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Imposed speed limit
Posted by Rick737 on 03/07/2006
MALTA, NEW YORK -- The 2006 cadillac V8 luxury performance optioned car is limited to 108 mph by the PCM. The lame excuse given by cadillac is the tires are only rated for 110 mph. now lets clear up one thing. I don't normally cruise around at 100+mph but i was being harassed by 3 punks in a clunker. the STS accelerated quickly away from the problem but imagine my surprise when the purps quickly caught me to continue their intimidation.
My major complaint is why does my $52000.00 performance sedan have such cheap tires installed that it has to be governed. the car handles very well and would handle fine at a higher speed. secondly, the car was marketed as a performance car to performance minded people. there was never a mention of an artifically low speed limit in the advertising, the operators manual, or by the sales staff. this is fraud. or, at the very least, deceptive. better tires and honesty on the part of cadillac would go a long way to correcting this problem
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Posted by miketech on 2006-03-07:
Some of the Camaro Iroc Z-28's were governed around 120 mph and if that was exceeded they would shut down. Imagine if your car just turned off at 120. That would be scary.
Posted by tander on 2006-03-07:
Couldn't you have just ignored these punks? You could of caused a accident.
Posted by miketech on 2006-03-08:
I know if I had his Caddy I wouldn't ignore much. Cept running top end.
Posted by CAR7 on 2006-03-08:
TANDER you need to grow up act like a man not a child with your remarks. how do you know they were not holding a gun, i guess you think you so tuff but i bet you would run too its not the 50s any more. today people will kill you over any thing or do you keep your head in the sand
Posted by dsmith68 on 2006-03-08:
Why not just call the police on your cell phone?
Posted by KenPC on 2006-03-08:
Tander... you fail to see the point: people who drive $52,000 cars are not expected to obey the law, that's just for the little people who drive sedans! When you pay that much for a car, you damn well ought to have the right to drive as fast as you like, doesn't matter one single bit who else you might put in jeopardy. It's just nature's way of weeding out the lesser species.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-08:
Rick did the right thing in my opinion. How long would the police take to get there if they were called? Those punks might have had intentions on hurting, carjacking or worse. Ignore them? I think not. If you weren't there why make such an asinine statement. IMHO
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-08:
Car7, I agree with your post. The funny thing is that 'Tanderoo' is a female. (LOL)
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-03-09:
if you can afford a 50k+ luxury sedan, i'm sure u can also afford a set of good performing tires...get yourself some nice yokohamas or michelens :)
Posted by rick737 on 2006-03-20:
many fail to see the point of my posting. no, I DON'T have the right to break speed laws because I own an expensive car. I do have the right to protect myself and family, by all means necessary against unwarranted aggression. My option that day was to seperate myself with the car that I was in from the aggressors. It failed me, and I felt it necessary to warn others away from a car that is advertised by GM as a performance car, and it is not. I think of one posting that I bought the right to break the law as just plain STUPID class warfare. I've worked harder than you will ever know to enjoy a few rewards in life. I will never make apolegies for it.
Posted by rick737 on 2006-03-20:
to the posting that suggests I buy new tires. I did buy new tires. they were on the car when i bought it. Replacing the tires will not remove the limitation. If I choose to replace the tires, I would also have to pay to reprogram the pcm. That action would void the warranty. imagine the glee of GM at not having to back my new car.
Posted by bubba. on 2007-05-23:
My 2006 DTS has a problem with the bar brake light cover cracking it cracks in about 4 places I have had the 4thcoverput on I don't won't moisture to get in it and cause it to short out. It's still under warrenty. Iwould like to trade it for a STS. It's inconvient to carry it in forrepair I bought it new and it has about 1400.00 miles on it.
Posted by fair and balanced on 2007-05-26:
I am truely shocked, the STS is limited to 108. I am going to buy a car over the weekend, the STS was on the top of my list until now.

