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    2005 STS4
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  1. Decal Poll

    I'm trying to imagine how black would look. And then the difference between white, silver and pearl. Hard to say, but I'm kind of interested.
  2. Daytime lamps
  3. 2005 STS4 V8

    This isn't necessarily a full blown review, but Texas Jim requested I mention how I like the car. I'm more than glad to share my experiences. As of today, my 2005 STS has 82,560 miles. In the glorious 80,000+ miles, I've had a couple problems with the car. At about 70,000 the power-steering pump went out. I had it fixed and it was back happily on the road. My passenger door occasionally won't open from the outside (this started when it was in for the power-steering pump). I haven't fixed this yet because it isn't necessarily a large problem. And of course, as many of you may know, the AWD STS has a problem that develops around 20k where it is very harsh in it's gear changes. I sadly haven't reflashed it yet, but I plan to get around to it soon. I haven't because for easy driving (which consists of about 97% of all), it isn't so noticeable. When I am driving spiritedly, the manual gear select works gloriously. However, it's hard to understand what other people consider reliable. In short, I believe this car is very reliable. Our previous car was a 2003 Audi A6 2.7t. Mere months after getting the car, one of the headlights went out. Had it not been under warranty, it would have cost me $1,200 according to the dealer. A year after that, it went out again. And again sometime later. Three new headlights, thankfully under warranty. There were also numerous other problems. The master cylinder in the brakes had gotten stuck. Power windows were getting off track everywhere. Cup-holder broke off (my fault; darn 64oz cups). There are probably other things I struggle to remember now. Don't get me wrong; I loved the car. The point is, I put an end to that car shy of 50,000 because it was becoming to be too costly. Ironically, we go out and buy a more expensive car. Here is what makes me (IMO) a true Cadillac enthusiast: After owning my Audi, Cadillac ranked rather low in my books. Frankly, I pictured the brand with an elderly image. I wanted something a little more sporty than a firm Buick. But for the heck of it, I decided to look into Cadillac and absolutely loved what I saw. Simply the most beautiful styling I've ever seen. And obviously, this holds true today and will tomorrow. Cadillac has the perfectly distinctive look to all of their products that no one can copy. But there was also another car on my mind. The big American sedan known as the Chrysler 300C. I loved that car too. And it was a lot cheaper. I test drove one and was attracted to the performance of the torquey Hemi. I had plans to pick up my Hemi within the next week when GM announced the employee pricing event. That was a sign from above that I needed to go after what I really want and not look back. I knew exactly what I wanted and found it. It was on a lot in Des Moines, Iowa (about 4 hours from me). I told my local dealer I NEEDED it, and so they shipped it here. I remember the night before we picked it up, I brought my family to the dealer and spotted my car on the trailer. It looked so sharp, so mysterious, so sleek and muscly.. The image is still today embedded in my mind. I can't imagine many people being more excited than me at that point in time. The first thing I did when I picked the car up, I took it home and spent a good 2 hours washing, waxing and detailing it. And then I took it to a nice park in my region and took a bunch of pictures. My avatar is one of them. Then, of course, I drove around town to show off. A head turner, this car. It generates so many comments and lookers, you'd think you were driving an Enzo or Gallardo. Especially when it's shiny. It simply demands attention. Still is today, even though there are at least 4 more in my town of <10,000. An interesting thing about my car, though, is that I may have been ripped off with my wheel choice. It is my understanding that my model was supposed to come with 18" wheels. I got the 17" from the V6 model. I don't mind so much. But when I do see the other STS (exactly like mine) around town, I get jealous. I take note in the grooves around the rim which mine lack. It is stunning. But then again, perhaps mine has a lower rotating-mass And, I'm not sure if this is true by any means, but I think mine may sit lower than normal. Recently arrived a 2005 STS (RWD V8) at our dealer and when I parked next to it, I can't help but notice the RWD sits a lot higher than mine. I'll try to get a picture sometime. Apart from my recollection of my first moments with this car, I guess I should get more into the goods. My car has the black leather interior with the heated and cooled seats which work stupendously. One feature that I always forget about until winter, is the heated steering wheel. Absolutely great. The automatic brights work great, but I almost never use them. I prefer it manually and aside from that, the output is a lot better if you do it yourself. Initially, I thought the brights were poor. Much worse than my Audi was. But then I did it all manually and they are actually a bit better. I sometimes hear people complaining about those "fancy xenon headlights," but they very well may have saved my car a few times. Lots of deer here in NE Iowa. The automatic wipers work great. Instead of the variable intermittent adjustable knob, it is actually the sensitivity of the automatic wipers. Then of course I have to mention the Bose 5.1 Studio Surround system. Spectacular. The Bose in my Audi was great, but this brings car audio to a whole new level. One feature that I wish my car came with was the HUD. Even before my Audi, I had a Bonneville SSEI which had it, and I loved it. However the DIC on the STS has a digital speed readout so that is nice too. The A/C is spectacular as well. GM traditionally has the best AC, as I figured out with my Chevy truck and Bonneville. The Audi was rather impressive too, but this system is the best I could imagine. I normally only use the AC on the highway, but when I do, I set it to 72F and it does the rest with amazing accuracy and speed. Performance wise, the car is great. The Northstar really is a near perfect engine. Great soundtrack. Great response. Very fast. People don't believe what they're watching when I put the hammer down. Such an innocent-looking car with 320 shotguns all aimed and ready for fun. Probably sounds funny, but I'm always on rice patrol in my Cadillac. Few people look at Cadillacs to race, so I make my own fun. I got behind a semi-riced Acura RSX one time. He gunned it getting on the highway so I copied. I had to let off to avoid hitting him. The guy couldn't shift for crap, so that probably had some to do with it, but either way, I bet it looked hilarious to spectators (4200lb sedan chasing a "sports car"). All of this car does come at a price aside from the MSRP. EPA ratings rate it pretty poorly on gas. 16 in the city and 22 on the highway. I suppose it is respectable for what it is, but it is certainly no gas-miser. On my part, however, it is a little more optimistic. When driven right, I commonly achieve 18 in the city and 24 on the highway. And in a couple extreme (short and probably unfair) cases, I've averaged 27mpg on the highway--this means driving unnaturally soft and using Iowa's rolling hills illegally to my advantage. Either way, gas sometimes hurts in this car. But I find it well worth it. Previously I mentioned how I rarely looked into Cadillac. Now, I am pretty much sold on the brand. I consider myself a loyalist. My next car, whenever that may be, has a great chance of being a Cadillac. Along those lines, I plan to drive this car for quite some time yet. The prideful Northstar is definitely up for it. And I am too. Especially when considering the depreciation Fact is, my Cadillac is my #1 place to be when I want some alone time, or just a way to get things off my mind. I've had a great load of good times in this car. It'd be hard to give it all up. Thank you for listening.
  4. Daytime lamps

