: New 06 STS Owner - 1SE! Happy, yet sad.



K STS
05-14-09, 12:46 AM
Hi all,

I finally did it. here are some pictures of my 06 STS V8. It is maroon red (not sure of the official color code?) I made a foolish mistake however, I assumed since it was a V8 with nav and a sunroof that it was the 1SG package. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! It is indeed the 1SE package (Crap!) which means it is missing a few of the options I wanted - cooled seats, 3.42 rear end, and magnetic ride. (I dont see the option to change it in the nav, so I dont think it has magnetic ride.) The deal was so good, I could not afford to pass up however, it is an 2006 STS V8 with only 36k miles for $18,900. I mainly cared about nav, sunroof, V8, so it diddnt work out for me.

I did have one question however - can I swap out the rear end gears for 3.42s? (or higher, I really liked the 1SG I drove.) The main thing i feel is that it doesnt accelerate nearly as quickly as the 1SG I drove, and i liked that - ALOT. I cant believe Cadillac posts 0-60 times for the V8 STS when there are 3 different rear end options. This car sure doesnt feel like a 6 second 0-60.

Any other options Im missing out on by having 1SE? Thanks in advance for any help.

K STS
05-14-09, 01:03 AM
Also, I know the unit plays MP3s off a CD-R, what about MP3s off a DVD?

R1chard
05-14-09, 01:17 AM
Also, I know the unit plays MP3s off a CD-R, what about MP3s off a DVD?

MP3s only on CDRs, MP3 DVDs are NOT supported.:banghead:

mbnv992
05-14-09, 08:31 AM
Ya, the 1SE is the base model. However, you did get a fantastic price, for a really great looking car that will last you a LONG time !
MANY of the 1SE's didn't even come with the nav. so consider yourself lucky there :)
Good luck with the car, and congratulations !

K STS
05-14-09, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the comments! Any chance anyone have any answers to the other question?

rb92gt
05-14-09, 10:20 AM
I am surprised you find it slow. I have the V8 N* without the 3.42 gears and it stays next to my 1992 Mustang GT which does 0-60 in slightly less than 6 seconds (track tested). I bet gears could be swapped, but may need to be done by dealer which means $$$ as the electronics are complicated, and not sure how easy to get speedometer/tach to be accurate. I would guess more than $1,000 for dealer to do this. Depends on if entire rear diff needs changing or simply the gears inside.

K STS
05-14-09, 12:15 PM
I work at a high performance domestic auto yard, and we have our own auto shop where we work on STS-Vs, CTS-Vs, etc, so labor wouldnt be a problem. Im more concerned with price, and making the new gears work without throwing a code. Anyone with more info? Thanks in advance.

K STS
05-14-09, 12:16 PM
Im suprised your gettig under 6 seconds in your non 3.42 northstar, thats great. The main thing I notice is how LONG first and second gear are. I love the feel of a very quick 0-60, and what I felt in the 1SG package felt amazing.

EChas3
05-14-09, 10:46 PM
Beautiful Car. I wish I had your paint!

Other than that, yours is nearly a twin to my wife's car, except one model year. IMHO your gearing has more positives than negatives, maybe a tenth slower but quieter and more economical. Try Sport Mode around town (push shifter right but leave in Drive (sD).

Likewise on the MRC, my AWD with MRC approaches harsh even when set to Touring. I need the AWD in Wisconsin and wouldn't give up the ACC but you've got a sweet STS.

Enjoy!

K STS
05-14-09, 11:42 PM
Thanks for the kinds words!

Upon searching all of google and this web site, I cannot find one article about swaping the rear end gears, or the complete rear end.

Anyone have any info?

ifmracin
05-15-09, 12:37 PM
No ventilated seats, ACC, HUD, Zeon headlights, headlight washers, MRC.

Possibly others, but that's off the top of my head.

ifmracin
05-15-09, 12:45 PM
Oh, and performance breaks, heated steering wheel?


You can put in your RPO codes here: http://www.cadillacfaq.com/rpo/index.php




How many rear end options are there?
What's the advantages/disadvantages of them?

WillySTS
05-15-09, 07:49 PM
Hi all,

I made a foolish mistake however, I assumed since it was a V8 with nav and a sunroof that it was the 1SG package. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! It is indeed the 1SE package (Crap!) which means it is missing a few of the options I wanted - cooled seats, 3.42 rear end, and magnetic ride. (I dont see the option to change it in the nav, so I dont think it has magnetic ride.) The deal was so good, I could not afford to pass up however, it is an 2006 STS V8 with only 36k miles for $18,900. I mainly cared about nav, sunroof, V8, so it diddnt work out for me.

