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  • Cadillac De Ville 2003 with 4000 mi. Trunk leaked,back to dealer 4 times for repair. Leak stopped, now care smells like dirty sock that has been in locker room 6 mos. strong smell of mold and mildew, wife says it makes her nauseous.
    General Motors will take no further action!
  • just purchased 96 deville with 30,000 miles...noticed a receipt that the previous owner had showing all 4 brakes and rotors redone for $300. dollars...seems odd to me with 30k on the odometer....has anyone else seen a premature wearing of brakes like this???????
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    I wonder if you could consult with your local health dept. and/or have fungal cultures taken on your car to see if there is a health hazard besides the putrid odor. It would get GM's attention and could be important to know.
  • Hi dasher323,

    Used to own a 91 Fleetwood sedan, and the trunk pull down broked, the Cadillac. garage wanted 400,00$ to replace it. So a friend said to me, try a scrap yard. I went, and got one for 45,00$. I replaced-it myself no problems. Regards martin 41
  • Hi All,
            Been away on the road for awhile, so thought I would add a little to our forum. As most know I have a 2000 DTS which has as of now 36,000 mi on it. I am really happy with the ride, handling on twisting back roads is wonderful, the Stabiltrac system works well. I enjoy the style and look, interior and sound systems. Couldn't ask for more to suit my needs, and oh yes, gas mileage is really good for this size vehicle. Puts my friends 2003 MB to shame on highway runs. I average 26/27mpg (highway only), running in Goodyear Eagles LS 17" @ 33psi. After all of this I only have one fly in the ointment so to speak, ELECTRONICS! Just as I think they (dealer)have one problem cleared up and everything is running well, bingo, some other glitch turns up. From my previous e-mails I have reported the "Feature Programming" not holding memory or settings, then drivers memory not holding settings next. All these problems were fixed up at no charge to me and a very obliging dealer. Couldn't have been treated better. The only downside of all this service was dropping the car off and being without it for a day or in some cases 2 or 3. Always had a car supplied until my own was done,BUT, this really takes up a lot of time and effort, and you don't know when the car is dropped off when the heck it will be ready. Any way my latest little glitch is as follows; I would be driving along and the TC warning light would come on, meaning that you had no traction control or anti skid brakes working. The entire systems are all tied together so I am told. OK, I would go to the dealer and before I would get there the darn light would go out, and I also found out that the computer does not keep a record in memory of any TC related problems. The service rep told me the only way we would get to the bottom of this problem was to bring in the car when the TC light was on. Finally weeks later I was close to the dealer, light was on and I drove right into the service bay. They linked up a reader with the engine still running, the readout diagnosed a faulty intermittent stoplight switch. Made a appointment, left the car again, they replaced the switch, which did not fix the problem. Finally one smart service rep checked out the rear trunktop stoplight, and found it full of water? No one knows how the heck it entered, but apparently the sloshing water would intermittently short out the led lights array, and consequently the whole system it was tied into. They replaced the trunktop stoplight with a new unit which corrected the system. This was such a weird problem, thought I would share it out there. Meantime I motor very happily along in my DTS,(color Bronze mist),hoping all stays well.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    My previous posts indicated I had a very similar experience with my (former) 2000 DTS. When the car was running without incident(s), the car was sweet (in Crimson red). The problem was that the car had a different glitch and was brought in for service every six weeks on average, without exception. The "coup de cras" was the last time I had it in for service, I found the car three days later in a stranger's driveway on the other side of town, when it was supposed to be at the dealer's. All factors being considered, enough was enough.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,713
    How did you handle the "stranger's driveway" experience with the dealer??? Just wondering...

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    Interestingly, when the car was noted by me in a stranger's driveway when it was supposed to be at the dealer service dept., I called my service manager and reported it, that very Sunday. He had given me his card with his cellular phone no. He first had the "that's impossible, it couldn't be" attitude and insisted I made a mistake. When I told him I KNEW it was my car, because I also checked the license no., he investigated it and was half-way apologetic and irritated. He gave me the lame excuse that the serviceman working on the car (yeh right on a Sunday) had just run home "to get a software program for it". Oh puhhleeez, like I really believed that.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,713
    "serviceman working on the car (yeh right on a Sunday) had just run home "

    The serviceman didn't have his _own_ car to
    run home? I think I would have made even more of
    stink over that one -- misuse of my automobile.
    If he were to have been in an accident involving serious damage or bodily injury, whom would they sue?

