Cadillac DTS Forum - 2006 through 2012 Discussion, New member, 2006 dts in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; New to the forum but not new to Cadillac's. Just picked up 06' DTS with only 45k on it.
spent half the day going over the car and the only things I noted was a valve cover leak (near the fire wall) and one of the trailing arms was slightly bent. Looked like the car got towed at some point and the tow truck driver operator used the trailing arm as a pulling point. I swapped out the old stock, flimsy looking trailing arms for a set of Moog tubular trailing arms. I still need to do the alignment and valve covers but I thought I would say hello. Bellow is a pic of the new trailing arm. I must say I am very impressed by them.
Thank ya'll for the complements. Nope its not a friends garage or a big garage its actually a small shop. I work at a small corvette performance shop. The only car that's mine in the pic is the DTS. I have owned (owned being the key word) several other Cadillac's a 72' el dog, 84' brougham, 98' sts ,99' sls and now a 06' dts. With the exception of the 72' i think this DTS is my favorite. I still dont understand why they dont put the LS motor in these cars like they do on the cts-v's.
My guess why they didn't put the LS motor in is because they knew they would stop making it soon and the car doesn't come in rear wheel drive. If the car was always made in rear wheel drive I think they would consider it. Like how they made the CTS and sts keyless ignition and the the dts while the dts cost more, because they had plans of discontinuing it is my guess.
I did a little research, just a little, and the motors you are talking about the 5.3 that they put in the impala is putting out 307 hp. The Cadillac dts northstar puts out 273-293 ranging over years and between the regular and the performance models. I thought the 5.3 motor was putting out more hp then that, that's why its it fwd. I would prefer the dts to be rwd. It takes serious engineering to put a lot of hp on fwd and the driver can probably only handle so much cause the car will torque pull meaning pull to one side which will cause a lost of control. Also you can lose up to 15 hp along the drive shaft in rwd(I think) so cadillac probably call themselves maximizing gas mileage but not losing the horse power...
so whats the reason they never made the DTS RWD? It looks as if you could fit a RWD set up in easy. Might have to modify the trans tunnel/ center console area a bit but I dont see anything that would stop them if they wanted to get serious about it. It still befudles me.