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  1. Think the Hollywood Sign, up on the mountain, and Laurel Canyon. Not the flatlands.
  2. I should have been clearer ---- So, if the hill isn't long enough to cause the brakes to overheat - as a general rule, does using an automatic transmission downshift to control speed down a hill cause premature wear? I'm driving a 2016 ATS V6 Coupe. Approximately 1/3 of my driving is done in hills, and typically I'm going down a hill more or less 5 or 7 blocks long, not on long grades.
  3. I often downshift to slow down a little when I'm driving in hills at speeds under 30mph or so, which I do alot because of where I live. Another motorhead told me that its better to brake. I said brakes wear out fast then. He said: yeah, but automatic transmissions cost 3 grand or more to rebuild. Are there any opinions on what is the best practice?
  4. As it turns out, it's covered by the bumper to bumper warranty which is still in force. The dealer ordered it from Cadillac, but, with the strike in force, they have no idea when it might show up. Thanks!
  5. I have a 2016 ATS and the windshield seems to be delaminating. There's telltale spotting around the perimeter of the windshield. The car's under warranty still, so, I can get it fixed. But, is this common or just a fluke? The car lived in Florida most of its life, and has 44k miles, but, it seems like it was garaged based on its appearance. Windshield copy.pdf
  6. I had to apply it every few months, and it worked each time. $40 or $50 bucks a year on an aged engine is a whole lot more efficient than spending 2k for a reseal of the engine. Then, the car busted another head gasket, and it went to a guy who's going to fix it. A good home. I was so sorry to see the car go. I got an ATS V6 coupe, and it is a great car, but, lacks the design grace of the Eldorado.
  7. Mike, that's why I'm trying to see if anyone knows a GOOD dealership around here. I need a transmission flush and such, and don't want to trust it to these people. It's covered by the warranty on the car, so, I should take it to Cadillac. Thanks again! I've heard it used by old-school mechanics when a repair place leaves the car out in the sunshine hoping it will get fixed without actually laying a hand on it.
  8. I've heard it used by old-school mechanics when a repair place leaves the car out in the sunshine hoping it will get fixed without actually laying a hand on it.
  9. I took my ATS to Casa de Cadillac and I'm less than pleased with them. They gave the "sunshine treatment" to one problem. Was this a one-time thing - or does anyone know of a good Cadillac dealer in the LA area? My car's under warranty still, so I need them to do a couple of things. THANKS
  10. This site is a wealth of GOOOOD information. I don't do anything on my car without consulting here first.
  11. I got it figured out if this happens to someone - I guess the parking brake never got used in Florida before I had the car - I engaged it while rolling down a canyon road for a quarter mile or so, and it now works like a champ. I suspect the brake shoes were not broken in.
  12. Mike, thanks for your note - but it's a mechanical rumble/vibration. It reacts to a slight throttle application at speed - at various speeds from 40 or so all the way up to about 70 or so. A good push on the accelerator at the same speeds doesn't produce the rumble. It's a slight application of more throttle. And it fits the description in the TSB perfectly. The tires are fine, pressures are all at spec.
  13. This car does not have the electronic parking brake. They are separate shoes that expand like old style brake shoes and make contact on the inside surface of the rotors - as on the photo attached. The shoes are #9 on the diagram.
  14. 2016 ATS Coupe V6 Automatic had what felt like a driveline rumble when doing about 50mph up, and when I gave it a little throttle to speed up a little bit - not enough to provoke a gear change. It almost felt like the transmission was searching for a new gear - but that's just conjecture. Then I took a road trip for 200 miles, mostly at fairly high speeds most of the way - 70-120 - and it seems like the rumble went away. There's a TSB on the condition attached. Is it possible that the high-speed driving cleared this up? The dealer, of course, wanted to sell me new tires.
  15. I have a 2016 V6 ATS Coupe, automatic trans. I bought it with 42k miles, and it's still under warranty for a year. My 2002 ETC Collectors blew a head gasket and went to a new home with a guy who's gonna fix it and is as much a Cadillac maniac as we all are. I live in the hills, and the parking brake doesn't hold. It engages, but, the car will still move some when it's full on. The car lived in Florida all its life, so, it's hard to imagine that there's alot of hills that the parking brake would be used on. The dealer said this requires new parking brake pads, which is a wear item, and will cost $640.00 to repair. 3 hours labor at $150.00 per hour. The part is $68 retail according to GM Direct. They are #9 on the diagram attached. 1. Is the parking brake pad adjustable? 2. Is the repair cost within reason? 3. I park on a hill at home and use the parking brake to take strain off the automatic transmission park gear just from logic rather than knowledge of whether this makes any sense. Shall I worry about this? 4. Could it be that they are glazed because they've never been used, like new brake shoes, and I could make them work by driving the car slowly and applying the parking brake judiciously? THANKS!!!!!!!
  16. Thanks, Bruce. From 2016, the engine turns off at idle. Do you know if this can be disabled? Next time I rob a bank, I want to keep the motor running!
  17. My 2002 ETC red Collectors' head gasket broke, so I'm selling it if anyone's interested. Other than the motor, its appearance is intact and beautiful, and there's only a couple of mechanical/suspension soft spots. 98k miles. And, I'm going to get an ATS Coupe. Is the V6 a great deal better than the 4? Seems like the premium V6's that I see, 2015-2016, have All Wheel Drive. I'm in California, so I rather prefer real wheel drive. Was this an oft-ordered option, or what? Is there anything special I should be looking for with this car? THANKS
  18. THANKS, Bruce. Back to the hunt . . .
  19. I've been thinking bout buying a CTS Coupe. I went to see one - and the sunroof doesn't open - it only tilts up in back. Is this a thing? I'm in Hollywood, so an opening sunroof is a MUST.
  20. Richard, I'm told the paint code is on the bottom side of the spare tire cover. Hmmm. Yes, I've also heard of the color being known as Torch Red. THANKS
  21. I have a 2002 Collector's Edition Eldorado that's red. I need the paint code. Does anyone know what it is? I don't have the car with me and can't check it, but I need the code. THANKS.
  22. While speaking with a non-Cadillac friend about getting a new car, this nerd came up with articles about a (maybe) mythical new Eldorado. The link is below. There are similar links for 2017-2020 models. They look like nonsense, but the photo is hot! Does anyone know about this? https://cadillacspecsnews.com/2020-cadillac-eldorado-review-specs-release-date/
  23. I may go and I may not, depending. The cost of carrier-transporting it to California is less than the expense I'd incur driving it back from there, and money and time are tight right now. The car has less than 40k miles, so not a lot can be wrong, but, I bought a car with 28k miles on a Northstar engine one time, and a couple of years later the head bolts failed ---- and I don't know if an inspection at that time would have predicted the outcome, but, I'm loathe to buy a car without a compression test and a read of the code history. How far in the past can the best OBD reader find codes if they haven't been reset? And can a device detect whether and when they've been reset?
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