Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, Do you all realize how well we got it? in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Originally Posted by hd750
I got stuck going down hill in shopping center going over a speed bump! No more ...
Well, I'm treating the car right. After the snow escapade last week, I dropped it off today to get a thorough detail. By tonight she'll be all clean and shiny and all thoughts of me and road salt and snow and spinning sideways will be out of my head.
The V will rest peacefully in the garage until I hear the birds chirping and I see the Easter Bunny hopping down my street.
While the GM of 1975-1995 is becoming a slowly fading, bad memory, pieces remain. I was reminded of this when I had to drain and refill the intercooler. There is no petcock so I had to remove hoses. The hoses on one side were heat welded to their connectors. No problem, there was a 2.5" little stub hose from a T connector to the circulation pump. So I cut it.
Well, it turned out that stub hose was not 3/4" heater hose like I thought. It was molded 7/8 at one end and 3/4 at the other. Oh well, I'll order one from the dealer.
GM will only sell that little 2.5" hose as part of the entire hose assembly for 1/2 of the intercooler routing. There is no credible reason for this in this day of computer data bases. When manual systems were used there was some justification based on the cost of tracking small parts. No longer. It's just The General trying to milk me for some extra cash.
I encounted the same problem when some little plastic gears in my Buick's power seats broke. GM will not sell them. To fix my seats I have to buy entire new frames at $2500 a pop.
In my BMW every single piece of the car was catalogued and available separately, including hoses and seat gears BTW.
Love the car but a rasberry to GM's oem parts division.
BTW, a 7/8 high temp heater hose worked fine. The General did not get my money.
I was just visiting this forum because I am intending to buy an STS-V but once I saw that people are appreciating how much Cadillac does and how much Cadillac and GM have improved I thought I would tell you this one....
I started with an Olds Aurora that came with the Northstar (Cadillac) engine and I had it serviced at a Cadillac dealer... the car went 180,000 miles with no trouble until my teenage son slid it into a fence during a rain storm and totaled it (thankfully the kid was ok... or maybe not so thankfully )
In the midst I went to a salvage auction and bought an Eldorado ETS that had the front end demolished and rebuilt it. There was no damage to the northstar but everything else was creamed. I drove that car for four years and put over 120K miles on it and sold it. The person who bought it lives around the corner from me and in two years they have had no trouble with it.
I bought the CTS-V next (05). Only one issue the same as many, the singing rear end. Took it to the dealer, voila... new 06 rear end and I have not taken it to the dealer or anyone else since (28k miles) as there are just no issues with the car... ITS WONDERFUL.
Then bought my wife an 05 SRX. Other than the rattle in the huge sun roof the car is spectacular. You have to love the 08 CTS commercial about "does the car return the favor" of turning you on. I dont know about all of you, but my answer every time I turn a Cadillac key is YES!!!!
I have a choice, but I choose to only by Cadillac!!!!
Automobile(s): STS-V the most powerful Cadillac you can buy for now
Re: Do you all realize how well we got it?
I liked my EXT - in the summer I took out the whole midgate on nice days. With the moonroof and windows open it was like a luxury safari truck. Quick too - better if you add a SC. My CTS-V was a great car - never had a problem with it.