2001 Cadillac DeVille Northstar from North America
Cheap to buy, enjoy, and eventually dispose of
Center console cover hinge broke.
It leaks a little oil.
Burns some more oil.
A poor reinstall of the engine after a torque converter replacement left the brake line to rub on the engine and eventually fail.
The space between the engine and body of the car is tight so it was easy to botch the install. The front brakes failed as a result.
Misc clips in critical places are failing as the plastic decomposes or breaks down in the heat of the engine compartment.
The clear coat on the hood is failing and leaves some odd designs in the appearance of the hood.
The trunk lid had water in it, so I had to pop the plugs out so it stays drained now. It's no longer an issue. The seal around the third brake light is the culprit for the leak.
Sometimes it doesn't start, even though it cranks over without a second try. It has a feature where you bump the key and the system takes over and it will then start.
There were a few times where it would not even turn over. This was a security system problem. Eventually, after a few tries, it started. Hasn't done this in along time.
Sometimes the windshield wiper hangs up and or jitters across the window if it's too dry.
One of the rotors is warped, but this can happen on any car.
Even with all of these nuances, I love the ride. It's roomy and feels solid as far as American cars go. It's a pleasure to drive down the highway and yet it doesn't feel like it's going to come out from under you when you turn a little sharp. It's got plenty of power and it's also fantastic in the snow (front wheel drive).
This is a car, that if you are willing to overlook the problem areas that don't leave you stranded, is a true highway road car that you can ride in for hours and be comfortable.
Repairs could get expensive under the hood, but if you can do the repairs yourself, or if you get it at a bargain price and can afford to walk away from it if it leaves you stranded or finally dies, you will not regret at least sampling what is the last of the big body cruisers that still have some real room inside.
I have purchased a smaller Mercedes for commuting, and I think I will keep this one for the longer weekend trips and drive it until it dies.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th October, 2015