2004 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6 from North America
Disappointing compared to previous Cadillacs
When I got the car home after purchasing the vehicle, I brought it to my General Motors dealership for inspection. It had a broken engine mount, a bad front wheel bearing, and both inner tie rods had play in them. The repair cost $1400 dollars before my first oil change.
A few months later it developed a vacuum leak in the intake, which cost me another $600 dollars.
Now it has a head gasket issue which will cost up to $4000 dollars. I haven't even owned the car a year. It just passed 60,000 miles. Very disappointed in this Cadillac!
I've owned 4 different Cadillac cars so far. I was pleased with the first two. The third (2011) CTS4 has been shaky at best, and the fourth (2004 Seville SLS) has been a total disappointment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th February, 2016
12th Feb 2016, 00:05
I would get a professional technician's opinion on that alleged head gasket issue. They have the proper equipment and experience to test for a leaking or blown head gasket. Many of these Northstars with overheating problems were caused by faulty coolant recovery tanks and trapped air in the cooling system. Negligent and frugal owners would let the engine overheat too many times, causing major engine damage or let an inexperienced or improperly trained mechanic condemn the head gasket without proper troubleshooting. Any service to the cooling system on HT and Northstar Cadillac engines and any head gasket testing is best left to the GM dealer or ASE certified technicians.
2nd Jul 2016, 04:57
I have a 2004 Cadillac Seville SLS that I had bought 9 months ago with 70,000 miles. It now has 74,400 miles on it and in the last 2 months I had to replace the coolant recovery tank (it leaked), it has an intake gasket leak (check engine light on), and now it is in the shop getting a new rack and pinion installed as the original one leaked like crazy.
Also the padded dash has been peeling off and it has a terrible vibration when on the freeway at 60+ mph.
When getting the A/C recharged, there is a leak as it had no Freon in it when getting the recharge.
This is a great looking car, but I now see why people are buying the imported brands, Honda, VW, Toyota, etc. This car listed as $45,000 brand new and is now only worth blue book trade in as $2,900.
Cadillac should be ashamed!
2nd Jul 2016, 16:59
Buy a nice 60s or earlier old one though and make money. Especially convertibles.