Comfortable, classy, and powerful
Replaced the water pump, since it leaked; easy and pretty cheap.
Replaced serpentine belt and tensioner.
O2 sensor failed.
One of the ignition coils went out. Kinda pricey, but very easy to install.
Replaced the driver's window motor.
There's something draining the battery charge; haven't figured it out yet.
I have to hand it to Cadillac, they really got it right with this one. The Northstar is a great engine, despite the infamous head gasket issues. It's quiet and powerful, just like a luxury car should be. Even though the engine bay is cramped, it's not too bad to work on if you want to do your own repairs.
For a 16 year old car, it's very comfortable. The interior has held up surprisingly well over the years, and I look forward to sitting in it every time I need to go somewhere. It's pretty classy, even by today's standards. Sure, the dash is a bit warped and the driver's seat is more than a little torn, but it doesn't detract from the car's appeal. All of the controls still work perfectly, and it's very roomy for a coupe.
I wouldn't say it's a particularly fast car, but it has plenty of power. The Northstar is powerful enough, but the transaxle is geared low, making it sluggish from a stop, but a beast on the highway. Also, it's pretty heavy, so it's no race car.
The exterior of the car is very visually appealing. It's my favorite Cadillac body style, and that includes the new CTS-V coupe. It's intimidating, and yet refined at the same time.
The last of the Eldorados is a fantastic car to own. It does everything a luxury car should, and then offers you more. Even if you have head gasket issues, it's nothing more than putting thread inserts in the block... a bit labor intensive, but if you're mechanically inclined and not afraid to pull your luxury ride apart, it's nothing to worry about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd September, 2012