1977 Cadillac DeVille Review from North America

1977 Cadillac DeVille Sedan 425 V-8

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 425 V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Good collector car, bad daily driver

Faults:

The air conditioning compressor seized up and melted a belt, causing a call to AAA and a 45-minute wait for the tow truck the third day I had the car.

The blower for the climate control worked intermittently.

The Automatic Level Control for the air shocks was no longer working properly.

The windshield washer fluid pump didn't work.

The headliner was falling down.

I put new spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, and rotor on the car.

The headlight dimmer switch went bad.

General Comments:

This car was in mint condition when I purchased it. I have owned three Cadillacs, and technically it was the nicest one I've had, and it had the lowest mileage of the three.

However, I disliked it. For one thing, the color was HORRIBLE; it was Baroque Gold with buckskin cloth interior. Most people, myself included, felt the color approximated dog vomit. This might have been a great color in 1977 (in fact, a Sedan deVille in this color was shown at least three times in the sales literature that year) but it didn't translate well into the year 2001.

The car absolutely DRANK gasoline, I was spending $25-30 to fill up EVERY FOUR DAYS!! I would only get about 250 miles to the tank, which translated to about ten miles per gallon, despite my best efforts to increase the gas mileage to the factory-specified 13 to 14 mpg city and 16-17 mpg highway.

The car did have a lot of torque, so occasionally I would peel out without even intending to from a complete stop! This usually made other people look at my car with a sort of "Why is an old person's car peeling out??" I'm 23, so that wasn't exactly the image I wanted to project while driving it.

The down-sized Cadillac sedans of the 1977-79 period are really poor with regards to legroom. I had the seat the whole way back and I was still uncomfortable, as I am 6'3" tall. Also, when I had the seat that far back, my vision to the side was blocked by the poorly-placed "B" pillar of the roof. This made merging on the highway or changing lanes an exciting adventure, because I couldn't see if there was anyone to the left of me when doing so.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2002

27th Sep 2002, 19:12

I love my 1977 Cadillac Sedan Deville, but you are right it is bad on gas. No matter how bad on gas it has held out great for me. The feeling of driving a car with so much power is fun. Yes I have peeled out from time to time with out meaning to, but so what its part of the fun. I am 25 and love the attention it gets me. Of course I am female so more people notice a girl driving a huge old car. I have never seen the gold version you talk of, I have the puke green color. All in all I agree it's a great collector car, or a car for riding around town in, but expect to dish out allot of cash to take a trip just about any where.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review