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Is it Time to Get Rid of Your Cadillac

2009 Cadillac SRX

My Clean 2009 SRX

I traded in my 2009 Cadillac SRX for an Infiniti M37x. This is not something I wanted to do, because I took a huge financial hit on the deal.

In this post I’ll explain why I bailed out even though it was costly. We’ll also discuss how things can get ugly when a good Cadillac turns bad. At the end I’ll explain why I chose the Infiniti over another GM automobile. Finally, I’ll share a picture of my new ride. Today marks the end of the Cadillac era on the certified master tech blog.

Cadillac Problems Piling Up

The reasoning behind my decision to get rid of my first generation SRX boiled down to the timing chain issues these cars suffer from. Cadillac had sent me a special policy letter covering the timing chain for an additional period of time and miles. They also sent me a special policy letter for throttle body issues.

As I explained in a previous post, just because you receive one of these letters doesn’t automatically mean you can get the dealer to perform the operation. Continue reading

GM Throttle Body Problems

GM Throttle Body Special Policy Letters

GM Cadillac 3.6L V6

GM Cadillac 3.6L V6

GM throttle body and throttle position sensor problems are an increasingly common issue. You can tell you’re having this problem when you see a check engine light, the engine runs rough, or if the engine reduced power message comes on. Here we’ll discuss the problem specifically for the Cadillac version of the 3.6 L V-6 engines.

However, the throttle body used in this engine is similar to the model used on a massive amount of General Motors cars and trucks. Therefore, even if you don’t have a Cadillac or a 3.6L V-6 you might benefit from the information contained in this article. Here we’ll talk about the problem, extended coverage under the manufacturers warranty, tips for getting it covered or how to fix it yourself if all else fails. Continue reading

GM V6 Oil Change Warning

GM 3.6 L V-6 engineThis post and a two minute video at the bottom will cover a factory issued technical service bulletin that was brought to my attention when I went to the Cadillac dealer to pick up an oil filter for an 09 Cadillac SRX with a 3.6 L V-6. The parts counter person pointed over to the wall where he had hung a notification for dealer employees to remind them about the bulletin.

I asked for a copy or at least a catalog number of the notification from the factory so I could write about it. The Parts manager stated he couldn’t do that, but he did say I could take the notification off-the-wall as everybody in the dealership had already seen it and were ignoring it at this point. Continue reading

More First Generation SRX Problems

2009 Cadillac SRX crossoverI own a first-generation Cadillac SRX. In fact, it’s a 2009 model. This is the last year of the old body style. Being in the automotive business for the last 30 years, I’ve found that vehicle manufacturers often make their best cars at the end of the run. This is why I decided to buy the 09 instead of a 2010, which began the next generation.

Although my plan had merit, I wouldn’t call my experience with this SRX trouble-free. I have written extensively about individual problems with the car on this website and wanted to craft a post that brought some of the common problems together so that these articles are easily found. When I started putting it together I realized one wouldn’t be enough. Last month I wrote about common Cadillac SRX issues, but decided to break it into two posts, as I still have four items to cover. Continue reading