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unclem

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    2005 STS / 2000 STS / 1993 Allante
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    NORTHSTAR 4.6L V8 VVT (LH2)

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  1. This morning I saw a MK pink Escalade in traffic. I was northbound on Rt. 51 just South of Bloomington, Illinois. It was going southbound I did not have a chance to snap a picture, but it was nearly new. I have seen MK pink SRXs before in traffic, but this was the first pink Escalade I have ever seen.
  2. One of the first things I had checked was the battery. It is OK. I went over all the electrical connections I could find. Everything looks good. Thanks for the heads up on the coil packs I will keep an eye on them.
  3. My 2000 STS with about 108,000 miles had drivability issues. It would buck and stall when accelerating from a complete stop. She threw codes for CKP, I replaced them. The condition improved, but it threw more codes. I ran down the list MAP, TP, IAC replacing everything that threw a code. I went with new plugs, the drivability got better and better but once she warmed up to operating temp it still bucked and stalled while accelerating. I looked at the various grounds (the Seville has about 10 or so at various locations). The two located near the taillights behind the carpet were bad.I trouble shooted everything i could thing of. Ultimately I had a car with no codes running just fine until it warmed up. It drove me crazy until I looked closely at the cooling system. She never showed any sign of overheating, the temp never went past 12 O'clock high. Cold the fluid was a litttle low, I topped it off, no improvement. One afternoon (air temp around 100) she bucked and I pulled over to look at the fluid level carefully (after all she was at operating temp and it was 100 degrees). The best way I can describe it she burped about a pint or so of antifreeze. Here's the kicker, she has been running great after the burp no bucking /stalling while cold or hot, city or highway. I have my STS back just the way she should be. These are great cars when they are running, but they can be a true brain teasing puzzle. The moral is keep trying don't give up on them they are worth the effort.
  4. I have a new additionto the family stable. I traded off my wife's Chrysler convert. for another STS 05 with the northstar in white diamond. it is a very striking color in the full sunlight or under streetlights. This brings our total to three Northstars 93 Allante, 00 STS, and 05 STS. The quickest is the 05, the smoothest is the 00, and the 93 is the headturner. Looks like we need to add on to the garage.
  5. A funny thing happened while looking at replacements for my 2000 STS. I stumbled upon a 47k 1993 Allante on a used car lot in the middle of Illinois. To make a long story short,who can resist a fire engine red Italian drop top Cadillac? My very understanding wife wisely understood the significance of such a find and convinced me to keep the tan sedan as a daily driver. Christmas came early this year.
  6. No problem I installed an XM in my 2000 STS and tapped into the switched power wire for the Bose radio. There will be a connector with several wires running into the radio. Use a probe that has a grounded light to check each one until you find the wire that is switched on by the on / off function of your radio. Once you find the right wire you will have the retained power as well as having your Sirius switching on and off with your radio. I have used this power connection for over a year with no problems.
  7. About a month ago I had the misfortune of starting my day with a check engine light on my 2000 STS. At the time I was just pulling out of my driveway for a day trip (about some 350 miles) and I was not a happy camper. Lady luck was on my side on two accounts: 1. I was still in my driveway 2. my daughter's car was home from college and my daughter had no plans to go out that day. We drop off my Cad at the dealership and I leave town with my daughter's car. I come back that evening to find my 50k beauty had blown her headgaskets along with a bad waterpump. The dealership is backed up with work and it will take about a week before they can work it in. Good news I can get a complementary loaner bad news with the backlog at the dealer they will need a couple of weeks to get the job done. My story does have a happy ending when I bought the STS last year I was offered an GMPP Major Guard Warranty for $800. For a $50 deductable that warranty ate a $2800 repair bill for head gaskets, water pump, and a tie rod/alignment to the front end. My advise for all of you in Caddyland who buy retail, give a good long look at extended warranties.
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