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About sprucegoose

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    Old Timer (500+ posts)
  • Birthday 11/08/1960

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    2003 Seville SLS
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    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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    Cedarburg, WI
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  1. I feel for you, my last two Eldorados had this issue and it was kind of annoying. It especially drove my wife nuts as she has a sensitive nose... the wisps of smoke coming from under the hood a the traffic light stops was bad at times! I looked into trying to re-seal that case half seal (thats were mine was leaking) and theres no easy external way. Just have to pull the motor and split the case. One thing I was contemplating back then was to make some sort of sheetmetal diverter flange, (maybe attach to block with JB weld or something) to direct the oil from dripping on that cross-pipe. At least it wouldn't burn then... My 03 SLS has some slight seepage, but thankfully seems to be coming from up top I noticed the valve cover gaskets need replacing when I changed the plugs out last week. 2 sockets in the head actually had pools of oil around the plugs! I think that shouldn't be too hard to do, just no time to get at it yet.
  2. Have a problem that just popped up this week with Betty White... (2003 SLS) She decided she doesn't need me to know exactly what temp my AC is set to, or anything about the climate for that matter! I had it go out temporarily on my way home from work last week, but it came back on the next time I started it. All seems functional yet though... There is one history code (RIM U1255) which is regarding lost communications with PCM, so think it may be related? Now it hasn't displayed anything for the last few days. Can anyone tell me if they've seen this issue or where to begin troubleshooting? I can start tearing into the console there, but don't want to if its not necessary of course... Thanks in advance for any advice!
  3. Just a word of advice... Don't bring a shiny, sweet looking caddy when your trying to sell you old Audi! LOL I did get it sold yesterday, but it was a big distraction with two different back-back prospects when I had parked my SLS "Betty White" behind the Audi on the street. Both groups spent a lot of time looking and commenting on the beauty of my new ride! Thank goodness the new recipient, (a 17 yr old girl) wasn't deterred from her interest in the A-4 and she will be taking it home tomorrow! Actually the Audi is in super nice shape as well, and many commented they'd never seen a car look so clean with 250K mi. on it! I know that was a huge selling point, along with all the records and receipt that the previous owner and me both kept on this vehicle. Its reassuring when you are buying to see the maintenance was done properly and that you can look back to see when it needs to be accomplished next. Betty is running great, couldn't be happier with that purchase! So happy I went the extra miles to get this one, and fortunate to find a super clean Caddy again!
  4. last one, tail shot...
  5. here's an interior you could eat off of... Not that I'd let you though! LOL
  6. Nice clean, powerful Northstar!
  7. heres the rear qtr shot
  8. Sorry it took so long! Here's a couple pics from the original ad and a couple I took when I got her back to the hacienda...
  9. Wow! There's a good example of why I truly love this site! You guys are the best, what a wealth of knowledge! I think I'll likely do the same Kevin... I can't see tearing into it right now. My wife would lock me outa the house! She says I already spend too much time working on the cars! LOL I need to get moving on the Firebird project again too! 😄
  10. Yup, just one code and all else is well! The pearl white beauty is in the garage! Been so busy with work today I couldn't get any pics, and the front is plastered with bugs form the late-night arrival last evening. What a great ride though! So smooth and really comfortable seats. Cant say I love the console cover though, a little stiff for my liking and the stitching rubs against your arm at times... I think I will just drive it for a while and see how this trans code thing pans out. As I said, I lived with it in the Sprucegoose... I did note I got 24.5 mpg on the 190 mile trip home last night, most of that was at about 72-80mph with a few good WOT exercises to let her breathe! What a beautiful family we bought this from also! The guy was just so sincere and pleasant to talk to... He gave me lots of extra new items also, filters, belts, wiper blades! His wife and young son came out to meet us also. The scariest part of the eve was when my wife and I were on the test drive and this fool pulled from a T-intersection right out in front of me in a big pickup! It was all I could do to not pile into him at 50mph! Man those brakes and my quick reaction saved me, thank you God! I will try and post a couple pics I got from the original ad (I found it on craigslist) tomorrow if possible. Getting late here and 4:30 am comes quick! Excited for the first trip to work, should make my 120 mi. per day commute much more comfortable and enjoyable!
  11. Thanks Bruce! I see you moved into an ATS_V! This a great ride!
  12. Hi guys, well it been quite a while since I posted here! I do browse now and then, especially to relive great memories of my two Eldos of the past Such great participation and information here! Now I'm seriously looking at jumping into a really nice diamond white 2003 Seville SLS. Found it today and going drive it home tomorrow hopefully! Will certainly give you a full report soon, but looking forward to being back in the fold here. The Audi A4 is still doing fine, but I've gotten a little tired of all the shifting with the stick in rush hr. traffic, and she does have 250K on it now! The only concern with the SLS is the dreaded P0741 code... My original Sprucegoose '93 Eldo had this, and I just lived with it... I couldn't see digging into fixing the seal or solenoid myself, or spending the $ to have a shop do it... I may just vow the same here, we will see how she drives. Sounds like he has really pampered it, staying on top of all the maint. and waxing semi annually. My kind of owner! Tell ya more later!
  13. Nice! Congrats to you both on a fine selection of a car for her! I believe that is thew same 2.0 Ecotec turbo motor I had in my Chevy HHR SS and I was super impressed with it. The combo of power and mileage was really outstanding! Not to mention she's got a sweet looking car! I'd love to see pics of it when you get a chance, haven't seen one with that color combo.
  14. Glad to hear you found this flaw in the brake line. Can be very dangerous to have the hose fail on you in an emergency stop situation! I personally had this happen earlier this year and it scared the crap out of me! I almost rear ended this old lady who suddenly decided to stop in front of me, think she was lost… My foot went right to the floor and I barely missed her as i swerved to avoid the hit! Fortunately there wasn't anyone coming from opposite direction... I had to drive home with a lot of downshifting and E-brake use (after my round of golf of course!) Left a pretty good size puddle of brake fluid in the parking lot at the course! My replacement hose came with the horseshoe clip also if I remember correctly...
  15. Hey gang! Just wanted to stop back in and say hi. I still frequent the boards, just haven't seen much that I can contribute with lately… I did wash up the A4 yesterday and remembered I promised to post pics… Still very happy with this ride but do have a DTC related to Cat Con or O2 sensor I need to conquer... file://localhost/Users/djcr/Pictures/iPhoto%20Library/Previews/2014/07/20/20140720-145432/ZOkZe4FsTfek4jdd3iP0SQ/IMG_4007.jpg