1975 Cadillac DeVille Reviews from North America

1975 Cadillac DeVille Sedan 500 CID V8

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 500 CID V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles

Summary:

My favorite car of all time

Faults:

Replaced power steering pump and hoses.

Replaced rear shocks (from the original).

Replaced front brakes (from the original).

Vinyl roof needs replacing, as do the vinyl inserts on the doors.

General Comments:

I have wanted one of these cars since they were new in 1975. This is one of the fastest, smoothest cars I have ever owned. The V8 engine, although it is almost 40 years old, starts every time and runs smoothly.

The car is very easy to handle. For a 19 foot long car, it has an amazing turning radius.

The car is easy to repair. The engine is very simple (none of that computer junk to worry with) and the engine compartment is big.

One problem I'm having is finding the climate control parts that control the fan speed. Most parts are easy to find, but this one seems difficult to find anywhere.

The paint has faded, and like an idiot I tried to wax it... now the paint is not only faded, but there are white swirl marks all over the car.

This car is smooth and is a real road hog. I can't wait to take it on my first road trip. I found someone in my town who is refurbishing the 8 track player and radio. Once I get the power antenna fixed, I'll be good to go!

Another drawback is the 10 miles to the gallon I get, but one doesn't buy this car with a view to saving gas! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this car!

I've had everything from a 1966 Mustang to a 1996 Lexus, and this by far is my favorite car of all time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2013

29th Apr 2013, 17:44

All the people in the comment section of the '78 Mercury Marquis thread, who wonder why we love these land yachts, should really take the time and read this review. It has all the answers.

1975 Cadillac DeVille Coupe D'Elegance 500ci (8.2 liter) V8

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 500ci (8.2 liter) V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

The mightiest mechanical object ever built (figuratively speaking)

Faults:

The driver's door handle had one of the two bolts fall off inside the door, and the other one was VERY close to coming off as well. Just a quick 30 minute job to pull the door panel, find the bolts, and tighten it back up.

The vacuum controlled automatic climate control programmer behind the glovebox, although still functional for the most part, is making weird ticking sounds and getting very jittery with the control doors. I was initially terrified by how complex this system seems, but I have found places that will completely rebuild all the individual climate control components for a reasonable cost.

The A/C worked when I first bought it, and then just quit one day... this may be related to the programmer as stated above...

Other than that, honestly, it hasn't given me one hiccup. However I have only owned it for a year and don't drive it on a daily basis, so it doesn't see normal wear and tear like typical cars do.

General Comments:

I always wanted an old American land yacht to tinker around with, and after I decided to bite the bullet, I came across this Coupe Deville, fell in love, and pretty much bought it on the spot.

If you like big cars, then this one is for you. The proportions are ridiculous, measuring in at 19 feet long and 80 some odd inches wide. I have a Cadillac Escalade ESV as well (which is essentially a Chevy Suburban) and this car is actually 10 inches longer and several inches wider than the truck is. This gives it a very imposing presence, and it commands attention, which you will get every time you stop for gas. The interior is quite cavernous as well, however the back seat, even with as big as it looks, feel very cramped to me in the headroom and legroom departments.

The sheer size DOES make driving the car a bit of a challenge in certain situations. Forget about close parking spots, you are going to have to settle for the boondocks unless you like 24 point turns. The hood is quite enormous too, and as cool as it is, it actually will obstruct your vision to things like curbs, which you have to make certain you don't plow into. Pulling into the garage (yes, it does fit, and my garage is by no means a big garage) is kinda scary every time, as you cannot see anything past the hood until the car is halfway in and leveled out. Once it's in, you will likely not have much room to walk around it, which can be a pain if your garage is like mine and the toolbox requires you the shimmy along the wall sideways every time you want to grab a tool without backing the car out! But other than that, the power steering can be done with your pinky, and the car is generally very well behaved, especially considering it's 38 years old.

The car has VERY soft suspension, and does quite literally "float" down the road. It's a very pleasant car to be in, but put it into an emergency maneuver and you will quickly learn what "body roll" really is!

The engine, the 500 cubic inch Cadillac V8, is just awesome on so many levels. Not only do you get the satisfaction of owning the largest factory production V8 ever made, but it allows the car to gain speed effortlessly. Put the gas to the floor and the car moves along quite well. This power and weight comes at a cost though, as I have only averaged a maximum of 8.5 miles to the gallon. OUCH!

The transmission is a 3 speed unit, which combined with how little you have to push the gas to get up to speed, you can literally almost not hear or feel the shifts, which is almost surreal coming from something this old, from a time where GM supposedly just didn't care about quality according to some people.

I have been working on cars since the age of 15, and the quality of the materials themselves used in the general construction of the car are some of the best I've seen. For example, the door panels are made mostly of stamped steel panels, whereas most cars use almost a "cardboard" type of material. A lot of the hoses are the originals on the car, and they are still soft and pliable. The small plastic pieces still are flexible and I have not had one break on me while servicing the car. To compare, I also have a 95' Lexus LS400, (lauded as one of the highest quality cars built) but many of the small hoses have shattered into pieces when manipulated, and all the plastic parts are very brittle and break easy. What the story on that is, I don't know, but this is one case where the phrase "they don't build them like they used to" really DOES apply.

ALL of the little Cadillac accessories still work flawlessly, from the power seats and windows, to the factory 8-track player and the cruise control! It even has little actuators in the seats that automatically unlatch the seat backs for the rear passengers to get in and out when you open the doors. Show me a modern car that does THAT!

Another important area for me on any car is serviceability and availability of parts. Well, on this car, you can still get just about everything for it, and there are many specialty shops that specialize in reproduction parts. Much of the car shared with other common GM platforms, so parts are plentiful. It is also very simple in design due to the age of it, and the engine bay, oh man, I could probably crawl into the empty space in there!

If I were to wrap it up in a few sentences, it's big, impractical, and expensive to fuel, but if you have the time and the means to have one as a weekend warrior, it has quite a bit to offer, and is incredibly fun to own, as it feels in a class of its own.

It is a throwback to an automotive era that will never be seen again, where the cars were most likely designed purely to attract attention and give the owners bragging rights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2013

31st Jan 2013, 13:52

I had a '73 Coupe De Ville back in the 1990s - here's a little tip for appreciating your car's size vis-a-vis the little tin eggs made today: take a look at it from the third or fourth floor. I used to live on the third floor of a dormitory, and looking down at my cruiser parked among all the little baby cars in the student parking lot was awe inspiring. It looked like it came from another world, and I suppose it did.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews