Hey, I just bought a 2002 STS w/ 58k miles... I'm very proud to be the owner of such a fine car after two weeks of driving it and 30 minutes of reading these posts!
However... as excited as I am... I place high priority on maintaining and preserving such an all around satisfying ride. I wanted to spark a conversation that would help me to gain driving experience of such a beast with out learning any lessons the hard way.
I notice the STS is not geared toward acceleration, my last car... a malibu... would get me off the line at a comparable rate.... I'll be honest... i dont like to floor the STS of the line, as to where i would pound that pedal into the carpet with the chevy. It just feels like the STS doesnt have much to prove with that 300 v8 as you sit at a stop light, with the lil racer boys sizing you up. Is that just the style of the caddy... or is it safe to jerk of the line and test that 6.5 second 0-60 claim i'v heard about?
As to highway driving... thats a different story... 70-80mph comes by accident as you realize your foot couldnt be more than an inch down on the pedal... when i get the oportunity i do floor it on the high way... for about 4-5 second burst... normally darting past 100 mph with no signs of a struggle. I can tell the previous owner didnt do that often... the first time i noticed smoke from my exsaust(maybe thats the gas spewing out the other end)... and the response time seemed to get better immediatly after that. Is that healthy for the car? Or is it a bad for the car when i drive it hard with pedal flooring and hard cornering?
Heres some sad news... Already... i have a small ding on the rear side silver window outline peice. Ya know... that shiny silver plastic peice that out lines both front and back windows. Because the Lac sits low.. an SUV may have opened the door a little hastily on the lac there. Would that be expensive to fix or replace?
I also heard a slight clipping sound under the engine... it sound like a fan, when you put a peice of paper trough it. Not very loud.. and i only hear it when i start the vehicle and drive at low low speeds. Any clue of the severity of that?
I also purchased a 2 year power train warranty on the STS. I figure as much as i have heard about head gaskets... I'd hope that might help if i encounter that problem. Would the head gaskets be a common problem on these cars or is that more of a result of neglected maintance?
Other than that... I love this car... gorgeous inside and out... graphite, 17 inch STS wheels... grey interior.. wood every where! engine is very quite (exept for when you dicide to let those 300 horses holler). All i need is some Vogue tires (as i often see on caddy's) and mirror tints. Btw... any opinions on the performance on vogue tires?
Any tips on the STS yall have for me i appreciate. I already looked to see... it does have the f45 sticker... no magneride... but then again... the previous system keeps me on the road well enough to drive a little "bat out of hellish".