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Cadillac DeVille



  • Cadillac Roadside replaced my battery and Positive cable last week (under warranty, of course) The tech told me that sometimes the factory overtightens the positive retaining bolt going into the side of the battery causing it to puncture the wall and subsequently leak acid. It is the two copper rings one on the battery and one on the cable, that make the connection. Eventually, the corrosion destroys the lead and the battery dies.

    I have to say, the tech diagnosed this immeadeitly and took care of the whole thing in under an hour in my driveway.

    Gotta love Roadside assistance!
  • I used to be concerned about "oil dissapearance" on my 2000 Deville, but read on this board to let the stick get to midway between the add/fill line by itself, and then keep an eye on it. It never went any lower before the usual 4000 mi oil change, and I guess that's where it sinks to and just stays there.
  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    Aunt Nina's car is a great low milage perfect 1999 DeV....hovever, do yourself a BIG favor. Before you buy it DRIVE the new model...2000 or 2001 Deville. Trust me on this one, please. You will be amazed at the diference between the cars. For a few thousand more now, tho stretch, you be about to enjoy the best Cadillac ever, and not be buying another for years...Robin, even Shop for a new 2000 DeV they are discounting now Please, drive a new model before buying Aunt Nina beauty. I been driving Cadillac all my life. Others may want to add their comments to mine. What say, fellas? TAMCO
  • We have over 10,000 miles (trouble free)on our 2000 DTS. Great car. Agree with Tamco
  • This aint your father's Cadillac...Big, tight, quiet, performance, fit & finish! Go for the 2000 or '01 if u can swing it. ...Its a new breed.
  • I WILL drive a 2000. I'll be getting the final payoff amount she wants this week. I'll look at the new ones too and see what the $$$ difference is.

    Sounds like the 2000 is a MUCH better car. Maybe thats why its such great deal?

    thanks to all for the response

  • Does anyone have experience with remote starters for 2000 (or earlier) Devilles? I am thinking about those cold rides home after a long day at the office. Does Cadillac offer one?

  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    Frandrum, I, too have been looking for a satisfactory unit to and to my 2001 DSH and have found a few. Howver, none allow for the auto-set seat feature to operate. I have the auto start feature on our 1997 Tahoe and love it. Besides heating the car in winter , we find it even more useful in hot weather to COOL car. The unit iI found so far are in the $300.00 range...and I am continuing the search. How about it fellas, anyone find I auto start unit that they recommend????? Tamco
  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    Sorry, I did not answer fradrum question comlpetely...No, Cadillac DOES NOT OFFER auto unit and are aftermarket units...TAMCO
  • Be careful when shopping for a remote. I was looking at one for my 97 mustang and another customer was in the store trying to resolve major problem with his. any vehicle (like my mustang) that has a computer chip in the key for security will not work with a remote unless you do major rewiring. the remote starts the car without the key, the computer registers that it was started without the key with the security chip, and shuts the car down within a matter of seconds. this problem caused the other guy to have to have his vehicle reprogrammed. I passed on the remote even though I really wanted one. Just something you need to watch for.
  • Our 2000 DHS is back at the dealer for the third time for this problem. For a week or so before, the car will ever so slightly vibrate. Then when you are slowing down (braking or coasting)for a stop light or even going around a curve,the car will stall dead with no shaking, vibration or warning lights or sensor messages....just plain dead. So far we have been lucky and this hasn't happened on the interstate. Any ideas? Service just keeps "replacing all the sensors as we can't pinpoint which one it is".
    Also, in response to one prior posting on paint pealing on the 92 or 94 model, our 2000's grill has lost most of its paint.
  • I rented two devilles in the last week, and the last one I rented was great as far as road noise, but the wind noise got pretty bad at any speed over 75 MPH. Is this common for Devilles? I loved the car. Smooth riding, super fast, love the V8 sounds! It seemed the the wind noise in this deville was worse than other cars I had driven. Is there anything you can do about wind noise? Anyone know?
  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    Solution: "Avoid eating beans, beer and onions"...sorry, I just could not help myself, altho I know your concern was serious!
  • I bought a used 1998 Deville a year ago and have had 4 instances since then of a dead battery after sitting unused for about 7 days ( the same as #307 above). Dealer can't find problem. Does anyone have an idea as to what recourse I have with the dealer? It is still under warranty.
  • Had a check engine light going on for a day or so, then go off for a day or so, then come back on....Dealer's RO says: Code 101 Mass Air Flow...
    Diagnosis & reprogram PCM. What does reprogram PCM mean?? What is a PCM? (I think I know what a mass air flow sensor does.)
  • Pollution Control Module (I think?). What year and model Caddy is it?

