Cadillac Fleetwood Classified Ads Discussion, 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham V4P towing package - excellent condition in Cadillac Classifieds Marketplace; UPDATE: I have reduced my asking price to $6800.
I'm reluctantly selling my 1996 Fleetwood Brougham with the V4P towing ...
I'm reluctantly selling my 1996 Fleetwood Brougham with the V4P towing package. It's painted Medium Marblehead Metallic (a beautiful silver-gray) with the matching Brougham vinyl roof. I just bought a house, and (not surprisingly) the Caddy doesn't fit in the garage. The car is too nice to not be garaged, so I want to find a new home for it. It has about 122,000 miles on it, and I'm only the third owner. The first owner had it for the initial 15 or 16 years of its life, the second owner had it for about a year, and I've had it for less than a year since then. To my knowledge, it has seen very little winter. The car is in excellent condition, especially considering its age. I'm asking $6800 for the car and everything detailed below that's included. I'm located in Saline, Michigan, which is in the southeast part of the state.
-Since I bought it, I've put new tires on the car. (It was on the original whitewalls before that!) The tires have around 1000 miles on them.
-I've replaced the front struts and lubed the chassis and suspension, so it rides just like it should with the perfect amount of float.
-I also installed a set of remote electrically operated exhaust cutouts aft of the catalytic converters. Press a button hidden under the dash and it sounds like a NASCAR stocker. Press it again and it goes quiet enough that you wonder if the engine is still running. This installation was done in a completely reversible manner, so if you want to put it completely back to stock you'd just need to replace a couple of sections of the exhaust (they were nearing replacement time anyway) or you can just ignore it and never press the button, but it's a great way to surprise the heck out of people at stoplights. Installation and the small amount of fab work necessary was done at a reputable local custom shop. Video here: http://youtu.be/7-u3ODjHO0s (It's louder in person, but I think the iPhone's auto-leveling mic diminished the sound a bit.)
-The left rear window sliders have been replaced. These are a trouble spot for these cars because of a bad original design that stressed the sliders unnecessarily in the tracks. I pulled the door trim and replaced both sliders when the window became troublesome to put up and down. I don't know if the other windows have been attended to in the past, but I can give you pointers on how to deal with them should the need arise.
-The previous owner had the driver's seat repaired in the normal wear spot where the extra Brougham seat controls can pinch the seat material on the side. He had an upholsterer sew in a new piece of material there. Most cars I've seen have split at that point. You shouldn't have to worry about this one.
-I installed a custom, vehicle-specific Draw-Tite hitch receiver on the car when I bought it; neither of the two previous owners had ever installed a hitch, so I can confidently say that it was never used to tow, even though it's rated at 7000 pounds with the V4P package (more on that below). I only used it to tow once, for a total of about 40 miles. This was mostly to say that I did it and to take a couple of pictures for a Road & Track story. The hitch setup is easily removable with hand tools, so if you're not interested in using it or even looking at it, it'll come off with little effort. And you can be sure that the car hasn't been used or abused while towing.
-The paint, body, chrome, and trim are all in very good shape. All of the chrome trim is present and accounted for (and there is a lot of it on this car), and it shines up very nicely. The car was very well cared for all of its life. The original owners, who bought the car in Illinois and later moved to Wisconsin, apparently either parked it or drove it down south each winter. It's not a typical Michigan or midwestern car.
Not perfect stuff:
-The rear vanity mirror covers came unglued, common on these cars; I've bought the adhesive to put them back on, but I haven't gotten around to it. Hopefully I will soon, and I'll be happy to attend to them before a sale.
-There are a few rock chips in the paint on the hood. I bought very high quality factory-matched touch-up paint for it, but again I haven't had time to apply it with the move to the new house. I'll include the paint, primer, and prep items in the sale and let the buyer handle that, because I want the new owner to be aware of which areas have been touched up.
-One of the chrome-plated plastic spears is peeling a little. I'm told replacements are available, either new or through a salvage yard, but again I haven't had time to track one down.
What works: rear air suspension, power trunk pull-down, power antenna, CD, tape, radio, Twilight Sentinel, all of the fiber-optic repeaters, both front seat heaters, all seat adjustments. There's nothing non-operational on this car, which is rare for a Fleetwood of this vintage.*
What's included: Don't worry about its current lack of a garage: I bought a $300 Noah cover for it, so it's being cared for in the mean time. The*indoor/outdoor*cover will be included in the sale. Along with the cover, I'm also including a spare wheel with mounted tire, a spare power antenna unit (the previous owner found it at a salvage yard and purchased it just in case; this is another common failure point for these cars), and the two-volume factory repair manual. I also have a very thick folder documenting regular oil changes and maintenance, as well as some minor repair, from the original owners, plus my receipts from work I've had done. And I've got two full sets of keys with remotes, including the original gold keys.
And for those who don't know what the V4P package means or why they'd want it: The upgrades raise the towing capacity of the already stout LT1-equipped Fleetwood to an amazing 7000 pounds. That's more than a lot of full-size trucks. Changes include a reworked heavy-duty transmission, a shorter final-drive ratio, heavier-duty rear air suspension, a larger alternator, extra engine oil and fluid cooling, and a large mechanical fan in place of electric units. Even if you don't plan to tow with it, this is the best accelerating and most robust Fleetwood setup because of the transmission, final drive, and extra cooling capacity. They're very rare, and I had to wait a year until I found one in such good condition. I encourage you to read about the package and let me know if you have any questions about it or the car in general.
Thanks for your interest, and please let me know if you'd like to know more. I will post more photos as soon as I can get them from a friend who took them for me.