1984 Cadillac DeVille Sedan 4.1 liter from North America


Absolutely reliable and comfortable, and easy to maintain myself at home


Have replaced shocks front and rear.

Have replaced center drag link 6 years ago.

Have replaced center drag link yesterday along with steering damper/shock.

Have replaced both rear wheel bearings.

Have replaced brake pads and shoes once and had rotors and drums turned once.

Have disassembled seat position switch and cleaned contacts and replaced; works like new.

Have replaced seat electric motor-to transmission link for drivers seat. Old one was stripped, a small piece of nylon that should be sturdier.

Have had climate control replaced once around 7 years ago. It again got in trouble recently and is acting up now.

Reg oil/filter changes at 3K from the time I got it, and has had one transmission oil change out.

General Comments:

Has been a very reliable car and easy for me to work on. Comfy to drive, but a little underpowered for its size/weight. That may be why I always see the Fleetwood version around with its 350 engine. I never see any DeVilles around East Tennessee like mine.

A wonderful interstate cruiser/traveler and great for any trip. I do not regret buying it. I got it for around $3,000 in around the year 2000 at 64,000 miles, and have never regretted it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2010

7th Jun 2010, 04:17

Actually the early 1980s Fleetwoods never had a 350 other than the diesel, which was probably even worse than a 4.1 V8. It wasn't until 1986 that the Fleetwood Brougham was rescued by the excellent Oldsmobile 307 V8.

9th Jun 2017, 14:09

I have a 1986 Fleetwood with the 5.0. Great engine and car altogether... really has that "git up and go" for a 30 year old car. Also have the 500cid '71 Eldo, another great car!

1984 Cadillac DeVille Coupe Brougham 4.1 V8 from North America


This car floats


The water pump went out approximately 6 months after I bought her. This, I originally attributed to the fact that she sat for 10 years, from 94-04 before I bought her. I am now learning that this is a VERY common problem with the 4100. Also, the distributor went out about a week after purchase, once again, most likely due to the long period of time she sat in a storage unit. The cruise control is broken, and the speedo is out of whacc due to the oversize tires the previous owner put on the rear. Also, the interior trim on the passenger c pillar is loose. Aside from that, this car has been a dream.

General Comments:

This car is one of the finest luxobarges GM ever put out. She drinks gas like nothing else, and won't even get out of her own way, but I love her. This car floats down the road, and has a style that can still not be touched by anything.

I found this car in Autotrader for 2800. I didn't call on it, because I was afraid it had already sold. 3 weeks later I was still seeing it, and got the balls to call on her. She was still available. Naturally, I immediately dropped what I was doing and drove out to take a look. Obviously I bought her, and started triccing her out. I put in a JVC head unit, 2 MTX 12 inch subs, and a Legacy 1000 watt amp. I also put a set of 15 inch Chrome Daytons on her, with whitewalls, of course. The hydraulics are coming soon, as is a new paint job, since the guy who painted the trunk lids must have been drunk or something. The dark brown leather is still immaculate, and aside from the cruise control, everything works.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2007

4th Jan 2007, 11:28

Watch out for that 4.1L V8. Seems like most people on here have had not very good luck with it, but a few have. Watch for coolant/oil leaking into each other, blown head gaskets.