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    Good bye Betty White!

    Sold my beautiful '03 diamond white SLS last week, and really sad to see that go! Despite I really like my "new to me" '09 CTS, that SLS sure was a real cream puff! Still not a lick of rust on her, and was a gorgeous car inside and out! The new owner was thrilled, and couldn't hand over the $2K quick enough! He said he doubted he'd even register it till spring, wanted to keep it garaged to preserve her good looks. It did have a few mechanical issues... the dreaded P0741 TCC solenoid stuck, but he was fine with that. Had its electrical gremlins; climate control display and pass. heated seat not working but you can live with that... It was a great car for me and I racked up about 40K miles in those 14 months I drove it on my commute to work. What a comfy ride! I always told people, I felt like I just drove my leather couch into work! Good bye Betty, we will miss you!
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    Good bye Betty White!

    Wow, I think you are correct Bruce! I did not realize this, but when I looked it up this is what I found on WI DMV site... Now this doesn't say specifically the purchaser needs to register within this 30 days, but I'm sure they would love to get that revenue stream coming in... as well as make sure they want to know who's possession the vehicle is in ASAP in case of criminal use. ****************************************************************************************************** I sold my vehicle. Do I need to let the state Department of Transportation know? As of January 1, 2016 you must notify the Department of Transportation within 30 days if you have sold a vehicle. This includes junked vehicles sold with a bill of sale. You must report: Date of sale Price. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle The name of the buyer
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    CTS oil pressure & MPG?

    So Ive owned this 09 with the 3.6L DI motor for a couple months now... Quite happy with it, very quick and comfortable! The question keeps popping in my mind though when i tank up... Shouldnt i be getting close to the 27mpg on the sticker for highway? Best ive ever seen is 22... Could it be aging AWD drivetrain dragging this down somewhat? 104K mi now... New plugs and air filter. I drive fairly moderate for the most part, almost all highway. Usually average mph for tank is around 50Mph. Also, oil pressure is around 25-30psi at idle when warm. Is this normal? Seems a litle low to me... Would like to see 40 or so.
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    CTS oil pressure & MPG?

    All good points, which ive already considered most of them... The oil pressure just makes me nervous after my last 5.3l started taking a dive with a bad oil pump seal. I was talking 50mph AVERAGE when i was talking about gas mileage. Yes, ive done the 60mph test and it usually will get about 23-24 mpg on the flat for a while. Yes, this 6spd trans is going into TC lockup, unlike my previous Northstar... Im just surprised because i was getting better mileage with my 03 SLS with V8, much bigger heavier car also. I averaged about 24-25 on my commute with Betty White. I drive her a bit harder also, blowing out the carbon daily! 😜
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    Sunroof leak in the CTS!

    OK, so I discovered my first serious issue with the 2009 CTS I just purchased. When I got in it the other day after a heavy rain I noticed it smells fairly damp. Once I opened the trunk and look down in the spare tire well I was shocked to find over an inch of water! Been doing some research it sounded like the drain tubes that passed down through the rear fender wells in the trunk could be plugged. I ran some thin tubing back-and-forth through the exit and the line running up to the sunroof. Got nothing coming through after I reconnected Now when I pour a bottle of water in the drip rail along the edge of sunroof I am getting a soaked ceiling headliner, dripping into the backseat! Help!!! I really hope I don’t have to pull the sunroof and or the headliner to find out where this leak is stemming from. My thoughts are that one of the drain tubes came disconnected up there I really hope I don’t have to pull the sunroof and/or the headliner to find out where this leak is stemming from. My thoughts are that one of the drain tubes came disconnected up there.
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    Sunroof leak in the CTS!

    Thanks guys. Yes, I think I'm going to have to pull the C Pillar trim like you suggest Rockfangd. It sure sounds like that is what is happening... So booked with other things right now it may take me a while... In the mean time I've sealed the sunroof with electrical tape. Is it easy to remove this trim? I sure hope not too big of a project!
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    Upgraded to a CTS!

    Really loved my 03 SLS, but at 174k it was starting to show her age. Always wanted a CTS, was hooked after I did that V-Series Performance lab back in 2011! This isn’t a CTS-V, but a good fit for me... it’s a 09 CTS-4 with the 3.6 direct injection motor. Two previous owners were brothers and treated this creampuff with meticulous care! It has 98k on it, but has the appearance of practically a new vehicle! My kinda purchase for sure! Will update with pics soon! Have to resize before posting
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    Upgraded to a CTS!

    Hmmm... I had tried posting a second picture on a new reply. It was only about 100K and it didn’t seem to work. Bruce can you can give me the details on how to become a supporting member please? I looked for a place for that info but could not find it.
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    Upgraded to a CTS!

    Wait... I can only upload .2mb TOTAL for all my pics? I thought that was per picture... Oh well, I gotta work on being a lifetime subscriber I guess!
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    Upgraded to a CTS!

    Heres a few quick pictures finally! Haven't even had a chance to drive it in over a week! Excited for the commute tomorrow now!
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    Upgraded to a CTS!

    Sorry for delay in pictures. My daughter just gave birth to our 2nd grandchild so that takes priority! ? more to come soon!
  12. This one has me puzzled... I went to rotate my tires today on my '03 SLS and I immediately saw the line around where the grease was being slung out out, apparently from under the inside edge of the CV boot. This on both sides even! There are no apparent cuts or tears in the rubber and the factory clamp holding it in place seems to be ok... This is on the inner CV joint, the large end closest to the trans. Has anyone else ever seen a condition like this? It is actually piling up on the subframe and surrounding area, up to ¾" thick in places! I'm concerned that there may not be much grease actually left in there at all! No noise or vibration coming from up front. Vehicle has 158K mi. on it, and I'm pretty sure all original drivetrain up there... I'm thinking if the bearings in those CV joints had excessive wear, that there may be some potential for the joints to wobble... perhaps creating a bellows-like affect blowing out the grease? There isn't any other way that pressure could be forming from inside the transaxle to blow that out there, is there? Attaching a file here for reference... If anyone has any ideas feel free to share! Thanks! Dave
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    Leaking grease from CV boots?

    Well, I had some time on Sat. so I dug into this problem. Napa had some replacement clamps for $2.30 ea. and I bought a packet of CV grease ($4) and put Betty White up on the ramps! The hardest part of this whole thing was getting the old clamps off without damaging the boots! The just were tough to unhook from the tabs on the strips, even after twisting the crimped area loose. These clamps had definitely loosened over time though, I could actually spin them with my hand quite easily! I pulled back the boot far enough to poke the corner of the grease pouch into the joint and squeezed aprox. half the bag in each one. I you do this, make sure you wipe the boot area nice and clean with a rag with brake clean to have a nice, dry surface for the clamp to grip on. One other tip, put a jack under the control arm and lift till the axle is fairly level. (but still have safe, sufficient weight on the jack stands) You don't want to try and put the new clamp on with the axle hanging down at an angle, stretching the boot... Getting the new clamp on was a breeze and I used this small nipper plier to snug the clamp up, following with a bigger nippers to really tighten them down. All seems to be holding fine!
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    Leaking grease from CV boots?

    Thanks for the input guys! I know it hasn't been happening long as it wasn't there the last time I rotated tires back in Sept... on the other hand, I've probably put on close to 20K miles since then though... My commute really spins up the odometer quick! If the clamps are the issue (seeing no play there or feeling vibration) I wonder if out would be possible to just pull old clamps off, pump some more grease back in there and put new clamps on? May be difficult to do without removing though I guess... Only experience I ever had with something like this was a torn boot, where I was forced to replace the whole unit...
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    Missing my Caddys

    I agree, its hard to put a nice looking Caddy out here in this salt and slush, no matter how old it is! My '03 doesn't have a speck of rust on it, and I try to wash it as often as possible to keep the crud off. I do miss my little Audi A4 Quattro for winter traction though... It was unstoppable in deep stuff, where my SLS just crawls though it that thing would be chewing it up and spitting it out!
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    No Climate Control display?

    Agreed, its the nature of the beast though... Big ol' Northstar in there doesn't leave much room for access of much else! Yes, technician confirmed with dye coming out of the evap drain.
  17. 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!
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    No Climate Control display?

    Thank goodness for long needle-nose pliers to pull those guys out! Strangest arrangement ever, with the 3 pieces interlocking as you slide them in. Next to no room to work under there by the gas pedal of course.
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    No Climate Control display?

    Heres a pic of the dirty filter pack I took out!
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    No Climate Control display?

    Just an update of sorts on this... The display still come/goes, seems real random. Sure is nice when it works though! LOL The bigger issue is now I've found I have a leaking AC Evaporator Core, and it will only hold a charge for a couple weeks at best... Of course you have to literally pull the entire dash, console and steering column to replace. I think I'm going to just live with it, at least for the rest of this summer, which is pretty tolerable here in WI.. I should have figured this was where my leak was coming from when I went to change the cabin filter and the thing was just polluted with black gunk, leaves and road grime! Having that packed in there for all those years probably rotted out the AC Core. The evaporator drain hose got plugged twice on me and a lot of black globs where coming out of that tube when I popped it open. Flooded the carpet in the interior both times... Smelled just wonderful of course!
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    Dreading oil leakage

    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.
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    Major distraction! :)

    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!
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    Back to Caddy ranks??

    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!