I buy a new luxury car every two years, occasionally I enjoy running my investment up to 120mph or even 130mph. I am fairly certain that most 47 year old men feel similar.
Posted by fair and balanced on 2007-05-26:
I have another comment after reading all the various posts. "Some of you need to get a life."

The STS owner outruns a possibly dangereous situation, in the process he discovers a blatant misrepresentation by Cadilac in regard to the performance auto he purchased.

A number of you respond by making him the bad guy???????

He is not a punk racing in and out of cars on the freeway, nor is he a drunk endangering peoples lives. He never implied that he was above the law because he could afford a Cadilac.

Why are you people attacking????
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Bulb installation costs
Posted by Farmgoats on 04/05/2011
STANLEYTOWN, VIRGINIA -- Running light was out; went to Cad. dealer to get replaced. The bulb costs $4.50 & I was charged $117.00 labor to install the bulb. I think this is not only ridiculous, but highway robbery. Now my signal light is out (same side); I called & they said the costs would be same to install this bulb. I asked if the new SRX's would costs that; I was told YES. Looks like I need to change manufacturers; I also have a '04 Cad. Deville; I wonder what costs would be for it?? I even contacted GMC & didn't get any help at all or explanation from them either. I am very upset about this labor charge.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-05:
You couldn't replace them yourself or know someone that could?
Posted by MRM on 2011-04-05:
What a rip off indeed!
Posted by MRM on 2011-04-05:
PS Cadillacs are expensive to repair and maintain.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-05:
Relative to other GM cars, yes.
Posted by dan gordon on 2011-04-05:
a car dealer has a labor factor of $100 per hr. Certain things you shouldn't go to a dealer for. A quick lube place would have changed your bulbs for a few dollars or lots of auto parts places would have helped you out. Save the dealer for major repairs or find yourself an honest independent garage. The labor had nothing to do with it being GM or a Cadillac.
Posted by SteveWiginowski on 2011-04-05:
I helped my uncle replace a bulb out in a Cadillac before. It is way more labor intensive than on a regular car. The price is still pretty high, maybe half of it would make sense.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-05:
Replacing bulbs on some cars can be quite a chore these days. I seem to recall that on one model, you have to take the tire or bumper off to get to the headlight bulb.

For something like a light bulb, personally I wouldn't pay a dealer to do it. I understand the concept that the dealer would be the most likely to know the procedure, but they charge outrageous labor.
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-04-05:
I live in Maryland; for $117, I'll drive to Virginia and change it for you
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-05:
In most cases you either get to the bulb from under the hood, inside the trunk or by removing the framing where the light goes.
A tire or bumper, Termn8tr? No way!!
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-04-05:
I replaced a headlight in my mom's Jeep Cherokee and I had to take the battery out to get to it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-05:
Under the hood just as I stated.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-05:
Lsalvador -> yes, I am aware of the location in most cars. It may have been a New Beetle, or something like that.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-05:
A new VW, huh?
Posted by Steve on 2013-08-12:
I just had a running light go out on my 2008 CTS4. I was told it would cost $115 because the front bumper needed to be removed. I told the dealer to replace both running light bulbs and both turn signal bulbs while the bumper was off. They removed the bumper and told me the bulbs are "not replaceable" and the entire headlamp assembly needed to be replaced at a cost of $1,354 plus labor. The extended warranty doesn't cover it as bulbs are a consumable item and the headlamp assembly is coded under bulbs. I called Cadillac and they agreed.
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Cadillac STS
Posted by Lakeport on 08/06/2009
I have owned only GM cars since 1956 moving up from Chevrolet through Buick to Cadillac in 2005. I know now that I should have stayed with Buick!!
Mt Cadillac STS has dreadful levels of road noise in the cabin! The ride is very harsh and uncomfortable. It was delivered with Michelin tires which provided impossibly poor traction in slush and snow and which cost me $1,000 to replace with Goodyear Eagles. Traction and handling are now very good
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