My experience has been better than Don's, but Cadillacs are not
1989 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (Consumer rated 9.0). Ran it 130,000
miles with 2 problems: 1) ECM computer chip went out ($600 for
Cadillac to repair - took a chip out of an ECM at Brandywine auto
parts for $5) 2) Front motor mount went out repaired at Cadillac -
cost was not significant - recall about $200 - easy in the front -
hard in the back.
1996 Seville (Consumer rated 8.0) We ran it 140,000 miles and sold it
for $3,000. We've seen it around so it is still running. Needed a
significant tune up at around 100,000 miles. Heater hose blew out.
No other problems.
2000 Seville (Consumer rating 8.3). It has 120,000 on it and is
running well. Gas mileage is about 26 on trips - V-8 - gearing ratio
is economical. Some guy wrote a review on Edmunds and said he was
getting 32 MPG - no way.
1) It had a short in the wiring harness (repaired by non-Cadillac
dealer) $100. 2) Thermostat went out (bizarre OBD II code) - a lot
of crap has to come out to get at this - was $1200 including a new
water manifold gasket, water pump (good while it is apart), and the
thermostat. Non-Cadillac dealer repair. The thermostat that the shop
got from Cadillac was bad and they had to redo the job - ouch! 3)
The timing position sensors (I think that's what they were) were
What Edmunds.com says (Accurate assessment for all Cadillacs in my
opinion - advice: buy used and don't invest too much. A $15,000 car
is a throw away - $50,000 lemon would be a problem for me.
If you're looking for a top-notch luxury sedan that favors comfort
over performance, the Seville is one of the smoothest rides this side
World-class engineering, contemporary styling, smooth V8, superbly
History of not retaining value as well as rivals, electronic doodads
could be costly to repair.
What's New for 2000
The Northstar V8s have been improved, and all models get a new airbag
suppression system and the revised version of GM's StabiliTrak. A new
ultrasonic rear parking assist feature and an advanced navigation
system are optional on both STS and SLS. There are also two new
exterior colors, Midnight Blue and Bronzemist.
Summary: They build excellent cars, but they have so many electronic
monitoring and control systems that the reliability has to be much
lower than a simple machine - mathematics tells you that. I always
buy them 2 years old so there is warranty time for me to get all the
bugs out. They depreciate rapidly the first two years so you can get
good deals. The 1996 was $12,000 and the 2000 was $15,000. These
were $40K - $50K cars new. I have a friend with a Toyota and he has