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    Love my Stinger, but a few...issues

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    Hi all,

    Got a new 2018 GT1 AWD with Drivewise a couple months ago. Traded in a 2015 Optima SXL.

    I love the Stinger, though I do miss the roominess and the trunk of the Optima (that trunk was immense!).

    I've been lurking on a few Stinger forums and I've run into a few issues I wanted to ask you all about to see if you've experienced them as well and if so, what have you done.

    Here goes! :)

    1. A noise when sun roof fabric is open-and only when it's open it seems. Like a squeaking.
    2. I haven't seen this myself-even tho I'm the DD-but my wife has, twice. All the displays went off for 10-20 seconds while driving.
    3. TSC. When going around a sharp corner, usually up hill, if the TSC activates, I literally can't go anywhere for about 3-5 seconds until the car figures out whatever it needs to figure out. Very strange and frustrating.
    4. For a brand new car the wax job doesn't feel very good. Usually after I wax my own car, it's soft for about 1-2 months, the Stinger wasn't ever "soft".
    5. The rain-sensing wipers...SUCK. Out here in the Pacific NW, we get a fair amount of rain, but usually it doesn't rain too hard. The wipers can't seem to figure out what to do and I really wish I just had a "regular" intermittent that could be turned on.
    6. The wipers themselves. Since day one have been streaky. Now of course I can get new ones, but these should be new! Plus the optima had the same issue. Every time I got new wipers, about a month later, streaks…x

    About to make an appointment to get the wiring recall fixed and would like them to look at some of this stuff as well, but I'm curious if others have had similar issues and what they/you did.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roverny View Post
    Hi all,

    Got a new 2018 GT1 AWD with Drivewise a couple months ago. Traded in a 2015 Optima SXL.

    I love the Stinger, though I do miss the roominess and the trunk of the Optima (that trunk was immense!).

    I've been lurking on a few Stinger forums and I've run into a few issues I wanted to ask you all about to see if you've experienced them as well and if so, what have you done.

    Here goes! :)

    1. A noise when sun roof fabric is open-and only when it's open it seems. Like a squeaking.
    2. I haven't seen this myself-even tho I'm the DD-but my wife has, twice. All the displays went off for 10-20 seconds while driving.
    3. TSC. When going around a sharp corner, usually up hill, if the TSC activates, I literally can't go anywhere for about 3-5 seconds until the car figures out whatever it needs to figure out. Very strange and frustrating.
    4. For a brand new car the wax job doesn't feel very good. Usually after I wax my own car, it's soft for about 1-2 months, the Stinger wasn't ever "soft".
    5. The rain-sensing wipers...SUCK. Out here in the Pacific NW, we get a fair amount of rain, but usually it doesn't rain too hard. The wipers can't seem to figure out what to do and I really wish I just had a "regular" intermittent that could be turned on.
    6. The wipers themselves. Since day one have been streaky. Now of course I can get new ones, but these should be new! Plus the optima had the same issue. Every time I got new wipers, about a month later, streaks…x

    About to make an appointment to get the wiring recall fixed and would like them to look at some of this stuff as well, but I'm curious if others have had similar issues and what they/you did.

    Cheers!
    I've experienced issues with #1, #4, #5 and #6. I haven't experienced #3 but will start paying closer attention.
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    #2 and #3 sound like something that I would go to the dealer and see they have update for the computer.... sounds something in the programming.

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    1. I haven't noticed sunroof noise but have only used it a handful of times because the low temps here

    2. I haven't noticed the screen reboot or go dark. It does annoy me a bit that the startup disclaimer message seems to hang around a variable amount of time though. It's like it's running on a slow latent background process that loops every 15 seconds or so. Depending on when you actually start the vehicle, you may be closer or further from being able to hit the 'confirm' button to clear the screen. I understand safety regs etc but I really hope an update or ECU crack can remove this altogether someday.

    The only other thing that erks me about the screen UI is, why does the music artist info only show like 6 or 8 characters wide? There must be room for 40 wide even with the Nav/Radio side-by-side view (my usual default). Seems like a silly oversight and also probably easily fixed with an update...

    3. The TSC has proven to be fairly annoying for me as well. Sometimes even small potholes or steep plane changes from parking to street areas or driveways seems to set it off. I've noticed it seems worse if the wheel is turned more, like pulling out onto a road vs straight line. It can be a real ass clencher if you're trying to accelerate quickly and you seemingly lose all power for a second or two. I would imagine the AWD and wheel speed sensors would know that the other 3 wheels have good traction, it would divert power and you wouldn't skip a beat....Not so much I guess..

    4. I've noticed this too although there don't appear to be any noticeable surface flaws. When wiping with a microfiber especially you can feel it almost snag in some spots. In the spring when it warms up I plan to get my wheel and pads out and hit the whole car with some fine cut cleaner, polish and try to smooth it out.

    5. I didn't care for the rain sensing settings at first but feel like I've learned to adjust them easier and found a sweet spot. I do think the whole stalk is inverted from what I'm used to in every other car I've driven, so that took a bit to adapt to...

    6. 100% agree here. I'm not sure if it's the wipers or the glass surface itself but from day one I haven't been happy with the wiping. When buying and driving a new car, this is often something that I get a strange level of satisfaction from, the flawless wiping of new glass and quality blades. I thought the glass maybe had some residue so I cleaned it a few times and wiped the blade edges down themselves. The water just doesn't seem to bead as well. I did coat with rain-x recently and that has helped a bit...Maybe someone else has installed different blades and had better success?

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    #1 is a big annoying factor for me too.

    I agree with @Devo9er on all other points.
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    Coming from my Diesel Colorado... these wipers feel like I hit the lottery, THOSE suck!

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    Thank you all so much for making me feel like I'm NOT crazy! :D

    The next question, have any of you gone to the dealer and had them look at any of these things? And more importantly have they done anything to fix or at least make them better?

    It's really cool to be able to talk to you all from so many different parts of the US, some of these items I was curious if they were weather dependent. :)

 

 
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