1978 Cadillac Eldorado 425 from North America
The 1978 cadillac Eldorado is the best car that I have ever owned
The car was in need of a new front end the entire drive system was worn out.
As for the engine I had to perform routine maintenance by replacing the water pump, all hoses, heater core and radiator and windshield motor.
The steering wheel was dry rotted.
All the seats were in good condition except for the driver’s seat and arm rest.
The car is a smooth ridding car the interior is spacious and it provides the most comfortable seating for the passengers and drivers.
The Eldorado is a large car that is 18.5 feet long that will grasp the eyes of anyone that passes by.
Although I have restored it to look as if it has just came out of the factory the 78 Eldorado does not retail for as much as someone would invest in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th September, 2007
16th Apr 2009, 04:48
Hey, if you can't afford it...
15th Aug 2009, 07:07
I've owned a 78 Eldo for the last ten years. It is like new, with only 36K on it. I bought it with 33K miles. I really haven't driven it much, but it glides along like riding on a cloud. Obviously, I haven't made any repairs to the car, except new tires, front shocks, and exhaust work when I bought the car. The original owner didn't even keep it licensed, only starting it up once in a while. That explains the rusted out muffler and leaking shocks. Also, the A/C does not work, also understandable.
So my car has all original belts, hoses, plugs, water pump, alternator, radiator and fluid, brake calipers, etc. I've grown from a young man who could do almost any non major repair job, to an older man who is rapidly losing his physical capacity to do this type of work. I cannot even fathom how much money an honest repairman will charge to repair this car when needed, let alone someone who says to himself as I would enter his shop, "We can really soak this sucker with his old Cadillac."
I feel that I should probably sell this car, my newer car sits out while the 78 is garaged with a nice dust cover protecting it. But it's hard to part with a beautiful part of history, when American cars were king.
16th Aug 2009, 11:35
I don't think you'll find this car all that expensive to repair. Many General Motors parts are interchangeable between Cadillac and the other brands, and in any case all are pretty cheap and mostly still available made by aftermarket suppliers. And these old cars are very simple, so anyone can work on them. It'll really be cheaper to get this old classic fixed than the awful new cars being sold today.
2nd Apr 2012, 22:20
I have one of these.
Just bought a new fuel pump, $25, shipping included.
Also need a power steering pump; that's a bit more expensive, $45.
Also replaced the alternator for $50.
For the water pump, I went with the high output one for a total of $32. Didn't need it, but while I was busy...
I mean, what do you expect for a car that's almost 40 years old. Things need replacing.
A friend of mine has a new MINI. He had his fuel pump and something else replaced. Could be the water pump, but I forget. Total bill around $2000.
For that price I can buy a whole master engine rebuild kit ($800), front end service kit ($400), alternator, fuel pump, water pump, power steering pump, front brakes, rear brakes, and have enough left for some beer.