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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V

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  • richerryricherry Posts: 19
    Checked mine today. It is analog/didital-READY.

    What does READY mean, is is analog now BUT in 2007 they will have a converter at my cost.

    You have to wait until 2006 to get a CTS with didital installed!!!!!!!

    A TERRIBLE SITUATION.

    Ray
  • See my posts 5020, 5021, 5171 and 5261 for experience in snow over 2 full winters in Ontario, Canada. In short, I'd recommend good snow tires all around, and Stabilitrak, which I believe is included with the Sport handling package as well as the 1SC "Lux Sport" package. Generally, good performance on par with FWD and good all-season tires.
  • shifty4shifty4 Posts: 53
    Can anyone provide more info on this recall? Which models are affected? Do you know the recall number? Thanks.
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  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144
    NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 04V273000
     
    Recall Date: JUN 09, 2004
     
    Component: STEERING:LINKAGES
     
    Potential Units Affected: 41,928 Models built between 01/08/04 and 04/20/04

    Summary:
    ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES INVOLVED IN THIS CAMPAIGN, THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BALL STUD NUT/WASHER ASSEMBLIES WITH WASHERS WERE MADE OF THE WRONG MATERIAL. THE WASHERS MAY FRACTURE AND BECOME LOOSE OR FALL AWAY FROM THE VEHICLE, REDUCING CLAMP LOAD. SEPARATION OF THE CONTROL ARM BALL STUD AND STEERING KNUCKLE, DUE TO DISENGAGEMENT OF THE TAPERED ATTACHMENT AND RETAINING NUT, IS POSSIBLE.
     
    Consequence:
    IF THE CONTROL ARM SEPARATES FROM THE KNUCKLE, THE AFFECTED CORNER OF THE VEHICLE WILL DROP AND THE CONTROL ARM WOULD BE FORCED DOWNWARD, CONTACTING THE WHEEL. THE AFFECTED WHEEL COULD TILT OUTWARD AND CREATE A DRAGGING ACTION THAT WOULD TEND TO SLOW THE VEHICLE AND CREATE A TENDENCY FOR THE VEHICLE TO TURN IN THE DIRECTION OF THE AFFECTED WHEEL. IN EXTREME SITUATIONS, THE AFFECTED WHEEL ASSEMBLY COULD SEPARATE FROM THE VEHICLE. SEPARATION OF THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY WOULD ALSO SEVER THAT WHEEL;S HYDRAULIC BRAKE HOSE AND RESULT IN DIMINISHED BRAKING PERFORMANCE OF THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
     
    Remedy:
    GM HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A REMEDY OR OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
     
    Notes:
    GENERAL MOTORS CORP. 04043

    GM's replies:

    Q1: What is the condition that prompted a safety recall?
    A1: Some 2004 model year Cadillac CTS, SRX and XLR, and Chevrolet Corvette vehicles have lower control arm ball stud nut/washer assemblies with washers made of the wrong steel material.

    Q2: What impact does this condition have on the vehicle?
    A2: The washers may fracture and become loose or fall away from the vehicle. This could cause separation of the lower control arm from the knuckle, resulting in the loss of vehicle control.

    Q3: What might occur as a result of this condition?
    A3: If front control arm separation occurs, the affected corner of the vehicle could drop and the control arm may be forced downward, contacting the wheel. This would slow the vehicle down and create a tendency for the vehicle to turn in the direction of the affected corner.

    For the XLR and Corvette, if rear control arm separation occurs, there could be unpredictable right or left lateral forces at the rear of the vehicle. Although steering of the front wheels would be unaffected, control of the vehicle might be difficult.

    Q4: Can the driver maintain control of the vehicle?
    A4: The driver could maintain some steering control of the unaffected front wheel(s), however control would be diminished. The braking system would continue to be functional. If the separation of the wheel assembly severs the wheel's hydraulic brake hose, this may result in increased stopping distance.

    Q5: How would a customer realize the condition exists?
    A5: Fracture of the washer may occur unexpectedly without prior indication to the vehicle operator.

    Q6: Have there been any incidents related to this condition?
    A6: GM is aware of four incidences of the condition occurring.

    Q7: Have there been any reports of crashes or injuries related to this condition?
    A7: There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to this condition.

    Q8: How was this condition discovered?
    A8: A fractured washer was discovered at the assembly plant.

    Q9: Why was the washer made of the wrong steel material?
    A9: GM is investigating how the suspect washers were stamped with the wrong material.

    Q10: Is it possible that vehicles built before January 8 and after April 20, 2004 may have the suspect washers?
    A10: These are the start and stop dates of vehicles built with the suspect washers. GM purged its supply of nut/washer assemblies received from the supplier and replaced them with nut/washer assemblies made of certified materials.

    Q11: Where were these vehicles built?
    A11: The Cadillacs involved in this recall were built at the General Motors assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan (Grand River plant) and the Corvettes were assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

    Q12: What will GM do to correct this condition on the subject vehicles?
    A12: Cadillac and Chevrolet dealers will inspect the ball stud joints and measure the torque of the nut for all lower control arms in all models affected as well as the rear lower control arms on the XLR and Corvette. If the torque is not at specification, the dealers will replace the ball stud, the knuckle, and the nut. If the torque is at specification, the dealers will replace the nut assembly only. These repairs will be performed at no cost to the customers.

    Q13: Are parts at the dealers, and can customers bring in their vehicles for repair right away?
    A13: No. The recall will begin during the third quarter of 2004.

