1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Review from North America

1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 7.0L Fuel Injected V8

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 7.0L Fuel Injected V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance79113 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A luxurious land yacht with good performance

Faults:

At the time of purchase, the right rear brake caliper needed replacing, so did the water pump.

The suspension makes a whining sound when the wheels turn to the left, possibly a ball joint.

Some minor things that are cheap and easy to fix:

- Cruise control light blew

- AC relay blew

- Washer motor blew

- Rear left power window switch blew

- Some vibrations to the cabin from the colliding parts in the engine. That's just a problem of age.

General Comments:

This Cadillac is actually my first car. I bought when I was only seventeen for $1,500; and about another $1,000 has been invested to it. Originally, my parents didn't want me to buy a Cadillac because they weren't "reliable". They wanted me to buy an Accord or a Camry, but I'm glad I persevered and rejected those spartan, austere cars.

Overall, I'm satisfied and very happy to own this big boat. She provides a comfortable and smooth ride. Old Cadillacs are drivers' cars. They just spoil the drivers.

So many things in this car surprise me. Little, quaint luxuries that would seem silly today fill this car. For example, the foot rests in the back and the reading lights. This car's performance also surprises me. I recall punching it at a stoplight out of curiosity to know how fast it went from 0-60 MPH. I couldn't even clock the time, because I was pulled to the back of my seat and the rear tires let out a banshee screech -- something I've only seen muscle cars do on old car reviews.

And this car makes daily driving such a pleasure. The brakes healthily stop this 4300 pound car and the car politely reminds you that your lights or on or that you have left the key in ignition, and when people say Cadillacs "float". They really do. You seriously can't tell what speed you are going until you look down at the speedometer. The Fleetwood also takes bumps like a champ. It's almost as if the car's a tank. The power steering too, is the best! I love having the option of turning this massive brute of a car with a single finger.

A few years down the road, I hope to repaint this car and restore it back to its former glory, and probably get another GM car from the 60s or 70s (probably a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado or a 1973 Buick Centurion). I'm still astonished that GM made cars like these with such amazing quality. I wish they still did. Take a hint, American auto manufacturers, from your past models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2008

25th Oct 2008, 14:54

Wow, that is a lot of car for a first time driver. I drove a 1976 Coupe DeVille several months ago and was overwhelmed by the massive dimensions of the car. I'm not used to driving a tiny car either since I have a Buick Park Avenue. I hope you didn't take your driving test in this car, parallel parking it would be a nightmare.

25th Oct 2008, 22:34

I'm the one who wrote this review, and Car Survey has it listed as a 1976 when it's a 1977. It was manufactured in 1976, but it's model year is '77. Oh well.

Yeah it is a lot of car. I find myself parking it awfully far away parking spaces to avoid hitting other cars when I park. I took my driving test a year ago with my dad's Honda Accord. Very different driving experience.

26th Oct 2008, 04:43

Hi there, just thought I'd tell you that your Fleetwood is more like 5300 pounds, not 4300. These things are real road monsters! Good on you for sticking to your guns too - the Camry, Accord would have bored you brainless! That'll never happen in an old Caddy land yacht. I swear you could pull trees out with the torque these things have.

My car is here http://www.carsurvey.org/review_114030.html

Cheers, Craig.

Auckland NZ.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review