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2002 SLS - Cost of ownership and repairs 2011-2016

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Hi Everyone,

I did a cost breakdown when I replaced my 1993 STS ( http://caddyinfo.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/37755-my-93-cadillac-sts-rip-1992-2011/ ) and thought I'd post one similar for my 2002 SLS.

Unfortunately, I sold this car for scrap as well - the frame was rotting so I couldn't (conscionably) sell it as a roadworthy car. I tried selling it as a parts car but no takers. Due to lack of parking I had to get rid of it quickly.

I began driving the car in March 2011 and stopped driving it in September 2016.

All prices are in Canadian dollars.

 

Capital Costs

Purchase price (all-in, on the road) = $7439

Sell price (scrap) = $300, sold September 2016.

Average depreciation = $1338/year

 

Maintenance/Repairs/Licensing – average $948/year

Breakdown by year, including major costs (odometer reading at beginning of year):

2011 – 96850km - $681 – Front motor mount, wheel balancing

2012 – 113507km - $1441 – Front motor mount (again), rear motor mount, outer tie rod (left), sand and re-paint rear quarter panels (rust starting)

2013 – 129339km - $543 – IAC valve

2014 – 145840km - $1377 – Intake plenum, spark plugs & boots, all brake calipers, rotors & pads, outer rie rod (right)

2015 – 161775km - $962 – Replace fuel lines, HVAC blower

2016 – 183950km - $48.62 – Nothing major

 

Driving – Owned car for 1996 days (~5.5 years)

Over that time, I drove 94,555km and burned 11,018L of fuel. This equates to 20.185mpg. My average cost of fuel was $1.15/L, so fuel cost was $0.13417 per km. The ignition was on for 1635.3 hours, representing an average of 49 minutes per day and an average speed of 57.8km/h when ignition on.

 

Cost per KM

Capital - $7139/94555 = $0.07550/km

Maintenance - $5055/94555 = $0.05346/km

Fuel - $0.13417/km

Total cost per KM = $0.26313/km + insurance

 

Some photos of the car at the time I sold it: (body was in great shape aside from rust beginning to re-form on the rear quarter panels)

 

Rotting Frame:

2002SLS.jpg

 

Body:

2002SLS1.jpg

2002SLS2.jpg

2002SLS3.jpg

 

The last time I saw it :( :

2002SLS4.jpg


-Chris

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Is this a dealer mechanic the repair prices seem very high


Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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Hi BodybyFisher - Unfortunately I can't edit my original post to clarify, but each price includes ALL maintenance/repairs/licensing costs for that year. I've only mentioned the biggest ticket items.

For example, the total cost for 2013 is listed at $543 and I mentioned IAC... the IAC cost $246 and I installed myself. Other costs (coolant, oil, throttle body cleaner, licensing, washer fluid etc.) totaled another approx. $300, bringing the total to $543.

Also keep in mind that all prices are Canadian dollars, so you should multiply by approximately 0.75 to get USD pricing.

I did most work myself, remaining work done at independent shops. Only the front engine mount was done at a dealership, and that was only because it was cheaper to leave the car at the dealership and pay for the work than it would have been to pay for parking while I was visiting Chicago!

 

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-Chris

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Ohhh, now I understand, yes $543 for an ISC appeared expensive in any dollars!   

That is a great analysis.  The front engine mount going bad so quickly was surprising 

Is rust common in Canada?, due to your winters?


Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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On 9/25/2016 at 9:01 AM, BodybyFisher said:

Ohhh, now I understand, yes $543 for an ISC appeared expensive in any dollars!   

That is a great analysis.  The front engine mount going bad so quickly was surprising 

Is rust common in Canada?, due to your winters?

There was always an issue with the transmission which likely tore the mount (it was very harsh shifting from P to R to N to D), the second time it was replaced for free under warranty.

Rust is fairly common on vehicles here, especially since they switched from spreading salt to a brine solution in the winter. I work at a utility and lately we've been finding that steel service bodies are showing rust after their first winter!

I think I will try undercoating my 'new' car before it sees it's first Canadian winter (previous owner lived in Florida during the winter)


-Chris

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I use undercoating on my 2002 STS because they put insane amount of salt on the roads over here in Sweden. I use one called Dinitrol  and it has worked great over the years.

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