1997 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6 Northstar




I bought this car for 2200 USD with 210.000 KM and without both mufflers (great sound after kick-down and I couldn't hear a Lambo which was by my side :) ) - now it has 280.000 KM.

There was only one error - left front suspension strut - I just replaced a bad/burned SMD resistor in a suspension control-module and everything's fine :) (cost = 0.30 USD for the resistor and 20 minutes)

Problems and what I done:

- (at 250.000 KM) Both front wheel bearings because of a small clearance (took aftermarket parts, 100 USD both - still working good).

- Brake discs on the back (both).

- Brake-fluid-liner (some rust - not very bad, I changed it).

- Water (a lot) in the trunk - I took all lights down, cleared everything and sealed with silicone ... still have a some humidity, but no water (not so bad).

- Around 250.000 KM the heating started to work bad; I can choose between cold (min) or hot (max) and sometimes I can't change between it :/

- At 265.000 KM it started to lose about 2L cooling water between 100-1000 KM and I got condensation/damp on the windshield (only during colder weather days) which I can't clear - only possibility is to open both front windows for a while until it's clear again... the problem there is probably on the heater-radiator under the dashboard, but I don't have the desire (or nerve) to fix it (... and so I bought my second STS y2000 with 143.000 KM for 850 USD black/black and Navigation - so far so good, only problem is a non-working CD-changer, but I will put one in from my 1997 STS :) )

General Comments:

Great car, great feeling by driving it, less problems even though I didn't service it correctly :/ (I never changed the oil filter or oil - I just put in oil when it needed it, and I changed the air filter and also spark plugs at 260.000 KM).

My slant: once a Cadillac - always a Cadillac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2016

1980 Cadillac Seville Elegante 6.2L


Like on a magic carpet...


Head gasket blew after 20'000 due to thermostat and/or water pump failure

New valve lifters

Bushings and kindred spares had to be replaced in the "gear lever" controls

Foot operated parking brake cable had to be replaced

Minor repair to the electric equipment of the driver's door

Air conditioning computer had to be replaced

Ignition computer had to be replaced as well as several electronic probes + ignition cables to plugs

Hydraulic jacks of the boot replaced

New front brake rotors + pads

Minor repairs to electrical circuitry (headlamps)

New wheel cap (1 piece)

Diode replacement on the alternator

Lock replacement of the glove box

General Comments:

Excellent previously owned car the purchase of which cost me $ 6000 back in 1997

I drove it all around Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Switzerland) without major troubles. Never let me down on the roadside !

I kept a speed of 75 miles per hour on freeways.

I did 18 miles per gallon (average) or less

Its one of the most comfortable cars in the world.

Highly appreciated by very old passengers (and myself, the sole driver): very very quiet, very soft and smooth running as if you were on a magic carpet...

A real danger to mention: it's so comfortable that you forget you are driving a very heavy car and you may feel drowsy after a few hours driving on the highway, whatever music you may be listening to.

Highly conspicuous vehicle and not recommended if you intend to rob the next downtown bank...

Not very popular with (underpaid) French customs officers at the border who still consider it, wrongly, as a status symbol and can get fussy.

One regret: I wish I could have bought it in 1980 when it was brand new !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2002

31st Jul 2004, 19:06

I own one of these cars (one of four cars). It is now 24 yrs old and I have to replace none of these parts. Often the 'mechanic' is a cars worst enemy. As an ex mechanic, I have done most of my own repairs according to the manufactures shop manuals and can see why some item might get replaced because of misdiagnosis. One owner of one of these variable displacement engines commented that the had trouble adjusting rear disc brakes. Well, this car is different than others. You must take off nut, remove, adjustment lever, (Hexagon cut into lever fits over hex head on cam) reposition lever, and reinstall. Simple fix, if you know why you are experiencing problems. I think that this is one car that should NEVER be fooled around with by a back yard mechanic! It is unique in many ways. I have spent almost nothing on this car except gas and oil, car washings by hand and it has 77,000 miles on it. Still looks like new, drive like new, and rides better than most new cars! Just gotta know the mechanics of this vehicle!