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    2002 STS magnetic ride control

    Hello I'm posting this for a friend that has a 2002 STS with the magnetic ride control. The car only has 30k miles on it and is in mint condition, spends most of it's time setting in the garage.

    He told me thats it's riding rough and stiff like it's stuck in sport mode or something. He took it to be checked out at the GM dealer and they couldn't find a specific problem with it. They did tell him they could replace all the magnetic struts for $5000 and some odd dollars though.
    To me it sounds more like a control module problem or something. I find it hard to believe all the struts would go bad all at the same time on such a low mileage car. Thanks.

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    Re: 2002 STS magnetic ride control

    Quote Originally Posted by 2K STS View Post
    Hello I'm posting this for a friend that has a 2002 STS with the magnetic ride control. The car only has 30k miles on it and is in mint condition, spends most of it's time setting in the garage.

    He told me thats it's riding rough and stiff like it's stuck in sport mode or something.
    This is not a scientific response but my gut it telling me... this car is a hangar queen and I don't see how your friend could know if it's riding stiff or otherwise. Thirty thousand miles in seven plus years is practically nothing. Close to neglect.

    There is no switch selectable sport mode (that sounds like a Corvette term) so nothing is 'stuck'.

    He took it to be checked out at the GM dealer and they couldn't find a specific problem with it. They did tell him they could replace all the magnetic struts for $5000 and some odd dollars though.
    Sounds like the standard GM dealer service department philosophy of "throw parts at the problem until the customer runs out of money or goes away".

    To me it sounds more like a control module problem or something.
    If there are strut or ride control module problems, one or more trouble codes will be set. Here is how to display the codes
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...s-warning.html
    Scroll down a little to get to the '98 - '04 Seville section.

    I find it hard to believe all the struts would go bad all at the same time on such a low mileage car. Thanks.
    Likewise.

    This car (and driver) might benefit from an all day (400 mile) cruise just to get the suspension components stirred up!!

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    Re: 2002 STS magnetic ride control

    My late 2002 STS with Magnetic Ride Control DOES NOT ride like a "Cadillac". Ever.

    That's exactly why I looked for the particular suspension system........and the faster I push it on twisty roads, the harder the suspension gets........

    Tell your friend to get out in the country and spend a few hours destroying a set of tires (probably the originals which are dry-rotted by now anyway).......The car needs to be driven hard once in a while.

    Use it or lose it......

    Tell your friend to look at the fuse and relay boxes in the engine compartment and under the rear seat (unplug the heater pigtail on the passenger side) and check the fuse list for Ride Control fuses........BUT only with control voltage do the struts/shocks go hard.

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