Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, so many visits to dealer in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Originally Posted by Imperator
It's still a fun car to drive, but I wouldn't want to maintain it out of ...
From my experiance so far,, if you sneez in the wrong direction the check engine light comes on.. I know more than several folks that have had the converters replaced already.. Either a design flaw, or it's from letting the car sit for longs periods of time, and there just turning it on and off to keep the battery going, and that's loading them up (maybe someone else can answer why they don't last).. Perhaps some folks are useing 87 octane,, Which is a really big no no! ..like ewill3rd, it seems that almost all of the bugs have been worked out.. At some point the dealer trips will crawl down to a stop. I would just keep it, and enjoy it, because it's a great car... Looks wise, and performance wise!
But don't take just take my opinion that's it's a great car,, watch this;
I made my own cold air kit from pep boys using there tubing with a k/n cone air filter, i installed it from the mass air sensor, the power feels the same it just sound better. as of 2:30 tonight the check engine light came on again. i say again i didnt bother the mass air flow sensor or nothing, i was driving it this way for about 3 mons
So where are you getting the cold air from? Isn't the true definition of a CAI, an intake that pulls in outside air? Usually from the wheel well... Not air from the engine bay... because that certainly is not cold air. I have the setup from D3. They don't advertise it as being a CAI because it is not a CAI, just new intake pipes/filter.
These MAF sensors are very sensitive to changes in the airflow through the box.
The factory air boxes are set up to draw air from the front of the car through a duct or the lower part of the fender, although I can't recall on the STS-V exactly how it is routed.
A CAI is not really necessary on some of these as they are already drawing from a good cold air source.
I have heard of some cars setting air flow codes and when the filter was rotated 180 degrees the codes went away.
(that is a different kind of car, but you get my meaning)
Anybody who has ever done airconditioning duct work in a building has found out the hard way that getting air from point A to point B is no simple matter. The air swirls, eddys, stagnates, stratifies, and a whole range of other issues. The next time you ride on a jet look out the window at the little pieces of angle aluminum stuck here and there to correct airflow problems and you'll get the idea. Add the complications of filters, joints, corners, and noise and you're looking at a small part of your engine intake system. They pay engineers really big money to design this stuff and it's not likely that Joe Schlunk is going to improve on it much using cardboard, a pair of scissors, and some duct tape.
Funny, I should complain of the same nagging number of dealership visits, but with both Sewell and Massey in my backyard, my service experiences are always satisfactory, and usually accompany a complimentary new-ish Cadillac loaner (usually a CTS or SRX).
Stick with it - I had some issues - and it has been in the shop more than other cars I've owned - but holy cow, what a blast to drive. I hear the same complaints from other exotic car owners (all brands).
I'm going to really miss it when the lease comes up. I just can't bring myself to get another one (too boring driving the same car for that many years).
I have 2000 SLS Seville. I like the car a lot but......too many service engine soon lights. Now even though transmission runs smooth; because of ses light i need a new transmission. Can you guys share your thoughts?
The fault code says the tcc ckt stuck open or off
I really like the car and the fact of no more payments. Looking for advise... ditch it or repair it?
Mileage 161,000 almost all on the highway. I'm told it is affecting my gas mileage. But, I get 24-26 mpg on highway and about 18 mpg in town.
I've had my share of issues with my car (excess tire wear at low miles, cracked rear wheel, rear diff leak, rear diff very noisy, rear diff recall) and each time it was in the shop for extended periods of time while they waited for parts (the wheel took over three weeks!). Now it is in the shop again. While I was driving Saturday it suddenly sounded like I had a very LOUD exhaust system and the engine light came on. It turns out that they have to order a whole new cat-back exhaust system because a bolt sheared off causing an exhaust leak. So, another week or more in the shop - they said he exhaust is one piece and comes FEDEX ground in 5 business days.
Yes, my dealer treats me very well with free loaner Cadillacs (CTX, SRX and several Escalades). It could be much worse. However, I did not buy this car to drive a bunch of loaners and I certainly will make sure that I have a bumper-to-bumper warranty in place the entire time I own this car.