Suspension, Brakes and Tires Discussion, Smoothest,Most Quiet Ride Possible in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; I recently purchased my first cadillac, a 2000 DTS. I am aware that the DTS has a slightly stiffer ride ...
I recently purchased my first cadillac, a 2000 DTS. I am aware that the DTS has a slightly stiffer ride than the standard deville but I always imagined a cadillac riding like a magic carpet.I thought cadillacs in general would have a smoother ride than mine does. I am looking for the quietest, softest ride possible. The car has 76,000 miles on it. Would a new pair of factory shocks give the softest ride or would an aftermarket brand? When do shocks typically need to be replaced? Who makes the best tires for the quietest, softest ride? I was also thinking of getting a spray on undercoating to further quiet the interior. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Automobile(s): 2002.5 F55 STS, 2014 Explorer XLT 4WD
MD Eastern Shore
Re: Smoothest,Most Quiet Ride Possible
The DTS is a Deville Touring Sedan, built and suspended as a sporty fullsize vehicle. A good Cadillac DTS does not ride like a 'magic carpet": If it did, you would be driving the equivalent of a wet sponge.
Yes, you can go berserk with Dynamat and aftermarket sprays, but you incur the weight gain and loss of performance: The DTS is a much different breed of cat from the Concours or Deville. The driver's door sticker indicates the minimum cold inflation pressures and speed ratings on the OEM tires. Squishy. Add a few pounds and get the car up on its feet. Tire brands really don't matter.....I think the car comes with H or V tires.
Quietest, softest ride possible ??? Find a Cadillac Silver Gray HD Hearse/Blacktop or Funeral Home limo.
(Your DTS is anything but a magic carpet..........)
2000 DTS. I had the same car. I LOVED it with the exception of some squeeks (loud ones) in the center arm rest. The ride is a bit firm - isn't it? Do consider how well the car handles, though. It's more safe to drive and much easier to avoid accidents in sudden situations. If you wanted a really, really soft ride - the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, last made in 1996, would have been your best choice... The DTS is a hot car.
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Any Cad IMO made after '96 will not ever again have that wonderful magic carpet ride. It's too small a car and today's style is to produce vehicles with rock hard seats. I have a '75 Coupe deVille that rides like a carpet, but a lot of that legendary Cadillac ride comes from a big frame, good shocks, and SOFT seats. If only they made cars like that again.