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    About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    I'm about to purchase a 2008 STS V8 4.6L. It has 61,000 miles on it, a clear title and clean CarFax (in fact, the CarFax indicates the the previous owner had it regularly maintained at a local Cadillac dealership). I'm buying it from an independent dealer (not Cadillac). The car has the wood trim and DVD-based Navigation system. The car is very nice and I'm looking forward to owning it.

    Is there anything I should look out for?

    Also, I'd like to get the build sheet, if possible.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Should be a pretty solid car. What options does it have? Does it have the heads up display and adaptive cruise control? You got pics? What's the $$?

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Would you mind sharing what you are paying for it?

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Here's a link to the online listing:

    http://www.liautofind.com/web/used/C...-York/9171058/

    There are lots of photos. The price, however, is not correct. It's $2,000 more than what's listed.

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    Loaded 1SE or base 1SF. Living in Long Island (assumed based on dealer) that's a rwd you better invest in snows. Price is kinda high too especially if they want 2k MORE than listed on the web.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    They have to honor the web price, just print it off and bring it with.
    If they want a sale they will do it.

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    No HIDs, No ACC, No Intellibeam, No Moonroof, base wheels, has Nav, looks like custom floor mats, looks weird without the strut tower brace, very odd to see a RWD model with no spoiler, no ventilated seats.

    Honestly I think the price is a little high considering all the things it doesn't have. The only value add is that it has Nav, V8 and lowish miles.

    To me that would make it about a $14k car, not $15.4k and nowhere near $17k/$18k

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    I would ask for a build sheet to verify options... Never trust those website descriptions on options, they tend to be erroneous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludacrisvp View Post
    They have to honor the web price, just print it off and bring it with.
    If they want a sale they will do it.

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    No HIDs, No ACC, No Intellibeam, No Moonroof, base wheels, has Nav, looks like custom floor mats, looks weird without the strut tower brace, very odd to see a RWD model with no spoiler, no ventilated seats.

    Honestly I think the price is a little high considering all the things it doesn't have. The only value add is that it has Nav, V8 and lowish miles.

    To me that would make it about a $14k car, not $15.4k and nowhere near $17k/$18k
    I agree, if that was a 1SG it would be worth it.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alert View Post
    I'm about to purchase a 2008 STS V8 4.6L. It has 61,000 miles on it, a clear title and clean CarFax (in fact, the CarFax indicates the the previous owner had it regularly maintained at a local Cadillac dealership). I'm buying it from an independent dealer (not Cadillac). The car has the wood trim and DVD-based Navigation system. The car is very nice and I'm looking forward to owning it.

    Is there anything I should look out for?

    Also, I'd like to get the build sheet, if possible.
    Hello Alert,

    I am more than happy to provide the build sheet for you. Send me a private message with your VIN.

    Sincerely,

    Laura M.
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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Laura M,

    I just sent you a private message with my VIN.

    However, I'm not positive it went through. Let me know if you don't receive it and I'll try again.

    Thanks.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alert View Post
    Laura M,

    I just sent you a private message with my VIN.

    However, I'm not positive it went through. Let me know if you don't receive it and I'll try again.

    Thanks.
    Hi Ed,

    I did receive your message and sent you back your build sheet.

    Laura M.
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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Post up the option codes when you get a chance alert, so we can see what you have.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Here's what the car has:

    132 - LIGHT GRAY
    13I - LIGHT GRAY
    1SE - 1SE LUXURY PACKAGE
    1SZ - PREFERRED EQUIPMENT SAVINGS
    6LJ - SUSPENSION
    7LJ - SUSPENSION
    8XS - SUSPENSION
    98U - WHITE DIAMOND PREMIUM PAINT
    9XS - SUSPENSION
    A45 - MULTI-DRIVER MEMORY SETTINGS
    AL0 - SENSOR INDICATOR INFLATABLE RESTRAINT, FRT PASS/CHILD PRESENCE DETECTOR
    AL2 - POWER LUMBAR CONTROL
    AP9 - CONVENIENCE NET, CARGO
    AQ9 - SEATS, FRONT BUCKET
    AT8 - RR CHILD SEAT RESTRAINT
    AY0 - FRONT & SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS, DRIVER & FRONT PASSENGER / HEAD CURTAIN SIDE AIRBAGS, FRONT/REAR
    B20 - SAPELE WOOD TRIM ON CENTER STACK, CONSOLE, SHIFT KNOB. INSTRUMENT PANEL, DOOR TRIM AND STEERING WHEEL
    B9E - PRODUCTION WEEK 05
    BQ2 - AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL, LLC
    CE1 - RAINSENSE WINDSHIELD WIPERS
    CFN - SUNROOF DELETE
    CJ2 - DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL
    DCP - ONSTAR DIRECTIONS AND CONNECTIONS 1 YEAR FACTORY PACKAGE
    DD8 - INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR, AUTO DIMMING
    DR2 - POWER, HEATED OUTSIDE MIRRORS
    FE1 - 4 WHEEL INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION
    FLT - FLEET PROCESSING OPTION
    G64 - LOAD LEVEL CONTROL, AUTOMATIC
    GU2 - AXLE REAR, 2.73 RATIO
    IL2 - INTERIOR TRIM
    JJB - PT DRESS SUBASSEMBLY INSTALLED
    JJD - I/P SUBASSEMBLY NOT INSTALLED
    JJL - SUSPENSION FRONT NOT INSTALLED
    JJM - SUSPENSION REAR NOT INSTALLED
    JL9 - ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM, 4 WHEEL DISC
    KA1 - HEATED FRONT SEATS
    KA6 - SEATS, HEATED REAR OUTBOARD
    KG4 - GENERATOR, 150 AMP
    LH2 - ENGINE, 4.6L NORTHSTAR V8
    MX0 - TRANSMISSION, 6-SPD AUTOMATIC
    MYB - TRANSMISSION, 6-SPD AUTOMATIC
    N31 - HEATED & LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL
    N93 - 17" POLISHED ALUMINUM WHEELS
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    NU1 - EMISSION - CALIFORNIA
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    U30 - DRIVER INFORMATION CENTER
    UA6 - THEFT DETERRENT ALARM SYSTEM
    UE1 - 1 YR ONSTAR DIRECTIONS W/TURN- BY-TURN NAVIGATION (ASK DEALER ABOUT GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE)
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    UJ6 - TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR
    UY5 - 15 SPEAKERS DELUXE
    V4X - STS CONVERSION V8
    V73 - VEHICLE STATEMENT USA/CANADA
    VH9 - ENVELOPE, OWNER INFO MANUAL
    VK3 - LICENSE PLATE FRONT MOUNTING PACKAGE
    VN9 - DAILY RENTAL REPURCHASE PROGRAM
    VT7 - OWNERS MANUAL, ENGLISH
    VZ3 - LABEL, MERCURY DISPOSAL
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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    I think by posting this, you have solidified my point... the ad is misleading. The car does not have the performance suspension and 18" wheels. Not that this car is bad, it's just mis-represented. I just went through all of this myself.

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    I also see this was an Avis Budget rental car... something else to keep in mind

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    Also means that the ECM is speed limited to 112 MPH.

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    Re: About to Purchase 2008 STS, Anything I Should Look For or Beware Of?

    Have them throw in new lower control arms, you're gonna need them in about 20k miles

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