1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Reviews

1995 Cadillac Fleetwood brougham 5.7 LT1 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5.7 LT1 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Perfect

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car mechanically. In regards to the interior, however, there are certain things that have failed. The drivers seat heat warmer switch no longer works because of poor GM design. You end up hitting the switch every time you get in and out of the car; of course it would wear out eventually.

Additionally, the steering column cover under the dash is made of plastic straight from the 60s; extremely fragile and expect to break the ridiculously fragile clips off of it with little effort.

General Comments:

The last true Cadillac. One of the greatest highway cruisers ever built. The car rides like a dream. People always comment on how smooth and quiet it is compared to new cars, even new Cadillacs. The large amount of leather, cloth, carpeting, and metal (yes metal) used to build the cabin of the car makes it extremely well insulated from road noise.

The self-leveling rear suspension is great for the car's appeal. There is nothing more unappealing than seeing a car loaded down and dragging its ass along the road; you don't have that problem with this car.

The double bench interior is also fantastic. No need for buckets and wasted space in a car meant for highways. Plus they make two beds or one large one if you manipulate the front just right. Absolutely comfortable. One can easily drive all day in these seats or be a passenger all day. That is one thing that car companies suck at today, a comfortable back seat.

Performance wise, this car moves for its size. Plenty or torque to handle 5 passengers and a loaded trunk. You will never find yourself begging the car to make it up a mountain road without ease. Gas mileage is also fantastic. Take the car on the highway at 75 with the AC on and 25mpg is no problem. For best gas mileage, I drive with windows down around town and AC only on the highway. The engine seems to be more efficient with the extra load on it, but around town the AC will chug your gas. And vice-a-versa for windows on the highway; they eat gas when down.

My one gripe about the car is the automatic climate control. I just wish I had more manual control over the fan speed and zoning of the climate (ie feet only). But besides that, the system itself is overkill, but in a good way. The AC takes a minute to warm up and will cool the car down just as fast. Same with the heating.

Ergonomically, everything is comfortably placed. The car is a blast to drive and easy at that. The huge wheelbase is what makes the car. Slight jerks in the steering will not affect the tracking of the car like they would in a smaller wheel-based one. The car tracks straight as an arrow on the open road. Additionally, all the cigarette lighters and vanity mirrors make it a great car for smoking 'cigars'. And to top it off, the car has one hell of a stock sound system, especially for 1995.

The one thing that you will need to maintain constantly is the dash pad. Its just huge and if you do not keep it moisturized, it will crack.

All in all then, this car does everything well that it was designed to do, plain and simple. Compare it to other cars of its size and purpose and you will find that this car stands on top, and you will feel that way when you drive it.

If GM wants its rep back, they need to start building cars like these again and ignore profits. Build quality once again, because that is exactly what this piece of mechanical engineering is and forever will be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

23rd Dec 2008, 10:15

Amen to this review. I have had the same experience with my car. Still going strong at 122k. Hope to make it to 300k. The 94-96 Fleetwood is the best car ever made. No exceptions. I wish I could stockpile all the nice ones so that I could use one after another for the rest of my life. Even if gas was $10 a gallon, I would keep this car.

1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 5.7 liter LT1 V8 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.7 liter LT1 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carCadillac Fleetwood

Summary:

The God of automobiles...

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong on this car.

General Comments:

The power this vehicle has is amazing. The 5.7 moves the beast like a champion. This huge Cadillac is much faster than the average car and is even able to toast a few sports cars. It is the sleeper vehicle the guy with the spoiler doesn't see coming. You'll love the look on the driver's face in the rear-view mirror after you smoke him. Being the engine is Corvette-derived, you can add modification to make the car even faster if you choose.

The car is extremely comfortable. You can ride for hours in this car and still be comfortable. The cab is huge is filled with loads of amenities. The spacious leg room and head room is quite nice.

This car is large and impressive-looking. At 225 inches, this car was the longest production vehicle of its year and the size coupled with the sharp, classic Cadillac design of a huge grille and tailfins makes this car turn many heads. The front and back have full metal chrome bumpers and the sides are clad with chrome plates. It came standard with a classy vinyl top. Add to that the chrome adornments, like the sail panel trim and the hood ornament, and everyone knows you're driving in style. It's a true beauty!

The trunk is enormous. You can almost park one of your friend's tiny Japanese cars in it. It fits everything you want even with its full-sized spare tire.

The options are so many on this vehicle I'm not even going to bother listing them because even after an extensive list I'd still probably be missing half of the stuff.

The car has been quite reliable. After owning it for two years I have yet to do a repair. I trust this car more than some of my friends!

The sound system in this vehicle is awesome. It came standard with a 6-speaker system and an optional CD player.

This car has the finest ride I've ever felt. The suspension is a little firmer than the older, more boaty Cadillacs, but it is still nice and smooth and soft, unlike "performance" European suspensions that jolt you like crazy. Riding in this car makes you forget you are on the road - it is more like a big, comfy couch in your living room. It is comfort at its finest!

The only complaint I have is that Cadillac stopped making these cars. This car is a true example of what a top-of-the-line car should be. The Europeans and Japanese never came close to filling the shoes of this car and unfortunately neither do modern American cars. I'd like to find the guy at Cadillac who decided to discontinue the Fleetwood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2005

28th May 2005, 10:20

I'd much rather have a Cadillac that has the Northstar engine.

16th Jul 2005, 18:46

A northstar over a LT1??? now that's funny... track record of both engines will tell you that it's the LT1!!! ask the guy who works on your car...

5th Sep 2005, 17:35

Yes, your mechanic would also prefer you have a Cadillac with a Northstar. The reason being Northstar V8's have problems more frequently than proven LT1, and Northstars cost considerably more to repair in any given circumstance.

Don't bother comparing the performance either, given the availability of after market performance parts you can push the power limits of an LT1 much farther than a Northstar.

Average review marks: 9.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews