: First Time Cadillac Owner

07-18-06, 06:03 AM
Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and have already received quite a bit of useful information about a little problem my recently acquired Caddy had. It's all fixed now, thanks to a few kind peoples' advice and patience.

I own a '79 Eldorado with a little over 94,000 original miles, the model with the 5.7 liter multi port injected engine. It also comes with a radio that is equipped with an 8-track and built-in CB radio, both of which still work.

I bought it back in February and it had a hesitation and stalling problem when you first step on the gas. Through the expert guidance of a few good Cadillac people on this site I was able to thoroughly check the emission and fuel systems, make a lot of re-adjustments, and bring this beauty back to good performance.

It is a two-tone green color with a green leather interior, what a lot of people would call a true pimp mobile. lol. The interior is in great shape with no tears or sags anywhere and the front drivers side quarterpanel and fillers have some damage from when the old lady who owned it before grazed the doorway of her garage. Otherwise, besides the paint being worn and faded, the body is pretty good as well.

I plan on replacing the front and rear fillers, a broken headlight bezel, broken driver side marker light bezel, broken trunk lock cap, and give it a fresh paint job, probably teal or hunter green. I have always loved green cars and have owned several, which in part added to my decision to buy this one, not to mention that I have always loved Cadillacs but was too poor to afford them. I also love classic and antique cars, so I believe I found the perfect combo here.

I look forward to hanging around and soaking up the friendly atmosphere here. I am also in the process of closing the deal on a 1986 Deville with an engine knock so I might have to ask for some more friendly advice.

So that, in it's long-winded nutshell, is my Cadillac story. lol.

07-20-06, 11:59 AM

Glad to hear you found your answers here! Here are some more links you might find useful:
1979 Cadillac info (http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1970/cad79.htm)
1979 Eldorado info (http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1970/cad79e.htm)
1986 Cadillac info (http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1980/cad86.htm)
1986 Deville info (http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1980/cad86d.htm)
Cadillac on board diagnostic system info (http://myweb.accessus.net/~090/resources-cad.html)

Good luck

07-20-06, 05:09 PM
Thanks a lot for the info. I will definitely check these out. I have also ordered the factory service manual as well, which will fill in a lot of details and be a great improvement over the standard Haynes manual. As I learn, I will also be able to return the favor by helping others if I can, which is always a plus.

07-21-06, 08:57 PM
I've always wanted that model of Eldorado, especially the 79 model with the 350 engine. I have a 94 and love it but the 79-85 model is one sharp design, Congradulations!. Also, Ebay is full of stuff for your car--even the filler panels.