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    I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Last week Cadillac put a new engine in my ATS. When my wife picked it up the check engine light came on. The dealer then took the car back and informed us that a sensor hadn't been plugged in properly. We then picked tha car up again last night. My wife took it to work and when I asked her how the car was running she wasn't too pleased. She said it was hesitating and running rough. She said it was very jumpy and downshifting hard and all around running anything but smooth. I told her maybe it just needed to break in a bit because the engine is brand new. When she got home from work I washed the car and decided to take it for a spin to see how it was. I didn't get halfway out the driveway and the check engine light came on again. I still drove it and it was aweful! It hesitated then downshifted hard and jerked me all around. I then called Onstar for a diagnosis. They told me to bring it in for service as soon as possible because there is a malfunction in the ignition system. I'm starting to regret buying this car and feel that this may be just the begining of many many future problems. I couldn't imagine owning this car without bumper to bumper warranty. I'm thinking maybe Cadillac is just a Chevy with lipstick on it and expensive lipstick at that. This is the most expensive car my wife and I ever bought. Maybe we should have bought another Audi instead?

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Do not know where you live but if the 1st dealer did not test drive and see all those problems, dump them and find another even if u have to drive some. Good luck

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Sucks too hear.. Cadillac is GM and remember you can dress up a pig but its still just a pig dressed up!

    My ATS IS FLAWLESS. Thank god. Sorry too hear about your experience.

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    now im not jumping to conclusions or anything, but almost every problem thread ive read on this forum, contains "the wife drove it...". i think we all know where these problems are coming from. i dont have a wife and luckly my ATS is just fine. im not saying ur wife did it......but ur wife did it.
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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Quote Originally Posted by donavo View Post
    now im not jumping to conclusions or anything, but almost every problem thread ive read on this forum, contains "the wife drove it...". i think we all know where these problems are coming from. i dont have a wife and luckly my ATS is just fine. im not saying ur wife did it......but ur wife did it.

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Quote Originally Posted by JSATS View Post
    Maybe we should have bought another Audi instead?
    Every mass produced car model ever made has examples equal or worse than your ATS.

    So yes, you definetly should have bought another something, including another ATS.

    Your dealer is by far your biggest problem though.

    Most people never listen but in case you aren't one of those: as soon as you get the car back do NOT take it to that dealer ever again. And if it isn't in pieces now, get it out of there and take it to another dealer before they do something else to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siren05
    Sucks too hear.. Cadillac is GM and remember you can dress up a pig but its still just a pig dressed up!

    My ATS IS FLAWLESS. Thank god. Sorry too hear about your experience.
    I'm starting to think?... Time will tell tho. So far like you, no serious problems. Just stuff that will get fixed with updates and/or just personal preference stuff. Just cause I think it should different doesn't mean it's broke.

    Sorry jsats, I know how bad you loved this car b

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    So if you buy the Audi you'll have a dressed up Volkswagon !

    The type of problem you are reporting warrant a replacement. Your protected under law but I would demand your dealer give you a new ATS. No brand new car should need a new engine and after putting a new one in its still giving you trouble ??? Hmmm

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Definitely a candidate for a new car IMO. I'd file under your state's lemon law ASAP.....enough is enough....if your car doesn't qualify, I don't know what car does.....

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Ok I have an update. The check engine light went off this morning and the car ran fine. What do I do now? Onstar said it was an ignition malfunction and the car ran like crap last night. I don't trust this car as far as I could push it. I'm thinking it should still go back to the dealer to see whats up with the ignition malfunction. I hope this doesn't turn into one of those mystery problems that show up every now and then and the dealer can't figure it out.

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    eh, if I bought a new car and already they're telling me "oh lets put a new engine in" I'd flip. I would demand a new one and chain myself to the dealership doors till they gave me a new one. this isn't a damn Cruze or focus. This is a cadillac and you shouldn't settle for a transplant on a brand new car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo Supremo
    eh, if I bought a new car and already they're telling me "oh lets put a new engine in" I'd flip. I would demand a new one and chain myself to the dealership doors till they gave me a new one. this isn't a damn Cruze or focus. This is a cadillac and you shouldn't settle for a transplant on a brand new car.
    Yes, demand a new car end of story. Shouldn't have needed new engine then multiple ignition problems etc. a clear lemon law case. Hopefully your dealer makes it easy and gets you in a new one with no fuss. Don't give them another chance. That's way too big a problem and they owe it to you.

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    I don't think any manufacturer would give you a new car. Their only obligation is to fix any car under warranty not replace it. My son had a Pontiac Grand Prix that blew an engine under warranty. They put a new engine in it and right up until the day he sold it he had nothing but electrical problems. I'm hoping I won't have the same issue with my Caddy.

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Quote Originally Posted by JSATS View Post
    I don't think any manufacturer would give you a new car. Their only obligation is to fix any car under warranty not replace it. My son had a Pontiac Grand Prix that blew an engine under warranty. They put a new engine in it and right up until the day he sold it he had nothing but electrical problems. I'm hoping I won't have the same issue with my Caddy.
    I had a similar problem with mine. Cadillac replaced it with another ATS

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    Re: I'm Getting Frustrated With My ATS!

    Why did they replace the original engine?

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