1994 Cadillac DeVille Concours 4.6 liter North Star V8 from North America


High maintenance beauty that commands attention


CD changer stopped working.

Check ride control indicator would intermittently go on/off.

Service engine soon indicator would intermittently go on/off.

Engine would occasionally stall.

Transmission leak.

The wooden trim on the dashboard and the door panels cracked.

Driver's window quit working.

Leather seats began to rip/crack.

General Comments:

Comfortable enough to be driven across country.

I really enjoyed the sound of the factory Bose sound system, but unfortunately the CD quit working.

I drove this car from San Francisco to Reno without problem. Upon return to San Francisco the service engine soon indicator would come and go.

I had the car repainted at a body shop because the paint had faded.

When I purchased the vehicle, some of the exterior trim pieces were missing so I had the body shop order the pieces. I received a phone call from the body shop the next day saying "the parts are not cheap". I OK'd the order and got the exterior looking top notch again.

Then the car began stalling without warning at low speeds.

Next I noticed a puddle under the vehicle, so I had a mechanic look at it. My coworkers were confident it just needed some gaskets to stop the oil leak. Nope. Try a transmission replacement.

The driver's window refused to roll down more than a few inches, and if I tried, a loud ticking sound could be heard.

I received many compliments on its beauty, and when my boss made me an offer on it, I sold it without hesitation.

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

Review Date: 1st May, 2015

1994 Cadillac DeVille Base 4.9L V8 from North America


A rugged, reliable, comfortable form of transportation


108,500: ABS light came on - never repaired - brakes work fine, just no ABS. I have driven accordingly.

121,000: Front struts were shot. Replaced with aftermarket (non sensing suspension) - $300.

122,000: Fuel filler neck rusted through (northeastern car) - $70.

127,000: Brake pads all around - $100.

138,000: Battery - $120.

142,000: Ran over an exhaust pipe, new tires all around - $380.

155,000: Front end work, replaced tie rod ends, hub assemblies, front and rear brake pads and rotors, and got an alignment - $650.

162,000: Leaking oil from cooler line fitting, fixed with teflon tape - $0.05.

165,000: Starter went, first time it left me stranded. Installed a new starter - $212.

172,000: Needs two tires (broken belts), rear coil springs, and sway bar end links. Estimated cost - $700.

General Comments:

This car has been astounding. Purchased in Maine from the 5th owner (ouch!) for $1,200, I've taken it down 65,000 miles and it's ready for more. I purchased this model to avoid the Northstar engine, my father-in-law has bought 4 since I bought mine, all with the Northstar, each one has blown a head gasket.

Somewhat neglected, many of the initial repairs were expected. There are running costs with any vehicle, but for the total this car has cost me, I cannot imagine much better on the road today that is this comfortable and cheap.

The A/C still blows cold, the heater could use some help, but it's 20 years old, so I only ask as much from it as it asks from me. The seats are quite comfortable and the steering easy, however, the steering does transmit a lot of feel for the road and this car handles marvelously.

The V8 has plenty of power despite being the base model, and efficiency is not as bad as many expect. I achieve 17 in town, 20 mixed and about 23 highway (I've had tanks as high as 27). The transmission still pulls strong, and if I'm not careful, smoke can be emitted from the tires as well as the tailpipe.

The car has great visibility, the only downside being it sits low enough to be in most headlight ranges. Baby fins help guide you into parking spaces or out of them. The rear window is a massive improvement over a 93. Cornering lamps are a wonderful feature; if you don't have them, try a car that has them. Cruise control is exceptionally accurate.

This car comes equipped with an 8 speaker stereo and it sounds magnificent! Just enough bass and treble; if you disagree, you can adjust it at the touch of a finger.

Onboard diagnostics are a life saver, learn how to do it and you will never have to have the mechanic turn off your check engine light again.

My original road sensing suspension shocks were replaced with Arnott suspension parts with great success. I have had no issues with their parts, and it still rides like a Cadillac.

Passenger cabin is roomy and has room for 6 (yes, I have put 6 adults in the car). One of the last bench seat passenger cars. My wife enjoys riding in the middle right next to me. Trunk is 20 cubic feet of wonder. You'd be amazed how much you can lose back there.

Rust has been minimal on this car (body and underbody), but some is starting to show through under the gas cap.

Only gripe is the compact spare tire. It is VERY tiny and will give you about 2-3 days to find a new full size tire. Make sure to double check the pressure on your spare!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2014

4th Mar 2014, 17:24

Yes, it is a wonder why nice features like cornering lamps and bench seats are no longer available on modern cars. While they may be old-fashioned, they are still very nice features and I think sorely missed. I won't even mention the pillow soft ride compared to modern cars. Oh how far we have fallen in 20 short years.