: New guy looking to buy a 94-96 FW



HotPursuit
08-17-07, 12:54 AM
Hello, just joined up last night. Just what the title says. I am looking at selling my Caprice for a FW. Looking to spend around the 6K mark. So if you have one for sale or know someone, or a local lot/owner that has one for sale let me know. I am open to traveling.

Also wondering what the common problems are with these FW's. I currently own a 96SS and 95 Caprice, so I am familiar with drivetrain issues to look out for. I am mostly looking for problems with FW specific equipment. I have been reading and have learned a lot but have a ways to go.

My mechanic told me to stay away from Caddy's. He purchased one at auction and made some repairs and didn't do so well, but that was a FWD. I would just like to know what I am getting into before I make the leap.

Thanks,
Jeff

Cadillacboy
08-17-07, 10:11 AM
I have a '96 and it's ever my most fave car .Forget FWD , buying a used FWD w/o maintenance history is like trying to cross Atlantic Ocean with a small boat !
In fact '94 and '96 quite same but 94 requires premium . I don't have a problem with my Fleetwood .

z06bigbird
08-17-07, 12:10 PM
You should be able to buy a 96 with 25,000 miles on it for $6,000. Admittedly, they are hard to come by with very lo miles, but most sellers (with 60,000 or more miles) are finding that the gas prices have made those cars an albatross.

They typically wholesale for about 2 grand. As winter approaches, wholesale prices will go up significantly because dealers start buying those cars for next tax season. Dealer start buying in Sept or Oct; they sit on them until tax season; they then ask about $5k to $6k for one with 90k miles on it.

Best time to buy a used car is in the heat of the summer when no one else wants to deal with the heat. End of month also helps.

Those cars are bullet proof. You sound like you know about the water pump leaking onto the distrib problem.

Good luck.

96Fleetwood
08-17-07, 04:26 PM
Show me where there is a '94-96 Fleetwood with 25,000 miles for $6K and I will buy it right now. Heck, I will buy all they have with that mileage for that price... show me where and I will get a cashiers check now.

Here is the latest Manheim list for '96 Fleetwoods.. I don't see what you are talking about z06bigbird!!! Keep in mind, that is what DEALERS pay at WHOLESALE. Your figures are just plain made up.

08/15/07 DALLAS Regular $7,800 36,820 Above BLACK 8GA No
08/09/07 SO CAL Lease $3,400 87,672 Avg WHITE 8GA Yes
08/09/07 NEVADA Regular $5,350 87,955 Above WHITE 8GA Yes
08/08/07 LAKELAND Regular $9,501 21,375 Below GRAY 8GA Yes
08/02/07 NORTHWY Regular $4,300 99,099 Avg BLACK 8GA Yes
08/01/07 LAKELAND Regular $1,350 143,832 Avg GOLD 8GA Yes
7/27/07 NEVADA Regular $3,300 109,736 Avg BLACK 8GA Yes
07/17/07 GA DLRS Lease $2,200 162,974 Avg SILVER 8GA Yes



Clean '94-96 Fleetwoods with under 80K miles fetch $6-15,000.

I just sold my white 1996 (60K miles) with every option including moonroof, factory cd player, and vogues/wires for $8,000.

caddycruiser
08-17-07, 08:19 PM
I have a '96 and it's ever my most fave car .Forget FWD , buying a used FWD w/o maintenance history is like trying to cross Atlantic Ocean with a small boat !
In fact '94 and '96 quite same but 94 requires premium . I don't have a problem with my Fleetwood .

Here we go with this snake oil again. A '94 does NOT require premium, and is set up to run exactly as the '95/96 were in the B-D bodies at stated power using regular 87 gas. Whoever said this first, it just keeps going like the myth from beyond...check out an old '94 book, and see for yourself.
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Otherwise, to the interested party. The Fleetwood is NO more to worry about than any Caprice, as under the skin, the bones are identical. Same drivetrain, frame (well, plus a middle extension), suspension, and a lot of the body in places (i.e. front firewall area, front doors, windshield, etc.)

Just like a Caprice is made like a tank that's cheap and easy to maintain, so is a Fleetwood, it's just finished off massively better with nicer exterior lines and trim, much higher quality interior trimmings, and other little touches.

If you liked how your Caprice drove and the maintenance level, imagine that same thing but in a much more luxurious and less common car and you know what a Fleetwood is like.