1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance 6.0L 4-6-8
As an occupant you are wrapped in the finest of luxury
Heater core failed. Very easy to repair as the heater core housing is located in the engine compartment, not under the dashboard.
Constant Oil Leaks from valve covers. There is an after-market cork gasket for the covers, but the valve covers are not designed for it. This summer I am going to repair it as detailed in the GM Maintenance manual using Form-a-gasket.
Head Liner has come apart due to deterioration of foam backing. I am having great difficulties matching the fabric colour, so I believe that I am going to replace it with a close match this summer.
Failure of Variable Displacement solenoids. Unplugging the solenoids has reverted the engine to a permanent V8.
Failure of opera lamps on roof sails. They have had to stay inoperative as this seemed to be a crossover year. They made the lamps electro-luminescent, but they used the old style bulb housings. Cannot find new replacements.
The car is extremely comfortable to drive. The generous use of leather throughout the interior makes the car quite luxurious.
Fully loaded with every toy imaginable, even by today's standards. All the toys still work although the auto dimming headlamps have difficulty detecting modern directional headlamps.
The car is very well designed and easy to drive. Cadillac has (or had) a very straight forward approach to it's cars, and that is that there is the inside and the outside - and never the twain shall meet. Once you are in the car it is very quiet and the passengers aren't bothered by bumps or road noise. Unfortunately, the driver isn't bothered by much steering feedback either. It has a definite tendency to roll and dip because of the soft suspension, but I like it. Parallel parking is an art with the small limousine window in the aft and huge sail panels.
Due to the high price of gasoline, I don't think that we shall see it's kind pass this way again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th March, 2006
Shame they don't make it like that any more. Too bad those cars were way slow.
The acceleration is a little annoying (I tried passing a couple of times, but it was too scary), but it makes up for it when you have people hanging out of their cars admiring it on the highway (true story).