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Cadillac BLS Forum (Europe / South Africa) Discussion, Service Book? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; About to buy BLS model and getting more familiar. Checked the owner's manual and missed some simplest things like oil ...
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    elmenhorster is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Service Book?

    About to buy BLS model and getting more familiar. Checked the owner's manual and missed some simplest things like oil grades, coolant color and brands, filter types etc. it refers to some "service book" where can I get the information specified?
    Likely it uses 5w30 oil that is a no brainer, but anything else is important to know.
    btw 4cyl petrol engine requires a whooping 6.0liters of oil?

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    Re: Service Book?

    Quote Originally Posted by elmenhorster View Post
    About to buy BLS model and getting more familiar. Checked the owner's manual and missed some simplest things like oil grades, coolant color and brands, filter types etc. it refers to some "service book" where can I get the information specified?
    Likely it uses 5w30 oil that is a no brainer, but anything else is important to know.
    btw 4cyl petrol engine requires a whooping 6.0liters of oil?
    Hi, and welcome to the forum by the way. Sadly, it is very quiet on the BLS forum as there are so few owners.

    To be honest, I'm not too sure about the petrol model BLS. Like the diesel models, I'm assuming that because the car was built by Saab, your car will share the same petrol engine as its equivalent Saab 9-3 cousin.

    As far as I'm aware, there is no separate 'service manual' available to the public. The only people who will have that, are authorised Cadillac service centres and I suspect many owners with a BLS will never go to one, especially here in the UK because there are so few. I do use a authorised service centre myself because they treat me very well and their pricing is good, despite the 180 mile round trip once a year! To be fair though, my local Vauxhall dealer or my nearest Saab specialist would be able to service the car equally as well but they won't have access to Cadillac specific Tech 2 software for diagnostic issues.

    I bought a Haynes Manual for the Saab 9-3 last year. Certainly for the diesel model, it is an excellent source of information because the engine/gearbox and braking system is the same as is on the Saab 9-3 as is a lot of the electrical system. The manual has certainly been useful for me as I recently replaced the front suspension setup on my BLS and the Haynes Manual guidance was spot on. Also it will have all of the torque settings etc as well as the grades of oil required, although that information is available in the owners manual.

    What country are you in? and how old is the car you are buying?

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    Re: Service Book?

    Thanks for reply.
    I'm in Germany. Knowing of my driving habits which is mostly city and short trips petrol engine is a better option for me, along with automatic gearbox and navigation system. Preferably with less than 60k miles on it. This combination alone gives me a hard time finding one, all I can see are diesels and I didn't even mention exterior/interior colors which forced me to extend my search and touch places like The Netherlands and Austria.
    The thing will cost me around 10k euros and is 2008. However, there are cheaper 2010 models with less mileage, but I'm stubborn when it comes to particularity.
    As for manual it doesn't even have service intervals, I guess I'll have to check for Saab OM, because all I can get from BLS OM is "use fluid that have been approved by Cadillac" or "contact an authorized Cadillac workshop" stuff, which I find hilarious.
    But still I need one question to be answered on the spot. Does factory coolant suppose to be red?

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    Re: Service Book?

    Quote Originally Posted by elmenhorster View Post
    But still I need one question to be answered on the spot. Does factory coolant suppose to be red?
    The correct coolant to be used in these cars is I believe the same as as in the diesel models, genuine GM Dexcool, part number: 93165162, see this for reference:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-SA...item20dfc2524f

    As you are in Germany, should be available from any Opel dealer.

    Are you up for driving a right hand drive BLS?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2006-CADIL...item4619a81c0a

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2007-Cadil...item35d4ed82e8

    Cheaper than the €10,000 you have in mind!

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    Re: Service Book?

    Well those are 2.8 sports sedans with stiff suspension, and I'm looking for comfort as priority, performance is irrelevant, besides fuel prices are scary as well. That is 2.0T Business or Elegance or whatever it is called I have in mind. Also it is from dealer and 6 moth warranty is included.
    Thanks on the Dexcool by the way, I was aware of it but not quite sure, seems the application is evident.

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