1985 Cadillac Eldorado Reviews from North America

1985 Cadillac Eldorado Base 4.1L V8

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4.1L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance101500 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK

Summary:

Great car, body style that will eventually be a car that collectors will seek

Faults:

Replaced all brake pads.

Replaced all shocks.

Replaced all belts and hoses.

Replaced headliner, recovered the sun visors and sail panels for the back seat.

Replaced all the speakers.

Front seat cloth is old and worn; needs to be recovered.

Replaced the windshield washer pump.

Repaired the power antenna.

Replaced the power trunk pull down.

Replaced the ignition lock.

Fixed oil leak at the oil cooler at the radiator.

Fixed leak at the differential.

Replaced the bumper fillers.

Replaced the twilight sentinel sensor in the dash.

Replaced the stereo.

Replaced vinyl top.

General Comments:

Bought the car for $1500.00, and it has been the best buy I have ever had with a used old car.

Front seats were a bit worn and dry rotted, but still comfortable. The back seat was perfect.

The ride is very comfortable, like it floats. Even though the car has a soft ride, it handles well for it to be a large 5,000 lb car, but most definitely it's an interstate cruiser.

For the car being lacking in aerodynamics, it being as heavy as it is, around town I will get about 17 MPG and 27 MPG on the highway (sometimes 30 MPG if I keep it under 70 mph). Not bad for a car from the 80s.

The 4100 V8 and the 4 speed automatic overdrive are adequate for this car. The like wise Toronado's 5.0 engine only puts out 5 extra ponies and only 50 extra lbs of torque. All engines in the eighties had issues and were watered down. So, 135 HP and 200 lbs of torque wasn't bad for a 4.1L V8 from the 80s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2013

26th Dec 2013, 11:29

The down-sized 79-85 Eldorado weighs much closer to 4,000 lbs. The 71-78 Eldorado weighed in the 5,000 lbs. range.

1985 Cadillac Eldorado

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

A beautiful car. Underpowered, but a good cruiser

Faults:

Bumper extenders have dried and cracked.

General Comments:

I have owned this for over 23 years. It's my first Caddy, which I hope to have for another 23 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2010

1985 Cadillac Eldorado 4.1 liter

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.1 liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

The last piece of real front wheel drive luxury

Faults:

Replaced fuel pump at 100,000 miles.

Water pump at 95,000 miles.

Starter at 98,000 miles.

Manifold sensor at 105,000.

Brakes at 106,000.

Power steering pump at 106,000.

Driver's seat needs to be redone.

Transmission needs to be rebuilt.

Radio needs to be replaced.

Heater core replaced at 85,000 miles.

Blower motor at 111,995 miles.

General Comments:

The Eldorado is fine on wet & snowy roads due to its front wheel drive technology.. on the highway, the car glides like it's hovering over the clouds.

The 4100 engine may not have breakneck power that the old 500 C.I. V8 (A legendary Cadillac engine) produces, but it's smooth running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2007

14th Feb 2007, 20:28

"The 4100 engine may not have breakneck power that the old 500 C.I. V8 (A legendary Cadillac engine) produces, but it's smooth running."

- The Northstar V-8 makes them both look like cinderblocks!

29th May 2012, 12:21

Except the Northstar can't stop leaking (too many head gasket problems).

30th May 2012, 17:05

And it is a S.O.B. to work on!

1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance197510 kilometres
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

Beautiful Car Worth Putting Money Into It

Faults:

- Muffler Issues

- 12V Power Issues

- Acceleration Very Slow (expected at its old age)

- Power locks stopped working.

General Comments:

- Car is very reliable, always starts, drives great in rain and snow.

- Its hard to say anything bad about this car during the time that I had it because it was 20 years old. It was simply a great car and was a joy to drive...

- It was driving in luxury with beautiful blue leather seats, and a complete well working power sunroof.

- The car is expensive to run, gas is insane and I could tell the car wasnt gonna last much longer without the proper repairs put into it. Unfortunately I was in a car accident in this car and the car was written off.

- If your looking at a car like this you should be ready to put some money into it to keep it rolling.. but its worth it if you're a fan of cadillacs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 9 reviews