    Have you replaced your air filter lately? If not, it may need it. If so, did you remember to reconnect the contacts between the wires coming out of the filter housing and the wire harness? There may be a fault in this connector.
  • Rob, you had inquired about purchasing a 99 Deville for approximately $26,000. I notice that the local Caddilac dealers (Houston)are advertising 2000 Deville program cars for between 27K and 30K, depending on options. The newer body style for a couple of thousand more is probably a better buy
  • Its a 2000 DeVille...& Why would a PCM need to be reprogrammed?
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    The only problem with those 2000 program cars is they may have been rentals where as the 1999 model the other guy was considering has a known "clean" past. Although I'll admit, it would tempting to go with the 2000 just because I like the new style alot better.
  • Well again the sensors were replaced for the third since March of this year. Seems there is a problem with the sensors for 2000 and 2001 per the dealer but the factory needs one year of repeated problems before a recall is made(???). Has anyone else had a problem with stalls or the sensors? Perhaps the sensor problem is the source of the #329 through #332 questions above on the "check engine soon" issue.
    Dealer insinuated that we may be either disinterested in the car or perhaps trying to get out of our lease for financial purposes. Thank goodness that: 1. The computer had our 5 visits for 5 factory defects listed; and 2. I can rely on my 7 month old 2001 Infinity which has yet to go back for even an oil change
  • tamcotamco Posts: 40
    Every time I hear of problems with idling ingition chips, sensors,wind noise or oil usage with the 2000's; I am certainly glad I waited for the 2001 DHS as I have experinced not such problems after 5400 miles.. early problems seem to have been solved . I am sure these problems can and will be re-solved by Cadillac and their dealers. Keep asking dealers for updated solutions, insist on the new updates to fix your exsist. This new designed Cadillac is just great.....the 2001 DHS isbest CAR I have ever owned by far! TAMCO
  • Tccad1, I just found a reply you sent to me back in October saying that Devilles would not be going RWD eventually but keeping their FWD configuration. Sevilles on the other hand would be keeping their eventual migration to RWD. Considering that both platforms are going to be Sigma based one day, doesn't that sound a bit strange? This would make more sense to me if the Deville was going to continue to be based on platforms with lesser GM cousins. Has GM changed their mind about the Deville on Sigma?

    I'm also a little perplexed since nearly everyone I know thinks that the Deville must go back to RWD in order to properly compete with the big sedans of its competitors (Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, even Lincoln). I know that FWD Caddys are popular in snow-bound states, but that would be a bigger excuse for doing something like AWD. Normally if given the choice of equals, I'd just choose a RWD STS over a FWD DTS. But since I really am seven feet tall, Sevilles are not an option for me.

  • Yes, I had to have a check engine light situation repaired, but dammit, the 2000 Deville is an awesome car! So what if you have an Infinity that hasn't been back yet...(If infinity is soooo perfect, why do they have a service department if all they needed was oil change bays?) This Caddy is big, quiet, get awesome MPG and is admired EVERYWHERE. When I drive it, I don't feel the inner door panel on my left arm and leg, and the console on my right side. So a sensor has to be serviced. BTW the service department at my dealer is so opulent, and efficient that I actually like to go there, not to mention that they always give me a 2001 Caddy to use for the day. (of course I'm a tipper.)
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    check the plunger switch in the front door jamb.Especially the drivers side. If its plastic it may be bad. Mine was bad and did not turn off the radio and antenna or interior lights. My wife never noticed but i did . Had to tell the caddy dealer cuz they couldn't find the dead battery either. I switched them side to side problem solved. then dumb dealer replaced them both with steel ones. this a problem in the great frozen north. check it out its easy and cheap no 80.00 caddy dealer lookin and guessing with your money.
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Sorry thats 80 dollars an hour and mine is a 96 Deville.
    because the plunger is plastic in the winter water runs by it and it freezes and breaks internally . So it moves in and out so you would never know it.
  • i love my 2000 dts and HATE the service problems. with only 7900 miles, i've had it in 4 times for static on the radio - nothing works.

    last week the power steering pump went out and tonight the battery light came on twice and it stalled out three times completely.

    from the delivery date it's had an idle problem that the dealer says is widespread and a fix is coming soon. that was since february.

    anyone else experiencing similar problems? to top it off, the salesman and service guys are defensive and apathetic. i've owned volvos, audis, and infinities - never had these types of problems. is this the "american made" deal rearing it's ugly head? but in the end i have to say i LOVE driving this car, when it's not in for service.
  • I had to have the rear glass replaced on my 2000 (early Build)DeVille. There were many microscopic breaks in the defroster grids which when turned on wiped out the FM signal on all but the strongest signals. Newer back glass have 4 brown dots on the passenger side up near the top to mark where the dealer should mount the OnStar exterior antenna. Early glass doesn't. When the back glass is dewed up one morning, look for poor defrosting or lines that don't defrost at all.
  • I just leased a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEI ; it is one month old with 600 miles on it (I think 19 miles when I picked it up).

    Friday night (12/08) I was at the movies with a friend of mine. Moments after starting the car to leave it was determined that my car is on fire! It burnt most of the upper rear portion of the engine block area; the rear half of the intake manifold (or engine) shroud burnt away also. I’m afraid a great deal of that plastic/chemical smell is now entrenched in my interior. One of the firemen had told me, with a qualification he was not trying to be bias in any way, “they” will try to tell me anything but two things would be for sure. He said the car in all probability would never be the same electrically (something about heat traveling along wires) and the smell would always be there.

    The reason I’m on here with this story is that I’m looking for someone that has had a similar incidence as mine and could give me some feedback as to the details of their experience.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    P.S. I’m am posting this in a number of sedan areas to try and get as much response/help with this as I can, I apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.
  • Your trusty fireman is right, at least about the smell.

    Depending on the insurance regulations in your state, I would let the insurance company fight it out with the manufacturer. If you leased the car through GMAC (or if you have gap insurance on your lease) and didn't put any money down on the lease, than you should be in good shape. Let the car go away and start over. You probably have that right worked into your lease in the Disruption of Service section. (aka Loss of Use).

    My advise, stop playing around with Pontiacs and lease a new Deville DTS. You won't regret it!!

    Good Luck.
  • etharmonetharmon Posts: 399
    Any ideas what caused the fire?
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