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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, There's just no accounting for taste. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Not being the original owner, I didn't get to pick the options in my 04 DHS which btw seems to ...
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    There's just no accounting for taste.

    Not being the original owner, I didn't get to pick the options in my 04 DHS which btw seems to be pretty much complete save for night vision and a sunroof...I'll survive. What does puzzle (and irks) me a bit is why someone would actually pay extra to have the digital dash in place of the analogue standard DHS dash??? Yes, personal preference I know but I have to drive it now

    Any of you have options on your Cads that "just don't make sense", to you of course?


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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    I couldn't agree more with your analog vs digidash assessment. Mine is equipped the same sans the digidash. The only thing I didn't like was the column shift, so I converted it. I think an analogue dash is a plug n play should you be so inclined.

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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    Ranger, do you have a thread documenting your conversion? It is tempting and I don't think I'd have too much trouble finding a DTS console in black! This could get stupid though...I'm already looking at doing a 4 door Lambo number on it.


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    Don't.

    Have people look at it because it's a good looking car, not because it can impersonate a dragonfly.

    Lambos don't even have "Lambo doors" anymore...
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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    ... wasn't the analog dash only standard on the DTS (not DHS)?
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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Don't.

    Have people look at it because it's a good looking car, not because it can impersonate a dragonfly.

    Lambos don't even have "Lambo doors" anymore...
    I hear ya', and yes, it is a great looking car but in the grander scope of things, my dd is always a new company vehicle that is usually a loaded GC/T&C so the DHS is essentially "a toy" that serves as dd when I need it to. I'm single, no kids (as yet proven), no debts and somewhat modestly of means so why not pursue it properly as a fet...I mean, hobby and FWIW, the doors very much match the era of the car. My .02Cdn.


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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    There is a thread I sort of hijacked after the OP decided against the conversion. I forget the OP's name, built it had Gold in it if I remember correctly. I think he was from Chicago. At any rate you'll have to fabricate a shift cable mount unless you want to buy a DTS cable. The wiring was simply jumped with a bunch of short wires from the male plug to the female. They are not compatible. The other option is to cut off your old console plug and splice it in. I was going to do that and have the plug on my bench, but since it's working just fine it will probably never happen. You'll also have to reroute the T/C button wire from the shift lever to the console button. Easy peasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept View Post
    ... wasn't the analog dash only standard on the DTS (not DHS)?
    No, my DHS has analogue. I think it was standard and the digidash was optional.

    Base Deville = Digidash
    DTS = analogue
    DHS = either or.

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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    I guess i was thinking of the previous generation where the ETC, Concours, and STS were the only models to get analog gauges
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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    Digital dashes were another brain fart done just because they could--not because they were better. I get annoyed by my Deville's lack of gauges--you have to page through settings just to see what the coolant temp is! And the fuel gauge that just shows gallons left--what was wrong with "Full" "Half" and "Start walkin'"?
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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    Quote Originally Posted by cormorant View Post
    digital dashes were another brain fart done just because they could--not because they were better.
    amen!

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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    These cars originally were bought by folks who, more likely than not, probably had bi- or tri-focals and a large number staring you in the face may have been easier to read than trying to divine out if it's between 50 and 60 or 60 and 70. I guess that's the theory anyway. But even Lincoln had better representations for fuel AND a temp gauge. The old school Mark VII LSC managed to fit fairly complete analogs into the same tiny space that was originally designed for the digital dash...I wish my STS had been as lucky.
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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    I know there's a lot of malice toward digital displays here. Me, I don't care either way when it comes to the speedometer. I have both types and either works for me.
    What I do like is a gauge that says "COOLANT TEMP 226 F" rather than "getting a little hot", or "a smidge over middle"
    It's probably just me, but I like the fact that I can see when the thermostat opens and closes just by watching the numbers go up and down

    I agree, though, about having only 1 displayed at a time. And this gets overridden by useful messages like "CHECK WASHER FLUID"
    I would prefer to see Coolant Temp and Battery Voltage numbers in place of the useless INST MPG and RANGE numbers to the left of the speedo.

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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    i was thinking about this just yesterday and was wishing that the info display would cycle through the different items every 30 seconds or could be set to stay on one if you wanted it to
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    I adjusted my dic to show coolant temp. Think it's fairly easy

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    Re: There's just no accounting for taste.

    Quote Originally Posted by stoveguyy View Post
    I adjusted my dic to show coolant temp. Think it's fairly easy
    So how did you do that ?

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