2001 Cadillac DeVille DHS from North America - Comments

2nd Aug 2006, 16:48

2002 Deville - Under 80,000 miles, purchased by inlaws, used in 2003.

The most major problems I know of:

Shortblock completely replaced due to bad rod bearings at just under 75000 miles, right before extended warranty expired, huge knocking noise.

7, yes, 7, no, not a misprint, but 7 window regulators replaced. Last one was back/right passenger window, AGAIN, replaced 1 year ago. Has maybe been used 5 times at best, probably 3. Driver's window twice, possibly 3. All have been replaced once.

Cadillac was going to charge for 7th as was out of extended warranty, but after hearing history only charged $100 instead of $450.

Piece of JUNK!

Hope my Escalade ESV fairs better! Have never had problems like that with any of my Suburbans or trucks.

17th Aug 2006, 19:05

I have had my 2000 Cadi DeVille for 28 months, only did a brake job to it $229.00 ~ will need new front rotors or resurfacing.

I beat the thing a few times, the dash lights up like a Xmas tree of things needed, the computer needs a reset.

Great, Great, Great, S_ hlitz box, in my opinion, very reliable start, great ac, smooth ride for over 100K, looks new.

The window cables broke on the driver's side from bumps, but things happen. The abuse it has taken from boston roads, it has given me my monies worth.

One bad thing about the car is that it likes its intake of oil. They need to address this problem. I always check it, but a lot of people don't...

I'd buy another one...

18th Aug 2006, 23:45

I just purchased a 2001 DTS on July 29,2006. I haven't had it for a month and I'm already experiencing problems. Last Friday after getting gas, the car would not crank. It would not even turn over, it was just make 1 click sound when you turn the key. All of the lights came on like normal so I didn't think it was the battery. I let it sit for about 30 minutes because no one had booster cables and the car started right up. Also the driver side window's regulator went out. The guy at the shop said it would be $409.00 for the part. I've also experienced the temperature guage and fuel guage not work ,and when they're not working ,the cruise control won't either. I got a CarFax vehicle report and noticed I'm the 4th owner of this car. It checked out OK, but I'm assuming the previous owners must have had problems too. It had about 72,000 miles on it when I purchased it.

5th Sep 2006, 19:46

The gas cover release button and the trunk release button won't open either. While trying to check the fuse. The owners manual tells to lift back seat up and out. Is there a release for this? Can't seem to get back seat loose.

11th Jan 2007, 16:08

No one compete with Lexus, and most Cadillac drivers can't afford one, so when they buy a Cadillac, I don't know why they expect it to be as reliable as a Lexus or even a HONDA.

11th Jan 2007, 16:59

What are you talking about? Cadillac has cars that are MORE expensive than competing Lexus models (like its idiotic XL-R @ $100K). The DTS starts at $41K.

12th Jan 2007, 09:28

<< (like its idiotic XL-R @ $100K).>>

Oops, meant XLR-V, not XLR. Still idiotic to think someone would shell out $100K for a Cadillac.

13th Jan 2007, 11:46

I bought a 2001 De ville and I've had it for about a year and I'm just now starting to have minor problems with mines as well. I get some vibration while I'm driving around 70mph, but it's nothing that I believe is serious. but the other day my service engine soon light came on. I took it to my mechanic and he plugged it up and it came back with a "Torque Converter" error. I just told him to off the service engine light and lets keep it moving. but my most current problem is my driver and passenger seats don't have power anymore. I was thinking there was a fuse that controlled the power seats, but did not see one. Does anyone know something that I don't know or can maybe point me in the right direction?

13th Jan 2007, 15:01

To commenter 11:46.

I believe that the vibration that you are getting at 70 mph is most likely an unbalanced tire. Next time you are getting your wheels serviced, have them put your tires on the balancing machine. If your tires are even a little off, it can transmit a nasty vibration into the car.

I'm sure that you are correct when you say that the power seats don't work because of a fuse. Open your hood and look for the fuse box; it will be clearly labelled. On the underside of the cover it will have a schematic diagram that will tell you the function of each fuse.

I hope this helps a little.

27th Jan 2007, 16:00

I've owned a 2001 cadillac dts for about 1.5 years and I've experienced the same vibrations as the previous owner. I've had the wheels balanced by a couple of different places, but I doubt it's a wheel balancing issue now. I also just had a right rear window regulator go out. I think it's pretty cheesy that they use plastic parts where they could have easily just made it a steel part. My guess is that cadillac wants to keep their service technicians busy. I like the car, but have to agree with everyone else about having a lot of smaller things go wrong with it. My heated seats no longer heat, I checked the fuses, but couldn't see how they wouldn't be working. This is my second and last cadillac I will own.

Quality should be more of a focus for them, than just bells and whistles.

18th Feb 2007, 19:28

I purchased a 2001 De Ville V8 2 days ago, and I'm already nervous about a couple things. It has 94K on it already, but certain things on a car are very important to me. One of those is the information center. After I reached a half a tank of gas, the gas gauge has started to show that I still have a full tank. I hope this will be a simple fix because I really don't look forward to looking like an idiot on the side of the road after running out of gas. Also, it constantly says that I should check the coolant level. In fact, when I saw the vehicle on the Internet before I bought it, I noticed that the same message was showing, but it didn't really shock me. Previously I owned an '87 Fleet wood that I sold at 130K, and its check engine light would come on randomly for no good reason.

Really, though, the rest of the car is pretty stinking nice. It's smaller than my old '87 version on the inside, but taller on the outside. The new one is also lower to the ground, which will take some getting used to for parking by curbs. It's harder to get out of, too. If I was an older person, I think I'd need a cane to pry myself out. I'm being picky, yes, as was the guy who wrote the original review, but these are good things to know. What really matters is getting from A to B, and I'm confident that the '01 can handle it. As long as I don't run out of gas between here and there.