This car sure doesnt feel like a 6 second 0-60.

Any other options Im missing out on by having 1SE? Thanks in advance for any help.

Nice car and all that.

I found out, a couple of Cadillacs ago, that you NEVER SETTLE for THIS car when you wanted THAT car! Now you're going spend time and money thying to make THIS car into THAT car, like you are starting to do now...I hope you can get over it...it made me miserable!:thepan:

silverws6ta
05-15-09, 11:20 PM
Nice car and all that.

I found out, a couple of Cadillacs ago, that you NEVER SETTLE for THIS car when you wanted THAT car! Now you're going spend time and money thying to make THIS car into THAT car, like you are starting to do now...I hope you can get over it...it made me miserable!:thepan:

Gaahhh.. so hateful .. :canttalk: Reminds me one engagement ago.. :cookoo: but there are certain circumstances to that.. 1) financially 2) oversight.. I remember back when I could have been driving a twin turbo Supra or the 30th Annv Z28 6 speed I had as a graduation present.. hindsight being 20/20 and researching I would still own a '97 LT4 30th Anniversary.. but sigh, young and as smart as I was not saavy enough I guess.. Still have the WS6 though :)

K STS
05-15-09, 11:33 PM
Oh, and performance breaks, heated steering wheel?


You can put in your RPO codes here: http://www.cadillacfaq.com/rpo/index.php




How many rear end options are there?
What's the advantages/disadvantages of them?

I have all my RPO codes saved in a text file. Thanks

There are 3 rear ends. The difference is ratio: 2.73, 3.23, and uhh 3.42 I believe. The difference is torque versus top speed.

EChas3
05-15-09, 11:50 PM
I don't think changing the gear ratio would do much more than trhow off the speedometer & Nav. Maybe one of our friendly techs have run into something similar. Somepody has got to have done it with a auto parts recycler when a seal failed out of warranty.

Or maybe not?!?

K STS
05-16-09, 02:35 AM
Its surprising, I haven't found ONE thing on the entire internet. My work has a tech2, and all the support from our local GM dealerships. Id like just to see if I could get alittle bit more information before I dive in and screw everything up.

Superjim
05-16-09, 10:01 AM
Its surprising, I haven't found ONE thing on the entire internet. My work has a tech2, and all the support from our local GM dealerships. Id like just to see if I could get alittle bit more information before I dive in and screw everything up.


If I wanted to change the rear gears....
I would check with the guy that uses the TECH 2, and see if he knows how to reset the computers for the new gears.

If the answer is "YES"....then change them.
Changing rear gears ain't no big deal....the only problem I see, is getting all the computers to agree about the new gear ratio.

On a GM truck board I am on...they change gears all the time on the new trucks.

Texas Jim

MacMuse
05-16-09, 03:55 PM
No ventilated seats, ACC, HUD, Zeon headlights, headlight washers, MRC. ...

OK, I surrender. What does 'ACC' refer to in this context?

I'm loving my new (used) '06 STS n*, love the information on this site. Learning stuff every time I visit.

Force-1
05-16-09, 04:11 PM
OK, I surrender. What does 'ACC' refer to in this context?

I'm loving my new (used) '06 STS n*, love the information on this site. Learning stuff every time I visit.

Adaptive Cruise Control

MacMuse
05-16-09, 04:53 PM
Adaptive Cruise - thank you !!

Don't have it on mine, can't decide if I'm disappointed about that or not.

K STS
05-16-09, 05:31 PM
So on ones ever changed the gears on an STS before?!

WillySTS
05-18-09, 01:46 PM
So on ones ever changed the gears on an STS before?!

Apparently not...

But since you work at a wrecking yard and have access to a Tech2, just get the gears for a 1SG or a rear end out of one that comes through your yard and just do it. Wait-4-me Performance can recal your ECM if you need it(you should want him to do it anyway, just for performance).

I had a 2002 Firehawk that came with 3.42's. I changed them to 3.73's which was not enough and later changed to 4.10's, which was AWESOME. I had a Hypertech programmer which I just programmed in the gear ratio each time I changed it. You have a way to do it, just pick one.