My 96 did allow operator to access diagnostics menu to enable coolant temp. Procedure is somewhat tricky. Is on Internet somewhere. I don't have it
I'm a nerd. I like my digi-dash. Looks like something out of the space shuttle
You bought it as a USED car! It seems pretty simple, if there's something about it you don't like, don't buy it. Or if the vehicle would have been new, you should have researched it more. Let the buyer beware!
Very well, that said, beat me, ban me whatever but however new I am here myself and however much/little I might be able to offer, I have always shown absolute respect and tolerance for all until Gary missed the point and somehow in his own special way, just pissed me off.
To the membership here at cadillacforums, I apologize for any offense to you all and to Gary, I urge you to further your grasp of the English language and perhaps, some day, we might actually verbally spar on a level (work on it now, I mean it) perhaps more in your favour than is apparently possible at this time. One hell of an intro Gary, I have to give you that much.
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On my '96, if you page to coolant temp, volts or any other reading, it will just stay there, including after a restart. It will get preempted by new messages like 'cruise control engaged' but then returns to where you left it. So, no adjusting--just page down with the info button to get the data you want.
Was the digital dash an option on the DHS? If I remember I will look in my '04 brochure. Sometimes GM has a supply issue and substitutes one option or feature for another and then it shows up on the sticker as credit or cost option - although the owner had no choice in the matter. It's happened to me in the past.
If it was an option I heard from a dealer that there were electric short problems with the analog instruments and it is possible that the dealer ordered or recommended the digital display. Or it could have been the digital display read as more modern to someone. If I remember correctly the digital display always shows some information that you have to use info select button to see on the analog display. That could have been a factor to someone as well too.
Analog in my '04 DTS.
Yes, the digidash was an option in the DHS.
In regards to the base question "Any of you have options on your Cads that "just don't make sense", to you of course?"
This goes way, way back to when options included things long ago made standard, but I once bought a 1969 Eldorado (silver, black roof, red leather) that wasn't equipped with power door locks. Couldn't believe someone would not want power locks on a car that wide and compared to the cost of the car! And even though Cadillac offered split seats (not buckets) in the early FWD Eldos almost all were equipped with the regular power bench.
On my '04 DTS, car that had all options except the night vision, with a sticker of $60K they scrimped and left the XM off. Sure, I understand that someone may not want the subscription costs, but it is something I would have added for resale value alone figuring that it would a common feature by the time I traded
On those nights with lots of reflected light and light shining in your eyes (like a raining night) I sometimes select the digital display only - turning off all the extra analog lighting - and issue the voice command "Screen Off" to shut off the radio/navigation display. Doing both can really "quiet" the display in front of you so you can concentrate on the road ahead of you. Even if you are using navigation it still prompts with voice, and while you lose the gas display it still will show range on the strip display. Maybe it is just me, but I think not if Cadillac offered the configurable display in the analog cluster, but I really like having the various display options for when I need them.
Not till the XTS did Cadillac bring back the configurable display - albeit in a much more electronc form and not as "quiet" as I can get in my '04 if the conditions call for it.