1995 Cadillac Eldorado ETC 4.6L Northstar from North America
So far, so good..
Tuneup with new plugs, K&N air filter, & scan check.
Changed oil at indicated end of cycle with Castrol Edge & Mobil 1 oil filter. Noticed a 2 degree reduction in coolant temperature as indicated on the DIC monitor.
Well, I've had this car for about a year now (Bought used 3/09) and so far no breakdown issues. The car is the proverbial old ladies car with it being bought new by a doctor for his wife. The service records show all scheduled routine maintenance were done, and moreover, the engine overheated @ 72K miles and was removed and rebuilt. As a result, the connector to the transmission speed sensor has a spurious fault throwing a P056 code and SES light. The light clears almost immediately and only happens rarely. The dealer refuses to fix it since getting to the connector requires a lot of work and swears it isn't a problem. I haven't noticed any problem.
This is my first U.S. built luxury car (I also own a 91 Lexus LS and 91 Volvo 780 Bertone) that I've owned in 30 years, and I have noticed that the car appears to 'wallow'; wobbles back & forth sometimes when steering, but steering seems precise, and again, both the dealer and an independent specialty shop say there is no problem in the suspension. The specialty shop says it's the Big O tires that have a soft sidewall and excessive flex.
Overall I like the car; my wife however does not like the custom chrome/gold grill and fake convertible with gold screw heads. Quote, "too much bling..." :)
I am disappointed with 14 mpg round-town driving, but got 26.5 on a 1200 mile round trip between the SF bay area and Portland OR.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th February, 2010
28th Feb 2010, 17:04
These Cadillacs are pretty much hit or miss.. when buying used you get either a gem or an absolute lemon. Glad you got one of the better ones. Keep putting Castrol in 'er, me and my mechanic friends swear by it. I had an older Honda with the bottom end of engine badly worn and got 10k extra miles out of it with Lucas oil additive and Castrol GTX. Keep the cooling system serviced and take it in right away if it even HINTS of overheating. The head gaskets are the weak link on those Northstar engines.