1983 Cadillac Deville Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1983 Cadillac Deville Coupe 4.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.1 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Ford

Summary:

Homer Simpson's dream of flying through the galaxy in his own bed

Faults:

Aside from slight surface rust along rubber sill over rear bumper <where water tends to collect from trunk drain flashing> mechanically I never had a problem. Oil and safety inspections done every 2,000 miles. My choice; the manual says 4 to 5,000 miles.

General Comments:

This beautiful yacht was a dream come true; they don't call them Cadillacs without good reason. The ride is wonderful and yet controlled <I installed new gas-charged shocks; the handling was more stable, but comfort was never compromised>.

I was lucky to find a pristine Coupe <1983 saw the last year for the two door full size Caddy>.

A WORD OF WARNING ON THE 4.1 "HT" ENGINE: This much maligned engine has an ALUMINUM BLOCK. Hence, it is very vulnerable to heat damage. Be sure to baby the cooling system. If you are buying any GM car with this engine, have it thoroughly checked. DO NOT TOW WITH THIS ENGINE, DESPITE WHAT IT SAYS IN THE MANUAL. Treat this engine right and it will give you the most economical land yacht of all time! <on hills, turn off A/C and lock out the overdrive>

The late 70's Caddys had an awful "stripper" look to them with chintzy looking tail lights and plastic grilles that looked plastic. Not to mention an awful "silhouette". The "notchback" roofline of these models is much more classy and formal. <I would say "reagal" but don't confuse this baby with a Buick>. The full size "notch" DeVille was discontinued in 1993.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2004

1983 Cadillac Deville 4.1 V8 HT 4.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 V8 HT 4.1 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance104928 miles

Summary:

Another great Caddy

Faults:

This car has been very reliable.

The secondary vacuum pump and A.I.R. pump were replaced at roughly the same time (103,000 miles), neither was too expensive.

The power windows are very slow and the passenger side works sporadically.

The car has a small oil leak, nothing too serious.

The trunk supports wore out, but were easily replaced.

The sunroof stopped working, have to keep it closed.

General Comments:

For such a big car it gets great gas mileage, about 18-20 miles per gallon.

Performance is weak, especially from a stop.

Very comfortable car, large interior and a great ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2004

1983 Cadillac Deville 4.1L Digital Fuel Injection from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1L Digital Fuel Injection Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 miles
Most recent distance272000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

A very luxurious, impressive, and well-designed automobile

Faults:

Transmission reverse gear failed and had it rebuilt.

Needed new rear springs.

Needed a new fuel pump.

Electronic Climate Control ceased functioning and would not turn heat off at times.

General Comments:

Car rides like a dream. It has that great feel that only a full-size rear-wheel drive Cadillac can deliver.

The car was beautifully designed in and out. I have received many compliment on this automobile. It constantly turns heads.

The car has been very reliable. I have had it for 5 year and have put very little work into it considering the age of the car when I obtained it.

The car is very large and very impressive looking.

Although large, it still gets great gas mileage for its size, ranging between 18 and 24 miles per gallon.

Interior is plush and very comfortable with plenty of leg room and a big back seat. The trunk is HUGE!

The only negative to the car is that the 4.1 liter engine is too small and does not move the car overly well. It gets very impressive power considering it is a relatively small engine, but is not a powerhouse like most other Cadillacs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2003

1983 Cadillac Deville Coupe Deville DeElagance 350 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Actually a fairly well built solid car minus the 4.1

Faults:

It's hard to complain about problems on a car that is 20 years old.

When I got the car the only thing that didn't work was the power antenna.

General Comments:

The 4.1 was an over engineered piece of aluminum.

Replaced the 4.1 with a warmed up fuel injected 350 and 700r4 transmission.

Replaced all of the front suspension bushings and joints.

Drives and runs like a new car.

No body rot anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

21st Nov 2004, 20:58

I have had major problems with the 4100 motor in my 83 Coupe. I live in Missouri and have taken it to several places to try and switch out the motor, however no one will mess with it. People say it is to much of a problem to change the motor with trying to match the transmission and the computer. My car is in great condition except for the motor. I agree with you that this is a great car other than the 4100 and I don't want to get rid of it. I did at one time try to sell it, but there were no takers because of the heads being warped and the cracked cylinder. Can you or anyone else help me find someone I can take it to so I can switch out the motor? Thanks, Hotbody1@hotmail.com.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews