: Briefly Considered Selling The STS Today



ted tcb
06-29-10, 11:06 AM
Yesterday, a nice young gentleman offered to purchase my 2003 STS.
I've had a few people recently ask me if its a new car, or where did I
find an STS in premium condition.

Like everyone else, I know my car's flaws ... its 8 yrs old now, and far from
perfect. But, to the casual observer, they see it as flawless ... it's not.

The timing was perfect for me to accept the offer.
I just serviced the brakes to eliminate squeaking, and changed the serp belt and tensioner to eliminate a high pitched whine.
Prior to that, I changed coil packs and plugs at the dealer for mega bucks,
and installed high end touring tires and RFB to elimate the shimmy.
None of this was necessary ... the coil packs and plugs were the result of my engine pressure wash, and I've learned from my mistake.
The hwy shimmy was hardly noticeable, but I took Sub's advice and happily purchased Cooper CS4 Touring tires to completely eliminate the shimmy.

Sometimes, you wonder if its smart to just get a newer, simpler car with less nuisance issues. I almost accepted the offer to purchase (about $7500). Once I saw what was out there for under $10k, I came to my senses. I know my STS has no mechanical or cosmetic issues right now, and there's a lot of junk being sold on Autotrader, at least what I could find.
Not to mention, I've now owned 5 STS'. If I sold this one, I'd be trying to buy another one in a year's time:)
This car should be able to handle my yearly mileage of about 3000 miles for another couple of years, without too many issues.

Does anyone else get tempted to sell their Cadillac after shelling out for repairs?

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Jesda
06-29-10, 07:14 PM
Ian's brother officially bought my '92 STS for $700. Title signed.

In the last couple years about two grand was spent on suspension and small repairs like trans gasket, bushings, etc. Its been all over -- and I mean all over -- the country in the last few years, tirelessly performing its duties. I also gave it a brand new set of tires a couple months ago. It now has 190k. Its getting the bumpers repaired and painted as we speak.

The little wad of cash I received will be put towards a used Jeep.

ben.gators
06-29-10, 07:49 PM
I have spent about 2500$ for my STS during one year period that I have owned it, 4 new tires, a complete engine tune up, fuel injection system cleaning, coolant flush and service, A/C service, front end insulators (lower and upper), lower control arm...

I know that a car with this age and millage may (will) require more $$$ for fixing possible problems in future, but I prefer to keep it, since I know this is the best cash car that I can afford right now. Any other cash car that I can afford to buy now, will come with some problems and I need to spend at least the same amount of money that I have spent so far for STS for the new one again. So I will keep this car till I graduate from university and then will finance a brand new car.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-29-10, 08:08 PM
The little wad of cash I received will be put towards a used Jeep.

I'm sorry to hear you're gonna blow your wad on a Jeep.

ga_etc
06-29-10, 08:16 PM
I'm sorry to hear you're gonna blow your wad on a Jeep.

Jesda=Rick :eek:

And glad you didn't sell the STS Ted, it's a beautiful car and hard to find with the Magnaride.

Stingroo
06-29-10, 08:22 PM
^ You should talk Mr. "I-want-to-trade-my-ETC-for-a-Ford-Ranger"

:hide:

ga_etc
06-29-10, 08:26 PM
It was too easy, and it's not my fault you fell for it lol.

gdwriter
06-29-10, 09:07 PM
The little wad of cash I received will be put towards a used Jeep.


I'm sorry to hear you're gonna blow your wad on a Jeep.


Jesda=Rick :eek:Oh, dear God. :doh:

At least Jesda is not a total bore. And much more concise.

Jesda
06-29-10, 09:26 PM
I'll post 50 or 60 high resolution pics when I pick it up. :) Its a white Grand Cherokee Limited w/ V8 and leather. The poor Seville's air suspension was having trouble handling the massive load of boxes when I took it to the warehouse. It just felt wrong to abuse something so old but still so pretty.


I don't think I've ever had anyone offer to buy any car I've owned. They probably assume it smells like taxi cab.

orconn
06-29-10, 09:30 PM
I'll post 50 or 60 high resolution pics when I pick it up. :) Its a white Grand Cherokee Limited w/ V8 and leather. The poor Seville's air suspension was having trouble handling the massive load of boxes when I took it to the warehouse. It just felt wrong to abuse something so old but still so pretty.


