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My DIC shriveled up and died

Uh oh! I'm starting to doubt my decision to buy a Pontiackk.

I drove home from work Thursday night and my DIC was working fine. I left the GTO in the garage for the long weekend and took off to Boston in the Denali Friday morning.

On Tuesday morning I started up the GTO for the drive to work and noticed that the center screen of the DIC was blank. I stopped the engine and then restarted. My DIC was still lifeless. I can't imagine what caused it to stop working. All it did was sit for four days.

Remembering some comments on this site, I disconnected the battery for a few minutes and then reconnected. Nothing. Still a dead DIC. The left and right modules are working fine but the center screen is blank. Anybody else encounted this feature on an 05?

Also, I checked the oil. With 4,500 miles on the engine, it was 1.5 qts low on oil. No idiot lights. No leaks as far as I can tell. I'm used to engines going 5,000 miles with no detectable oil use as my Denali does and my Volvo did.

If this sucker is using 1.5 qts of synthetic between changes when it's 2 months old, I don't think I'll stick around for 100,000 miles of frustration with GM. The GTO has it's first service appointment Saturday. We'll see what Mr. Goodwrench has to say.

Oh well, back to the imports.
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Mine was out when I purchased my GTO. Still loved the car. Dealer had a new one in a week and its been fine since. Haven't had any oil issues. Put in synthetic at about 1000 miles and still full th the brim 3500 miles later.

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Uh oh! I'm starting to doubt my decision to buy a Pontiackk.

I drove home from work Thursday night and my DIC was working fine. I left the GTO in the garage for the long weekend and took off to Boston in the Denali Friday morning.

On Tuesday morning I started up the GTO for the drive to work and noticed that the center screen of the DIC was blank. I stopped the engine and then restarted. My DIC was still lifeless. I can't imagine what caused it to stop working. All it did was sit for four days.

Remembering some comments on this site, I disconnected the battery for a few minutes and then reconnected. Nothing. Still a dead DIC. The left and right modules are working fine but the center screen is blank. Anybody else encounted this feature on an 05?

Also, I checked the oil. With 4,500 miles on the engine, it was 1.5 qts low on oil. No idiot lights. No leaks as far as I can tell. I'm used to engines going 5,000 miles with no detectable oil use as my Denali does and my Volvo did.

If this sucker is using 1.5 qts of synthetic between changes when it's 2 months old, I don't think I'll stick around for 100,000 miles of frustration with GM. The GTO has it's first service appointment Saturday. We'll see what Mr. Goodwrench has to say.

Oh well, back to the imports.
Back to Toyota and recalls or sludged engines? Or Honda Acura and bad power window regulators and transmission failures in their 5 speed auto's? How about some electrical problems and a nice BMW, Mercedes or Audi? Better yet, a 5.6 litre Nissan titan pickup that uses a qt of oil every 800 miles.
Every car has it's problems.
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Back to Toyota and recalls or sludged engines? Or Honda Acura and bad power window regulators and transmission failures in their 5 speed auto's? How about some electrical problems and a nice BMW, Mercedes or Audi? Better yet, a 5.6 litre Nissan titan pickup that uses a qt of oil every 800 miles.
Every car has it's problems.
I was thinking of my Volvo 850 Turbo. 10 Years, 150,000 miles, and no expenses other than routine maintenance. That car took a licking and kept on ticking.

My main concern is the time a POS can eat up. I can't afford the time a poorly built car can demand. No matter how much fun it is to drive. An S60 R is looking good. At least if your Audi does the POS thing you can still feel good about the snob appeal. And WRX Si's or Evo's are quicker (not faster), lighter, and pretty reliable. An Infiniti G35 coupe isn't known for problems either.

I'll see what Mr Goodwrench says on Saturday.
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I hear you about oil consumption. Mine ate up close to a quart in less than 3000 miles. Got oil changed at 2500 and then again at 7500. had to add a quart at close to 6500 miles or so.
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At least if your Audi does the POS thing you can still feel good about the snob appeal.
Then you need more than a reliable car. You need a life.
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While it's not funny about the situation you're in, the name of your thread is hilarious!
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I have not had any problems with my "DIC", but at just over 3500 miles I checked the oil and found that it was a quart low. There were no warning lights or anything, I just happened to check it one day. The manual says that "competitive drive" will cause the engine to consume oil. The only way to drive in FL is competitively so I guess I can look forward to a quart every 3000. I was under the impression that most new engines did consume some oil when they were brand new so it may not reoccur. I do have a question though, I have not changed my oil yet because I was waiting for the computer to tell me when it was time, as the manual says it will. Is this a bad idea? Should I change it now? I thought with the fully synthetic oil your interval was increased by at least double.
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You guys do realize you are driving performance cars right? I can't imagine taking a brand new ls1 or ls2 and going 5k miles without an oil change. Later on fine, but I changed the oil at 1k and again at 3k.
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