: Epic Posts & Other Blasts From The Past



RippyPartsDept
03-11-11, 01:00 AM
So I was thinking about the one of the 'quirks' that my '99 DeVille has (not being able to get heat out of the dash vents - only the floor) and did some searching around the site. I eventually landed on the following post and I thought to myself 'there should be a thread dedicated to posts like this'. So here's the post that started it all:


Folks, this is a climate control system not a heater and an air conditioning system. Set the display temp to 72, 75 or whatever is comfortable to you and leave it alone except for defrost all year round! The whole point of owning a luxury car is to set it and forget it. Adjusting temp up in the winter and down in the summer simply wears out switches, mode door actuators and blower motors and compressor clutches. If its nice outside and you want to drive around with the windows down, press the econ button. I've owned 4 Cadillacs and I rarely changed the display temp 4 degrees all year long. Let the system work as designed. If its cold the sensor knows and will change the fan speed and vents to warm the interior up then it lower the fan as necc. If its hot, it knows and will raise the fan speed and choose the proper vents to cool the interior. Thats why I was attracted to Cadillacs in the 1st place. Never having to touch the headlight switch, never having to release the parking brake and never having to constantly adjust the interior temperature, thats the meaning of luxury. If you demand bi level heating get a Chevy!

So, there it is. Do you remember any other 'Epic Posts'? Go and search the site for them and come back here and post them. (Please make sure you link back to the comment to preserve continuity.)

'Epic Posts' can be humorous, informative, total fails, etc - I don't think I'm setting the bar very high with this one.

jordan00escalade
03-11-11, 02:24 AM
lol that's funny as shyt.

STOP TOUCHING MY BUTTONS.. YOU GONE WEAR OUT THE SWITCHES!!! what you think this is.. a chevy?

ben.gators
03-11-11, 03:46 AM
This is going to be a funny thread, but I would suggest removing the names from the posts....

OffThaHorseCEO
03-11-11, 10:55 AM
car nut is right you know...other than when you first get into the car of course
i dont know about wearing out the switches but how many times has it been mentioned that part of the luxury experience is get in and drive and not have to worry about messing with switches and controls etc

my gf has gotten used to driving her srx. like most new cars now it has a feature where, you turn the ignition switch and let go, and the car will turn the starter until the engine starts. she hopped in my Allante or the saturn and tried it and of course the engine didnt turn on. its very convenient to the point you forget its even there.

OffThaHorseCEO
03-11-11, 10:56 AM
also, doesnt this fall under personal attacks against other members?

ThumperPup
03-11-11, 12:48 PM
lol that's funny as shyt.

STOP TOUCHING MY BUTTONS.. YOU GONE WEAR OUT THE SWITCHES!!! what you think this is.. a chevy?

you know i say that to my dad well not the last part but every time my dad is in the caddy he goes for my switches and i slap his hand like you would slap a kids hand going into the cookie jar
im like no stearn voice no like you would say to a dog or cat no
lol
this was funny

Playdrv4me
03-11-11, 02:35 PM
I must be completely dense Chris but I don't see what's wrong with Carnut's post either.

RippyPartsDept
03-11-11, 09:56 PM
I must be completely dense Chris but I don't see what's wrong with Carnut's post either.


also, doesnt this fall under personal attacks against other members?

Epic is a good thing... I'm holding that post up as the epitome of what makes a good post ... I read it, then had an epiphany that turned into this thread, then re-read it twice again just because it made me feel good to read what carnut wrote.

Was there something I wrote specifically that made you think the opposite was my intention? It was late afterall...

Playdrv4me
03-11-11, 10:16 PM
Epic is a good thing... I'm holding that post up as the epitome of what makes a good post ... I read it, then had an epiphany that turned into this thread, then re-read it twice again just because it made me feel good to read what carnut wrote.

Was there something I wrote specifically that made you think the opposite was my intention? It was late afterall...

Ahh, ok makes more sense. I think what threw us off was "I'm not setting the bar very high with this one", made me think that it was a hilariously dumb post or something. :p

RippyPartsDept
03-11-11, 11:20 PM
ah, yeah.... that was one of my later edits... and I had thought about removing that sentence altogether

I really meant it as an encouragement to others that they'll find other Epic posts (even more epic than that one)

OffThaHorseCEO
03-12-11, 11:03 AM
ooohhh ok gotcha, i was thinking along the same lines as playdrv4me

also, i guess reading replies added a negative tone to your thread even though you werent the one who made the comments. sorry

RightTurn
03-12-11, 09:02 PM
my gf has gotten used to driving her srx. like most new cars now it has a feature where, you turn the ignition switch and let go, and the car will turn the starter until the engine starts. she hopped in my Allante or the saturn and tried it and of course the engine didnt turn on. its very convenient to the point you forget its even there.