    Sure enough, it works! I'm still puzzled because pretty much since we got the car, I've been driving it with the rain sense on (or so I thought). And the ambers were on. I know because whenever I drive by a reflective surface, I instinctively gaze at the car. The strip malls around here offer a great panorama. It'll do though. Thanks again!
  5. Daytime lamps

    I'll look into it. However, prior I always left them on and it worked just fine (People would always get a good laugh at me trying to clean my windshield at the gas station and the car would kick the squeegee out of my hands because I left it on accessory). On the same note, I have noticed that on the interstate occasionally it will clean the windshield randomly. Maybe something is wrong with a sensor controlling that feature? I don't really know how that stuff works. Either way, I'm about to make a quick grocery run, I'll give it a try. Thanks!
  6. Daytime lamps

    My 2005 STS doesn't want to use the amber lights anymore, which bothers me because I really love them (remind me of Corvettes). In the daytime, when it is bright outside, my STS insists on turning the lights on when set to auto. The dash lights stay bright as if it knows it's day time. I did a quick test at night.. the automatic brights work perfectly so I don't know what to think. Also, both lights work. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. ___ Oh yeah I can't go without mentioning this on the side: On my way back home from a city 60 miles away, I used the rolling hills of Northern Iowa to my advantage and averaged 27mpg until I got to town (when it dropped, of course). AWD V8 with the AC on recirculate (86F ext) and 3 people on aboard, full tank going 55-65 most of the way. 82,000 miles today. I'm absolutely impressed and proud Even if it's a little bit more babying and nursing than I prefer. Fresh oil does her well.
  7. STS Door Handle

