I bought this car when I graduated high school in 2005 for $7000 with 70,000 miles, drove it for 3 years and loved it. It was relatively quick for a 7 year old car, handled like a boat, but had a soft cushy ride. It needed a $300 tune up, $400 radiator, $500 brakes, and had electrical problems, but it just kept running, never smoked or broke down. It had a great motor, but was a big heavy car, and I wasn't crazy abot the FWD. I traded it in January 2008 for $3500 with minor electrical problems
Looks, interior fit and finish, ride quality
traction control cannot be fully disabled, FWD, handling
I have had this car for about 1 1/2, and had numerous problems. I had to replace my water pump then the radiator, and now dished out 1600 to fix the head gaskets. I think they messed up with the design of this engine because every mechanic I ask almost all of them refused to work on them including the dealership. It has great horsepower and good on gas, but seems like if you have any problems you should just junk them. There too expensive to work on them, and any major work you got to drop the engine just to get to the source.
I have loved this from the moment that I bought it. It is now 10 years old and it's still turning heads. The power is unreal. I was so impressed with the 300lbs of torque this car has. The beauty of this car is amazing and I think because there are less of them around people really miss old fashion American design. I am 21 years old and this car is a time capsule for me. It takes me to the stories my grandpa has told me about the 1950's when Eldorado's were the definitive of luxury. The history of America lives on in this wonderful Cadillac.
This seats are very comfortable, the seat heaters are very hot. The stereo is decent for being the stock, non- Bose stereo. Great power and great transmission. Great in the winter snow due to its weight. Amazing acceleration at any speed. Compass in mirror, tilt side mirror, chrome wheels are a must.
The battery died when I first got it. I don't know if it is burning oil or leaking it. Power antenna broke, cheap fix. Car came from Texas and after a decade, the heat and humidity began eating the clear coat on the roof, wax didn't help much. Now in Colorado and the car doesn't like the cold much.
Oil consumption problems with Northstar engine virtually eliminated with what is termed WOT (wide open throttle)running. It appears ironic, but works. The finest automobile that I have ever owned and offers unparalleled luxury from top to bottom. OBD II system virtually checks systems and can be manually accessed for DTC's (diagnostic trouble codes) In essence, it diagnoses its own problems. Leather interior is exquisite. Ride is just like sitting in an expensive leather recliner- in a jet airplane. Sound system-CD changer & cassette player- offer flawless entertainment. MPG 24 city / 30 highway. Beauty, power and performance like no other I have ever driven................
Luxurious ride with little or no maintenance other than fluids and tires. Merely change platinum spark plugs and wires at about 100,000 miles and drive off into any sunset. Heated seats, passenger independent climate controls. All features well designed and executed.
No complaints, no suggestions, just satifaction with Cadillac quality and Northstar reliability and performance.
The Eldorado is a timelessly stylish
looking car with great power and
agility. Just 1 mechanical
problem in 7.5 years and GM covered 1/2
the cost even after the warranty
expired. Northstar engine is strong
and reliable, and the power steering
is easier than any car you'll find. I
tested the Eldorado against a Mercedes
CLK430, a Volvo C70, a Jaguar XK8, a
Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, a Ford TBird,
and the choice was easy. The Jag is the
only 1 that looks better, and it cost
over twice as much. None of them had
the Northstar's quickness. Cadillac
quality is back. If you need traction,
front wheel drive still rules.
Northstar 275 hp engine, very easy power
steering, beautiful shiny paint job even
after 7.5 yrs
Window seals not quite tight enough, and
interior trim loosens over the years;
Cadillac should work on detail quality.