• Dec 29, 2006


We're going to start this post by stating that domestic automakers have come a long way in improving the quality and durability of the cars they build. That said, cars are still built on Friday afternoon and every once in a while one not fit for public roads slips out. Unfortunately for General Motors, the owner of this Cadillac CTS-V that refuses to run properly is part of the team that runs a little site called Streetfire.net with a subscriber base for its user-posted videos in the millions. Cjonesy is his name, and this video he posted on Streetfire.net today documents the death throws of his 2006 Cadillac CTS-V with around 12,000 miles on his trip home from the PRI show.

The CTS-V manages to limp home over a couple hundred miles, during which time cjonesy films himself cursing the car and its maker while never going faster than 60 mph with the pedal mashed on the floor. The tachometer died before he started recording and halfway through the LS1 V8 begins to rattle like its possessed by a demon. Cjonesy's monologue to the camera throughout the video is as funny as his car is tragic, but we warned there's some cursing.

Cjonesy's a trooper though (for now) and posted the video to get feedback on what he or GM should do about the car. Well, GM already ordered one of its dealer's to replace a customer's car today, so while the wallet's open...

Thanks for the tip, Stefan!

[Source: Streetfire.net]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah Gardiner, like this never happens to Toyotas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A true mental midget. I am sure he will spend the rest of what his daddy left him. The video is a true waste of air space
      Mike
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, your situation is worse than mine, however, I think Cadillac fell short on the engineering of this car. Additionally they are not willing to admit mistakes. First off, start with the tires. Cadillac home office is well scripted to tell you that fully worn tires after 8K to 10K is normal. That's crap. I have the same Goodyear tires on my C5 Vette and I got 50K out of them. Oh, and Cadillic has replaced a defective radiator on my car, a defective wheel that kept leaking, and most recently (at about 50K miles) the power steering pump which was on national backorder? - why because the quality of the car is crap. I hate the car, the it's handling is not commensurate with that of a "Cadillac." GM should class action lawsuit for the tire situation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      to all the retards that asked him to push the onstar button and get towed to a dealership...

      IT WAS A SUNDAY AND NO DEALERSHIP WAS AVAILABLE TO FIX HIS PROBLEMS.

      he should not have to pay out of pocket for a rental... not when he paid about 60k for the car
      • 8 Years Ago
      Heh, a few flames, why not, eh?

      1. Consumer Reports - joke. They send their mail-in surveys to what, 1% of owners of every model and then get what, 5% response rate. If any of the "smart" people here knew anything about statistics, they would immediately realize that Consumer Distorts "statistics" are a sad joke. But they don't know statistics, they only know how to read Consumer Reports (red circle-good, black circle-bad). Oh, and also they like to hear anecdotal evidence, along the lines of "my ex-roommate's second cousin's former coworker had a Ford and it always broke down, so, Ford, like sucks and stuff".

      2. "Be smart - buy asian". Here's a typical Japanese-car buying person. "Me smart. Me can read. Me buy Consumer Report. Me look - Toyota has red circle. Ford has black circle. Red circle good. Black circle bad. Me buy Toyota. Me very-very smart. Those people buying Ford cannot read. Those people very-very stupid. Me can read. Me buy Toyota. Me very smart, almost like Einstein".

      3. Another one for Japanese car fans - if Japanese cars never break down, then why are there auto repair shops in Japan? Last time I was there, I saw plenty. Why are they there if Japanese cars never break down? Must be repairing those Escalades that a couple of Japanese rappers bought recently - yeah, that must be it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My boss has an Audi A6 and I think that car has been in the shop more than out.

      Like others said, every brand has a bad car every now and again.

      If the dealership he was working with wasn't giving him results, he should have went to another. Could be just the dealership screwing around with him.

      he seems to be tied to streetfire, have to imagine he rough on the car... more than usual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      45. for all of those who didn't watch the video all the way through, please don't bother trying to make intelligent comments -- based on ASSumptions.

      Posted at 11:56PM on Dec 29th 2006 by m 0

      Dude, you didn't watch the video the whole way thru-it's been edited.

      Oh, for the record to the guy who bought the Lexus. He could've bought the Lexus-but then he would have had a women's car that's not near as much fun. Pick on the CTS-but in the Car & Driver it blew away Porshes on the Nurburgring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      he sounds like an idiot with an agenda to me.
      dwalts612
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2003 Cadillac CTS 5 speed! NEVER AGAIN!! Last year it was the transmission self destructing at 82 mph in the left lane with a Semi behind me. This year is a problem with one of the oil lines. The engineers at GM had a carry over serviceable item from the Catera! Imagine that instead of spending the time and money to fix it they will just keep the inherit issue on the new engine! Now the fun begins.

      This part isn’t meant to relieve the pressure that builds up in the oil line. So when its blow freezing and I live in Upstate NY this is often. The pressure will build up causing a failure to the line. This failure makes the car sound like there’s a Tea Kettle under the hood. Eventually this causes the pressure to build up so much that it will blow out the cap and all over the engine block!

      I witnessed the smoke from my car as we pulled away in our Fire Truck to the scene of a working fire! The whole time up there we keep joking that it was actually going to burst into flames not knowing how close that actually came to occurring. The best part is that now that the Delphi plant was closed down that made this.

      They won't even have the parts until June if they if then! They have to find someone to manufacture the parts and this will take several months to find someone and get them tooled up to make these parts. So mean while here I sit wait for a part and no car to drive!!! This is going to become a reality very quickly in America that you can't get parts for you car if anyone of the Big 3 fold. I'm not looking for more money to go into these companies just the government to restructure them!
      Khoi
      • 8 Years Ago
      Idiot or not ... the real question is this ... after watching this, would you buy a Cadillac?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Throughout the video I was suspecting a bad crank sensor, which would explain the dead tach, and so Im guessing the whole time the ECU was in limp mode and didnt know what the hell was going on with the engine. Im surprised that it ran at all though... Bad crank sensors can cause hell. As far as his bad diff, well that plain sucks too. Does anyone have a link to a post about this or more info? I couldnt see any link on the streetfire page? Did he get the car replaced?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just an observation…this guy looks about 20–something. He's driving a Cadillac?
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