20th Jan 2007, 14:37

I see, so you are saying Ferraris, Porsches, and the like aren't meant to be "accelerated" since it will blow the head gasket.

Sounds like yet another lame excuse to cover up shoddy American engineering. I have had many many many different cars and have "accelerated" all of them repeatedly and never had a head gasket blow.

But, then again, they weren't the "quality" of the GM Northstar.

24th Dec 2012, 00:41

Accelerating a car is not "abuse" ---- ESPECIALLY in a high priced sports/luxury car. The car should have been tested better at the factory before Cadillac sold it.

No, not "all" cars blow head gaskets after being accelerated in a brisk manner. In fact, it is VERY rare. Cadillac admitted to the problem. They did NOTHING about it, and did NOTHING to help their customers who purchased the models with the faulty engines.

12th Apr 2017, 15:19

The Northstar is well known for having several engineering mistakes; look around Cadillac forums or ask a mechanic and you'll see.

Not least of which is too small bolts used to hold the head on the engine, causing repeated complaints of head gasket failure.

Especially with a famous problem like that, you should know what you're talking about before you accuse him of blowing up his car.