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1988 Cadillac Brougham D'elegance 5L 307 olds from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5L 307 olds Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres

Summary:

The real AIR FORCE ONE of the Highway

Faults:

Not much! Some stuff you have to change when you're about 100 000 km on a car, the radiator have to be changed. Everything is still running good!

General Comments:

This car is incredible, you feel like the president when you're rolling in a Cadillac Brougham d'elegance 1988. Nothing more comfortable! You're just driving on clouds.

The 307 engine is very reliable, it will always go to destination, it just won't win any race on the road! In fact, the 307 is really weak, but who cares? no hurry to get out of this car! It's a Cadillac!

I love this car, it's huge and it's no plastic.

Finally, the Cadillac brougham 1988 is great for those who likes comfort instead of speed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2006

1988 Cadillac Brougham 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance124500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

A true American classic

Faults:

My battery posts went out and they had to be replaced.

The front driver seat has begun to show it's age.

The water pump had to be replaced.

The exhaust has developed a hole in it, but I like the way it sounds.

Here and there some light bulbs had to be replaced, but that is not a big deal.

The carburetor is a little sluggish and needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I can't say enough good things about this car. It has all the original paint and vinyl top it it looks half it's age.

The car is not the fastest thing on the block, but once it gets going it's hard to stop.

I previously drove a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic and it was in bad shape, but it still ran great.

My 1988 Fleetwood is a tank, it weighs over 4,000 pounds and it could hit a deer and you would not feel a thing.

The only thing I can see having problems with is that it does not even have a tape deck, that sucks!

My dad said I couldn't put one in because it would not fit. I think he is feeding me a line of bull cause he wants me to spend my money on other things.

Over all this car is a true American classic, not like those piece of junk Japanese cars that think their bad, but really aren't. I'll take my Caddy over any Honda or Toyota.

God bless Cadillacs and the men and women who drive them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

17th Jul 2008, 18:54

Cadillacs are awesome. I have yet to meet someone who has actually driven in my car that doesn't love it. I have the exact problems you have here. And I also used to have an 88 Caprice. Mine was a wagon though, so they had the same 307, so now I'm an expert in the 307 department.

18th Jul 2008, 11:44

You can tell it's a true American classic - try getting over 20mpg!

13th Jul 2012, 01:09

Who cares about gas mileage when you're driving an American Classic?

And no one in their right mind would expect over 20 MPG in a Cadillac.

15th Jul 2012, 19:01

And who cares about gas mileage when you are driving a car from 1988. Just think of the money they are saving in insurance costs, license plates, and I would assume they have no car payment. That $30,000 Prius looks a lot less practical now. I personally would take the old Cadillac any day over any model from Toyota.

1988 Cadillac Brougham 307 Olds 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 307 Olds 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11500 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

Modern Day Land Yacht

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with this car over the years. One new alternator at 120,000, one new starter solenoid, two-tuneups, a/c recharge service, new rear air shocks, new rear fillers, one new alternator belt, several pairs of wiper blades, and several sets of tires.

General Comments:

If you like the look of old Cadillacs, but either can't afford one or do not know how to take care of one this car is an ideal choice. Rides better than 99% of the cars on the road, has the looks of a car 20 years older. On the other hand not being so old you can get it serviced just about anywhere, it is utterly reliable, parts are cheap, the car is cheap to ensure, drives well. The only two drawbacks are size and gas mileage. 15 around town and 22 on the highway is the norm. But then again a lot of SUVs now struggle to get to that point. Not quite as big as the 70s Cadillacs, but close.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

20th May 2004, 14:09

Just bought a 88 Brougham, love it, that's all I can say. only one thing it the squeling noise when I turn the wheel very sharply.

7th Dec 2005, 14:50

To the above person, with the squealing noise:

Replace your belts.

29th Sep 2006, 07:19

Just bought an 88 caddy brougham... love the car... want to know if it has a limited slip or posi differential?

4th May 2007, 20:11

I just bought a used 1988 Cadillac Brougham,very nice looking car, but the trunk won't close whats up?

Does anybody know whats wrong with it or how to close it?

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews