1987 Cadillac Brougham Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1987 Cadillac Brougham 5.0L Olds 307 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.0L Olds 307 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired137500 miles
Most recent distance143500 miles
Previous carGMC Cavalier

Summary:

The performance of these 8 cylinder engines make me want to pull my hair out

Faults:

Gaskets leaking oil in several locations, leaky fuel pump, bad carburetor float, Overdrive clutch faulty (NO 4th Gear), no downshift due to low HP ratings.

General Comments:

Nice American luxury, that's very cheap & reliable. However with a curb weight over 4,400 lbs the engines of the time were far less than adequate to propel the beast to 60 mph. 0-60 times are almost diesel-like at around 12-15 sec. Car may perform better with polution devices removed, but will produce pungent exhaust odors & will consume more fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2006

14th Dec 2006, 17:20

Taking the emissions equipment out makes little to no difference. It was done to the 305 in my '87 Caprice and it performs no better.

25th Oct 2010, 00:55

The 1980-1984 Oldsmobile 307 V8 was a fairly decent performer.

The 1985-1990 Oldsmobile 307 V8 was total garbage as far as performance and acceleration goes. It's too bad Cadillac decided to use this motor under the hood of a 4000 + pound car. Some of the Oldsmobiles had a higher output version that was much better (Cutlass Salon and 442 used them), and I think a few went into some of the big body Cadillacs too.

A little known fact about the 1985 and newer 307 V8 was that they used different cylinder heads than the older models. The newer heads are stamped 7A instead of 5A. They had roller valve lifters that made the engine smoother, but even smaller intake and exhaust ports, making the engine even more anemic. It was nearly as bad as the early 1980's low torque 4100 Cadillac V8 boat anchor.

I had a 1986 Cutlass Supreme with a 307 20 years ago, and one of my neighbors had a 1981 Buick Estate Wagon with a 307. The Buick was nearly 1000 lbs heavier, and would run circles around my Olds.

If you are looking for a big body Rear Drive Cadillac Brougham, De Ville, or Fleetwood, look for a 1977-1979 with the Big Block 425, or a 1990-1992 with the Fuel Injected Chevy 350 or 305. Even the 305 is a world of improvement compared to the 307. Avoid the 6.0 liter 368 (V-8-6-4), the Oldsmobile 307, and the 4100 Cadillac V8 at all costs.

1987 Cadillac Brougham 5.0 from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance260000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

Wouldn't trade it for the world

Faults:

The engine has a oil leak, from rear seals, the motor will have to come out to repair that.

I might as well replace it with a rebuilt 350 motor, to add some power.

The headliner is also falling.

General Comments:

This is my second Cadillac and I just love them, the smooth ride just cannot be beat.

I have the 307 motor, but it is a bit sluggish on the take off, I live in San Diego so there is a lot of hills to slow me down.

Beside that this car is great, however it just needs a little tender loving care.

Like a paint job, the velour interior needs to be cleaned there are no rips on the inside, nor are there any dents in the exterior.

This car is luxury at it's finest, even for a 17 year old car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2004

1987 Cadillac Brougham D'Elegance 10 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 10 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired47500 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carJeep 1998 Jeep Lorado

Summary:

High quality American luxury

Faults:

Replaced the Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve.

I had the inner and outer wheel bearings cleaned and repacked, per the service instructions.

The front brake rotors needed replacing.

I also had the AC recharged.

General Comments:

Interior is very comfortable. The "D'Elegance" models have tufted leather pillow seats, which are very comfortable, with lots of padding and higher quality leather. The car has automatic headlights, automatic parking break release, load leveling suspension, automatic climate control, acres of chrome, leather, and wood, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual power seats, and many more features. The Olds 307 is a little slow off the line, but picks up speed nicely. Replacing the stock Rochester 4bbl carburetor will help with the low end pick up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews