Cadillac Deville Review from UK and Ireland

1981 Cadillac Deville De Ville Brougham 4.1 V8

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 4.1 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance176000 miles
Previous carLincoln Mark IV


A surprisingly economical and tough glitz cruiser


This car was very strange because even though almost everything was broken on it, it ran reliably for two years.

Even the engine had a knock, and the self-leveling suspension wasn't working. The air condition and electronically controlled ventilation system were working according to the position of the moon and stars above, the electrical system was a zoo of gremlins, and a dead rat was mummified in the engine compartment, as I found out one day. Yet, it ran all very well.

General Comments:

The car was surprisingly economical, giving me about 28-30 mpg at all times.

It was underpowered, but the ride quality was good, and I came to like the combination of flashy looks and good economy a lot.

The interior illumination was 100% Hollywood and made getting into the car at night a festive event.

Overall, a good one would certainly be worth keeping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2005

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review