2002 Cadillac DeVille Base 4.6L Northstar from North America
The last king of the front wheelers
The air line going to the left rear shock clogged up and made the shock shoot through the top. But, it was only 150 bucks to fix it.
Seats were worn, particularly on the sides. Will get them reupholstered sometime soon.
This car always gets a bad rap from people, like how the window regulators fail etc. Which yeah, it is a problem, but they don't cost 400-600 dollars apiece. In reality, you can go on eBay and buy all four regulators for about 40 bucks apiece.
And with the head gaskets problems these cars have, honestly it is expensive, but it's a one time fix, and odds are it's not gonna happen again.
The car is quick; 0-60 is something like 6 seconds.
Gas mileage is reasonable. If you live in a hilly area though, don't buy this car.
If you're worried about how expensive parts are for these cars, just remember they're 80% the same with other GM cars.
Best word of advice; if something does go wrong, have the mechanic write down the part and part number, and buy it yourself; you will save a lot.
Being a 19 year old, and finally being able to own this car, is a dream come true for me. I grew up liking all the muscle cars of the 60's and 70's, and even the GIGANTIC land barges of the 70's. When I was 9, I was on vacation when I saw one of these cars roll in and I said to myself. "One day I want to own a car like that".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2012
23rd Sep 2012, 18:11
I am 27, and have always loved the American land barges too. I think it is a shame you can't buy new ones today.
Good luck getting your seats re-upholstered. I had a Buick Park Avenue that I bought with 16K miles, and there was a wear spot on the left edge of the driver's seat, from the prior elderly owner dragging his leg across it. I replaced it with a genuine GM part ($600), and I was never completely satisfied with it. I was going to have it re-done, but GM discontinued the part when they filed for bankruptcy. FYI, if you do replace the seat covers, you will want to buy new seat foam padding as well, as the covers probably won't fit the old foam pads very tightly.