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Cadillac DeVille

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  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    1500 miles on my DTS.

    Hard to believe these 300 ponies require 87 octane.

    MPG still improving. 17-24 so far.

    The power, the power, the power. I rarely need to stand on the gas to downshift. I gently apply pressure to the pedal and the surrounding cars recede in my rear-view mirror so fast that I'm forced to check my speed and look out for Chicago's finest. Naturally, with a wide grin on my face.

    Love the Cashmere color. Not too common.

    Installed some wheel locks and feel better about the center caps eluding the grasp of the midnight auto boys.

    Love the car. I jump at any excuse to drive somewhere. Can't wait for my next trip.
  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    Just one and its of the nitpicking variety. The memory seats and mirrors seem to have amnesia at times. They don't return to the exact positions and sometimes they confuse drivers.

    Other than that, everything works as advertized. Love the steering wheel stereo controls and the lumbar massage.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Glad your enjoying your new Caddy. Did you get the XM radio option? Also have you tried Onstar yet?
  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    I passed on the XM radio. I prefer cd's.

    Have not tried the Onstar yet.

    Took the caddy to TN for wife's family reunion. I was surprised and a bit embarrassed by the fact that whenever people needed a ride they wanted to ride with me instead of the many Buicks, Benzes, Lincolns, Toyotas, one BMW and one Lexus available to them.

    Wife and back seat passengers put the tri-zone temp system through its paces.

    The roomy trunk is everything I had hoped it would be.
  • psedrishpsedrish Posts: 49
    I have the Nav pkg on an '02 DHS, so I had to add the XM as an aftermarket item. I drive a fair amt & I would say XM is something I'd not like to do without again. It's like going from 'rabbit ears' on your home TV to satellite.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    I'm with you all the way on XM. I added it to my Olds Intrigue and will never again go without. Best $10 a month I spend. I like Onstar too, but could easily live without it if I had to choose between it and XM.
  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    Glad you like the XM. But, as I said,when I travel, I prefer CD's because I have a huge collection. Also, my daily commute is only about 15 minutes (probably less if I really crank the Northstar). Didn't feel that such a short commute time would allow time to play with XM. Plus, I read at least one review that complained about XM reception. How's your reception?

    Any comments on Night Vision? Glad/sorry you got it/didn't get it?
  • cadillac1cadillac1 Posts: 51
    I can't find any real old deville topics, so I'll just ask you guys. My mom owns a 98 deville concourse. At around forty thousand miles the car began eating 1 quart of oil per 1000 miles. At first the dealer said it was normal. We did not except this answer. Then they said they would do an oil consumption test where they have her go in every thousand miles so they can measure oil consumption. Now they say we need an engine de-carb. Supposedly their is too much of a gap between the cylinger head and some other part of the engine. The dealer says this is a design flaw of the northstar. This de-carb treatment take 2 days and cost 500 bucks. We have an extended warranty but the dealer claims it is not covered. Are they right?

    Secondly, this question will probably go unaswered but here goes. My mom got in a accident with her deville concourse when it had only twelve thousand miles on it. The front was badly damaged and repair costs came to 11k.(thank god for insurance). I know the left front suspension had to be replaced, not sure about the right front. As many of you know, the deville concours's cadillac emblem is found in the grill, their is not a hood emblem. Well when we got the car back from the dealer, their was a hood ornament. The reason I bring this up this that the deville concourse is supposed to have a stiffer, less bouncy suspension. Well since we got the car back, my moms car bottoms out on any speed bump or drive way entrance unless she almost comes to a complet stop. This can be dangerous when making turns into parking lots on busy streets. Is it possible the dealer put the standard deville suspension in my moms car when they repaired it? Is their any way I can find this out? If it is the the correct suspension, does my mom need new shocks or something? We have already replaced the peice under the front of the car that keeps dirt and water out of the engine bay, two times at $150 a pop.

    Has anyone else had this problem and how did you resolve it. I would appreciate any answers you can give.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    XM reception is very good, the only area where service is not good is in the mountains where the trees cover the road. Since there are no repeaters in the national park and the view of the sky is blocked, service is limited, otherwise reception is fine.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,068
    ...may actually be a leak. Check around the oil pan plug. The oil pan plug uses a rubber grommet and should be replaced every time the oil is changed. Also check the oil cooler line located near the filter. I experienced this problem with my '94 DeVille. The repair was simple and inexpensive. Never suffered an unusual oil consumption problem afterwards.
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    My 96 from brand new used 1 qt. oil from
    new at 3000 or so miles. Now at almost 90k
    uses none (almost). Must be just broke in.
    As far as bottoming out mine is doing the
    same now...Dealer only strut fix $2500 bucks.
    97 and up are aftermarket fix for 1000 bucks.
    Shopping now for a new CTS.
    I wish i had a new seville like lemko !
    Lemko; hows that 300 horse monster treating
    ya ? Cheesesteak please...no cheese wiz tho !
    LOL.geo
  • danasaur2danasaur2 Posts: 1
    Am thinking of buying a '92 cadillac deville in apparently pristine shape. Ay comments of insights on the engine, etc. or this car's performance?

    Thanks
    danasaur2
  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    I have owned 14 new Cadillac's, and a few Lincoln's, BMW740il's and two M/B as well as several hot Chevys, Pontaic Firebirds and a Porche over the past 40 years. This current series Cadillac is the best car I ever drove. You will love it. I now have over 31000 on my 2001 DHS White Diamond Beauty and it has one of one of everything. We love the Navigational System,OnStar and Night Vision....I never will ever drive a car without them. The main reason I choose the DHS over DTS is the six people capacity and Automatic Window Shades and Adaptive Seats. Once the engine is truly broken in , soon you will find the you will find the gas milage at 70-80 mph increasing to 28mpg+ and oil consumption at 3000 miles per Qt. I too, drive in ILL and Wisc.and fast. Guess that I am still a kid at heart. If you want to get an extra 25HP + out of the NorthStar engine ...get the K&N Filtercharger Air Filter. You get more punch and better MPG too. The StabilTrac Suspension truly gives the drive confidence in quick handling and sharp turns and hilly narrow roads. Cadillac service has vastly improved over the years ...you will love the car ....best of luck. Oh, I almost forgot, buy an Escort 8500 before you get a ticket. Remember, the new series Cadilliac NorthStar's are made to be driven FAST! TAMCO
  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    Wow, that's some auto history.

    I'm still at 1700 miles, but about to take another trip.

    Still haven't come close to abusing the engine because of the nagging comments in the owner's manuel about early all-out braking leading to premature brake wear, but I think I'll soon be throwing caution to the winds. What has been your experience with the brakes?
  • What would you drive if there were:

    1. No crowds to please (including family)
    2. No "styling" to worry about
    3. Cost wasn't a factor (either purchasing or operating)

    In short if there were "no boundaries" and no one was going to see you drive it, what would you have?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Well, since you posted this is a Cad Deville messagae group, I assume you meant to restrict the purchase to this car.

    A fully loaded red DTS.

    If you didn't mean to restrict it, you should start another topic.
  • hydra2hydra2 Posts: 114
    The current issue of Barrons points out that most mid and high priced lux brands are offering various discounts or financing incentives as a means of reversing surprising May/June sales declines of up to 15% or as a way of maintaining strong sales in an ever more competitive environment. Even BMW was mentioned as offering a zero down lease. Brands included: Acura, Audi, MB, Saab, Lexus, Infiniti, Volvo, Land Rover, Jag, Porsche and even Cadillac (except CTS which it suggested is too hot-selling to need incentives).

    Btw Lexus, Infiniti, Saab, BMW and Cadillac were singled out as having higher sales.

    On a different note the imports (just like the domestics)are advertising like crazy in print media, online and on tv.

    "Free" maintenance, service loaners, road side assistence, one year OnStar service, coffee and rolls and Chrysler's new longer warranty (and the Passat) are other forms of marketing rebates utilized by different brands in order to rebate without seeming to do so.

    Stop letting the Cadillac-haters pretend that Cadillac is the only lux model in the "business" of selling cars or offering incentives in order to sell lots of cars. Everyone does it, under competitive pressure, but they often do it in different ways. There is nothing like a recession to remind us that luxury cars, by definition, tend to be overpriced.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Lexus is currently running 4.9& APR on RX300s and Infiniti is known to discount their models quit often. Also saw a lease deal for a Lexus IS300 for $299 a month. Reading the fine print you learn it is a terrible deal. 60 month lease with about $2500 due at signing.
  • robh3robh3 Posts: 157
    I'd say, based on your story, that there's a very good chance that the autobody/repair shop you brought your car to installed the wrong parts on your mom's Concours.

    The fact that they installed body parts for the standard Deville (hood mounted ornament, and I presume therefore also the wrong grill without the wreath and crest), that tells me that all of the parts they ordered were for a base Deville.

    They are idiots, and I'd have made them correct the body parts the second I saw they did it wrong.

    I wish I could tell you what to look for on the suspension to see if it's right. If you can bring the car to a Caddy dealer whose service dept. you'd trust to give you the straight scoop, then I'd have them check it out and let you know. They should know the difference, if not by initial sight, then by part number(s).
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