Automobile(s): 2014 CTS Wagon RWD Premium, Used to own 2005 STS 1SG
Re: Sooo not happy.
Some people prefer not to work on their car. Nothing wrong with that. But one can still find a good independent mechanic if they ask around and save money that way.
I change my own oil on the Caddy but don't on my truck. The truck has a skid plate thats a PITA to remove. Its not worth the $20 savings for me to mess with the truck. I take it to a Jiffy lube type place and let them hassle with it. The cost savings is worth it to do my own change on the Caddy though. Some wouldn't want to change their own oil to save $50+. We all have our lines in the sand.
The same guy that will buy a $65,000 car and won't spend $140 on a FSM is the same guy that'll buy a $350,000 house and won't hire a $350 attorney to look over the details for him; penny wise and dollar foolish.
Ok...a couple of things
These cars don't sell for anywhere near sticker...most were leased on a very subsidized GM lease program
A program that made a LOT of lease returns that sold for 1/3 of their stickers 3 years later
A car that REALLY COST $65K( or worth anywhere near that) is not being repaired by the owners...why would they buy a manual
Hopefully you can see that after these cars get more than 5 years old and 75K miles the value has fallen like a stone...and what you find on the used car market...condition wise..has fallen drastically as well
So..I ask the question.....is the person that does not plow thousands into an older STS penny wise and dollar foolish..or is it the other way around?
I say that because after that time the value of the car and repairs start to be come much closer in actual $$$
regardless of price, what person who intends to DIY their car repairs (specifically cadillac) doesn't buy a factory manual or an alldatadiy.com subscription or comparable service manual (ie, not a haynes book)
Chris Heath (RippyPartsDept) is an ASE Certified GM Parts Consultant at Rippy Automotive
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