The torque converter clutch has gone bad at 80k. It's pretty much unnoticeable. I drive 80mph a lot on open highways, and now get 23-24 mpg instead of 25-26 mpg.
I also have the shrinking dash syndrome.
I have had an absolutely trouble free, 7 years and 70k miles with this car. No vibrations, greatly improved handling since installing Michelin X tires. I have never even had the front end aligned, and it still tracks perfectly straight and steering is tight. I still fall in love with this thing every time I get in it.
PROBLEM: It will cost $2500-3000 to fix the TCC, an entire new rebuilt trans installed. The car is only worth $3000. These things are next to impossible to sell, even in good running condition. I would just run it, but it won't pass smog with the SES light on. I am a former stock car racer, I used to have the engine out of my car in 30 minutes. These cars are miserable to work on. I have an aftermarket service manual and under transmission removal it says "take it to dealership". Does anyone know if the 2006 DTS has the same issues?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2011