What? The new SRX doesn't have an "ignition switch." It has a power on button. :coffee:

Playdrv4me
03-12-11, 09:16 PM
What? The new SRX doesn't have an "ignition switch." It has a power on button. :coffee:

Escalade fails for not having pushbutton start.

orconn
03-12-11, 11:33 PM
^^^ Damn, how could they forget a "pushbutton start" button. Will they never learn?

kckranz
03-17-11, 09:18 AM
I don't know the official way to grab a quote form a different thread, but...

This is from either the Seville / Eldo or Northstar section:

"You can get a little more coolant out if you open the drain valve at the bottom drivers side of the radiator. Then after it has drained, reverse the flow of a shop vac and stick the nozzle in the surge tanks and seal it with your hand. That will blow out some of the residual coolant. If you don't have a shop vac you can just put you mouth over it and give it a blow job. Not quite as effective, but gets the job done."

RippyPartsDept
03-17-11, 09:35 AM
I don't know the official way to grab a quote form a different thread, but...

you can click on the 'reply with quote' link under the post and then copy the quoted text that the system automatically puts into the post for you... and take that over to the post that you want to use the quote in

RippyPartsDept
03-24-11, 04:31 PM
EPIC

If you want a car with the least amount of problems buy a Lexus, but beware you may fall asleep at the wheel.

taken in context of the thread from which it hails (over 100 posts now) the post quoted above is truly EPIC!

(by the way, you can click the little blue arrow in the quote to go to that post... which is why i suggest doing the quotes this way)

RippyPartsDept
03-28-11, 04:16 PM
kind of current, but very EPIC - PJ lays down some sage advice

I agree, Tolron. I can't think of a business situation (and this topic of unresolved SRX issues with brand new vehicles is a business situation) where you use a hammer except as a last resort, after you have exhausted all other reasonable avenues available to you.

In every corporate environment I have worked, the folks who had the most success with satisfactory problem resolution, whether that be within the company or outside of the company.....these individuals communicated clearly, communicated to the right people, and they documented their case with names, dates, times, titles, committments, deliverables, and exact expectation content. They were nothing if not persistent.

More important, they were like a machine. When matters went South, they were not afraid to use their resources, seek out advice, escalate issues to key decision makers no matter how high up, and to use whatever leverage they had to. Emotion, frustration, fear? These get in the way and destroy one's credibility. So does a lack of resolve.

In Shana's case I'd bet a case of (fill in the blank with your favorite adult beverage) she would do things a bit differently the second time around, even though she was ultimately successful. All the while she had all of her ducks lined up. She ultimately got exactly what she paid for, what she deserved in the first place: a new replacement vehicle, the difference being that this one works. But it took her a over a year and a score fruitless visits back to her dealership to get there.

Shana taught us a lot about what not to do and what ultimately worked for her. When she put Goliath on notice about her next steps (lemon law action), even then her dealership and the zone rep attempted to stall her off all the way to the door of the courtroom! "You boys just ran out of time." She had a vin# on her replacement SRX in short order.

I am an SRX owner, a proud owner. I have no axe to grind. But a customer, and she was a long-time/many vehicle loyal customer and from a family that also bought the same brand for their personal and business use, should not have to go through what she had to go through. I thank myself every day that my dealer is quite a few cuts above hers. But if placed in her situation, I would not have had $40,000 + and over a years worth of patience.

PJ

GizmoQ
03-28-11, 11:46 PM
Not even close to current, but Epic none the less. From Northstar Performance Subforum:


There are no, repeat NO, aftermarket or OEM "goodies" for your car. No pulleys. No headers. No intakes. No cams. No heads. No chips. No worthwhile air filters. No nitrous. No chrome goodies. What you have is what you got.

Spend a couple of 6-packs and some time searching the Seville, Deville, Northstar and Tech Tips. Look at the Tech archives at the top left of the ^^ page. Learn before doing.

........and there is NO room around the engine/transmission to work with pipes or headers. none. A bored TB or mod MAF usually produces a low-midrange throttle stumble from improper fuel/air ratios. The GM engineers did it all for you...........