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  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    Believe me I made more of a "stink" than the current post suggests and they lost a customer (permanently) at this particular dealer. I agree with you. The whole incident was outrageous and inexcusable.
  • My new Deville heater does not heat up the car as my older Deville DHS did. They say the redid the heat vents due to the added feature of airducts in the seats. It is unsatisfactory in cold weather...the steering wheel is hot but NOT the heat coming down on the floor. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • I saw an article today in the Wall Street Journal stating that Cadillac sales would surpass 200,000 units this year - a 10 year high. This news surprised me: I must not have been paying attention this year.
    There was no model breakdown in the article - is it the new Cadillac models that account for all the increase? I am sure somebody here has access to the particulars.
  • Can you say Escalade or CTS! Also learn SRX.

    I have seen a ton of new Escalades and CTS's and three new SRX's on my commute (101 Ventura)
  • It does seem these new Cadillacs are stirring up interest. My son is in 3rd year of engineering and he and his buddies talk about the CTS-V, DTS and SRX with real interest.
    The highest sales level in 10 years - this seems to signal a real revival. Only a year or two ago many of us were predicting a continuing decline for the Cadillac brand due to the myopia of management.
    I for one am glad that GM has responded so well and look forward to more exciting models from the wreath and crest marque.
  • "Only a year or two ago many of us were predicting a continuing decline for the Cadillac brand due to the myopia of management."

    If they kept making the same cars, yeah, but not now.
  • I am 31 years old and I just purchased a 93 Caddy Sedan Deville with 108k + for mileage. I bought it from a dealer as is with no warranties. I had to move quick as my last car was just totaled. I also don't know cars or anyone in this area who does. My concern is how to find out about trans. fluid history before my acquisition. Carfax shows history, but I need numbers to speak to someone as to verification. No garage wants to touch it, since I don't have records to show when it was last done. Please help!

    Shawn Tripp
    Dallas, TX 75287
  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    Simply change the fluid. Based on my experience with the 4L60E transmision, do not expect more than 50,000 miles from it. If your transmission is original, I would plan on spending $2,000 very soon. You may be lucky, and changing the fluid regularily does help. An old wives tale suggests that replacing old fluid with new will cause leaks. Changing the fluid requires removing the pan, and is a good opportunity to check the grit in the bottom of the pan. The transmission will last longer if you install an aftermarket deep pan, or the deep pan GM uses on the trucks.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    Does the 1994 DeVille have the 4L60E transmission?
    If so, I did extremely well for the car had no transmission issues for the 96K miles I put on it since I purchased it in November 1993. I changed the fluid and filter every 30K.
  • I am the proud owner of a 2000 DTS,nicely optioned and am very satisified with the car.This is the second Cadillac we have purchased, my wifes car is a 94 Eldorado ETC that we bought back in 1996. We like to buy them approximtely 2 years old with 2X,XXX miles on them with the factory certification. Our dealer has provided excellent service on all the problems although we had to push a little on wifes car right before the 6yr/70 mile warrenty ran out , but they put in a brand new long block Northstar (the oil control ring on the #8 cylinder never fully seated). Taking care of us like that has kept me very satisifed with Cadillac. The Eldorado now has over 120,000 miles and we've done a starter under warrenty, a ac compressor and an alternator with only the last two out of pocket.Cadillac may not be a car for everyone, and everyone may not get excellent service but we get our monies worth. We love the smooth, yet powerful 300 hp that passes young punks with authority and the smooth ride and good handling.We get alot of complements on the car (silver with chrome wheels) and it has been well worth the price we paid for it. In both purchases i could have gotten a slightly older, somewhat higher mileage Lexus LS400 for about the same money but i have no regrets. The Lexus is totally DEVOID of any sole or fun and when you review the 15,000, 30,000 60,000 & 90,000 mile maintance cost, you can damn well pay for a few repairs out that. Plus if you were to do the somewhat excessive maintainance on your Caddy if would last alot longer as well. You give me 150,000 -200,000 fairly trouble free miles and i am ready to get a newer one anyway.DTS, it "rides like a Cadillac" Elvis
  • I just went back and read some of the older messages. I bought the Dunlop SP Sport A2 for my DTS and i would NEVER recommend them to anyone. My local dealer had to order them and they barely look like they have tread on them when they are brand new and the wear up to this point has been TERRIBLE.I will go back to Michelin and even the original equipment Goodyears were far superior !!! I bought them based on comments i read on line and i wish i hadnt ! Elvis
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