1988 Cadillac Brougham Base Olds 307 cid 5.0L V8 from North America
Great, but flawed...
Belts needed tightening.
Oil leaked out of head gaskets (typical problem with this engine).
Speedometer gears needed lubrication, otherwise it would make a loud noise during acceleration.
Headliner fell (common problem).
Radiator blew at about 80,000 miles, very bad situation. The coolant is brown, have flushed it but I think it just keeps coming back. Needed a whole new radiator.
New front shocks.
New cruise control module and servo (very costly).
One mechanic misplaced all the vacuum hoses and needed it redone by another.
Radiator hoses needed to be replaced at around 85,000 miles. The upper hose blew recently, another bad situation.
Carburetor needed a rebuild.
The south top sucks, just gets dirty and is hard to clean.
Needed to replace a headlight.
Minor exhaust leak needed a fix.
ECC module needed replacement, the A/C went on and wouldn't turn off while the car ran (costly).
Needed a new transmission mount.
One tire needed replacement.
Overall, well over $4,000 worth of work.
On a good day, the car will return about 21 MPG on the highway, but on a bad day, mileage will fall to about 15 MPG.
The car is extremely comfortable and is one of the finest looking cars on the road.
Despite what some other reviewers may say about the Olds 307 on this site, it's an alright engine. It never feels like it can't deliver. Although, on the highway with cruise control, it will lose 5-10 mph on a hill. It is wheezy but overall a good, sturdy engine. I love the quiet roar it makes while cruising.
Handling isn't great, but what else do you expect when you have 121.5 inches of wheelbase? It's not the worst though.
The power steering is extremely loose, making turning and maneuvering effortless.
Why does the gas gauge have to slide to the E part during a turn? How lame...
The ride quality is top notch. Nothing rides better in my experience, the new Cadillacs don't even come close. Although I haven't rode in the 1970s cars, so this title is open to usurpation.
The body paint completely sucks in my experience. It chips and comes off on the tops on the doors, under the trunk lid, and on the sides of the doors. It is really bad with this, and you will have to work to keep it under control.
Overall, this is a great car. I just don't like that I've had to put so much work into it and can't fully trust it for more than going around my area of the state, which isn't much. Build quality isn't the finest in the world, and from friends' experiences, Lincoln is the overall better car. The bodies are tougher, parts are easier to get, and they're just more readily available than the Brougham. I've also heard that the Arlington built 1990+ models are a world of improvement as well. The car is nice, but I just can't fully appreciate it when I'm always wondering what will go wrong next.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th September, 2013
I owned an 87 Brougham quite a few years ago. Your experience sounds similar to mine. Those problems you listed are not unusual with a car that is 25 years old. At that age, even a low mileage car will have problems. It's just an old car that needs some minor odds and ends.