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Its either blood or transmission fluid. I'm thinking blood, clean tranny fluid is a bit more pink.

Also I simply have to laugh at that little quote on the bottom of the engine cover:
"Made Exclusively for Cadillac by General Motors" You could get a N* in a Pontiac, Buick, and an Oldsmobile as well.

As for the car itself, seems real nice, I really like the interior with that wood wheel and shifter. I'm not a fan of the color, as I don't like those grayish brown "non-colors" that try too hard to look like dirt. As for the service history, 2 recalls, a water pump, and crankshaft position sensors done twice before 25k miles doesn't bode well for future reliability. But we all know these cars are finkicky(or you get lucky and you buy one that runs like a tank)
 

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Also they stopped the 17" STS wheels in 2002 right? And if it only had 25K miles on it how the hell did all those scrapes get on it?
 

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You ever ride with an old lady?
Yes my grandmother in her Catera and she drove like a nut yes even went 100mph on the highway with it but that car looked brand new. Not a single mark on that car she loved that thing like if it was her kid.
 

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Thinking of my 92 yr old Mother's last model yr CDV .
Low miles, but scrape city ... lol
Thinking of my caddy...63k when I got it...1/3 of which came during the first 2 years when it was a fleet car. The passengers side of the car is a wreck...it has alot of garage scrapes and has had alot of spot touches. They apparently also backed over someones car, as there is dark blue paint transfer on the underside of the back bumper, but its not damaged as if it were rear ended.

Also, my grandmas equinox is 8 years old and has 40k miles on it. Every corner of the car is scraped up from bumping the garage/ resting shopping carts on the bumpers...thank god she spared the sides of it (bumpers are grey plastic so the scratches aren't that noticable...if it had the painted bumpers, it would look trashed)
 

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You call that banged up? Looks like a couple of "looking throught the bi-focals the wrong way" dingies to me. What looks like blood on the engine cover could also be nail polish that some tech dribbled when he was late for a date!
 

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You call that banged up? Looks like a couple of "looking throught the bi-focals the wrong way" dingies to me. What looks like blood on the engine cover could also be nail polish that some tech dribbled when he was late for a date!
To me yes when i think of a 25K mile car i think its going to be almost perfect.
 

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Also I simply have to laugh at that little quote on the bottom of the engine cover:
"Made Exclusively for Cadillac by General Motors" You could get a N* in a Pontiac, Buick, and an Oldsmobile as well.
They were referring to the plastic engine cover itself.
 

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Its either blood or transmission fluid. I'm thinking blood, clean tranny fluid is a bit more pink.

Also I simply have to laugh at that little quote on the bottom of the engine cover:
"Made Exclusively for Cadillac by General Motors" You could get a N* in a Pontiac, Buick, and an Oldsmobile as well.

As for the car itself, seems real nice, I really like the interior with that wood wheel and shifter. I'm not a fan of the color, as I don't like those grayish brown "non-colors" that try too hard to look like dirt. As for the service history, 2 recalls, a water pump, and crankshaft position sensors done twice before 25k miles doesn't bode well for future reliability. But we all know these cars are finkicky(or you get lucky and you buy one that runs like a tank)
That was technically true before they put the 4.6L in the Bonneville and Lucerne. If you ever notice the engine cover for the 2004 SLS, it lost the "Made Exclusive" wording because '04 was the first year for the 4.6 in the Bonneville. Even though Olds Aurora engine was a Northstar, the dealers really never referred to it as that because it was a 4.0L instead of the normal Northstar displacement size. And yes, these cars aren't reliable. At all but owning something that good looking and great driving makes it worth it to me.

Gorgeous car, wrong color though. Honestly I'd rather have something with higher mileage that had all of the typical "Seville issues" out of the way before buying it. Though 2 sets of crankshaft sensors isn't all that strange even with the low miles. My car had 54k miles and went through 3 sets, and around 70k miles I put the 4th set of them in and I never had those issues again.
 

