I wrote the original post on this car.
I still own it with 91,000 miles on it. The self adjusting rear suspension gave up so I installed Air Lift Bags in the back and standard shock absorbers.
The upholstery on the driver's seat is really bad at this point, I have a seat pad on it now to cover the rips. I may just bite the bullet and have it reupholstered.
The R12 A/C is getting weak and I was told the on board computer will not accept a R134A conversion, hope I can resolve this issue.
I love this old boat of a Cadillac and I think it was the best RWD Fleetwood made by Cadillac as far as comfort, safety, MPG and low end torque goes. A refined version of those old 70's tanks. It is getting hard to find unmolested (No 22's, hopping suspensions, etc.) examples around anymore.
I love my 95 Fleetwood Brougham! I am having the transmission rebuilt and hope to have it soon. She had 156000 miles when I got her. Now at 161000. Great car! I'll keep her forever.
I bought our 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham in '95 and love this car. Replaced the fuel pump and did the tune up ourselves (not the fuel pump however).
I hate to part with this car - soon to be a classic - as the ride is super fine. No cracks in the dash, the seats are still pretty good, and lots of room too. We average 24 MPG highway at 65 miles per hour.
Thought of trading it, but I doubt I can find a car with this long lasting quality! 144k miles on her, but she purrs like a kitten!!
You would be hard pressed to find anything in today's market that would even compare to the size and comfort. It is truly sad and disappointing to think of how the automotive world has drastically changed in the last 20 years. I fear things will only continue to get worse. I hope to buy a late model Cadillac DTS next year with very low miles and a bench seat. I will drive that until it falls apart, since it will probably be among the last true American sedans. They are remnants of a better time.
I own a 94 Fleetwood Bro, and it's the best car I have ever owned in terms of reliability, performance, and interior comfort. Last of the big body Caddys with tons of room inside, chrome metal bumpers, and where everything feels heavy duty. I don't see why anyone would rather buy an XTS or even an DTS when you can buy a used mint condition 93-96 Fleetwood for a few grand that easily surpasses those cars in comfort, space, ride quality, and probably reliability over a long period of time.
It just didn't seem right or even look right once Cadillac started making small cars. When I think of a Cadillac, I think grand, big, powerful, imposing and luxurious.
They should've never discontinued the Fleetwood as there's still a good number of people that would love to still buy them, even though they were losing sales to the Town Car in the 90's.
I drive my 94 Fleet everyday, and it's funny because some people think it's a newer car because it's in great shape, or that I've got money. A nice way to fake it until you make it I'd say! LOL.
Yes, I agree that not too many people are going to think you are rich driving a 20 year old car, even if it is a big Cadillac; in fact probably the opposite. I would love to drive a real American full-size car from the 70s, 80s, or 90s, but I guess I am too self conscious about what people would think. Plus I don't really want to be that conspicuous. Those land yachts just stick out like a sore thumb among the tiny bland mobiles of today, even with the SUVs intermingling with them.
Good for you though for not caring what people think. You probably have a nicer, more stylish, better riding car than 90% of the American public today, plus I doubt you have a car payment and your insurance and plates are a drop in the bucket.
Who cares about what people think, status, etc... When I drive my classic land yachts or classic pickups around, I get tons of looks and admiration from people in much newer, more expensive cars who wish that they themselves could own what they consider an impractical "toy".
Classic cars have to be purchased outright with cash, while pretty much anyone can finance/lease a newer model car, so in some ways, they are a status symbol or indication of wealth. Either way, driving in a full size old school Cadillac or Lincoln makes the driver and passengers feel like royalty; very few cars compare in interior comfort, luxury and ride quality.
Haters gonna hate!