25th Mar 2007, 01:59

Thanks for all the comments on the Cadillac. I am now going out to buy a Lincoln Town car.


15th May 2007, 21:56

I've read many comments about the 2001 Cadillac DTS. I bought one last year from the original owner and all seemed fine... well except for the following:

1. Service engine soon light goes on and stays on

2. The 'check tire pressure' indicators come on all the time when I start the car

3. The 'check coolant level' indicator comes on all the time when I start the car

It only has 64,000 km (about 38,000 miles. In really good shape.

Does anyone know why the 'service engine soon' light is on? There is a slight burning smell I notice when I get out of the car?? Any advise would help.

15th Jun 2007, 21:55


1. Service engine soon light goes on and stays on.


I have the same problem at 71,000 miles. Dealer said "Torque Converter, $2,000 for replacement"...I said "I'm going back to Toyota". I had GM and Chrysler cars for 10 years of constant shop maintenance. Then purchased 2 Toyota's, His & hers 1983 Cressida's. Both gave good service for over a 20 years. Saved a bundle of money and bought a home. No major car problems, oil, tires, battery, and oh yea the AC. Cressida #1, mine (5 speed stick shift Ho...HO...HO.) at 103,000 miles I gave it to my son. Cressida #2, my wife's, had 203,000 miles when I sold it still running good except the AC.

Loved the 2001 DeVille ride. When it runs good nothing can beat it for freeway comfort. Lately I only ride it to the service center.

27th Aug 2007, 20:13

I just got my first caddy in 2004- a used 2001 DeVille with about 36000 on it. It was great at first then the vibration showed up and now I've lost 3 regulators. Still like the car a lot though. I'm very tough on my cars and used to log lots of highway miles. I was a Chrysler fan-because they always stood up to our family's abuse- then went to Ford and now to Caddys. Mom's liked mine so much she bought one just like it last year. HOWEVER she's not happy about some of the problems she had... the battery acid thing and recently a window regulator. Thank goodness for the extended warranty.. on her's that is. She's ready to sell hers now...

29th Aug 2007, 14:00

I just bought a 2001 Cadillac Deville with 48,000 miles on it. It has the same ticking noise from the passenger side of the engine. Dealer said they will fix it. Does anyone know the cause. It also vibrates at 65-75 mph. Does anyone know the cause other than unbalanced tires. Other than that the car is great and I hope all of the kinks have been taken care of by the previous owners.


Javier in AZ.

13th Sep 2007, 16:14

If it vibrates while stepping on the brake it might be your rotors. Now I have I have a question; my fuel gauge isn't working right. It says I have a full tank when I know I don't. Also it says to check tire pressure said left front was low, so I added air. Then it said left rear was high -- they are backwards! How can I fix this?

14th Sep 2007, 03:25

Hi Javier.

The problem you describe sounds familiar.

I have a '96 Ford Nondeo 24v (american Ford Contour SVT)

With it being FWD, I had the same vibration at higher speeds; this was down to slightly bent driveshafts (both had gone bad) that had done around 97k miles when this happened.

I'm not sure if your caddy is FWD, but if it is, this might be your problem.

Hope this helps.


25th Sep 2007, 16:08

I own a 2001 Buick Le Sabre and have had many of the same problems that you experienced. I would not want to buy another Buick for sure.

Is there a GM car that's reliable (good quality)?

23rd Oct 2007, 09:11

I have a 2001 DHS. Bought it used with 48,000 miles in June 2007. I experienced it shutting off when driving... got it fixed as it was a bad sensor. Now, it eats oil. At first we thought there was an oil leak, so we had that fixed, but after driving it 3000 miles, I have no oil in the car. Fortunately, it has that nice little sensor that tells me my oil level is low and I carry some with me. Does anyone know if there has been a recall or what the issue is with the missing oil? I've read previous post about the oil issues... Please let me know your thoughts.

2nd Nov 2007, 17:52

For those owners of the northstar engine, please take this advice. Take it out on the road and perform 2 or 3 wide open throttles from 20 to 80 mph. The northstar engines are built to run hard and if you baby them, you will build up carbon on the piston tops and the rings will stop sealing properly as well. I perform this action once a week and my oil consumption has stopped, and so has the cold start ticking I used to hear. I own a 2001 DHS.

5th Dec 2007, 07:18

I have a 2002 DTS. I have the same problem with the fuel gauge.

Also, I hear a loud clunk when I make a deep left turn.

I like my DTS, but I think GM should fix all these common problems free of charge for what we pay for these cars. Just my opinion. ANYONE AGREE.

9th Jan 2008, 22:00

I am thinking of buying a loaded 2001 DTS, excellent O/S condition 115,000 miles.

I noticed fuel gauge issue (reading full when empty), in fact, ran out of gas during test run (NO JOKE!) Dealer fixed issue.

"Service Engine" light on, dealer fixed issue.

Car running rough at idle, dealer replaced spark plugs and it took care of issue.

"Check Coolant Level" on in info. center, & dealer claimed to have added coolant. Dealer said it will go off after several times ignition is turned on/off.

"Traction Control" light goes on after 1/4 - full acceleration on dry roads and will not go off until engine is shut off/on.

Can someone please comment on the coolant level issue and traction control issue?

21st Jan 2008, 15:11

I have 2001 DTS and have several of the same issues:

I found that the chrome rims are very soft and it doesn't take much of a pothole or curb to bend a rim. Once I fixed the rim the vibration went away. I will use 2 quarts of oil every 5000 miles. Both rear window regulators have gone out. Front heated seats don't work, dealer can't figure it out, want to replace the seats,yeah right. If you have had your tires broken down, make sure the tire place is very careful with the pressure inside the tire, if they damage it, you will get all kinds of weird pressure readings. FOB quite working, dealer wants $50 for a new one and $150 to program it. Crock of Stuff if you ask me. I haven't had any problems with dash, fuel gauge. I do love my car, it rides nice and I take care of it. I will keep it for awhile longer.