1969 Cadillac DeVille Reviews

1969 Cadillac DeVille Sedan 7.7L 472 CID from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 7.7L 472 CID Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance77350 miles
Previous carGMC Sierra

Summary:

What real American cars should be like...

Faults:

- Original A/C went out, replaced with up to date R134a type... works great now.

- Analog clock doesn't work anymore.

- Steering wheel (rim-blow type) has contact issues (will only work from certain positions) from all the years of the expanding/contracting material. Caused the wood-trim insert to crack and fall out.

- General maintenance (brakes, radiator, lights etc..)

General Comments:

I have not owned this car very long, and have only racked up 350 miles on it. However I do know its history. Being a 40 year old car, it is not a daily driver and is meticulously maintained. This car is on its way to a complete restoration.

The model is the sedan DeVille. I think this is a good car to review because it was maintained and driven but never restored, it has clearly stood the test of time. It's the epitome of American full-size vehicles. These cars are indestructible, and a prime example of the type of build quality car manufacturers will never be able to recreate unfortunately. Almost everything still works on the car and is original, including the power locks, windows, steering. The only thing that has stopped working over the years was the analog clock (typical!).. easy fix.

The 472 motor moves this car a lot faster than you would think. Mine needs a tune up but overall runs fine and starts every time. Had it on the highway up to speeds of 90 mph and the caddy just laughs at it, it feels smooth and has a ton of power to still pass people by barely hitting the gas pedal.

Gas is another thing, it's a 7.7L motor with 10.5:1 compression ratio. I run 91 octane gas and it seems to be fine. Its gas mileage is about 8-10 MPG city. Haven't taken it on a highway trip yet. Got a little costly in the summer of 2008 when gas was hitting record prices and premium was selling at about $1.50/liter (well over $5/gallon) But it's not a car you drive daily so this should not be an issue to classic car enthusiasts.

Space inside is a lot different than modern cars. Although the car is very big compared to a modern sedan, the interior is designed a lot different. In 1969 there was absolutely no concern for larger people, I think this car was designed for someone under 6 foot and under 200lbs (driving). More than enough room in the rear for anyone and any size. But up front it's a different story. This car has shoulder belts but I don't use them. It rubs your neck and since it's a real hardtop there isn't a b-pillar... basically no need for the shoulder belt.

Everything else is top notch, the build quality is ridiculous. The lines of the car are perfect and even the rear window is vee'd to match the line running down the middle. It's a rare window and cool to see in person. The amount of steel in this car is unbelievable. The body metal has to be double the thickness versus cars today... this means no dents. The weight of the hood is insane, and you can really feel how solid this car as soon as you open the door (it's pretty heavy too).

I get looks everywhere I go in this car, it's unusual to see on the road and most full-size American cars disappeared with the oil embargo. I'm really happy to own this piece of history and will not be selling it anytime soon. Oh if you want to get into vintage Cadillac's this is a good car to start with, they have everything you can want and these models are much cheaper to buy used compared to earlier years. The hardest part is finding one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2009

1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible 472 V8 from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 472 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired162000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carCadillac Eldorado

Summary:

They honestly don't build them like this anymore.

Faults:

Needed to be completely rewired.

Required upgrade to internally regulated 80 amp alternator.

Gas tank needed flushing.

General Comments:

I purchased the car thinking that it was completely restored, it was not. The seller lied, but I did got my money's worth out of the vehicle. The entire electrical system was shot and needed to be rewired.

After that I continued to have electrical problems, the car would run dead while driving it. I upgraded to an internally regulated alternator and have not have a problem with it since.

The engine fires up without touching the gas pedal and I was surprised at the power that it had. I have spun the back out on many occasions, and am still impressed with the reliability of the car to this day. It is my daily driver to college.

I've owned 1976 and 1973 Eldorado's in the past, both convertibles. This Deville, while older, just seems to be a superior car. The top design in my opinion is much better then the Eldorado scissor top and is much simpler to operate. If the top motor burns out you can operate the top manually unlike in the Eldo's with their gear operated tops.

It is not that great in the snow because of the rear wheel drive and high torque, but with the weight of the vehicle it can manage if stuck somewhere and you need to get home.

Overall I am amazed at the level of luxury and dependability of the car once given a little TLC. I have taken the car back and forth to the beach, which is a 3 hour trip, numerous times during the summer and it made it there and back every time with no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2005

5th Feb 2005, 18:31

Your Deville is older, but doesn't have any emissions equipment on it like the other to so it has been neutered in the power department like they have.

15th Feb 2005, 10:02

I also have a 69 convertible, and I love it. I'm having electrical problems too. For instance, my convertible top switch is broken. The top goes down, but not up. Until I can fix the switch, how do I operate the top manually???

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews