Cadillac SRX Second Generation Forum - 2010+ Discussion, Really Disappointed in Cadillac SRX Forums; I was really excited, the dealer had 2 AWD luxurys in stock, gray flannel and black, I drove the gray ...
I was really excited, the dealer had 2 AWD luxurys in stock, gray flannel and black, I drove the gray flannel one first, a lot of steering wheel vibration at highway speeds and the big ONE was that after I got off at the exit, there was a plume of blue smoke behind the vehicle, of course the sales guy says that they all do it, I then drove the black one, same vibration issue on the highway ( I drive this stretch all the time ) , 2 vehicles with out of balance tires, plus there was an awful lot of transmission shifting just cruising on both of these, I have not purchased an American car in 15 years, I tried, I even got a discounted price of 1500 off list before any incentives, oh well .Also when the black one was started, the exhaust was blue also ??? Is this a characteristic of a Di engine ? Burning oil ??? Not a confidence builder.
We just picked up our SRX today and on the way home I looked in the side mirrors and I saw the blue smoke too. My first thought was there must be a clunker around, but nope. It last about 20 seconds and was gone, to say the least I was a littel freaked for a while. But we drove it home and took about an hour and no more smoke, so I can only think the factory boys got some kind of lubricant where it shouldn't be.
I'm like you, we traded in our 2006 Pilot which was nothing but great and reliable. We stopped with GM about 4 years ago and the kicker, I'm originally from Michigan, dad reitred from Chevy and know plenty others who work there.
All the SRXs will have some blue smoke the first 4 to 6 times they're driven- it really depends on how hard or how long they're used those first few times. It's nothing to worry about though- it's just the catalyst breaking in and the oil that coats the inside of the exhaust system burning off, and is accompanied by a smell like burning plastic.
After it's driven a few times it never comes back. Most new cars will do this to some degree, but customers don't see it because most vehicles usually have been test driven multiple times by someone else prior to them. With folks driving these SRXs the moment they arrive (or shortly after), they're seeing for the first time what we see on nearly every new car we get.
Noticed this on every SRX we've had in, along with the burning plastic smell. At my dealer we've tried to drive them enough to get rid of the smoke so the buyers doesn't think anything is wrong with them.