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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V



  • richerryricherry Posts: 19
    Have had lousy reception with cell phone on the CTS 2004. Many problems from my drive way which is a block away from a sprint tower.

    Ask for a recall to get a dual mode cell phone, they Onstar Support said last fall I would get one last Dec, BUT now it will never happen. Onstar because of my problems gave me 200 minutes for a year, which is up in Sept.

    See my posts of 5683, 5684, 5695, 5698.

  • richerryricherry Posts: 19
    I have a 2004 CTS boughjt last Sept. Yes sometimes it feels hot as we have had 90 degree temp here in California. Have been testing it to compare with another car same garage.

    Famillar with your problem as we also use a 1988 Bonnevile, bought new, low miles, great car, BUT the last few months it would be hot on the hood and stank up the garage.

    Took it to the garage last week and they found that the radiator cap leaked, spraying steam into the insulator under the hood. The insulator was dirty after 15 years.

    Replaced the cap and it is now like the CTS when garaged and the door shut.

    Maybe your cap os loose!

  • This Onstar situation is really obnoxious.It is about as useful as [non-permissible content removed] on a boar. Reminds me of an ATT cellphone that I rented to use primarily when going up and down to Canada. It didn't cost much but on the other hand I could never contact anyone with it. I joked that it was like paying a small sum each month to carry around a block of wood. But it was still better than OnStar. And the service! Its going to take 5 days for them to get back to me. You say to ask for a dual mode phone. But then you indicate that they will do nothing. So why ask? I must not be understanding that part of your message.

    Aside from the phone though, I love the car. Have put 500+ miles on and it is even better than I thought it would be. And the dealer here in Vero seems to be really good. Let me know if you get anywhere in solving your problem and I will do the same from here.
  • Have many contributors to this board actually purchased and are driving Cadillacs? I would be very interested to know what their experience with OnStar has been like. Maybe my experience and Rays are unique.

  • luxosportluxosport Posts: 22
    There is a CD that comes with the car that explains the On-Star system. It will be helpful in understanding how to communicate with the phone service since it responds to specific commands only. When you get it right, you should find it to be an excellent addition to the user-friendly technology Cadillac has designed into the car.
  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    My Onstar personal calling is flawless . It has never dropped out and is crystal clear . Better than my Verizon cell phone . Places were verizon has no coverage the Onstar always works . THis is on my 03 CTS Lux Sport all options except the auto trans . Does Canada have a decent cell network ?
  • richerryricherry Posts: 19
    I want everybody on this site to ask for a dual mode cell phone. Something changed. It was promised on the 2004. Now may be in 2006/7 models and not in the 2005.

     I WANT A recall.On Star support said last Sept/Oct that we ALL would have a recall in Dec 2003 for the 2004 model. I want it to happen! Lets all force it!

    The analog technology is 1990, 15 years old. Typically GM .

    Your best bet is to talk to Support via the cell phone and say it is useless, say you wamt more time to evaluate it, be a pest. Ask for more time. GET the name of the support personel. Call them back each week. Say you have spent time in the car and using gas.

    Tell them to update the software, do it from your driveway. Have another cell phone to talk to them while they update the software. May take an hour and you have to run the car. Tell them to call you in the car and see if that works.

    I have spent hours talking to them.

    Where are you in Canada? I came from Saskatoon and Toronto 40 years ago to So. Calif OC. Canada now has digital all over.

    When is Canada going ALL digital??
  • shifty4shifty4 Posts: 53
    My Onstar cellphone has performed flawlessly. I renewed the Onstar contract twice in order to keep the cellphone service. Otherwise the Onstar basic service ($199) is pretty much useless except for emergencies. I cannot remember a single instance of dropped calls or non-service.
  • psedrishpsedrish Posts: 49
    My Onstar ('04 CTS & '04 SRX) is flawless. So too is the A/C, even here on the Louisiana bayou.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Onstar works great in my SRX also, but
    It does have a problem with the number "9". It thinks I am saying "5".
  • mbdalembdale Posts: 4
    Are there any substantial changes / improvements in the 2005 model vs the 2004 model?
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    Did not notice any changes nor were any pointed out by the salesman. I'm sure there are improvements more than skin deep, however.
  • sevenfeet0sevenfeet0 Posts: 486
    2005 CTS's can be easily identified with the body color plastic license plate frame on the trunk which replaces the much maligned gray version. 2004 CTS-V's have the same new panel, but they have other features that set them apart. :-)
  • jwbjrjwbjr Posts: 1
    HELP. I want to buy a 2005 CTS. One dealer says I'm intitled to a $1,500 Conquest rebate because I own a NON-GM auto. Other dealers say "no its only on 2004's". The dealer giving me the Quest rebate says, beware- other dealers will keep it and not offer it. Does anyone know where I can get the straight dope and find it in print. I have tryed Goggling/Edmunds/KBB etc. for "GM Quest Rebats" and get very little info. Thanks for any help. JWB
  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144
    If you have a dealer who's willing to apply a Conquest Bonus discount to a 2005, you'd better take them up on it. According to GM, there are only financing and GM Owner Loyalty discounts available right now on Cadillacs.
  • hammen2hammen2 Posts: 1,313
    If you're not already eligible for GMS (GM employee) or GM Supplier pricing, you can find someone GMS-eligible to give you a "GM In The Driveway" coupon - gets you the car at the Supplier pricing.

    Hope this helps,

  • boomer1bboomer1b Posts: 348
    Have a $2000 loyalty rebate IF you currently own a GM vehicle. 04 only.

    Been looking at SRX....They have 2k too !
    Also $1500 plus 0% w/o sunroof....only 0%int. w/roof.
  • Well Ray, it looks like we are just unlucky and in an area with poor service providers. Of the six people who have answered this thread we two are the only ones who have a bad experience. That's 2 bad and 5 good. My dealer here in Vero Beach, Florida has a chap who takes care of new customers and he is following up OnStar on my behalf. I hope he has better luck than you have had. Luxosport thank you for your remarks but my problem is so simple that no amount of knowledge could help me. I press the black button next to the red button on the mirror and I cannot connect.
    Ray, I live in Florida and Canada about half the time each. Joined Edmunds while in Canada hence the flag. Right now am in Florida and bought the car here. Drove down I95 for 100 miles last week and out of about 15 tries got an answer 3 times.
    But, if the majority of people are happy I don't think there can be much chance of a recall. I had hoped that a lot of disgruntled customers would chime in but so far not one.
  • I live in London ON. Very nice City. One of the young ladies you talk to when you call OnStar on a land line says that the service works fine in Canada. We shall see.
  • I have been reading your posts for what seems like years and have greatly enjoyed them. When I read your latest one I ran out to the garage and checked my 2004 CTS and just as I remembered the license plate frame is body color. I think they made that change late in the 2003 production but certainly on all 2004s. By the way in Florida there is now a $1500.00 gas guzzler tax slapped on CTS-Vs.
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