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2013 Cadillac ATS: Last Service Appointment

January 14, 2014

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With the "Change Engine Oil Soon" notification impossible to ignore, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our 2013 Cadillac ATS with service at a nearby dealership, Martin Cadillac.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Headlight Warning

January 13, 2014

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The other day our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS threw up the "dead headlight" warning you see above.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Individual Tire Pressures

January 10, 2014

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I grabbed the keys for our 2013 Cadillac ATS yesterday because it had been months since I last drove it. It's nearing the end of its time with us and I wanted to see if the 20,850 miles it's experienced at our hands had made a difference. Driving from the office yesterday, it felt weird.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: 20,000 Miles

December 17, 2013

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After almost exactly a year in our long-term test fleet, the 2013 Cadillac ATS has rolled over 20,000 miles. Since its last service, the ATS has developed a squeaky door panel and one of the door-handle approach lights has gone out, but it has had no major mechanical issues.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Oil Change Needed

December 11, 2013

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Over a recent holiday weekend, I took our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS up and down the state of California, to visit family in Temecula and Nevada City. About halfway through the 1,200-mile road trip, the "Change Engine Oil Soon" message lit up, so I investigated.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Tire Pressure Monitor Issue Redux

October 28, 2013

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After Mr. Oldham observed what he suggested was an anomalous TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS, I was intrigued. So I gave it a whirl.

First thing on a cool morning I measured the tire pressures with my trusty gauge. Then I fired up the ATS and looked at the pressures reported by the car's TPMS.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Stinky Air

October 18, 2013

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"What an incredible smell you've discovered." Ah, yes, I never pass up an opportunity to work in a Star Wars quote.

But seriously, when you start up our 2013 Cadillac ATS, the first few seconds of air that comes blasting out of the vents is pretty stinky. Like, "shut down all the garbage mashers on the detention level" stinky.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Squeaky Door Panel (With Video)

September 30, 2013

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It seems as if the driver-side interior door panel of our 2013 Cadillac ATS has loosened just a tiny bit during our 15,000 miles, and it results in some squeaky noises when you pull the door shut or press on the upper panel (for the memory seating buttons).

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2013 Cadillac ATS: One Down

August 22, 2013

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I once mentioned here that I think the 3 Series-inspired LED approach lights on our 2013 Cadillac ATS's door handles are cool.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Oil Change and Tire Rotation

July 25, 2013

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Recently our 2013 Cadillac ATS generated an on-screen popup notifying us that it was due for an oil change service.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: 10,000 Miles

July 19, 2013

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After nearly eight months in our fleet, the 2013 Cadillac ATS is running a little behind on miles. Thankfully, we ticked over to 10,000 miles this month soon after we got the Cadillac back from the body shop.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Un-Damaged

July 12, 2013

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Our 2013 Cadillac ATS is back in service following a 16-day stint at our local Golden Hammer body shop. If you recall, this happened to it.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Damaged

June 26, 2013

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I returned to our parked 2013 Cadillac ATS to find this addition. Fortunately, the at-fault party left a note with an apology and all pertinent contact information. It's good to know there are a few honest people out there. The cameras in the parking structure could have influenced her honesty, but still, we'll give the benefit of the doubt.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Possible Recall

June 6, 2013

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General Motors is recalling some 2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2013 Cadillac ATS, and 2013 Cadillac XTS models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles' brake lamps may flash intermittently and the cruise control may disengage.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Power Steering Malfunction

May 20, 2013

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This warning popped up on the instrument display of our 2013 Cadillac ATS when I climbed in this morning. I did not notice any associated issue with the power steering, and the warning did not stay illuminated. And I have not seen it again since. We'll keep an eye on this and have it addressed at the dealer if necessary.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: The Creaky Steering Is Fixed

April 9, 2013

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Our Cadillac ATS no longer sounds like a socket wrench every time you spin the steering wheel. After dropping it off at Martin Cadillac in West L.A. they got to work on diagnosing the problem. Turns out that the SIR (Steering Wheel Inflatable Restraint) coil was rubbing against the steering angle sensor.

First, the tech tried using a new SIR coil to see if that would cure the problem. It didn't. Then he tried a new steering sensor, that didn't work either. Then put in both replacement parts together and all was good. All five and a half hours of labor were covered under warranty. Whew.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: XM Subscriptions

April 5, 2013

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I snapped this picture of our 2013 Cadillac ATS touchscreen to show to our Car Wrangler Extraordinaire, Mike Schmidt (CWE). True to form, he already knew about the expired XM subscription, had in fact paid it, but suspects the car didn't respond in kind because the signal couldn't reach it, deep in the parking bunker under our office building.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Creaky Cadillac

March 21, 2013

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This little issue has been driving me nuts for a while. The steering wheel in our ATS makes a clicking sound as it rotates. It's like turning a socket wrench every time you park. If you don't believe me you can hear it for yourself.

Some people have driven it and barely even noticed. I'm not sure how given how prominent it is every time you turn the wheel. It grated on my ears every time I got behind the wheel, so I finally took it to the dealer today to see if they could smooth things out.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Chirping Sound

February 21, 2013

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I noticed an odd little sound in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS the last time I drove it. It's a muted chirpchirpchirp that happens briefly during moderate acceleration from a standstill. The sound only occurs immediately following the 1-2 upshift and can be reproduced fairly easily.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Another Electrical Gremlin

January 24, 2013

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Along with the inaccurate headlight malfunction warning that both Walton and I have experienced, our 2013 Cadillac also has another electrical gremlin. During normal use, the backlight for the PRND next to the shifter keeps fading in an out. This is happening whether the car is in motion or not and when the automatic headlights are on or off.

At first I just thought I was having a stroke, but then another editor here confirmed that the lights were indeed failing.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 3,700 miles

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Erroneous Headlamp Fault Code

January 1, 2013

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Donna liked our 2013 Cadillac ATS's headlamps here, and I do too. They do an amazing job bending around corners with the steering input. However, they caused some sort of erroneous fault code on the instrument panel. I hopped out of the car and checked for myself...

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Microfiber Included

December 31, 2012

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It's inevitable. Despite a semi-reliable voice-recognition system in our 2013 Cadillac ATS, sometimes we have to actually touch the touchscreen. The problem is that we filthy humans produce sebum, or oil from our skin and it gets on the screen. Luckily, Cadillac has provided an amazingly effective sebum removal system...

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Cadillac ATS in VA is:

$180 per month*
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