2001 Cadillac DeVille Base 4.6 Northstar from North America


Expensive piece of junk


I bought the car with 75000 miles on it. It now has 76000. In this 1000 mile distance, I have replaced both front wheel bearings, left inner tie rod, and a sway bar linkage.

The things that have broken but are not fixed yet are; the emissions pump, right front window switch, left rear window motor and left outer tie rod end, and fuel level sensor.

General Comments:

This car is the most gorgeous piece of junk on the road. it has gone through 4 qts of oil in 1000 miles. The power steering pump has an obnoxious hissing noise. The interior is big and roomy with comfortable seats. I am afraid to use any of it, in fear of it breaking and getting stuck with a large repair bill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th June, 2010

26th Jun 2010, 18:57

Now you know 'why' the guy was selling it... Caveat mentaire' you didn't do your due diligence.

25th Aug 2010, 06:18

I bought it from a "Reputable" dealership. The car now has 80,000 miles, so in 7000 miles, 12 qts of oil. The check engine soon light comes on, even after I have replaced everything that is wrong with it. No more Cadillacs for me.

6th Oct 2010, 13:06

Update: I put some restore additive in it and now the oil consumption has decreased from two qts. to one qt. every thousand miles. Service engine soon light will not go out, no matter what. Says there are no problems.

2001 Cadillac DeVille from North America


BEWARE -- Too many problems!! Expensive parts


I bought this car when it was seven years old, and it had 85,000 miles on it from an old lady.

Within the first month, my starter needed to be replaced for $600, and it required a special code for an additional $130!!

3 out of 4 window regulators went out on me the second month.

Ohhhhh and it gets worse ---- this car was burning up 3 quarts of oil every month, and I had to keep returning to get oil added due to an apparent oil leak.

The A/C would not work on any setting other than 1,2 or 3, so forget it if you wanted it full blast.

I would never own another Cadillac, even if it was free!!

General Comments:

Overpriced piece of junk.

However it is comfortable and luxurious inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2010

24th Jun 2010, 13:18

If you buy a used car with 85000 miles and 9 years old, it sounds like you act like it's a new car with problems that are only 1 month old. Buy a new one first.

26th Jun 2010, 10:52

I have always purchased used cars and never experienced this number of problems probably in my entire ownership. The DeVille is a trouble prone model, just look at other reviews on this site.

2001 Cadillac DeVille DHS Northstar from North America


A high maintenance love affair


Heat in driver's side front seat failed. Not replaced.

Driver's side window regulator failed at 30K miles on odometer, replaced with GM OEM part.

Original radiator failed at 45K miles on odometer, replaced with GM OEM part.

Original starter motor failed at 65K miles on odometer, replaced with GM OEM part.

Original catalytic converter failed at 60K miles on odometer, replaced with OEM part.

Original brake rotors replaced twice with GM OEM parts.

Original sway bar under front suspension failed at 75K miles on odometer, replaced with GM OEM part.

Front struts / rear shocks replaced at 130K miles on odometer, replaced with GM OEM parts.

General Comments:

Let me first start by saying I love this car; despite all the problems. The Northstar is a muted brute, and propels my 4000lbs DeVille DHS with authority. Many times other "performance" type vehicles have seen my LED tail lights from stop lights all the way up to 80 mph. The body style is large and sleek; mine is pearl in color hard top.

At 135K miles, I am suffering with the dread front end shimmy. I have Michelin "touring" type tires (factory?), at about 30psi, I've tried higher psi and lower with out much luck. I have easily spent 5K on problems fixes; and now as I've just replace worn suspension parts; I am having the strangest problem with acceleration. The car still accelerates briskly (I love the muffled growl) but the accelerator pedal goes very "soft" the faster the car accelerator. It's as if it was losing vacuum or something so that the pedal is no longer stiff when pressure is applied by my foot. This is annoying the heck out of me! HELP.

I love this car, it's paid off and I want to keep her, but this latest issue is driving me nuts.

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

Review Date: 15th December, 2009