Automobile(s): 2005 White Diamond STS N* 1SF RWD ACC/HUD
Re: Found A STS
Okay...a quick update...I flew down to Phoenix on Sunday night and picked up the car Monday morning. I headed out about 11am and finally got home Tuesday evening about 630pm. What an AWESOME highway car this is!! And the ACC/HUD makes it even more so. The icing on the cake was the XM radio. This was the best 1500 mile drive I have ever undertaken. I only had one issue the whole way...shortly after starting out at a rest area I was getting random DIC alerts...hood ajar, service security system...I checked the battery volts and it read 12.9. I drove away thinking the battery just needed charging, and never had another problem. Well, I took a big rock in the windshield and will have to get it replaced, but no other mechanical issues. Over all I am very happy with my purchase.
A tip on the hood ajar message: There is a TSB on this, but Cadillac probably won't fix it for you for free. Early 2005s had a hood latch that was subject to failure. There is a redesigned part. I ordered one for about $100 and replaced it myself. It's only three bolts. Avoid dropping them into the inside of the beast, and you'll be done in 20 minutes. This could be related to your security system messages -- the car thinks the hood is open. The car can suddenly change its belief about hood status without provocation. i.e., car is parked for hours and suddenly it senses hood open. Well, then it will sound the alarm. So you might want to fix this before it happens in the middle of the night. Ask me how I know.
Glad that car went to a good home. It must be the one I test drove over the weekend.
Just a note, the front tires were cupped on the inside tread and had considerable wear when compared to the outside tread. Hopefull they replaced the tires, but I would suggest getting the alignment/front suspension checked out.