I agree completely, I have had my Cadillac Seville for 6 months and all it has needed are new front brake pads and a tail light seal at 45,000 miles.
But it is a wonderfully luxurious car that has the pick-up and responsiveness of a powerful sports car. It is infinitely better than any sports car, and unlike them, is definitely NOT uncomfortable. It is the most comfortable car I have ever driven.
I love mine and plan to keep it for a long time!!! I never have been that car crazy, but the Cadillac Seville has made me into a Cadillac lover. It is an absolutely beautiful car than has real class. I would rate this car A++++++++++!!! I have owned many different cars and even a truck, but I would say that this has to be the best car ever made.
We just picked up our 2002 "STS" >5 days ago.
We love this car and got a great deal. At 51k the car is out of warranty, but this car is beautiful.
We do have one complaint; the car does have a vibration at 65mph. It was there before we bought it and we accepted the car as-is knowing it was there. I thought it was tires or alignment, but they were both set to spec before we picked the car up. No change.
I see that one of the two recalls has to do with steering (specifically loose bolts on the "steering gear") and I plan to have them check that out for safety, but I don't expect that will change the vibration.
I was wondering if after all these years, has anyone has figured out what the "fix" is for this vibration?
I intend to keep this car and accept the flaw, but knowing cars I also know there is a fix in there somewhere...
You just need to change tires. If you have Good Years on, change them out with Michelins or another top brand tire. My Pontiac Bonneville SSEI had the same problem. Also, look at tire reviews for help in selecting tires.
I own a Cadillac Seville STS 2002 since July 2005 with 47000km (aprox. 30000 miles) on the odo and after another 22000km (aprox. 14000 miles, I'm very happy with the car, it's a great car. I've owned several European, Japanese and even us-cars, but this one is the best I ever had, except the Corvette C4, that I've owned for three years, anyway I have had American cars since 1989 even they are a little bit expensive over here in Switzerland/Europe, but they are still the best for the money.
Back to my Seville, I had the same problem too, at 60mph and between 75 and 90mph the car had vibrations.
With the summer tires (Hankook) the problem was quite bad and it couldn't be solved perfectly, even after 3 alignments.
With the winter tires (Dunlop) the problem was solved after 2 alignments.
I think I'll buy a different summer tire brand, maybe Goodyear, but anyway I can live with this.
I just bought my third Seville, a 2002. At 123000 miles its as good as the last one my wife wrecked at 166,000 miles... that one needed a light repaired at about 140,000... that's all that ever went bad.
My "new" one, with 123,000 on it, is basically perfect. Looks new and drives new.
Read about the vibration at 65 MPH... Certain Goodyear tires, the lower cost ones, will do that... Deville also. But a good pepboys tire or top of the line Goodyear has no vibration. This one I'll keep for at least ten years.
I'm a pilot and do aircraft type maintenance to my cars.. just changed brake and power steering fluid and greased all of the "greaseless" front and rear end parts. I use 5 year antifreeze with distilled water. The minerals in regular tap water wear out the water pump seal. Any good engine oil is fine with a quart of synthetic occasionally. Do a simple (not flush) trans oil change about once a year... replace the sway bar bushings with urethane... then drive 500,000 miles or so in comfort... Aluminium engine should be re-sealed/stop leaked every 75,000 miles or so.
Also, these engines need to run hard occasionally, so use that throttle!
I just purchased a 02 STS with 118,000 miles, & it runs great.
I heard about the vibration issues, so I took it for a run over 60 mph & there was no problem. The car has Michelin tires; that might make the difference.
It has excellent power & all the luxuries you need. I love it.
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