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1991 STS, 1992 Fleetwood, 1987 Maxima wagon
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To remove the door panel, I need 2 small eye glass screwdrivers, a large phillips head screwdriver, a small phillips head screwdriver, a torx bit driver and a flat blade screwdriver. On my old '91, '97 and '95 Maximas, all I needed was a medium sized phillips and a flat blade. My previously limited selection of metric tools was enough to do everything I needed...brakes, tune-up stuff and most easy repairs.

The wood bezel around the the gauge cluster requires a phillips head and torx head...though all the screw threads are all the same. Why make one stupid screw different? Why do the rear brakes require standard, metric and torx bits to work on (I have yet to see what the front needs)? For many things, there's little to no extra room for anything...little space for fingers and tools and I've said many many times to myself "How the hell do I get to THAT?" I've read about the water pump on the 4.9 and if or when I need that replaced, someone else will get the chance to undo the mix of way too many bolts and screws.

This is the most obnoxious car to work on out of any car I've ever owned...I hope my '06 Grand Prix is not put together like this. The fact that people were going to have to work on this car after it left the assembly line doesn't appear to have been on the designer's and engineer's radar. It's the kind of car that, after working on it like I have today, I sit here and crave beer...like a 12-pack.
 

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2001 DTS(140K), 2000 ETC(284K), 1990 allante( 80K)
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and you have a problem when a manufacturer used a bit more nuts and blots to assure no shake rattle and roll and that the pieces are not going to fall off.... all because it makes you use 3 extra screw drivers.
 

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1996 Eldorado ETC Kathy (deceased), 1996 Eldorado ETC Sylvia
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maybe they did it to test your worthiness as a Cadillac owner...you fail.
 

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2005 White Diamond STS N* 1SF RWD ACC/HUD
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Somebody switched out your dash bezel screw. I just traded my '91 STS in on my '00 STS and removed the bezel a few times while working on a radio issue. All of mine were torx heads.
 

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Yup. Someone has been in there before you, and used different screws. Most of the screws inside my ETC are the same - and the ones that aren't are all in one place (underneath the dash).
 
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