    Yeah the keyless entry is pretty neat. The keys never leave my pocket. AJxtcman, are you sure that the inside has no linkage? I was under the impression otherwise because when you open it from the outside, there is a minuscule but noticable delay between pull and unlatch. The inside doesn't show this plus you can kind of feel a certain characteristic about it. But anyways, I'm going to make an appointment for it sometime. Probably not right away as I just got the car back and the passenger seat isn't really necessary as of now. But sometime late January will do. Or maybe sooner. It depends on when I get a break. Until then though feel free to suggest or discuss because I don't see any reason not to. And when I do figure out what it is, I'll be sure to stay in touch.
  8. NFS: ProStreet Wii CTS-V Review

    LOL this sounds exactly like what I do. I occasionally play my son's Xbox 360. My favorite game is Forza Motorsport 2 which has a CTS-V and I use it whenever I can. Even though it can feel kinda heavy compared to the Porsches and Ferraris which I'm straight up with on the straight-aways Oh and something that made me proud was that when my son first got his xbox, he borrowed from his friend a copy of Project Gotham Racing 3 and downloaded the V-Series pack and earned himself an "exclusive" gamer picture which is a Cadillac badge. In order to get it, he had to rank within 100 in the world. He cut it close. 98th I think. But darn I know I couldn't do that! I'm becoming an old-timer by each day. Thanks for the review!
  9. STS Door Handle

    Texas Jim: What should I be looking for under the seat? Just loose connections or something in particular? And speaking of the tire monitor, since winter started I've been getting a "service tpm" message after driving for a little bit. It doesn't read from the left-rear. I just kinda ignore it as the tires look fine and I don't really have time to be concerned with it. But could it be related possibly? BodybyFisher: I hear ya on luxury costs. My brother had an Mercedes and had a hell of a time with it. Window and other electronic problems galore starting at 30k miles just before the warranty was up, and continued until he sold it at 50k (doubt if they ever stopped). And he says they were far from cheap. Yes, I do care about my car a lot. I love it. Some say it's an unnatural love. Not really but you get it. I plan to keep the car through the engine's life though. And to me it seems it's still very young. That is unless it starts to give me more problems than I can handle. So I'm sorry to say, but I took the depreciation and now it's time I make the most of it She stays! Back to the passenger seat idea, I'll check it as soon as I can. I'm at work and probably shouldn't leave just yet
  10. STS Door Handle

    I honestly have never really noticed that the handle won't pull out as far when locked. I always have the keys around me so they unlock right away. However I did do somewhat of a test. I locked the car, threw the keys away from me and pulled the door handle. Now, if the door was working correctly and I pulled the handle, the little red security light on the door panel should blink once. When I tested this, it didn't blink. So I'm guessing that the connection is eroded or who knows what. I'm not very electronically inclined to say anything just yet And that brings me to your next idea of a disconnected latch. As I remember it, the door handle felt perfectly snug, tight as it always was. Does it have a physical latch connected to the handle though? I always just assumed it was all electronic with how smooth it is.
  11. STS Door Handle

    Hi! I have a 2005 STS4 v8 and just today noticed that the passenger door no longer works. And since the exterior handle relies on electrionics, I can't get in it from the outside at all. The background: I recently and proudly put her 70,000th mile on. Not 500 miles afterwards I had my first real problem with the car. The power-steering went. My mechanic said that the lines were leaking and so I had them replaced at a fairly hefty price of almost $600. However that also included an oil-change, geneal check-up, parts and labor (which was actually the majority of the cost). But anyways, I picked it up today and sat in the driver seat waiting for my lady (my wife) to get in the passenger seat. I unlocked and unlocked but she still couldn't open it. I opened it from the inside as I troubleshooted in the back of my mind. We stopped to get gas and while I filled up I played around with it and it really isn't working. All of the other doors work perfectly though. I always leave my STS in a garage, and during its stay at the mechanic, I saw that it was outside the whole time. And being a cold week, my first thought was that the cold -20F weather got to it. But I won't jump to any conclusions. I guess why I'm writing this is to see if this is a common problem or maybe there is even a tiny chance that there is a quick and easy fix for this? I've read around this site plenty, but never thought to register. I guess I figured it was finally time. And also I've seen that this is a tight community and everyone seems to be of excellent help to eachother. I figured I could possibly get help, or atleast sympathy and contribute myself. Thanks in advance!