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1998 Cadillac STS from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Terribly faulty

Faults:

I got this car last year, first time owning a Caddy, and will be the last.

I understand that owning an older vehicle can always mean running into a few repair costs. However the way this car ages, is like dog years.

It leaks water from the front side passenger floor, and not just a bit, like water will pour onto the floor creating a river.

The heated seats stopped working. Checked the fuses to no help.

The heater/air only works for the driver, for example, if it is cold out and you turn up the heat, cold air will blow on your passenger, and in the summer, if you have the air on, hot air will blow on your passenger!

Front suspension is dangerously soft (but that is one thing that I can understand being an older car).

Fuel consumption seems a bit much, and I have owned V8's before.

Sun roof started sagging in the back corner, but does not leak water, just looks bad.

Power steering stops working in a parking lot; if I don't apply a lot of gas, the power steering becomes strong arm, really difficult to park a big Caddy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th March, 2010

1998 Cadillac STS from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carCadillac Escalade

Summary:

Very comfortable driving car with a little pep

Faults:

Front rotors warped and replaced at 54,000.

Front brakes replaced at 54,000.

Brake wear sensors replaced at 54,000.

Serpentine belt replaced at 60,000.

Battery replaced at 65,000.

Radiator, water pump, hoses, and water pipe replaced at 95,000.

Spark plugs and wires replaced at 105,000.

Drivers side rear window stopped working at 110,000.

Rear tail light fuse blown at 120,000.

Rear trunk backup lights, running lights, and license plate lights wire broken at 120,000.

General Comments:

Great car, but has some electrical issues occasionally. Had a coolant leak, which turned out to be cracked radiator and worn water pipe that runs behind the engine, and had worn.

Driver's side rear window stopped working at 110,000. Cleaned connection between B-Pillar and passenger side door to resolve.

Latest was broken rear trunk backup, running and license plate lights. Turned out to be broken wire at driver's side trunk hinge. Spliced an additional 6 inches of wire to re-connect.

Michelin 100H tires seem to be the best for this car.

Need to replace front wheel bearings at 120,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2010

2005 Cadillac STS 3.6 V6 from Germany

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.6 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7600 kilometres
Most recent distance79000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Superb American luxury sedan

Faults:

Right front suspension parts replaced shortly after I owned the car.

Anti theft system is unreliable in terms of false alarm. With some sunshine on the car in summer, the alarm is triggered because of an unknown reason.

High pressure power steering line replaced at 78000 km.

Poor quality standard, blank alloy which deteriorates in winter salty conditions.

General Comments:

Superb car, simply reliable, specially the all so hated overkill on electronic gadgets, things which go all so wrong on many European car makers.

I would advise to take the V8 4.6 Northstar, because of the V8 sound (is that important? Well yes off course it is..) and the Magnetic Ride Control Suspension. The 3.6's suspension is very firm, unless you like this behavior, well I don't.

An overall exclusive touring limousine with a "acceptable" fuel economy of 10.1 l/100 km ~ 25 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2009

16th Mar 2010, 21:51

My 2005 STS is surely the best car I have owned. So far, I have only replaced the passenger door solenoid, and warped disc brakes were replaced under warranty. I use Mobil syn oil every 5000m. Lots of power, handling and the right mix of luxury and quiet to go along with the fun. After 10 Chryslers and one Ford, I think that I'm going to stick with the Caddie for a while longer... until the CTS Coupe comes out. Cheers, Igs.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews