5th Jan 2016, 20:23

Original Poster here:

It's been a while since I've checked this review and I'm grateful for all the comments. I still believe the 80s (especially early 80s) were a dark time for Cadillacs and the entire American and European auto industry for the most part. The Japanese went from strength to strength during this time, building a lasting reputation for making high quality, low maintenance, long lasting cars.

I have bought 2 Cadillacs since posting this review, and they have been wonderful cars. However, that 88 Deville was one of the worst cars I've ever owned. I have talked to several honest owners of 80s Jag, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes over the years, and many of which were enthusiastic or pessimistic about their cars. Here are some quotes from honest owners:

Mercedes - "I love this car. But if you're not handy with a wrench - don't bother. They can cost a fortune."

Jag - "It's a hobby. An expensive hobby."

BMW - "It was nice but it was crap."

Audi - "I don't want to remember that car!"

I can say the same things about my 88 Deville, so I still believe it was right on point with the woes of 80s luxury cars. I have a soft spot for 80s Cadillacs, but the 85-88 FWD Deville is the worst from that decade, and that bland econo box styling has not aged well and looks cheap these days - in my opinion. I don't miss that car, and I forgot to mention the hood shocks failed so I had to use a 2x4 block of wood as a prop rod. I'm glad to say Cadillac's have come a LONG way since the 88 Deville.

12th Jan 2016, 23:17

1988 in general was not a great year for the FWD Cadillacs. Lincoln whooped their butt that year in sales (thanks to the RWD Town Car). I'd honestly say that the only good Cadillacs from the 1986-1996 period were the Broughams and RWD Fleetwoods.

22nd Apr 2016, 16:07

What causes the engine to shut off while driving? I've replaced the idler.

4th Oct 2016, 10:15

I would love to know too. Mine does the same.

7th Mar 2018, 01:35

And I still have that Caddy (256K). Don't drive it much, I'm old & have been sick, but the Caddy is as sweet as she ever was.

My wife calls it my "mistress"... She's right!

10th Oct 2021, 01:36

I own a beautiful 1988 sedan Deville. Unfortunately my car just blew a head gasket at 154,000 miles. Thinking about selling for 800 dollars. Is it still worth that? Hate putting such a beautiful car in a crusher.