1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Review

1972 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 special Broughm 472 cubic inch V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 472 cubic inch V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Powerful beast that will break you with the gas bill

Faults:

Age related things, (cost to fix)

Exhaust pipes from gaskets to rear ($45)

Alternator ($60)

Battery ($88)

New rear brake lines and rotors ($145)

General Comments:

Great car, very low cost to fix problems.

Lots of power under that big hood.

Keeps on going and going, interior has held up well for a car of this age.

All repairs are fixable by a semi-knowledgeable person (I did all except brakes)

Huge interior.

Exceptional handling and great ride.

Terrible, terrible gas mileage. 4mpg in town and 11mpg on the freeway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2003

10th Feb 2004, 19:06

Thank goodness they don't make them like they used to...

OPEC must have been rubbing their hands with glee as these trundled off the assembly line.

Having said that, I used to love the old Fleetwoods; they really had presence.

27th Apr 2004, 20:19

4 mpg.? It should get about 9-12. Something is wrong. My '71 Fleetwood Brougham averages about 10.5 to 11 mpg. They drink a lot of fuel, but not that much!

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 1 review