1983 Cadillac DeVille Sedan 4100HT from North America
Fun. Solid. Pretty inexpensive overall.
Transmission required a $970 rebuild
Cooling system needed replacement.
This car is fun and fairly unique these days; not too many of them are still around. I met two people who had the same car so far and each one had over 200000 miles on theirs and raved about what a great car it was.
This car has character. It's comfortable like a living room. I love that insurance on a 23 year old car is really inexpensive. I love the blue fabric interior. I had the headliner redone and the interior looks almost like new. Where can I buy a new car with a blue fabric interior? What car would I buy that I wouldn't yell if my kid jumped around in it and put his dirty feet here and there?
For normal driving, I don't find the car underpowered. I put 70 series tires on it and it corners quite nicely. And it glides down the highway. I don't care that it has little quirks and imperfections. You don't buy a 20+ year old car for reliability. Repairs and failures are expected. But the car is basically quite sound overall and it feels like it wants to run. I don't think the cost of repairs comes close to adding up to what the payments and insurance on a new car would be. And everybody has a new car that looks a lot like every other one.
I put my baby seat in the middle of the back seat and there's still plenty of room on either side for my wife to sit. She's from Russia. I call the Caddy our American Volga (that's their higher end car in Russia).
Before I got this car, I didn't really know how good a caddy could be. But now, I would actually consider buying a new one sometime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2006