2000 Cadillac Seville SLS North Star from North America


Pricey. However, fix the tire-vibration problem permanently and I would buy another


The ride had excessive vibration. Cadillac has 'cherry picked" tires, using a Hunter machine which each Caddy dealer is now buying, and my now car does not vibrate. It took over a month and five visits and three sets of tires to stop the vibration at 70 mph. The real problem still exists. The problem is the cars are built with a suspension which will not tolerate common tire manufactures tire tolerances. The overlap of the belts and radial ply causes hard spots on the tires which are transmitted through the car. GM thinks this is a tire problem. Goodyear and Michelin know about the "road force" measurements and tell me it's a car problem. I agree with the tires manufactures. I want GM to agree to furnish the low-road-force tires (at my expense) for the life of the car, and they will not agree. I can't get the local tire dealers to understand what "road force" is, and therefore believe that once my car is off the guarantee, I will be holding the bag. GM is trying to stick us with a car that will not accept standard off-the-shelf tires. I have filed a lemon-law procedure. I want the car fixed so it will take off-the-shelf tires or replaced.

General Comments:

I like the car.

The car is roomy and comfortable.

The power and performance is impressive. It has great acceleration over 35 mph.

Highway trips are a joy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2002

5th Mar 2003, 17:17

I have an 2001 Seville STS that has the same problem at around 70 mph. I too have notified the dealership and they tell me that it is a wheel balance problem. I have had the wheels re-balanced and the problem still exists. I was almost considering that I may have a bent mag or other suspension problem until reading this article. If anyone has any tire recommendations or other information please let me know also. mpdmarysix@hotmail.com Thanks!

2000 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6 Northstar V8 from UK and Ireland


Hateful dinosaur which just doesn't make sense outside the US

General Comments:

Chassis so hopeless that you can't use the only decent bit of the car - that luurrvely Northstar V8. Car cannot cope with British roads - too many corners and too many crests and dips which have it bottoming out and bouncing sickeningly every time. I've also never driven a car that rolls this much through the corners, and who allowed the combination of 300 bhp and front drive?? Ridiculous.

The tacky interior, and wallowy, floaty ride pale in comparison to the comedy 70's tyre squealing handling. All you need is the hubcaps to fly off and the picture would be complete. In time-honoured American tradition, the V8 returns mpg figures in the teens as well - okay when you pay $1 a gallon, but not so good when you pay £4 ($6) a gallon in the UK.

Have the guys at Cadillac ever driven a BMW, Mercedes, Rover, Audi or Lexus??? This car is so wide of the mark it's almost funny. Belongs in another era and another country.

No dissing of American cars intended (love the Viper, Shelby Cobra, Corvette etc) but this one is awful! I'm so glad this is only a temporary thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2001

20th Dec 2001, 04:39

A very witty and insightful review.

16th Nov 2002, 12:06

I have owned an STS Cadillac for 18 months and love every minute of the 300 hp available - anybody who cannot cope with driving it is just faint hearted and should give it back immediately. I also have a Volvo R - the caddi makes it seem like a moped! If you work the Caddi hard enough the active ride wakes up and it has remarkable handling qualities. Do not buy a 300hp car if you are not prepared to use it.

Alan Young.