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Wasn't there something about the crankshaft sensors on these cars? We had to relace them on our '02 SLS at around 40,000 miles and I made sure that they used the "good sensors" when they installed them. We haven't had any more problem with them and the car now has 70,000 miles on it.
 

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I believe there bad batch was made in Mexico, and the newer sensors were made in Japan. Don't quote me though because it's been 4 years since I replaced mine.
 

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Overall, the car looks decent. If the slight corner scrapes are any indication, it may mean the car has been kept in a garage - +++
As always, For that kind of car/money an objective hands-on inspection is in order. You buy something like this sight unseen and you have no room to complain about faults that show up later. The offering says the front bumper will be refinished at sale. It's a one-owner local car for Nevada: Not one speck of rust. IF it has always been parked in the sun out there, the dash and rear deck are falling apart. The owner was no drug dealer - no tint. OnStar is converted - a`$150 job. 22,000 mile GM decarb job - the thing has NEVER been run hard and is 100% Cadillac maintained. A rare find. The furnished work history is worth the asking price of the car - I'll bet only a very, very few of us are lucky enough to have those GM database printouts. The new batteries 3,000 miles apart ??? The car sat in the garage for MONTHS and thus destroyed the new batteries. Oil & filter changes about every 2,000 miles !!! 6-disc CD in the armrest/console. The pictures show no evidence of rear deck/dash damage.

One in a million. Loaded. If I had anything other than my comparable condition/optioned STS, this one would be on a truck right now. $800 shipped to here motor carrier or $2,000 in an enclosed carrier. Hmmmmmm .......... Karen, c'mere !!!!!

As for the service history, 2 recalls, a water pump, and crankshaft position sensors done twice before 25k miles doesn't bode well for future reliability.
MANY 2002 and 2003 cars had this type warranty and recall work done. There were (are) recalls for fuel tank pressure sensors and a PCM-to-ignition reflash, among several others. The entire recall list is in www.alldatadiy.com for any particular year. My car had them done at about 3,000 and 5,000 miles and no problems since.

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Also they stopped the 17" STS wheels in 2002 right? And if it only had 25K miles on it how the hell did all those scrapes get on it?
2003 had chrome 17's, stock. Look at the furnished RPO printout - they came on the car. It's an H-car. 130 mph speed limiter. Bumper corner scrapes are common - particularly for Granny's garaged car.

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Though 2 sets of crankshaft sensors isn't all that strange even with the low miles. My car had 54k miles and went through 3 sets, and around 70k miles I put the 4th set of them in and I never had those issues again.
truth ^^^

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Wasn't there something about the crankshaft sensors on these cars? We had to relace them on our '02 SLS at around 40,000 miles and I made sure that they used the "good sensors" when they installed them. We haven't had any more problem with them and the car now has 70,000 miles on it.
The original run of CKP's was made in Mexico by Siemens; one tan, one black. The replacements are made in Japan by DENSO; one gray, one black.
 

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Well this leaves one thing the blood or tranny fluid.
Neither.......... and the engine has never been dusted. A little bit of transmission fluid would never sit in patches like that, and as it flowed thinner and thinner it would lose color - from red to light pink. Something has been placed on the engine beauty cover, then dragged off. Not a problem.

...........and, FWIW, the lighter color metallics are perfect for high sun load areas: They stay cooler inside and the finish does not bake out as soon as the dark greens, blues, and blacks.
 

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I agree with Sub, we bought our 2002 SLS 6 years ago, it had only 23.000 miles on it and was in perfect condition inside and out. We paid $13,000 including shipping from New Jersey to Virginia. It suffered the usual highway shimmy as on many of thethe 5th generation Sevilles, but a set of Michelins cured that. Car has been my wife's real estate business daily driver, and is still in beautiful shape with 70,000 miles on it. Best automotive buy I ever made!
 
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