AD #1720 – Miles Driven Record in Reach, Cadillac Engine Upgrade, Why CUVs Are Soaring

October 12th, 2015 at 11:45am

Runtime: 6:41

- VW May Have More Cheating Software
- Winterkorn to Vacate All Positions
- Dealer Service Has Room To Grow
- Cadillac Engine Upgrade
- U.S. On Pace To Set Miles Driven Record
- Why CUVs Are Soaring

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23 Comments to “AD #1720 – Miles Driven Record in Reach, Cadillac Engine Upgrade, Why CUVs Are Soaring”

  1. Rob Says:

    I believe the CUV market is partially due to so many drivers that had SUV’s and got used to the higher seated position which gives a better view of the road and at least in the snowbelt most are offered with AWD.

  2. Lisk Says:

    Mike O’Brien made a great point about the prices being similar between the CUVs and sedan. You couple that with the better residual values of the CUV and many times a CUV with a $2000 higher list price can be leased for the same money as the sedan. I’m not a lease kind of guy but 30% of consumers are.

  3. MJB Says:

    Perhaps the primary reason 3rd party repair shops are doing 75% of all service work is because the stealerships charge 75% more than they should for the same work.

    In other words, the thing that will have the single biggest impact on dealers retaining service work on vehicles over 5 years old is likely to be price competitiveness. I understand that customers can (almost) always count on OEM parts being used exclusively for their repairs when done at the dealer, but many people put cost above ‘recommendation’. We see the same thing when it comes to filling a medical prescription with brand name vs. generic. Probably 90% of the time cost wins out.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just watched the AAH where they discussed the new Volt. Part of the discussion centered on why it doesn’t sell well. The panel mentioned one part of the obvious, price, but they failed to mention a reason I would not consider it; there is no place to plug it in at most condos and apartments, including the one where I spend 2/3 of the year in Florida. That’s not an issue with a Prius. You just put gas in it and drive, and you have a roomy for its size, very efficient car. I’d think a Volt, or other plug-in hybrid would be a good choice for many apartment dwellers, if they had a place to plug it in.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I think the volt would sell better if they offered a station wagon version,same same with the Cruz diesel.Especially since VW’s imagine is in a steep transition.

  6. Mike Ma Says:

    Stop/Start feature reduces CO2 output up to 6 percent on 2016 ATS and CTS models is incredible as General Motors should consider putting this feature in all vehicles.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Yeah, a wagon might help sales, especially a tall wagon, AKA CUV. The current one is a hatch, though, which would work for me, if I had a place to plug it in where I spend 7-8 months of the year. Not everyone lives in “a house in the suburbs” with an attached garage with power. I’d have a place to plug a car in 4-5 months of the year when in Indiana, but then I’d be fueling my car with coal.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 I suspect the 6% is in very heavy stop and go driving, where the engine would be stopped a lot. Two per cent might be more typical for most peoples’ driving.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Since I’ve never driven a vehicle with start/stop,It may be okay for some cleaner air and some fuel savings.But,I know I wouldn’t want that on a turbocharged anything unless it had a remote oil tank so it doesn’t shorten the life of the bearings from over heating and no oil flow.

  10. pedro fernandez Says:

    #4 agree 1000% Many retired folk would be great candidates for the Volt, not much driving and mostly short trips, but they also mostly live in condos, so there goes the Volt from their shopping list.

  11. HtG Says:

    From the Uh Oh dispenser

    Rights to the vw story have been purchased by Paramount studios and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Have you ever asked the condo mgt if they had any intentions of putting in some charging stations?

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “I remember when VW was around”…maybe a soon to be saying…

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 A couple years ago, they had no intentions, but that could change with time. If I really wanted it to happen, I should try to get on the condo board, but that doesn’t sound like much fun.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just talked to someone with an original 1981 Olds diesel that still runs. It must be about the only one in the world.

  16. Lex Says:

    What about cylinder deactivation when the wheels are stopped? Wouldn’t that also decrease CO2 levels without all the expensive additional hardward?

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Even the engines with cylinder deactivation run on all cylinders at idle. I suspect the shake with half
    the cylinders would be intolerable, or the engine would have to idle enough faster on half cylinders that it wouldn’t even save gas.

  18. XA351GT Says:

    Auto repairs are expensive no matter where you go. Dealerships are much more expensive though. When I took my 98 F150 in for inspection they told me it would soon need rear wheels cylinders . Quoted me a price of $400. I like to have crapped a puppy over that. I have replaced them myself before and it isn’t a hard job. The parts are cheap also. I mean exactly how hard is for a qualified mechanic with air tools and a lift to remove to wheels and drums. Disconnect the brake lines and 2 bolts holding each wheel cylinder and replace them and bleed the brakes? Well I bought the parts for less than $25 and did the job in my drive with a jack and hand tools in under a hour. So unless the shop rate is $350 a hour I have no clue why that job would be so much.

  19. Rob Says:

    @3 & 18 Agreed. Another problem is the OE replacement parts are just down right ridiculous. I worked for a supplier and know we charged $80-100 for a front or rear bumper cover. Go to any shop and GM service charges $600 for that same fascia.
    There used to be a day when you could go to the dealer order every part for a car and build it in your garage for less than buying a fully assembled car off the lot. My guess is that $25,000 car would be about $200,000 if bought piece by piece now.

  20. MJB Says:


    Doesn’t surprise me one bit. 10 years ago, when I was still driving my SC400 it needed new pads and rotors all the way around. I knew I was going to do the work myself, but just for kicks, I called up the Lexus dealership to see what they would charge. $1,200!!!

    Got the parts (ceramic pads too) at a local import car parts shop and did it myself for under $230. I’ve done the same with alternators, radiators, sway bars, lower control arm bushings, etc.

    The only thing I won’t touch again are shocks and struts. Even though I successfully compressed the springs to do the job once, I have no desire to temp fate again. Cranking that one-size-fits-all spring compressor down turn-by-turn is the closest I ever need to come to playing Russian Roulette.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    18 How does an inspection reveal that you will “soon need wheel cylinders”? I’d always thought that if they were leaking, you need them right now, but if they aren’t leaking, you don’t know when you might need them. Can anyone inform me? Thanks.

  22. XA351GT Says:

    Kit, I thought the same thing. They were rusty but not leaking.When I pulled the drums the passenger rear shoe was just about to the backing plate ,but they said the brakes were fine. I don’t know where the hell they get some of these guys. That was a whole experience as well as shoes I bought from Advance Auto and later Ford were so out of consistency it wasn’t funny. The shoes varied in thickness as much as .050″ They were so bad The drums wouldn’t even fit back on. I wound up getting a set from Rock Auto that were made by Rebestos that actually worked. Those were within .005″ max. Oh and everything from everyone was made in CHINA.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 Thanks for the info.