1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 5.7L from North America
King of the Road
Water pump replaced at 206,000.
Idler arm replaced at 202,800.
Catalytic converter replaced at 189,000.
Starter replaced at 188,700.
Muffler and fuel filter at 187,000.
At around 13 years old:
Interior lights stopped working.
Trunk latch stopped working.
Seat heaters stopped working.
Seat adjustment got stuck and ran all the time.
Traction control stopped working.
ABS stopped working.
Level ride stopped working.
My husband and I received this car as a hand-me-down from my parents after our wedding. It is a BIG car, but we grew to love it. We like to say it's like driving a couch. The leather seats are so comfortable and the ride is so smooth.
Lots of little things started to go wrong after the 12 year mark. Electronics, exterior details, interior lights, and small motors for all the fancy extras on the car failed one after the other. But the car remained luxurious, albeit much more (ahem) "ghetto." Nevertheless, people would approach us on a regular basis to ask if we were selling.
More recently, at around 15 years old and 200,000 miles, bigger things have started going south -- we've basically overhauled the exhaust system and had to replace the water pump after the car overheated several times. But we keep fixing it because the comfort and power of this car can't be beat. And 16 mpg isn't too bad for a 5.7L 8-cyl engine, either.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th September, 2009
Just about the last real American car. I'm afraid it won't last forever, alas, at 200,000 miles. The only option which remains is the Lincoln Town Car (and family), but perhaps not for much longer.
Oh yeah, my seat heater (as well as the power seat controls) doesn't work on my driver's seat on my 93 Fleetwood, but it does on the passenger side.