RippyPartsDept
03-29-11, 09:00 AM
i think sub has that on a copy/paste file or something... he probably posts it at least once a month

Submariner409
03-29-11, 09:40 AM
:suspect: Nope - no cut & paste. I just hunt & peck it all out in response to the individual and car.

IF every new member would at least read the Forum Rules, FAQ, Cadillac Technical Archive, Cadillac Technical Tips (all 9 pages) and some of the sticky posts in their particular department, a LOT of the redundant threads would go away.

Fat chance.

RippyPartsDept
03-29-11, 10:41 AM
:suspect: Nope - no cut & paste. I just hunt & peck it all out in response to the individual and car.

IF every new member would at least read the Forum Rules, FAQ, Cadillac Technical Archive, Cadillac Technical Tips (all 9 pages) and some of the sticky posts in their particular department, a LOT of the redundant threads would go away.

Fat chance.

^^epic^^ :worship:

you just churn 'em out! :worship:

RippyPartsDept
03-31-11, 05:54 PM
Well, let's see. Given my Navy career and training I watch the sun and calculate time from shadows (when possible, when the weather's cloudy I simply keep count of the seconds mentally).

Otherwise I use: a watch (any one of 7). The kitchen clocks. The radio clock. The car clock. The truck clock. The workshop clock. The bank clock. The road sign clock. The clock on the Ipod charger. The clock in the cell phones. The clocks in any of 4 GPS sets. The time tick on 1-301-844-2525. The clock in Burger Doodle. The clock on the Bay Bridge Tunnel. The clocks in restaurants. The clocks in doctor's offices. The clock in the local liquor store. The clock in the local barber shop. The clock in the Yacht Club. The clock on the local fire department garage face. The clock in the living room. The clock on this computer screen. The clock on the stove. The clock in McDonald's. You're an idiot. The clock on Charlie's (Transmission man) shop wall. The clock on the back of the garage - garden clock. The station ID calls on FM radio stations. The clock at the local Shell station. The clock at the local Texaco station. The clock on the Bay bridge toll booths. The clock on the wall at the Naval Academy Pharmacy. The clock on Maryland State traffic advisory signs - to name just a few. Want more ?

What a ----- question.

Once again submariner409 hits one out of the park!

Sevillian273
03-31-11, 06:51 PM
^^HAHA I came to this thread to nominate that post. Well done!

jordan00escalade
03-31-11, 07:30 PM
haha.. WOW!!

JimmyH
03-31-11, 07:41 PM
This thread is full of epic:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-v-series-forum-2004/160858-tiffany-not-amused-database-hosed.html

Unfortunately, it's one of those "you had to be there" kind of threads.

RippyPartsDept
06-03-11, 02:03 PM
I don't know how much more descriptive I can get.

How's this:


I thrust the gear lever into reverse with a rush of adrenaline, the faux suede gripping back at my damp palm. The behemoth of steel and wires began to move slowly backwards, much in the same way that a giant freighter does when being set out to sea for its first time. Its distinguished crest and wreath seemed to guide it out of its resting place with all the grace of an angel, the cacophonous rumbling of the V8 like a choir at my dispose. All of a sudden a faint noise fell upon my ears, almost as if a clock were ticking at an accelerated rate. I quickly jutted my head out the gaping hole where the window sat only seconds ago and turned my head to the left with a suave demeanor, obtaining a better angle from which to hear this faint maelstrom of rattling. The realization crept over my conscience with all the alacrity and countenance of blackstrap molasses--I had the dreaded isolator rattle. The ticking took on a demeanor of its own, each little rattle drawing me closer and closer to the edge of annoyance. I listened for yet another minute, letting the depth of the situation sink in like fresh blood on a clean white cotton t-shirt. The ticking and rattling, clearly audible from inside the vehicle, rang out like a cry for finer engineering emanating from deep within the heart of my Eaton twin four-lobe roots type supercharger.

Like I said, I started hearing rattling and ticking coming from my engine bay.

DomsZ06, I'm definitely going to take up your advice and put a solid isolator in. Any suggestions on where to get one? And is the install something that most shops could do?

:thumbsup:

RippyPartsDept
06-19-11, 10:42 PM
I am of a split mind on those filters. I don't trust them, but non-disposable filters is something we as consumers should be adopting. We should also be demanding 50000 mile oil changes and tires that outlast the car. We throw away enough stuff. We need to start being more responsible.
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