Cadillac Brougham Review from Germany

1987 Cadillac Brougham 5.0L gasoline

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.0L gasoline Automatic
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Great feel and good looks

Faults:

Transmission was replaced after 100.000 km.

Torque converter clutch solenoid was sticking after 200.000 km.

Catalytic converter heat shield did not shield, and caused the transmission oil pan to leak; the cat is too close to the transmission case.

Gas tank was leaking due to rust after 190.000 km, and had to be replaced.

Intake manifold gasket was leaking and had to be replaced at 190.000 km.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable.

Starts easy, even in the cold. Car sits outside for its whole lifetime because it is too big for German garages.

I would not like to get rid of this car, it has a very nice feel driving it and is very comfortable for long rides.

It is great if you like old-style car design.

Never had a problem parking it, the steering is very easy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd May, 2009

22nd May 2009, 17:15

That's not bad for a car with 170,000+ miles on it. My grandfather's 85 Fleetwood Brougham went 350,000 miles or so when he sold it to my neighbor who then drove it for another 100000 or so before they moved. These old cars were built to last back then. My grandad had a few problems with it, I don't recall all of them because I was young when he owned it, not thing major I think. All I knew of cars was vroom-vroom!! Ironically I'm an auto Technician for random Korean automaker # 3 (the one with the crooked H logo) now.