2005 Cadillac SRX from North America
Wonderful icing on a cake of engineering stupidity
Wifey bought this car used when our Durango broke. I like that she is surrounded by good American steel, a safe car that drives well and comfortably seats seven.
What I don't like are the maintenance issues. I'm the pit crew for our fleet, and this rig is NOT user friendly. To be fair, most cars made today are that way, but with the Cadillac it seems they specifically designed it to generate repair revenue for the dealer.
So far I've had to deal with a burned out front turn signal and non-working backup lights. In any other car I've ever seen these would be simple fixes involving maybe a screwdriver and ten minutes of work. But on this car each job takes an estimated 3 hours of work - to just change a bulb. What would that cost at a dealership?
For example, the turn signal: Jack up the car, remove the front tire and the wheel well liners. Then remove a big assembly that contains the bulb. Reassemble.
For the backup lights you have to disassemble the entire tailgate door.
I would recommend this car to only two sorts of people: Those who are expert mechanics and have lots of time on their hands, and those rich enough to not care what it will cost to have someone else fix it.
Great handling, ride, decent economy for a car this size. Fun and comfy to drive. Lots of room. I would enjoy it if I didn't dread the repairs.
Beware the very restricted view caused by the oversized roof pillars. The roof is built this way to support an oversized 4-foot skylight. People in both the front and rear seats can stand up and stick their heads out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th March, 2015
12th Mar 2015, 20:43
I agree with you on the lack of repair friendliness. I will not own a GM car/truck except for a Saturn because they are so difficult to work on. At least with a BMW it is usually fun to drive after you fix it. They (BMW) are probably the worst to work on.
Too bad GM messed up Saturn by bringing in the Opels and re-badging them.
It may be that all our best engineers are making war machines and not cars.