: I Love My Ultraview



Larry05
08-04-05, 12:24 PM
I know alot have had problems with Ultraview, but we have had no problems. Can't wait until the hot Houston summers are over and we can start popping the thing open again. No squeeks, no meteorites have hit it, nothing but pleasure.

r_casino
08-04-05, 01:53 PM
Agreed! Until coming onto this forum, I couldn't even understand Cadillac making an SRX without ultraview! I didn't think anyone would want it without ultraview.

I've since, of course, read on this forum a number of people who thought completely the opposite!

But, yep, ours has been great. First thing anyone comments on when in the vehicle (and always positive.)

c5 rv
08-04-05, 02:11 PM
I would prefer not to get the ultraview with a V8 SRX (or any other vehicle sunroof), but my wife really likes it. Unfortunately, I already mentioned that there was still plenty of headroom for me in the SRX with the ultraview. Doh!

Playdrv4me
08-05-05, 03:01 AM
I think the concept is neat, but the execution is poor in the case of the SRX. It seems to cause the afore-mentioned squeaks and rattles, but also seems to compromise rigidity a little bit and of course the weight and handling issue comes into play. Heres the way I look at it, if I got a great deal on a lot unit that had the ultraview, Id be happy, BUT if I were checking off option boxes I would stay from it completely for the expense IF it were an option.

syrob@MSN.COM
08-05-05, 12:37 PM
I think the concept is neat, but the execution is poor in the case of the SRX. It seems to cause the afore-mentioned squeaks and rattles, but also seems to compromise rigidity a little bit and of course the weight and handling issue comes into play. Heres the way I look at it, if I got a great deal on a lot unit that had the ultraview, Id be happy, BUT if I were checking off option boxes I would stay from it completely for the expense IF it were an option.

1) More weight (about 50-100 lbs fro prior posts), = 0-60 mph poorer.

2) Extra weight a top vs (bottom), where the mass effect is leveraged for a tall vehicle, = poorer handling.

3) Roll over protection poorer, glass vs metal.

4) Extra complexity, failure, SQUEEKS (like the Dam SRX does not have enough of these to begin with from the dash).

SYROB

miked
08-05-05, 03:10 PM
I really like the ultraview -- it's also something that everyone who's in the car notices right away.

We have a few rattles from the roof (2005 V8 AWD) when it's cooler outside, but not when it's warmer. I'm attributing that to the expansion/contraction of the glass, sealant, etc. I've found the SRX not to be any worse than other cars we've owned in the squeaks/rattles department (BMW 328i, Lexus RX330, and a handful of Saabs).

LUVMYSRX
08-06-05, 12:00 PM
I am one of those that had to get the dealer to find me a black on black V8 AWD without the ultraroof (wasn't too easy). After reading about the initial problems, I did not want to deal with it. Yes, it is the coolest sunroof out there but my weekend car is a BMW convertable so I specifically did not want a sunroof in this one. My wife has a sunroof in her Lexus SUV and we found we never used it.

ntechnic
08-14-05, 08:54 AM
We love it too. towards the last of the '05 production run unit apparently. No noise issue anywhere in the car so far. My wife and kids love it, and I do too. We crack it open just a smidge when parked in the sun, and the car isn't too hot inside on these hot summer days. Recently, here in Santa Clarita, CA, the evenings have been wonderful, low '70's. With the ultraview in the "quiet" 3/4 open position, and the windows down, it's most of the fun of a convertible without the hassle. And I've owned at least one 'vert continously for the last ten years.

As to weight and handling, who cares? It's a giant station wagon, canyon carving is for my CTS-V. And since we had been through 6 or 7 truck based SUV's in the last 11 years, it handles far better than any of those, and weighs a lot less. I got a family of six, and the CTS-V only holds five, so this is the next best thing.

I understand that if you have a unit that makes noise, it sucks. But I think those were early run problems, and expect the ultraview to get better and better.

"Let the sun shine in..."

gjnockie
08-14-05, 09:13 AM
Mines a 03/05 production and the roof creaks all the time, had it to 3 different dealers, still creaks! It is a piece of crap design!

JDelorean_srx
08-14-05, 12:49 PM
GJ,

Study up on your states lemon laws. Most have 4 repairs & they have to either get you a like vehicle, buy you out of lease - if you have one, or other remedies.

I just got mine back from a 2 week repair - they actually had the car at the webasto tech center, here in rochester, MI - and after 1 week being back, I haven't heard the rattle that had caused the other three repairs.:thepan:

PM me & I can give you more details, if you like.

Also, call cadillac customer service to get it logged - they were very helpful - even sent me a bunch of cadillac stuff - pens, golf balls, etc..

The zone guy is a duffus, but he's new too..:stirpot:

Downx
08-14-05, 06:20 PM
I bought a 2004 V8 SRX I love because it was a steal. Unfortunately, no ultraview. Anyone know if its possible to add one on? My guess is the only way is to find one in a totalled SRX and have an aftermarket shop put it in. There is an aftermarket sunroof called the Grandview that seems almost as big but its definitely not as nice.

gjnockie
08-14-05, 06:54 PM
I appreciate the comments about the lemon law, however who's got the time to go through all of that? Cadillac customer service offered me nothing! They seemed not to care at all???

