: Looking for a 2000-2005 Deville/DHS

04-25-08, 11:38 PM
If one was to be out test driving N*'s, what is advisable to look for as warning signs?

I hope to get out tomorrow to start looking....

04-26-08, 10:55 AM
Pull the DTC's and watch for overheating.

04-26-08, 01:11 PM
Look at 2002 - 2003.

04-26-08, 03:10 PM
00-01's not as good or reliable?

04-26-08, 04:59 PM
The mid02 - late03 incorporate all the running changes in engine and transmission up to the 04-on model changes. They're very reliable and, because they're now close to 6 or 7 "model years" old, a clean low mileage unit will command a somewhat lower price than newer. (The 09 production lines will start to set up in a month or so........which means that they've nearly quit making "08's".

Do some snooping around in here and Seville and see if you don't think there's a bit less warranty, repair and recall question for the '02-on vehicles. (Yes, some of that may be due to just plain age/mileage, but there were several big faults which were addressed after late '01, not the least of which was the head bolt and block casting change to lessen the headgasket failure rate.)

Something else to put in your hip pocket: In these times of relatively expensive fuel, play the "Cadillac fuel hog" angle to the limit. Car sales, particularly large sedans and SUV type urban assault vehicles, are about to go down the drain, big time, so cry poor all you can. It's cheaper for a dealer to put you in a driver's seat than for him to sit on a floor plan.