3rd May 2005, 01:19
I agree they should have kept making the B and D bodies. In my opinion, if they aren't gonna make small cars that really beat their small imported counterparts, then the only thing that American car makes have over them is their luxurious size. Now if they could make a fuel efficient big fleet-wood, that would be the best car ever!
There's nothing better than riding along in a "living room on wheels" and its safety/comfort/music listen ability has made it the best car I've ever ridden in and owned. I hope Cadillac comes to the philosophy it had in the 40's and 1993-96, that its better to make a few great cars than a lot of the same old good cars/SUV. But I'm just glad they left me with one true land yacht to get me by until they decide to revive the grand old school.
28th Nov 2005, 07:27
This, the biggest of modern Cadillacs is a rare sight on the roads today.
You see 20 of Lincoln's equivalent, the Town Car, for every Cadillac Fleetwood.
Pity, as I think the Cadillac loks better.
I'm disappointed at the incredibly ugly angular styling on new Caddies - anyone else agree with me?
4th Jan 2006, 22:35
Toyotas are still indicative of what the US auto industry can do though. The vast majority of Toyotas and Hondas sold in America are, in fact, built in America by American workers. Toyota even sources most of the steel used by their American plants from mills in Pennsylvania and the Mid West. There are more models from each of Toyota, Nissan, and Honda made in the US than from Chrysler (only the Sebring is made here).
16th Jan 2006, 16:47
I drive over 100 miles a day for work and nothing rides better than my 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. I have replaced several parts on this car, but nothing major and it has never left me stranded. Everybody who has ever ridden in this car has absolutely loved it. I have owned over 14 Cadillacs in the past, but I think I may have to hold onto this one.
1st Jun 2006, 11:22
"All I can say is that if GM did not get greedy, trying to make cars overseas & if they kept the plants in America alive."
Here is why its US plants must be allowed to die -- before they strangle the company to death:
24th Jun 2006, 21:48
I bought a 1996 Fleet-wood Brougham June 7, 2006 with just over 16,000 miles on the odometer. I am getting rid of a 1999 Mercedes CL500 with 49,000 miles because I want this gorgeous big American made automobile instead. I drove every new Cadillac prior to buying the 1996 hoping one of them would be a car I would like driving as a personal car. There is no car out there I want now that I have my 1996 Fleet-wood Brougham.
Unless, I find another 16,000 mile white one. I do think I will put TVs in the headrest to give the rare backseat passengers a treat. They might think they are riding in a classy limo.
19th Oct 2006, 17:17
Q: Why did GM stop making B bodies?
A: short answer: because they're idiots.
A: Long answer / conundrum:
Based on what a previous post stated, that the Buick Roadmaster/Cadillac Fleetwood etc. were stopped to build SUV's instead (because they were gaining popularity).
Something here doesn't make sense... They stop building land yahts/big boats to make SUV's that are approximately the same size and have basically the same fuel consumption as the B bodies they replaced. Huh? Yeah... I don't get their logic either...
Okay, I can see them stopping B body production to make more fuel-efficient, compact (or just smaller) cars/vehicles, but not SUV's.
Thanks for your time.
10th Feb 2007, 14:08
I have two 1993 Cadillac Fleetwoods and they are the true Last of the Big Boy Caddys! I could never see why they stop making one of the best ever made. At 90,000 on my white one. and 130,000 on the blue one. They both drive better than new cars on the road today! Caddy til I die!
3rd Mar 2007, 17:56
I myself wonder why GM stopped making the Fleetwood. maybe more people would rather prefer a Deville since it's a bit smaller.
1st Sep 2007, 15:13
Now that the popularity of SUV's are waning steadily, we just might see a return to the traditional American full-sized sedan which once dominated the highways and by-ways. They are more fuel efficient, but still will hold a family of six. I have always loved big cars and it is sad that there are fewer and fewer of them made each year in favor of all the "me too mid-size" Toyota and Honda sedans that are just not for me at all. Even the American cars grow smaller and blander all the time.
21st Sep 2007, 14:19
I am a big Caddy fan and have always admired the Fleetwood. The demise of the Fleetwood stems from the fact that Americans don't buy American cars anymore. When asked, the excuse is usually "foreign cars are better built". I don't subscribe to this. If properly maintained, any car, foreign or domestic will last forever. American cars lost brand loyalty of their customers to foreign cars during the 80's and today, most Americans under 40 wouldn't consider purchasing an American car. If they can afford a Cadillac, they purchase a BMW or Mercedes. If they can't afford a Cadillac, they purchase a Toyota or a Honda. That's the reality of the situation. It's a shame.
My beef with American automakers is that they don't change the body styles often enough. They built the exact same model without even changing the trim a bit. Why would anyone pay top dollar for the brand new model when the exact same car has been produced for the past 7 consecutive years? A good example was the '80-'92 Fleetwood.
23rd Sep 2007, 23:21
I am absolutely in love with my 1996 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM. My other car is a 1990 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM.
All I can say that they both have proven to be very reliable cars & are an absolute pleasure to ride with PRIDE. On many occasions, I have been asked by total strangers if I were willing to sell my cars, & my answer always has been a very polite no - that's my baby.
I take great care of my Caddies with tender loving care & they have never let me down. They have never landed behind a tow truck, nor have I ever gotten a flat on the road. They both are real beauties.
Going across country in these cars gives me ROYAL comfort.
It is very stupid that this cars which were the Pride of America have been discontinued by GM.
31st Jan 2008, 16:29
I have a 1996 fleetwood brougham with 173,000 miles and never a wrench has turned an engine bolt. 25.4 mpg on regular, highway, (4600 lbs). I might be buried in it instead of a casket. I love me some 96 cadillac.
7th Mar 2008, 20:27
Bought a '95 Fleetwood not long ago. Got 125K on the clock and still runs strong enough. My only complaint about this car is that it has a minor oil leak that I just can't seem to pinpoint. Also, it sometimes flutters during acceleration between 40-60 mph. My mechanic has made 2 repairs, but the leak still remains. All in all this is a pleasure to own and drive. I get great gas mileage and I do a lot of freeway driving, usually averaging somewhere around 75 MPH. If anyone has any info on where my leak may be, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.