1998 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L 32V Northstar from North America
Power steering hoses, spark plugs & wires, radiator hoses, radiator, speed sensor in tranny at 67K miles which completely destroyed the tanny clutches & pump, EGR valve, throttle positioning sensor, security module, accessory drive computer, high-mount 3rd brake light, seal broke in headlamps causing them to fog & need replacement, engine mount broke and ate into wiring harness which lead to A/C problems too, the car has always used about 1 quart of oil per 1,000 miles, the moonroof drains in the front clog very often even though my car stays in the garage when not being used.
This is a love hate car. My previous car was a 1990 Cadillac Seville STS and I loved it but like my '98 as the car aged it became very expensive to maintain. I sold the '90 STS in 2003 with just 43,000 miles on it. I acquired my '98 STS with just 37,000 and things went very well until the transmission went at 67,000. Since then it has had a plethora of problems and repairs and parts are very expensive even if you can do them yourself.
On the positive side, I love the power and performance of this full-size sedan. It also is still a great looking car even though it is now 10 years old. The paint and interior have held up well too. And the stereo is the best I've ever heard from a factory unit. I'd buy another car like it just for the 425 watt Bose system.
The dash layout and instrument panel are also very well laid out and very attractive. The zebrano wood is excellent and everything you need is easily in reach and in the right spot, including the key which goes in the dash instead of inside the steering column.
The memory functions are very comprehensive and make changing drivers very easy. The memory sets the steering wheel position, seat postion, mirrors, HVAC, and stereo & CD presets.
Overall, I'd say this is a great car but you either need to be prepared to sell the car prior to 70,000 miles or buy a VERY comprehensive extended warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th March, 2008