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Hello everyone. Great site, not knowing a lot about Cadillac, I have gotten a lot of good information from this site.

I am going to look at a '96 SLS, with 30K on the clock.
Anything I should look at in particular?
My other question is that the dealer has quoted $1700 for a 2/24 GM bumper-to-bumper warranty. That seems pretty high to me, but is that normal for a Cadillac?
Are there any other places to go to get a warranty?
With the low mileage, would you go for the extended coverage?

Any input would be appreciated.
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John
 

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Hey John - Welcome to the CadillacForums! That sounds like a nice SLS - low miles for sure. What color? As far as the extended warranty goes, I would get it - in fact, how much do they want for the 3/36? These cars are a pleasure to drive but frequently need costly repairs. One set of struts could cost you more than the warranty (if you retain the factory active suspension).

I would also do a complete maintenance on the car, including coolant flush and fill, oil flush and fill, and transmission flush and fill (unless you have documentation that any of this was recently done). Of course, I am a little compulsive about these things. :D See what everyone else says.

Thanks for registering and enjoy your time on the Board! We wanna see pictures.
 

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Thanks for the reply and input. Unfortunately, that car did not last long. It got sold the day before I was to go up and look at it.
 

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I would DEFINITELY get an extended warranty..... I had the opportunity to get one, really cheap, and I regret every day since (i didnt get it :D )

Top 3 warranty people

www.autowarrantybroker.com
www.warrantywizard.com
www.1sourceautowarranty.com

You should be able to get about 100k warranty for the price the dealer is saying.....

When I was on the hunt, I checked out all those places, among MANY others, and they seemed to have the best coverage and prices......
 

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Thanks for the input. I've found my next one. It is a '98 ETC with 50k on the ODO and it has ~ 2/20 left on an extended warranty. They are asking 14,500 for it. Sounds a bit high to me. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should offer or is that about right?
 

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Thanks for the input. I've found my next one. It is a '98 ETC with 50k on the ODO and it has ~ 2/20 left on an extended warranty. They are asking 14,500 for it. Sounds a bit high to me. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should offer or is that about right?
13 grand sounds fair. The warrantee will make you happy trust me... but maybe the seller won't except that offer.
 

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13 sounds good........ Then, get a warranty for RIGHT after the other one expires...... Another thing I wouldnt have while owning a cadillac........
 

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Definately get a warranty when you buy a Caddy. I bought a '98 SLS in May and it was back for a dead amplifier, resealing of the lower end of the engine and then new head gaskets. Believe me, all of that work is expensive on a Caddy and it's nice when the warranty company picks up the tab.
 

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Definately get a warranty when you buy a Caddy. I bought a '98 SLS in May and it was back for a dead amplifier, resealing of the lower end of the engine and then new head gaskets. Believe me, all of that work is expensive on a Caddy and it's nice when the warranty company picks up the tab.
Got my car with 62k, and the 30k warrantee has just ran out. I have 93.5 k on her now. The warrantee probably paid for 5-6 k in repairs throughout the 17 months that it was valid. You kiddin me? no. Now I'm just taking a leap of faith, owning it without a warrantee. I have confidence in my maintenance since I've owned it so it shouldn't be too bad....
 

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I would never again buy 1SourceWarranty.
Last year I bought a 96 SLS. To "do it right", I went to a dealer to have the car checked out, right after I bought my warranty, so that the warranty people wouldn't be responsible for preexisting conditons; their warranty, they say, begins immediately upon purchase.

Well, on the 3rd or 4th day of ownership, I drove the car to a dealer. They replaced, at my expense, the fuel pressure regulator, a coil or two, and a few other things to bring it up to snuff.

When I picked the car up the next day, it wouldn't start. The fuel pump went out, right there in the dealer's lot. Remember, it was working to specs the day before, when the regulator was replaced.

To make a long story short, 1Source wouldn't cover the pump, even though it went out when with the dealer. They said that it was impossible for that to happen (?), and I "must have knew" it was going to go out.

I appealed to the local BBB (Denver area, forgot the city name); the BBB must be in collusion with them, because they wouldn't pay any attention to my explinations, and I'm not exaggerating. I have a business myself, and am a BBB member, but that didn't matter. I am not renewing my membership, of course.

I am more dissappointed at the BBBs glossing over my detailed replies than anything else. Two employees of 1st Source told me flat out that they just don't pay any claims in the first 30 days, no matter what.

I have gotten about 3/5 payment from them for my interior fan which went out last summer. They wouldn't go for the GM fan, and I didn't even mind their attitude on that.

Also, last fall, I believe they onlyl had ONE claim rep. I called, over 4 months time, at least forty times, and, often after twenty minutes of ringing, I ALWAYS got the same guy, named Chris.

By the way, the dealers hate me coming in, since they have to get an OK to work fm the warranty company, and often have to spend up to an hour just to get past the recorded message. No OK, no pay......I wonder why they don't answer!

A word to the wise.
 

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A word to the wise.
I on the other hand, had a generally good experience with my provider. Xtra care from First Automotive: 866-757-7786. The only time they failed me is when I called in a claim from a different dealer then where i bought my car at. All you have to do is have your normal dealer call in the claim and they pay anything on the contract, no hassles.
 

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when we got our 99 sts 60k miles it was from a gm dealer we put the warrenty and it was from GM for about $1800 cdn two year and 40k kmeter, will a $100.00 dec. on it. I sometime think if I should have gotten a 3 year warrenty
 

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When in doubt..... Always go with more time....... If you keep the car, it gives you more coverage....... If not, then its a selling perk.......
 
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