29th Aug 2004, 15:23

In 4 months my Seville Elegante, 1980, will be 25 years old. It then qualifies as an antique in New Jersey. I have only one comment or question:

How do I get the yellow emissions flag to go back up so that I might read the proper mileage on odometer?? I have been to the Cadillac Service Dept in my town and was told that it is too old for the mechanics to know how to fix it. Detroit can't even help, they say go to a dealer and get it serviced. No help there.

The manual suggests to "pull a string" Now I ask, with everything computerized, what business does Cadillac have attaching a "string"? I need help from somebody with knowledge of this... please help me.


20th Mar 2012, 20:28

Very nice comments about a wonderful car. I just purchased my second one (first one was yellow on yellow, and this one is black on grey). The problem with this one is, I'm afraid, it has been monkeyed with by the last owner, who was a self professed mechanic. It has a slight stickiness in the transmission... you can shift it manually, but otherwise will not shift easily from 2nd to 3rd. The mechanic I took it to states that he can only replace the transmission, as he is not familiar with this type of "old car". Do you have any suggestions??

Regards, Lilah.

31st Dec 2014, 05:45

Yes: change mechanic.

26th Mar 2016, 13:21


Hey I have the same problem with my 1980 CS with the emissions on the speedo. Did you ever get it fixed? If so, how?

I found my 1980 Caddy Seville sitting in a heated warehouse. It's has been sitting for ten years, and it only had 42,000 miles on it. I had to take the gas tank out to replace the fuel pump to get it running, and also changed the alternator, tightened up the belts, tuned it up and changed some hoses and the battery. I have put 10,000 miles on her since I found her in 2014; she's my everyday driver and I love her. She gets all types of attention.

One thing I can't seem to understand is the interior lights won't shut off, so I have to pull the fuse on her to shut the lights off.

I truly do love this car, it's awesome!! People always ask if I want to sell it; I got the car for free and won't part with her for anything under 6 grand. She is like driving a new 36 year old car; I only have seen maybe 1 or 2 since I have been driving her for about two years.

If you want to contact me, my email standfastbrian@gmail.com. I live in Pittsburgh PA.