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    New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Hello All

    I'm a new member and looking for advice on the possibility of buying a 2003 STS. What to look for and any issues or major problems in that year. The car has 72k miles and it's clean.
    I soke to the wife and the car needs brakes from she said. I'm not worried about that if it's only brake pads. Since it was night I didn't investigate further plus the the owner (husband) was not home. They are asking 3000 for it. Is this reasonable?

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    carter's_sts is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Try the Seville forum. This one is for 2005 and up. In 2003 they were still called Seville STS and SLS.

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    oops sorry for the post. Damm this members...

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    I meant new member. I should of looked where I post...won't happen again.

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    No big deal. Common mistake.

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Do a LOT of homework in here, Northstar Performance, Cadillac Tech Tips, and in the Cadillac Technical Archive up ^^^ in the top black bar. The sticky posts at the top of a threads page contain info that is always "need to know" - like the ones just above this thread.

    The car originally sold for $58,000+ out the door. That is where your maintenance costs will lie - not the sale price. The car uses RPO F55 Magnetic Ride Control: 2002.5 - 2003 STS was the test mule for the Corvette/Ferrari/later GM suspension changes. Original front struts alone are over $700 each.

    If the "check brakes" message is on in the DIC then one or more pad wear sensors is worn through - they must be replaced along with the new pads. Rear brake caliper pistons do NOT press back into the caliper - they must be screwed in as they are also part of the parking brake adjustment system.

    Get the idea that you'll be on a steep learning curve ??

    STS is the acronym for "Seville Touring Sedan"; SLS is "Seville Luxury Sedan". The later "STS" means nothing.

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    My advice: stay away unless you have LOTS of spare cash for repairs. Front struts are $1200 each.

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Always look before you leap - your posts from the "STS" forum were moved here - right next to the thread you started in Seville - I merged them both, so now your question is posted sort of twice - always go back through a thread to see if anyone has replied - Welcome Aboard !!!

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    My advice: stay away unless you have LOTS of spare cash for repairs. Front struts are $1200 each.
    GMPartsGiant sells the strut assemblies for $674. www.gmpartsgiant.com . FE3 F55. If he's in Canada, then maybe customs will kill that price.

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    I never owned a Cadillac and was not expecting maintenance to be so expensive on these cars.
    Hmm...thanks for the advice. I will pass on the 03 STS and maybe look for something more recent.

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    A low miles 03 Sts is a nice car. It's not the only caddy for sale. Do you want a 06 DTS for 11k? You threw out 3-4k which is pretty cheap for a low mile caddy. I would for sure have it inspected and buy it if you like it

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Quote Originally Posted by bullit View Post
    I never owned a Cadillac and was not expecting maintenance to be so expensive on these cars.
    Hmm...thanks for the advice. I will pass on the 03 STS and maybe look for something more recent.
    It sure isn't a Civic or Malibu Gotta pay to play when it comes to any luxury car; BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Lexus etc., ALL have comparable, if not higher in most cases, maintenance costs...
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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Quote Originally Posted by bullit View Post
    Hello All

    I'm a new member and looking for advice on the possibility of buying a 2003 STS. What to look for and any issues or major problems in that year. The car has 72k miles and it's clean.
    I soke to the wife and the car needs brakes from she said. I'm not worried about that if it's only brake pads. Since it was night I didn't investigate further plus the the owner (husband) was not home. They are asking 3000 for it. Is this reasonable?
    $3k is CHEAP! A mechanic must have dropped a bomb with some repair quote or something. I just spent about $1500 on OEM style struts and shocks for my '99 STS. Parts only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullit
    maybe look for something more recent.
    That won't make maintenance any cheaper.

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Quote Originally Posted by bullit View Post

    They are asking 3000 for it. Is this reasonable?
    Sounds like a good deal if all that it needs is brakes ! Any used car will eventually have something happen, new car for that matter. it's a gamble either way. 3,000.00 isn't bad if it's a nice car. Until you've driven a Cadillac, there is nothing like it for the ride !!
    Welcome !!

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    Re: New member...Planning to buy a 2003 STS

    Thanks for your replies. You now got me thinking again. I will give the owner a call and check it out on the weekend.
    I thought 3000 is kind of low for this car. That is why I'm a little skeptical about it. She said it did not see many winters either. I usually see the at 5 to 6 thousand dollars with a lot more mileage.
    Will keep you posted.

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    I would DEFINITELY do a block test before buying it.

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