1998 Cadillac DeVille 4.6 Northstar from North America
Overall, I cannot complain, I was in love
Head gasket has blown @ 151k miles.
Traction control speed sensors went bad at 148000 miles.
Constant problems with the check engine light.
Good performance; fast and handles well.
Very nice interior, great options, heated seats, 12 disk changer.
Baltic Blue color with with the roadster top is very nice, cannot be beat.
This was the car I had to have. I replaced a '95 Sedan DeVille. I loved this. I am a little disappointed with the ride of the car, more European than Cadillac.
I am really disappointed the head gasket blew at only 151000 miles. These are disposable cars I guess.
I am now in the process of finding a new car. I am looking for a '94-96 Fleetwood Brougham. This is a far more reliable and cheaper auto to fix, with the traditional Cadillac ride.
I feel I got my money's worth out of the car, I just planned on not buying another car for a year.
If you are looking for a Northstar, the lower mileage, the better.
I have owned 8 Cadillac in ten years, and still have my 75 Eldorado convertible. I just wish it was still economical to drive a car that gets 12 MPG!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th March, 2006
9th Mar 2006, 12:42
I think after 1997, they all had that European feel, which never impressed me. My 97 Seville was as smooth as glass and soft as a cloud, or any other simile you can come up with. Unfortunately, I had to get rid of it because the repairs almost drove me to bankruptcy.
31st Mar 2006, 21:38
I have a 98' De Ville and on my way home tonight my compressor went out! I just bought the car in June of 05' and I love it. I know the north star system is a pain in the butt model to deal with, but do you have any idea if this would be an easy thing to fix myself or should I get ready to ship it off to the dealership? firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a bunch!
15th Oct 2006, 00:16
Nothing bad a bout a head gasket going at 150,000 miles repairs should be expected at that mileage.
17th Oct 2006, 18:19
Bought my 1998 Cadillac Deville in November 1998 as a used car rental sale with 37,000 miles. Here it is almost 8 years later with 170K and it just keeps running and running. Engine service light went on over 100K miles ago, code says something about a switch in the tranny being stuck off. Low fuel chime and indicator goes off when the tank is full. Water pump needed replacement at 150K, coolant reservoir sprung a leak and replaced at 155K, service brake fluid switch indicator goes on and then off for no apparent reason and hasn't been on for about a month now, false service air bag indicator went off as well, rides like a tank. Regardless of all this, I still love the car. Power galore, a quart of oil every 1,000 or so miles, but going to go to 250K and then get another Cadillac with this great Northstar.