Texas Jim Posted September 30, 2008 Report Share Posted September 30, 2008 I drove a 2008 DTS LUX lll all last week. It was a rental from Enterprise with 22,000 miles on it. It was a pretty car... Solid Black... Shale Interior... Chrome Wheels. I had took mine to the dealer for some little minor things, and some paint work. There was a small place on the passengers rear door where the paint was fading. The 2008 DTS LUX lll IS somewhat quieter when driving it, then my Performance Sedan, but nowhere near as quite as it SHOULD be. It has Michelin Energy 235x60x17 tires on it vs my 245x50x18 Brudgestone Turanza's. That has been one of my pet peeves about the new Cadillacs. They are not QUITE inside like the old ones were. My old Fleetwood Broughams were REALLY, REALLY, QUITE inside. I would love to have my present car as quite as my old Fleetwood Broughams, but that ain't gonna happen. I remember those cars as being SO QUITE on the road. I have put almost 1500 miles on the rental 2008 DTS. I have had it seven days. Took it back this morning and got mine back. HOORAY... On the highway, the 2008 DTS never got below 23.5 mpg, and a few tanks were around 25.5 mpg with one tank a hair over 26. And remember, thats with ME driving it , so it did get consistently better mileage than my car does. I ran a couple of tanks of premium in it, then switched to regular. Unlike MY CAR, where the difference is VERY pronounced, on THIS CAR, I could JUST BARELY tell the difference between premium and regular and almost no difference in gas mileage. I now understand better what some people have talked about .... saying there was no difference in their cars running regular and premium. (Kinda wish MY CAR was that way) I drove it 450 miles Tuesday, from Ft. Worth to Amarillo Tx. Didn't get in any hurry, for a change, and drove the back roads. The ride is very BUSY... constant body motions. Drove it 450 miles back home Wednesday, part back roads, and part interstate. I was actually TIRED from driving it when I got home. I proceeded to lay myself down and took about an hours nap. That NEVER HAPPENS with my Performance Sedan. The Performance Sedan is the best high speed, highway car, "I" have ever owned. And I have owned a BUNCH of cars in my 63 years. (Laughing Out Loud) If you all remember, I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago. We covered over 5500 miles in 9 days. Thats a lot of driving. Drove nonstop from Ft. Worth TX to Billings Montana... about 1500 miles in about 20 hours with several stops to eat and look at things , and I wasn't any more tired driving MINE 20 hours, than driving the LUX lll for eight hours. On the way back home from vacation, I drove MY CAR from Winnamucca NV to Denver in one day. Thats about 900 miles and I was less tired than driving the LUX lll 450 miles. I don't really understand that, but... I know I won't be buying another one without the MAG RIDE. Maybe it is just my old bones, but it is unbelieveable the difference it makes in the ride comfort. At least for ME. As usual...YMMV. I sometimes drive my car very BRISKLY, and the Performance Sedan handles much better than a 2.5 ton Cadillac has any right to. The Magnetic Ride Control on the Performance Sedan. in conjugation with the Four Channel Stabilitrac and Four Channel ABS, makes for some excellent handling. (and a superior ride) If you ever push it too hard or accidentally get in a bad situation, it can save you from yourself. On summary , I am VERY sorry to say, I didn't really like the 2008 DTS LUX lll very much. (Never though I would EVER say THAT... not liking a new Cadillac.) It had way too much fore and aft and side to side body motion at highway speeds on secondary roads. Heck, even on interstates, at 80 mph, it has way too much body motion for my taste. It was NEVER, really, STILL AND SMOOTH, like a Cadillac should be. (unless you were stopped) I sure hope all of them are not that way. The tires were noisy also. It was actually tiring (to me) to drive it long distances. I drove a 2007 DTS a while back for a few days, and don't remember the constant body motion like this one had. Maybe it was just an abused rental... I sure hope so. Sorry to get so long winded.... Anyone have any question, I will try to answer them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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