    Q14: Is the vehicle safe to drive?
    A14: The 2004 model year Cadillac CTS, SRX and XLR, and Chevrolet Corvette vehicles involved in this recall meet all federal safety standards.
  • Here is what the invoice says. "Recall 04043 Lower control arm washer". They installed two 10282253 Nut 6.164.

    Is this of any help to you?
  • jrcasejrcase Posts: 7
    Does anyone have the NEW UPGRADED rear differential part number for the CTS (3.6 V6). I had mine replaced and wanted to confirm that I did indeed get the new upgraded unit. I hope I did not get the old type. Thanks in advance.
  • shifty4shifty4 Posts: 53
    Thanks to skutter and tetedepierre for the information on the CTS steering recall. It appears my 03 is not involved, but good to have the peace of mind. This is a great example of the value of this forum - "drivers helping drivers".
  • glewardgleward Posts: 1
    Hello,
    I recently purchased a used 2003 with all the bells and whistles. Currently my NAV system onlyhas the south eastern NAV CD. Did you CTS come with more location or Cd's? How would you obvtain more locations?
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    The '03 CD nav system comes with a complete set of 9 CDs covering the lower 48 states. A complete set can be purchased from a dealer parts department but will cost about $1,300 if I remember correctly. The single CD for Canada cost me about $300.

    You might try to find a set on E-bay. You might also attempt to contact the original owner through the dealer from whom you purchased the car to see if he/she still has the CDs, as they are useless without the nav system.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,207
    another reason to consider a stand-alone GPS.

    I've used Garmin very successfully over the past 3-4 years, and their mapping/direction software doesn't cost anything like the numbers you're quoting.

    Besides which, the device I can use in either of our cars at home can be brought along on a business trip (as I'm doing now) and used in the rental.

    GPS capability is wonderful. I remain to be convinced that a dedicated system is a good idea. It may be expensive, but at least you can't take it with you.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Gee, Steve - I kinda thought you'd be a paper map guy - if you know what I mean.......
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,207
    Touche (lacking the accent capability), Allen.

    Much recent technology is more trouble than it's worth, but GPS doesn't fall into that category. In spite of my hard-earned ability to do coastal marine navigation, celestial marine navigation and (drum roll) mapwise ground navigation, the GPS rules.

    GPS has rendered my ability to navigate most vehicles anywhere, anytime completely irrelevant. Any moron (including me) can buy a little box (for as little as $350, per my earlier post) that makes traditional navigating ability moot.

    Point (still) being, why do people think it makes sense to pay 6X or more to have the thing in the dashboard?
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Regarding cost and reasons:

    The current cost of a built in system is less than 2X the cost of the nearest equivalent Garmin system (less than $1,800 for the built in versus $1,200 for the latest Garmin with features equivalent). In 2002 when I purchased my CTS their was no system on the market with the screen size or features of the built in system.

    As to reasons to buy the built in system a major point is aesthetics. I do not care to have a screen sitting on top of the dashboard where it looks odd and blocks my view; and a GPS receiver attached somewhere else, both with power and data wires trailing about. I also think that if you leave the vehicle parked in public site you must disconnect and store everything or risk having the vehicle broken in to steal the exposed equipment.

    These of course are my personal feelings and others may well see it otherwise.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Wow, 14 days without a post.
    That is a new record, or perhaps a new low for the CTS thread.

    Wanted to add that there were some changes for the
    '05 V6 engine.

    New chain and front cover to quiet the engine down a little.
  • eaton53eaton53 Posts: 356
    For that 2.8 pricing. Nothing like waiting till the last second to release it.
  • With Francis on the way Had to abandon Vero Beach and drive to Atlanta to find a room! The car drove beautifully and I noticed that cross winds didn't seem to bother me half as much as other vehicles. Also absolutely no leaks from driving rain. Of course as soon as we crossed the border into Georgia OnStar ceased working and I began getting a cellular roaming message. Got ahold of customer service and they fixed it where I was staying but the same thing happened again when I sarted home and got out of the immediate area. Customer service is as helpful as they can be and I just called them and had them do the dialing for me. Ran into a couple of occasions where I had to input numbers for computer answering and they did this for me too.

    Great to be able to use regular gas. Wonder why this is never mentioned as an advantage of the CTS over competition.
    Got a mailing from my dealer wanting me to bring the car in for a 3000 mile checkup. I think this is completely unneccesary. My intention is to bring it in when the oil needs changing at about 10000 miles. Any comments?
  • Just got a 2004 CTS today. Dealer gave me a quick run through of the personalization settings. However, at one point I saw "personalization off" flash on the screen. Now, at home, when I tried to go back to set things up, "personalization" isn't even listed as a selection. I checked the manual and this discussion, even played the CD to see if I could find anything on bringing it back. Anybody know anything on this and how to get it back on the menu listing?
  • I discovered by chance that I can lock the car while keeping either corner lights on for safety. Like you leave the left side front and rear coner lights when parked on a right curb. I do not knot know if I am making my self clear here. I know BMWs had this ability for some years, but this is the first time I see this on an american car. While the car is parked and keys off, simply put the turn signal lever to the right or left, your corner light will be on accordingly.

    My car is an export 2003 CTS (3.2L), is this frature on the US cars too?
  • No, it doen't do it on my US 2004 CTS. I can put both parking lights on by rotating the switch into the park position though.
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