I don't think I've ever had anyone offer to buy any car I've owned. They probably assume it smells like taxi cab.

How disappointing ... and I thought we were on the verge, what with Ian metamorphisis into Jeep owner, of a real "back to nature" movement here!

ryannel2003
06-29-10, 10:30 PM
I briefly considered selling my STS a couple of months ago after spending $1500 in repairs. I had it listed on Craigslist with not so much as a phone call. I decided to take the car off and just keep it because it was 2 months before I was done paying it off. Then yesterday I had it listed because I was looking for something 5 speed (actually, a '97-'01 Honda Prelude Type SH) but I woke up and realized that for the money you can't beat the Cadillac and I decided to keep it. However, there was a guy who was extremely interested in the car and said the ad on the car looked great and he would have bought it that day if it was for sale. I know everything about my STS and when it blows up I'll get rid of it, but for now it's fine.

However, I really really really want a 5th Gen Honda Prelude. It's a perfect little pocket rocket. The bad part is they are worth more than Seville's.

ga_etc
06-29-10, 11:43 PM
I'll post 50 or 60 high resolution pics when I pick it up. :) Its a white Grand Cherokee Limited w/ V8 and leather. The poor Seville's air suspension was having trouble handling the massive load of boxes when I took it to the warehouse. It just felt wrong to abuse something so old but still so pretty.

I've always liked the GC especially in Limited trim. :thumbsup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-30-10, 12:12 AM
I'll post 50 or 60 high resolution pics when I pick it up. :) Its a white Grand Cherokee Limited w/ V8 and leather.

It'd better be a '98 Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited.

Whatever it is, it's better than a Wrangler.

Jesda
06-30-10, 12:18 AM
Wranglers are awesome! Once in a while I steal Ian's and take it for a spin. I leave the top on now because its a pain to reassemble.

The excess amount you pay for a 5.9 over a 318 or 4.0 could be spent on a whole Miata, a trip to Jamaica, or several pounds of veal.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-30-10, 12:25 AM
Ok, well riddle me this: 4.7 or 5.2?

Jesda
06-30-10, 01:58 AM
5.2 -- Guzzles gas and thoroughly old-tech, but easy to work on and quite reliable. Its "truckier."

gdwriter
06-30-10, 02:05 AM
I can tolerate a Grand Cherokee. But I still hate Wranglers. Especially yellow ones.

drewsdeville
06-30-10, 02:07 AM
About as old-tech and "trucky" as it gets. I have one in my 1966 Dodge truck. Also have an extras: 2 '70 318's, one '71 318 (5,200 miles!) and a '77 360 laying around if you want a spare. Heh.

ga_etc
06-30-10, 03:32 AM
5.2 -- Guzzles gas and thoroughly old-tech, but easy to work on and quite reliable. Its "truckier."

The 318 is a good motor. Not great on gas and not real big on power but more than enough for that SUV, plus they hardly ever break down and when something does go wrong parts are a dime a dozen. Looking forward to pics and review.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-30-10, 08:31 AM
Ooh nice! I always liked the 93-98 Grand Cherokee Limiteds. Great exterior design, great interior design, lots of nice features, solid V8 power, and some of the most amazing seats in the business.

eyekandyboats.inc
06-30-10, 09:54 AM
Ted, its funny.
I often get offers to buy the 2000 ELDO , and they all seem to happen up in the orillia area when i am up there at my condo, its strange.
there are a couple cadillacs up there, my neighbor had a 2004 STS with nav and she traded it for a 2008 CTS.. the next day she went to the dealer to ask for her old car back. but they said it was sold about 20 mins after she left that day!

ted tcb
06-30-10, 11:16 PM
Ouch ... I feel for your neighbour, talk about major regret!
Can you imagine how much $$ the dealer (Jim Wilson?) made on the
STS trade?
Probably grossed over $3k in about 20 minutes.

My boss traded in his 2009 Mazda CX7 with 68000klm on it for a 2010 model. Dealer gave him $18 on trade ... the SUV is listed at $27k.
Gotta' love dealer margins on used trades!