For the 2011 Model year, Cadillac will be giving buyers free maintenence up to four-year/50k miles. This includes Oil changes, tire rotation, engine and cabin filters, and multi-point inspections. Cadillac also includes a full year of OnStar, a 5 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and a 4 year 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.
So with that said, will you be buying a Cadillac based on this? Does the replacement of cheap maintenance parts really make you want to pick a Cadillac over a BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, or Infiniti? My answer is Absolutely not. If you were on the fence and already considering a Cadillac, I’m sure this could be a deal breaker. But lets look a little at what their giving you.
Free oil changes. Many others already offer this and if not, oil changes range from $40 – $90 every 3-5k miles. Engine filters are in the sub $20 range and should be changed every other oil change or every time if you really want to be a freak about it. Cabin filters are also inexpensive and don’t need to be changed very often. Last but not least, most oil change places will rotate your tires for free when you get your oil change done OR when you go to the local tire shop to replace the always sub-par factory tires, they’ll offer free rotations as a courtesy to buying tires from them.
So that leaves us with a multi point inspections which is questionable of what that even means. Fluid checks, tire kicking, computer scan, brake check? All of this can be had or done for free. So if your siting home ready to buy a new Lexus and see a Cadillac ad about free maintenance, just remember how nice a Lexus is before you go running to the Cadillac dealer with your check book. Of coarse, this is just my biased foreign car guy opinion. This is www.tomsFOREIGN.com after all.