months.
#6 of 99 Re: 2006 DTS Battery Drain [rprossil]
Jun 05, 2006 (4:17 pm)
The first time that it happened the car only sat for four days, after being driven for more than 100 miles. The second time it happened the car sat less than ten days. I had another vehicle that sat six months and it would still start. I believe your explanation by the electrical engineer, but this tells me that the electrical design is not keeping up with the loads that are being put on it. This in my opinion is a design and engineering flaw. If GM knows this then they need to make this apparent to potential customers and/or not overload the system they have designed.
#7 of 99 Need HELP with 2004 DTS Drivers Seat
Jul 01, 2006 (7:07 pm)
I hope someone can help me or I will be forced into selling this gorgeous vehicle!! I just purchased a 2004 DTS with every known option and only 37000 miles. It is just beautiful....one BIG problem....my husband is 6'4" and the drivers seat does not go back far enough for him to be able to drive comfortably. His knees are literally up against the dash!! Is there any solution to getting the drivers seat to go back a few more inches?? Hope so or we are going to have to sell this super luxurious baby!! Thanks so much and hope I can get a solution!!
#8 of 99 Re: Need HELP with 2004 DTS Drivers Seat [dnelson252]
Jul 02, 2006 (5:31 am)
My 2003 DHS was that way
My 2006 DTS goes way farther back
Check with service manager before you get rid of it. Couldn't do anything on my 03
#9 of 99 Re: Need HELP with 2004 DTS Drivers Seat [dotbowels]
Jul 07, 2006 (2:38 pm)
My '03 is about right but I'm looking forward to the next DTS with more seat travel. What I'd do is check -not with the dealer - but with a body shop. It might be possible to remove the seat and move the track back. Unless the track is on a hump like my new '90 Mitsubishi Galant which I sold in a month because of seat travel it should be possible to move the track back. You'd lose some back seat space but probably nobody rides back there anyway. The dealer most likely will try and sell you a new one. Let me know what the body shop says.
#10 of 99 Re: Need HELP with 2004 DTS Drivers Seat [dotbowels]
Jul 20, 2006 (1:58 pm)
So what did you do? Take it to the body shop or what?