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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Possibly replacing 2002 SLS in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Greetings, We are presently on our third Seville SLS. We first had a 1992, then a 1997, and now a ...
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    Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    Greetings,

    We are presently on our third Seville SLS. We first had a 1992, then a 1997, and now a 2002 with 83,000 miles. All have been wonderful cars with V8's that I love. We live in a rural area and have a steep uphill driveway into the garage, so have relied on front wheel drive cars. Now, in looking to possibly upgrade, we see that the STS and CTS are RWD or the optional AWD. AWD sounds like out best option and in reading the forums, it appears that popular wisdom is to avoid the V6 STS. Also in reading the CTS forum, it seems that many have had problems with vibration that is felt in the steering wheel that may be related to the drive train, so I don't want anything to do with that. I have had very good luck in the last few years doing searches on autotrader.com, but when I do a search for STS's with AWD, all I see are V6's. Are the V8 STS4's that rare? Would you all agree to avoid the V6? One that recently piqued my interest was a 2007 AWD V6 with under 30k miles. Looked good until I started researching the forum and found all the negative comments about the V6.

    BTW, I was interested in AWD because, even though we have gotten by for years with FWD at our location, I am not getting any younger and would like to avoid any snow shoveling if possible.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    If you're looking at an STS, the V8 is a must. The V6's just scare me, sure there's many out there with no issues but who knows if you'll get one that guzzles oil and could eventually snap the timing chain, no one wants that bill. I had a 2004 CTS 3.6L, traded it in on the V8 STS because of what I just mentioned. It used oil and the timing chain started developing slack and would clatter at cold starts, it was time to dump her. If you live in an area that gets plenty of snow I would definitely recommend the AWD model, my RWD STS is a handful in snow sometimes, even with Blizzak's. Just take your time, the AWD V8's are out there, they're just a little harder to find. I got my 06 with 71k, now at 116k. I haven't had many issues with her, knock on wood. I've had the rear diff seals replaced, starter, water pump, and a motor mount, that's it. She seems to be holding together quite well thus far, no rattles or anything, still solid as a rock after 116k and 8 years.

    Goodluck in your search efforts, take your time and find a nice low mileage AWD V8, you'll find one. Test drive as many as you can and know which options you want, there's a ton! Having adaptive cruise has spoiled me, can't imagine driving a car with "normal" cruise control after owning this car. The heads up display is awesome to have too! The 15 speaker Bose system is unbelievable as well, puts the Bose systems I had in my previous Cadillac's to shame.
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    I have an 05 STS RWD V6 and really enjoy it. The biggest thing with the V6 is keeping the oil level where it needs to be. You have to check your oil more often. Drive the car and if you like it buy it. Just make sure to play with all the toys before buying any STS. It is a Cadillac so the repairs can be costly. Happy shopping. BTW, less than 125,000 STS's were built.

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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    Thought the 2008+ V6 are more reliable than those of older STS's. I have a 2008 STS4 with V6. Although I've only had it a few days, it's smooth as silk. For me the AWD was a bigger deal than the V8. Power is similar (+17-ish HP for the V8). I wasn't looking for a hot rod, just got rid of a super fast car. But like someone said, I drove it and loved it. Good luck!

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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    The 08+ LLT still has the same issue unfortunately, the LFX (2012+) saw the necessary PCV modification.
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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    Wow, just did a quick search on Autotrader and Carsoup and there is only one AWD V8 within 200 miles of me, it's a 2009 with 109k on her, dealer is asking $19k. It's in Madison, WI at Zimbrick BMW.
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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    Thank you all, for the replies. We are not in that big of a hurry, so I guess I will just continue to search. Besides, even though our white diamond 2002 SLS is just like new and we love it, the dealers I have contacted so far tell me that it worth very little for a trade in. That tells me that it can't go much lower, so why hurry?
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    Re: Possibly replacing 2002 SLS

    Take your time & drive a few. Later V6 HP makes good ad copy, but torque is still lacking and oil level vigilance highly recommended.

    Unless that 2009 is something special or Zimbrick is offering a warranty, $19k seems high to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3 View Post
    Take your time & drive a few. Later V6 HP makes good ad copy, but torque is still lacking and oil level vigilance highly recommended.

    Unless that 2009 is something special or Zimbrick is offering a warranty, $19k seems high to me.
    I agree, the price seems high to me too.
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