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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, New Owner 96 De Ville in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I just bought this De ville with 98,315 miles Friday 7/16/04. I have no maintenance record on it. I am ...
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    Gary Hill is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    CoolNew Owner 96 De Ville

    I just bought this De ville with 98,315 miles Friday 7/16/04. I have no maintenance record on it.

    I am Tim the tool man when it comes to mechanics, very limited knowledge and experience plus I am disabed.

    Thanks to your forum I have learned at least a few things about this vehicle and expect I will earn even more now that I have found it.

    Can I possiblly find out the maintenance record, say from a dealer or via GM, as the vehicle seems to have been well keep and possiblly maintained and appears to be in good working order. At least every bell and whisle works and its drive without any notable issues so far.

    I would like to also get some heads up on properly maintaining it. Starting with the maintence intervals after 100K. The forum postings indicate the 100K miles icheck up is a BIG and expense checkup. First is this true and how much should I expect to pay.

    Are there any recommend gasoline to use? How about oil that would be best to use? I assume 3500 miles oil & filter and fluid checks are normal.

    Any general up keep and maintenance tips would be most appreciated.

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    Re: New Owner 96 De Ville

    If the car was serviced at the dealer they should be able to give you records.
    Conventional 10W30 is the recomended oil.
    Change the oil & filter according to the OLI (oil life indicator). It will vary by the type of driving you do. Your car is capped at 7500 miles. That's about what I get for oil changes but I do mostly highway driving and get the engine heated up well each trip. If you do two mile trips in the winter you may only get 1000-2000.
    IT recommends premium fuel for best performance but will run just fine on regular due to the spark knock sensor, still get great milage, and you'll never notice the differance.
    Change the coolant every 5yrs/100K and don't forget the GM coolant (sealant) tabs.
    AT 100K you are probably due for a throttle body cleaning and EGR cleaning. Check the belst and tensioners for free movement. Dealer will probably want to replace all belts, hoses, filters, fluids, plugs, wires.
    Change trans fluid at 100K can be argued if it was not towing but can't hurt unless you let them do a flush. "Just say NO"

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