Took things into my own hands today... I will let everyone know if it works.

I bought a tube of 100% pure silicone (clear & waterproof) grease, opened up the roof, and carefully applied it (small amount) to all of the rubber sealing gaskets.

After a test ride the roof appears to be quiet ;)

We shall see!

louisn
08-15-05, 09:00 AM
I appreciate the comments about the lemon law, however who's got the time to go through all of that? Cadillac customer service offered me nothing! They seemed not to care at all???

Took things into my own hands today... I will let everyone know if it works.

I bought a tube of 100% pure silicone (clear & waterproof) grease, opened up the roof, and carefully applied it (small amount) to all of the rubber sealing gaskets.

After a test ride the roof appears to be quiet ;)

We shall see!
FYI My acura CL-S had a squeaky, creaking sunroof and Acura added some type of clear tape around the ouside edge of the sunroof where the rubber weatherstripping met the edge of the car and solved the problem. Silicone was their first remedy but it quickly wore off and the squeak, creaking returned. The tape is still working after 2 years.:cloud9:

keendog
08-16-05, 04:54 PM
Had some creaks in my sun roof, took it in to the dealer and they are all gone. Made adjustments per the TSB. It is as tight as a drum, including over body twisting bumps. I heard the Acura had many issues with the roof and the latest idea was the tape, any idea what the tape is?

This is one fun car to drive, I love the drone of the V8 under accel.

gjnockie
08-16-05, 09:00 PM
Update on the silicone grease... it didn't work!

Sent an email to Webasto today (the manufacturer of this wonderful roof) letting them know what I thought of their product, and asked them for assistance, we will see what happens... I will bet nothing!

My biggest problem is that Cadillac does not have 1 good serviceing dealer in my areal that really knows what to do with this piece of crap roof.

It's just damn frustrating!

BrettM
08-18-05, 01:16 AM
mine is awesome. no problems, no squeeks, closes tight as a drum. almost bought an SRX without it. I am glad I bought one with it. Love my SRX!!!!

JDelorean_srx
08-18-05, 09:46 PM
GJ,

send me a PM & I'll get you director of engineering's direct number.

Once, cadillac customer service understands you've had the car in for repairs, for the same issue, and you remind them of the lemon law, they should spring into action.

If, after the 3rd attempt, the rattle doesn't go away, they have 5 days on the 4th attempt, otherwise lemon law action becomes a reality.

Make sure to keep your repair receipts. :hmm:

The cadillac rep I was dealing with called me almost daily with updates.

My dealer had me in an escalade for the 2 weeks & except for the gas I didn't really care how long they had the srx.

A couple phone calls...be firm...Never give up, never surender! :rant2:

slim63
08-20-05, 09:52 PM
It has been great for me so far only three months. I love this car.

gjnockie
08-21-05, 08:03 PM
Thank you for the info!

I tried to send a PM, but for some reason I was not able to?

I wish I recieved half of the attention that you mention here, I have not tried the Lemon law card... yet! I have neve spoken to the Caddy Rep.

Do you think that the director of engineering would actually speak to me?

Why would he even care?

I did recieve a letter from Cadillac customer service outling how I could contact the BBB if I am disatissfied with the vehicle. I think they just want to wash their hands and walk away... so what if they have 1 less customer. The thing they still just don't get is that people talk and visit web sites like this one. How many customers are they going to loose when potential customers read about all of this stuff!

All I really want is for them to fix it without agrivating me further but I can't handle the lousy dealers anymore!

They should just take the car, give me a Cadillac to drive (not a Dodge) and just keep it for however long it takes to solve the problem if its even possible.

Sorry to bore all you guys, but I am just frustrated!



GJ,

send me a PM & I'll get you director of engineering's direct number.

Once, cadillac customer service understands you've had the car in for repairs, for the same issue, and you remind them of the lemon law, they should spring into action.

If, after the 3rd attempt, the rattle doesn't go away, they have 5 days on the 4th attempt, otherwise lemon law action becomes a reality.

Make sure to keep your repair receipts. :hmm:

The cadillac rep I was dealing with called me almost daily with updates.

My dealer had me in an escalade for the 2 weeks & except for the gas I didn't really care how long they had the srx.

A couple phone calls...be firm...Never give up, never surender! :rant2:

JDelorean_srx
08-23-05, 09:23 PM
GJ,

send me an e-mail at:
twogoldcoins@msn.com - I'll send you his name, contact #, etc.. He's a nice old guy - well he did retire from cadillac. (He's problably old enough to be driving a big eldorado too! :D )

He's still getting over the shock of dealings in the supplier world. So, there shouldn't be any reason not to talk to you - Webasto needs to have a good product, or GM's WWP will have him drawn & nickeled! :thehand:

I'd also make another call to cadillac customer service - the lady I got was helpfull.

Now the zone rep, has proved to be totally useless. But that's another story.