1998 Cadillac Eldorado NorthStar from North America




All the plastics inside the car have warped from age.

No head room, my head touches the roof.

Paint has faded on the front clip.

General Comments:

Overall, the car rides great and runs as good as it looks.

Just a little wind noise from the moon roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2013

1998 Cadillac Eldorado ETC Northstar from North America


A grand slam home run by GM


Head gasket problem at 147000.

Motor mounts.

Power trunk actuator.

General Comments:

I love this Cadillac Eldorado ETC 1998.

Incredible looks and style, super fast and smooth ride.

Plus gorgeous leather seating and a killer BOSE stereo system.

The quality materials used in the entire vehicle, along with the beautiful Crimson Pearl "Red" paint job, make this a home run by GM.

I tell people every day, when they compliment me on how sharp the car is, go buy one now, before the world realizes what this car is.

In 20 years it will be a show car. They are cheap to buy now. So go!!

You will drive many extra miles before you park each time!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2012

1998 Cadillac Eldorado ETC North Star from North America


If it wasn't for the inherent flaw in the North Star engine, I'd say it's a good, over priced GM car


Real seal leak at 80000 miles.

Lower case half leak at 80000 miles.

General Comments:

The north star engine has an inherent flaw in its lower case half gasket. With its aluminum engine and cast iron crankshaft, engine twisting routs out the rear seal. It only gets worse with time. The transverse mounted aluminum engine twists and gives, the cast iron crankshaft doesn't, causing the routing of the rear seal. Oh yes it cost 4,000.00 to fix at dealer.

If you are interested in buying a used Cadillac, check the rear seal first, if it's not leaking it will be one of the few.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2009

1998 Cadillac Eldorado 4.6L Northstar from North America


Better than those lousy Japanese cars I've had


Brake rotors developed "lot rot" rust pattern from sitting.

Oil pressure sending unit began leaking, possibly my fault since I know I put the wrong oil in it once.

Fuel level sending unit went bad.

General Comments:

To the GM Master Mechanic: You must be right. I bought my car from a lease return specialist and promptly had the cooling system flushed out at the local CADILLAC dealership. They said they used Dexcool. From other comments I've read on this site, that was a really smart move. I've tromped the pedal to the floor in this car lots of times and never had a problem with the head gaskets going bad. I think the Northstar is one of the best things GM has ever done.

This car is my 7th Cadillac and I have no regrets purchasing it. I'd probably buy another if the newer ones weren't all so hideously ugly. Maybe I should look for another used Eldorado that's been dealer-serviced all its life.

The dealer nearest me has never charged what I thought was an excessive amount for any repair, and the fleet vehicles where I work -- Jeeps and Ford cars and SUV's -- were just as expensive to repair and maintain, with many more reliability problems than my Cadillac.

I've always had better results from a Cadillac than anything else, and they were all used cars when I bought them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th December, 2008

1998 Cadillac Eldorado ETC 279 cid, 4.6L, Northstar V8 from North America


Love at first drive


This car is mint! I love it. I just picked it up at my work for dirt cheap. It was a trade in from an elderly person. The interior is remarkable as well as the exterior! The ETC is pretty quick.

General Comments:

Love it. Great all around performance. Great handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2007

1998 Cadillac Eldorado from North America


Bad engine design


I purchased my car with 30,000 miles on it. My head gasket started showing a leak at 50,000 miles. I was told it would cost me $2,500 to repair. Now @ 70,000 the car is in need of a new head gasket and will cost me $3,000 to repair. I certainly can't sell it to someone like this and buy a new one. The aluminum heads and cast iron block was the ultimate disaster for this car.

General Comments:

It is a very comfortable car. Before the head-gasket blew, it accelerated beautifully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2006

24th Oct 2006, 21:51

I also know of someone who basically gave his car away because of a leaky gasket.

20th Jan 2007, 11:18

Our '94 Cadillac Seville STS with the Northstar has been a completely different experience than yours. We bought it at a repo auction with 164,000 miles, It has had no problems, and has been driven across the country several times. I have a feeling that the statement:

"Before the head-gasket blew, it accelerated beautifully."

Says it all. Spending a lot of time seeing how beautifully a car accelerates will blow the head gasket on any car. It's called "abuse."

1998 Cadillac Eldorado Standard 275 hp Northstar from North America


Great Value, Great Performance, Good looks!


I had to replace one of the plastic fittings on the windshield washer hose about mid-way between the pump and the wipers. It was a cheap easy fix, but a little hard to find.

General Comments:

This car was a former commercial lease and was well taken car of. It looks runs and drives like a new one. The Northstar engine rules! The heated seats are nice on an old man's back..lol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002