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#245 of 720 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker
Jun 10, 2011 (11:37 am)
Just happened to stumble onto this site. I have a 2004 CTS that I love! However, I am sad to say, my CTS, goes thru oil like I own OPEC. I drive 82 miles a day, 5 days a week. It just gets worse. Have to monitor the dip stick constantly. This is the only way to keep up with it. It was and still is my dream car. I hate to even consider giving the car up. But it seems that it is the path that I will have to take sooner than later. I had hopes of keeping this car a long time. Like many Cadillac owners have done in the past. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
#246 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [happyjack9]
Jun 10, 2011 (12:57 pm)
Have to monitor the dip stick constantly.
The fact that you take the time & effort to do this is the one and only reason your engine hasn't grenaded . . . yet. Anyway, well done.
No sign of a root cause for the sudden increase in oil consumption, which is the real question. This board is a testament to the fact that most people who drive these cars expect there to be a dashboard light to tell them when they're low on oil.
No such luck.
#247 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [happyjack9]
Jun 10, 2011 (2:27 pm)
I also monitored the dipstick on a regular basis, did not rely on an "idiot" oil light and changed the oil and filter every 6K miles. It is the sudden loss of oil that is so distrubing. Before my engine blew I went from fine to 4 qtrs low in 3 days, no visable leaks or oil on the garage floor.
I wish you luck!
#248 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [outfieldguru]
Jun 11, 2011 (10:37 am)
I have a 2006 CTS, and have a new engine which was installed last November, 2010 after completely blowing my engine on vacation. GM did work with me on this, but there was never a clear cause. I still think it was the timing chain that went, but the damage was severe so that the only recourse was a new engine. The new engine has a new warranty, but I struggle with keeping it or trading it in. Like many of you, I also love my car! Love to drive it, OnStar, XM radio, etc. My concern is that I honestly can't afford a major problem - if this engine goes, or if other issues start, it could be thousands to fix. I could end up with a car that's worthless.
#249 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [cdnpinhead]
Jun 11, 2011 (11:40 am)
Has anyone considered defective valve seals? This can cause sudden burning of oil, with no oil spots, etc.
This was a defect in VWs & Audis years ago.
#250 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [outfieldguru]
Jun 11, 2011 (12:18 pm)
I also monitored the dipstick on a regular basis. . . Before my engine blew I went from fine to 4 qtrs low in 3 days. . .
Extremely interesting -- thank you for your post. Previously I assumed there were two things at work here: 1) this engine sometimes starts using oil at a great rate, combined with: 2) the people who drive a CTS expect it to take care of them and either: a) not have a problem, or b) tell them well in advance if there is one. This cohort doesn't know what a dipstick is, let alone know how to use it. Well, you're not in that group and your got screwed also. This thing is worse than I thought.
Somewhere out there is the explanation, and we're never going to hear it. Well, maybe not never. Perhaps in 20 years or so, after all legal liability has expired, there may be something.
This engine is a roulette wheel. Sometimes you hit the green pockets (0 & 00) and everyone loses, except for the casino. Let's see, that's about 18 to 1 against.
Are your feeling lucky, kid?
#251 of 720 Re: 05 CTS Lost oil and misses on #4 [cadyeldoman]
Jun 11, 2011 (12:24 pm)
IT IS AMAZING YOU GUYS CAN PUT UP WITH SUCH ISSUES FOR THE SAKE OF " BUYING AMERICAN"...AMERICAN BUILT VEHICLES WILL NEVER CATCH UP WITH EUROPE OR JAPAN HIGH END MODELS. USA VEHICLES ARE BUILT FOR SHORT TERM USE LEASES, CAR RENTALS ETC AND NOT FOR LONG TERM KEEPING LIKE THEY USE TO BE IN YEARS GONE BY. GM SPENDS MILLIONS PER YEAR IN AWARD WINNING COMMERCIALS INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE FUNDING IN QC...KEEP BUYING ON IMPULSE CREATED BY SEXY ADS AND YOU WILL GET JUNK ! GET AN AUDI A6 OR A8 OR A BMW AND WILL NEVER BUY A US MADE CAR AGAIN. AMERICAN COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE PREMIUM VEHICLES, PERHAPS THE CORVETTE COULD BE AN EXCEPTION BUT STILL DOES NOT MEASURE UP WITH PORSCHE, FERRARI, ETC
#252 of 720 Re: 05 CTS Lost oil and misses on #4 [pochos]
Jun 11, 2011 (12:28 pm)
Why all CAPS?
Do you really wish to scream that loudly?
#253 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [cadillacmom]
Jun 11, 2011 (2:01 pm)
You answer your own question. You can't afford to a major repair. I loved my STS too. For a time it was the best car I had ever owned and I bragged about it, but I should have traded it at the first sign of this kind of trouble. So should you. Pretty good pricing these days.
#254 of 720 Re: 2004 CTS Heavy oil drinker [cadillacmom]
Jun 16, 2011 (5:36 am)
Glad to hear you did receive a new engine for your vehicle. If you do experience any further problems please be sure to contact GM Customer Assistance. The number is located in the back of the owner's manual.
Caron, GM Customer Service