1983 Cadillac DeVille 4 Door Sedan HT4100 4.1L (250 CID) V8 from North America
A sofa on wheels
AC Compressor Replaced at 68000 Miles.
Power Antenna Motor Burned Out.
Driver's Power Seat Controls not working.
The Headliner is starting to fall out.
The paint is looking weatherbeaten.
I bought this car used for only $1800 because I did not have much money to spend. I have been very happy with the reliability of this car.
I have heard of the poor reliability of the HT4100 engine, but as a mechanic, I know that most people do not know how to properly maintain a vehicle, and following a regular maintainance schedule, this engine is running as strong as the day it was new.
The car unfortunately sat outside for 5 years in the hot Arizona desert, so the paint is faded and weatherbeaten, and the plastic fender extensions are faded and cracked, but the body is straight and rust free. The Body itself still maintains the classic elegant lines of a large American car.
The performance is dissapointing to say the least. Most big American sedans like this have big powerful engines, this car gets beaten off the line by mini vans. The fuel economy however, is excellent for a car that weighs nearly three tons.
As for comfort, the bench seats are more comfortable than the furniture in my home. Picture two large velvet sofas, and build a massive car around them! Give me a TV and a Mini Fridge and I'd never leave the car.
As cars are looking more and more alike all the time. This beauty stands out with her Chrome Fin taillights, and Gold emblem on the hood, a true American Classic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th July, 2002
18th Apr 2003, 01:27
You are absolutely right. I just purchased a 1985 Cadillac Coupe DeVille and it's a sweet slice of americana. Although the heavy frame (and amenities) lends a certain sense of stability, it takes away from the powerful V8 engine's potential for speed and acceleration.
I bought the Caddy at 72k miles and its running strong after a new water pump, alternator, and wiper motor. It is happiest going 65 mph on the winding highways; it practically drives itself.
I guess its age is what makes its reliability questionable.