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Major Repair Experience
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Jim
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1996 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought with about 58k miles. Very good ride and fuel mileage; strong and plenty of power. Seemed the perfect car until 68k miles. Between 68k miles and 72k miles replaced transmission, air struts, and fuel injection pump. I rated down the reliability due to the mechanical failures, but now repaired, I am back to trusting it's dependability. The problems were caught before breaking down on the road. Transmission metal and seal fragments were found on filter and oil change; struts were flat and wearing rear tires severely and unevenly, and; fuel injection was causing erratic and surging RPM, and a couple stalls.


Best Features

I like the tireless comfort of driving long distance and gas mileage of the NorthStar. The size and handling give a feeling of safety.


Worst Features

None. This particular car seemed to have major mechanical failures not typical of Cadillac.


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Very satisfying, but not without issues.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Darkness
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1996 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this vehicle with 26,600 miles in September 20009. Previous car was a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant. My particular example has had some issues. Two weeks after purchase, engine started misfiring but only at under 5 MPH. Replaced plugs, wires, etc. didn't fix it. At this point I've gotten used to it and don't want to put more money into it. Keyless entry stopped working for no reason. The car gets poor fuel economy (probably related to the misfire), around 10 in the city and 19 on the highway. Still, this is a very satisfying car to drive. Plenty of power and space for 5 adults (front center position is a squeeze). Trunk is immense.


Best Features

Lots of interior space, very powerful car for its size. Great digital display has useful information such as oil life, battery voltage, MPG, fuel used, and more. Air conditioning and heat work very well. Nice exterior styling.


Worst Features

Northstar system comes with its share of problems, should have used the LT1 like the Fleetwood and Caprice. Premium fuel only means lots of cash spent at the gas station. Ride can get slightly buoyant at higher speeds.


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Reliability, Power & Good Mileage
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Rick W.
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1996 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan


Review

This is our 3rd Caddy. Purchased this one 9 years ago when it had 26k on it. Now has 64k. (we have 3 other vehicles) No major problems at all. As with the other reviews, excellent power, can easily get 26-27 MPG. When it's cleaned and waxed it still turns heads!


Best Features

It keeps up with traffic wonderfully. Plenty of passing power.


Worst Features

Fit & Finish could be better. After 14 years it has some rattles, but with only 64k on it it shouldn't have.


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Awesome Ride
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Lee
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1996 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan


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Purchased the car with less than 10k on it and have put nearly 75k on it since then. The comfort and power are exceptional, as is the gas mileage. At nearly 24-28mpg, there is not another comparable vehicle even made today. No outrageous problems or issues with anything. It still turns heads and blows doors off of "wannabee's". Absolutely Awesome Ride. Hope to keep it another 10 years!


Best Features

The Northstar, of course. Also, the comfort. It's like sitting in your favorite Lay-Z-Boy, but going 70mph.


Worst Features

The only thing that I wish Cadillac would have done was to add a few more 'cubby-holes'. You know, places to put stuff (iPod, Cellphone...).


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Better have deep pockets or skills
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By StillRidinClean
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1996 Cadillac DeVille 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought my first and highly sought after Caddy. Almost half below market value but with an AC problem. $120 got me a small part and fill, AC works fine. Love to drive this beauty around and have fallen in love with the Northstar. Ive also won me a fair share of races, lol. But problems started occuring. Engine overheating (Was lucky enough to have friend fix), Serpentine belt (lost control of steering) $80, and just the other day the car would'nt start despite a full charged battery. Did I mention the car is now accelerating funny, transmission? So, If you are skilled enough to do your own work you are going to love this car. If you're going to considering buying, be sure to check history.


Best Features

Up to 27-28 mpg highway. Bot quite Pruis but good for a guzzler. Handling The power of the Northstar Outside design, althogh most people refer to it as a boat, the car isn't exactly an eye sore like an Aztec or Scion. Comfort. Great for long drives. Safe engine mode


Worst Features

Armrest lid and cupholder broken Cost of maintenance is high 93 octane is too expensive Burns oil fast


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