14th May 2012, 12:47

Luxury cars tend to need a little more maintenance, and cost more for servicing.

American cars from the early 1990s were still not so great or durable. A 1992 American car with 220,000+ miles is a milestone, and the fact it's a more fragile luxury car makes it more so. The car is beyond its typical life expectancy. I very rarely see these with over 140,000.

17th May 2012, 13:43

Early 1990s American cars were, while not as durable as those which came before, certainly far more durable than the more recent cars.

11th Jan 2014, 09:24

Mine has 340k miles, still running strong and quiet, leather and carpeting looks fine, and is still very comfortable.

Take care of these cars, they are worth it.

29th Jan 2019, 18:57

1992 was not the last year the 4.9 was used in the Seville or Eldorado. In 1993, unless the car was a Seville STS or Eldorado Touring Coupe, it had the 4.9 as the standard engine.

31st Jan 2019, 04:28

4.9, over the Northstar all day.

2nd Feb 2019, 08:41

Shouldn't matter which engine you wind up with these days. Whether Northstar or 4.9, these are 25+ year old cars, so no one with any common sense would use it as a daily driver.

2nd Feb 2019, 20:39

Depends on the brand of car. When it comes to domestics there are still plenty of the Ford Panther platform trio on the road that are 25+ years old used daily.

As far as a Cadillac of this vintage, I would definitely trust the 4.9, seen them hit 200,000 miles or more. The Northstar is a different story. Endless money pit after 100,000 miles.

8th Feb 2019, 15:47

I see those 25 year old Panthers on the road daily. Usually abandoned on the side of the road, waiting to be hauled to the junkyard.

8th Feb 2019, 21:41

Likely that distant memory was seeing a police version on the side of the road that had just clocked and overtaken a speeder. I haven’t seen any 25 year old ones that I recall seeing on a shoulder, broken down, for quite a long time, unless a radar speed trap. Any other readers agree?

8th Feb 2019, 21:42

You see abandoned cars on the road daily?

Would not want to live wherever you are, thank you.

8th Feb 2019, 22:00

Yeah right. That was without a doubt Ford's best line of vehicles. Built for over thirty years.

8th Feb 2019, 22:50


That's quite amazing. "daily" (Meaning every day). You see the same type of car "abandoned on the side of the road". And they are ALL 25 years old?

Your comment is very hard to swallow, seeing how it's far from the truth and the fact that the Panther cars themselves can exceed the 300-400 thousand mile mark.

9th Feb 2019, 20:11

Maybe there aren't any gas stations in the immediate area. And being over 25 years old, the fuel gauge accuracy is at best marginal.

10th Feb 2019, 17:48

There you go, rational explanation: 25 year old cars have inoperable fuel gauges, so when they run out of gas, their owners just abandon them on the side of the road because they don't want to walk to any far-flung gas stations. Makes perfect sense to me ;)

11th Feb 2019, 21:10

That wasn’t how it was described. Lack of stations, not lack of gauges. At any rate it was so far fetched to claim that 25 year old cars are on the side of the road daily on your route. But I get you are taking the deflection way out of a very unlikely comment you made.

12th Feb 2019, 21:31

Heh. I didn't post 15:47, and my comment was actually replying to 20:11, not you (unless you are replying to your own comments?). And "lack of stations" is not an issue UNLESS you don't know how much gas you have because the accuracy of your gauge is, uh, "marginal".

Anyways, you should look up what "tongue in cheek" means, and stop taking everything so seriously :)

13th Feb 2019, 12:02

It’s apparent most statements following actually took it literally. So what was said prior is not at all accurate, either by the age of older cars or implying they have faulty fuel gauges as well. They run fine and do not need the implication otherwise. People also read reviews to justify future purchases of specific brands and vehicle platforms. Not fiction please.

17th Feb 2019, 21:09

And another thread runs off into the weeds, thanks to 20:39 bringing up unrelated Ford Panther platform vehicles on a review of a Cadillac Seville...

18th Feb 2019, 23:34

Uh, yeah. It was just an example to rebut the theory of 08:41 that a 25 year old vehicle can have the purpose for daily use.

Also, if you really think that the comment "ran off into the weeds", you need to go back and read the second half where I clearly stated that the Cadillac 4.9 from the same era is more than reliable enough to be driven everyday compared to the crap Northstar.

19th Feb 2019, 16:14

Made sense to me. Comparing 2 domestic luxury car V8 configurations. Why not? If you want to talk about unrelated, take a look at some of the Toyota, Honda and Lincoln threads on here, and a Corvette is thrown in the mix.

19th Feb 2019, 16:44

I remember if I did rarely break down, I could actually fix the 60s and early 70s cars right on the spot. In most cases. A small tool box with assorted tools. A roll of duct tape and wire. Carry a spare few parts. And you got home. Now in the modern day era, you use a cell and call for a rollback.

19th Feb 2019, 22:09

The Crown Victoria was a "domestic luxury car"?

Just think, all those cops and cab drivers still driving them can now revel in the knowledge that they are in a "luxury car"!

20th Feb 2019, 14:41

Ever hear of the Lincoln Town Car/Mercury Grand Marquis? 2 outta 3 ain't bad.

20th Feb 2019, 17:52

Not talking about the police interceptor. There were editions of the Crown Vic that were pretty loaded up with their share of those electronic thingamabobs and power options, alloy wheels, leather seats. Some even had the rear air springs found on the Town Car.

20th Feb 2019, 20:22

I too was kind of confused about the "luxury" word added in. These were no different than any of the other big boats of the time with atrocious squeaky interiors.

21st Feb 2019, 00:11

Being quite frank I can afford most any new luxury car. What I found that in my opinion is great overall is the domestic AWD Buick LaCrosse magnetic ride Premium II as an everyday daily driver. We just had a snowstorm today and the obvious answer was taking one of them. I thought my wife was off her rocker buying one last year. She’s had Audi and Mercedes. Now I just personally bought one as my daily nice driver. They are nice to drive anywhere. Not too costly to fret taking it anywhere or worrying about it. They are being discontinued for the crossovers and SUV models. Personally I am sick of driving crossovers daily. They have their pluses but not fun to drive. I had 2 Marquis for business and a Crown Vic long ago. The Crown Vic was fine if well optioned and a faster car. I use to turn the air up and talk a lot at pay phones. Stayed cool. Drove them many miles daily and they were well made. And safe if you got hit. Sure, they were taxis and police vehicles. The full size later Lincoln Town Cars were another great car and noted for very high mileage.