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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, Considering 89 DeVille, advice? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Looking at this one tomorrow. 25,000 one owner miles, $8500. What should I look out for specific to this model? ...
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    Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    Looking at this one tomorrow. 25,000 one owner miles, $8500. What should I look out for specific to this model? 4.5 a good motor? Seller will come down some in price. Thanks!

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...043242031.html

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    Nice car, but overpriced. Then again, it's worth whatever YOU'RE willing to pay for it.

    The 4.9 is one of Cadillacs best engines. However, an '89 has the TB injected 4.5. Essentially the same engine, with lower displacement, and a different injection system (and 45 less HP, 155).

    Really nothing specific to these models I can think of to check. It's a 24 year old car that wasn't driven much. Most of the time, that means not much maintenance was done. Cap, rotor, plugs, wires, belts, hoses, tires, ALL fluids... All should be considered ancient and replaced.

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    Re: Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    I agree with MoistCabbage. I bought an 89 DeVille and paid less. Although, mine had 49K on it when I got it and is a Sedan. I had all of the service records hand written in the manual, so I know it was serviced regularly (if not excessively). It runs beautifully, but is a little "floaty" riding. My BF is going to put in some spring stiffeners before we look into new shocks.

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    Re: Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    The price is on the high side but probably alright if you're really after one with super low miles. But if it was me I'd forget it and go after a 91-93 with the better engine.

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    Re: Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Faith76 View Post
    I agree with MoistCabbage. I bought an 89 DeVille and paid less. Although, mine had 49K on it when I got it and is a Sedan. I had all of the service records hand written in the manual, so I know it was serviced regularly (if not excessively). It runs beautifully, but is a little "floaty" riding. My BF is going to put in some spring stiffeners before we look into new shocks.
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    My BF is going to put in some spring stiffeners before we look into new shocks.
    NO - NO - NO - NO - NO -
    those things WILL destroy the springs -

    rear struts for your 89 Deville - you have a couple choices -
    with automatic level control -

    Monroe 171798 is EVERYTHING new -
    strut - bearing plate - upper spring isolator - upper spring seat - spring - boot kit -
    $75.91 - each - with free shipping -

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    $35.79 each - plus shipping = $88 for the pair shipped -
    this is a special close-out from rockauto.com -
    this is a TERRIFIC DEAL - you should jump on these -
    amazon has the next best price - $60 each with free shipping -
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    Re: Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Nice car, but overpriced. Then again, it's worth whatever YOU'RE willing to pay for it.

    The 4.9 is one of Cadillacs best engines. However, an '89 has the TB injected 4.5. Essentially the same engine, with lower displacement, and a different injection system (and 45 less HP, 155).

    Really nothing specific to these models I can think of to check. It's a 24 year old car that wasn't driven much. Most of the time, that means not much maintenance was done. Cap, rotor, plugs, wires, belts, hoses, tires, ALL fluids... All should be considered ancient and replaced.
    looked at the car and you were right on... although in generally nice condition, maintenance has obviously been deferred: leaky power steering hose, weeping trans gasket, air leaking from somewhere in the rear air ride, cool A/C but throwing a code low refrigerant, radio won't power up,... he came down in price but I passed... still not in the ballpark for what it would take to bring it up to my standards.
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    Re: Considering 89 DeVille, advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by CADDCT View Post
    looked at the car and you were right on... although in generally nice condition, maintenance has obviously been deferred: leaky power steering hose, weeping trans gasket, air leaking from somewhere in the rear air ride, cool A/C but throwing a code low refrigerant, radio won't power up,... he came down in price but I passed... still not in the ballpark for what it would take to bring it up to my standards.
    The power steering leak and trans pan are the type of thing most people don't do anything about until the leak is bad. But leak in air ride and broken radio is neglect and for the price they are asking it shouldn't have any of those problems. Passing on it is the right thing to do.

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