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At the end of August 2005, we signed the lease on a 2006 STS all wheel drive V8...my dream car or so I thought!
Immediately we noticed a thump in the tires and a clunk int he rear end. 3 days after signing the lease we returned to the dealer and were informed that the thump is from the design of the tires having a flat spot when it sits and the clunk was possible strut noise....derrrrrrrrr! They wanted us to wait till 500 miles for the break in period, which we agreed to. Upon returning from the dealer at this time a hoot noise started I called the general service manager upon my arrival at home and he asked me to take him for a ride in the morning which we did...he confirmed the hoot and gave me the adviosry notice which stated that we wait till 500-1000 miles...we agreed.
At 1078 all noises are still present..the hoot noise was not from the axle as they thought but the differantal was at fault and finally they got that noise repaired....BUT THE STRUT NOISE IS A DESIGN DEFECT AND THEY CAN NOT FIX IT AT THIS TIME AND THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN THE UPDATE OR CHANGE IN DESIGN WILL BE....anyone having this experiance? Naomi @[email protected]:crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2:
 

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I'd wager a guess that the clunk is a front lower control arm bushing. Call the dealer and politely ask them if they believe this may be the cause, and to refer to an existing Service Bulletin addressing this.

I think they'll take care of it, they may just not see many STS's that've had this problem. Hang in there! :D
 

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Naomi.. I have the same clunk noise its a control arm assemlby. But dont worry, they are looking 6 to 8 weeks before getting mine in. Wonderful, last time I drove it as I pulled up to the light, the look I got as that piece of shit started popping and clunking..

Nothing like a $40K car thats embarrsing to drive..
 

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Mine does the samething in the left front. I haven't yet taken it in. I will have to agree it is very embarrassing when hitting a bumb at low speeds and all you hear is a loud clunking noise.:annoyed:
 

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Playdrv4me said:
It cant be so loud everyone outside hears it can it? Is it really that bad?

Oh its that loud Playdrv4me.. I told the guy at Caddy customer assistance that there nothing like driving a $40K clunker..
 

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Niomi,

How can you be embarressed...its a Cadillac! Even with he problems you are describing, I would still prefer to drive your car than a perfectly running Lincoln or Ford or whatever.

There are people who can only dream of owning your car, and for us who are living the dream, we should relize that.

Against all advice about buying a car in is first model year, I bought an 05 STS because I was fortuante enought to be able too. And if you truely aren't happy with the car (for as many people that have problems like yours, there are 20 that don't) Cadillac should take care of you- at least they always have for me.
 

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We are still in discussion on what should be dont about mine. DOnt get me wrong I love the car. Hell its a Cadillac, but in the same it has spent 58 days in service. I am tired of paying for a car that I do not get to drive.
 

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I think this is the bulletin you are looking for----Hope this helps with you pleading at the dealer................good luck..........


Rattle Noise From Front End Over Bumps With Light Brake Apply STS and SRX - kw suspension #PIC3301 - (Dec 16, 2004)
Rattle Noise From Front End Over Bumps With Light Brake Apply STS & SRX
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The following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the symptom described in the PI.

Condition/Concern:
The above mentioned vehicles may experience a muffled rattle noise from the front suspension when driving over bumps with light brake apply. This noise may be caused by the lower control arm bushings. The noise may be difficult to isolate using the chassis ears and could occur on either side of the vehicle.

Recommendation/Instructions:
Replace the lower control arm for the affected side.

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Please follow this diagnosis process thoroughly and complete each step. If the condition exhibited is resolved without completing every step, the remaining steps do not need to be performed. If these steps do not resolve the condition, please contact GM TAC for further diagnostic assistance.

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Models:
(2005 Cadillac STS) and (2004 - 2005 Cadillac SRX)


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They have replaced the control arm assemlby on my car and it did correct the noise. They pulled the package tray down and apart and insulated the whole thing, insulated the screws and the subwoofer housing. Replaced the mirror assemlby again..
I had a friend do all this at my dealer, the insulation is not a bulliten its just a tech experience deal. We knew the tray was rattling and that was the only way to fix it...
 

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If my new car did all them things and they said wait and drive it. You know I would tell them to take the car and shove it. I am not suttle when I spend good money and get crap for answers to questions. It is a lease tell them to keep it. Just my 2 cents worth
 

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Its not that easy Sharc99. See you are a normal customer and have all kinds of rights. I am a employee, theses dealers are my responsibility and I do not want to hang them out to dry but I also do not feel GM should hang me out to dry. Cause yes I could tell them were to shove there call and I know the poeple to call to take care of that.
Just not how I do business. I am these dealers line of trust, I can not railroad them and then expect them to ever trust me again. Its very delicate..
 

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Be thankful all you have is the noise in the front end. Not only am I experiencing that but....

My battery died last Saturday(don't give up your AAA membership)
I have a rattle somewhere in the dash
Another somewhere in the rear seat area (No they aren't one in the same, they're completely different sounds)
Road-roar from the tires is becoming almost unbearable
There's an intermittent buzz from one of the speakers (and with 15 this will be fun to track down)
Driver's door is making a crunching noise when I close it
Transmission is shifting hard

And as of this writing the car has 2033 miles on it. This isn't my first Cadillac, but it looks like this one is going to make up for me not having any problems out of my last one.
 

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rjm said:
Road-roar from the tires is becoming almost unbearable
Transmission is shifting hard
Do you have the performance package with the Pilot Sport tires? I have the same road-roar with these tires.

My transmission tends to have a hard shift on occassion, but driving in Sport mode seems to help somewhat.
 

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Fred_Mac said:
Do you have the performance package with the Pilot Sport tires? I have the same road-roar with these tires.

My transmission tends to have a hard shift on occassion, but driving in Sport mode seems to help somewhat.
I have the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4s on my car and the are terrible. If this were my first experience with Michelin tires, well....

I've just noticed the transmission the last few days, and its shifting like hard in the manner of older ones without electronic controls. You know the shift, the one that sends a shudder through the entire vehicle and ends with a clunk leaving you to think the whole transmission is laying in the middle of the road somewhere behind you.
 

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Need to add to my list:

Seat heater works--just barely
Wood panel on my door is warping
Check tire pressure light came on, according to display all tires either at 24 or 25, but when I checked the old-fashioned way, all checked out at 30.
 

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I feel for ya rjm :worship: ........... so far, my 06 STS (minus a bad battery they replaced) works flawlessly - Knock on Eucalyptus wood! :dance:
 

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I feel for ya rjm :worship: ........... so far, my 06 STS (minus a bad battery they replaced) works flawlessly - Knock on Eucalyptus wood! :dance:
Thanks. As many Cadillacs as we've owned, I know I won't have a problem getting anything fixed, its just the hassle of having to take it to the dealer and worry with repeat trips to get everything settled. I've grown accustomed to the only maintenance on my vehicles being oil changes and tire rotations. That's part of the reason why I drive a Cadillac....:)
 

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Update:

Since the problems with my STS have continued to mount with no letup in sight, I've contacted the local Lexus dealer about trading it for an LS430. I don't have the time or energy to be going back to the dealer every other day with a new problem for them to fix, especially considering the $60,000 I unloaded for this car....
 
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