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Cadillac Seville / Cadillac Eldorado Forum Discussion, 99 Eldo annual expenses? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I just ran across a 99 Eldorado with 66k miles on it and it's going for about 6 grand. It's ...
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    99 Eldo annual expenses?

    I just ran across a 99 Eldorado with 66k miles on it and it's going for about 6 grand. It's the classic one owner dream, old guy that follows the maintenance schedule whether he needs to or not. I was looking for a practical 10 thousand dollar car with low maintenance and repair costs. A 99 eldo is clearly a large step in the opposite direction. I'm not mechanically inclined, so what do you regularly spend each year maintaining and repairing your Cadi?
    I've always wanted a late 90's eldo, but could never afford one. Now that I have the money I'm not sure if I can afford to maintain it.

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    Re: 99 Eldo annual expenses?

    My 1999 ETC just turned 125,000 about a week ago. I've maintained it to the letter.
    It needs brakes, tires, wipers and exhaust every 4 years like any other car. I pay attention to the cooling system, watch the belts and hoses and listen for odd noises. I monitor the gauges religiously.
    I keep mine garaged, it never goes out in the snow and rarely sees rain drops.
    It does suffer from terrible oil leaks but I watch the level carefully. At the age it's reached I cant see pulling the engine and transmission for $2 or $3,000 repairs. It's easier and cheaper to put Pig Mats under it when parked in the garage.

    $6,000 for a 1999 Eldorado seem like a TON of money to me. Keep in mind you can drop $3-$4,000 in repairs very quickly if the previous owner cheated a bit on his maintenance and repairs or if something else unforeseen looms on you.
    $4,000 is even too much in my opinion.
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    Re: 99 Eldo annual expenses?

    2K tops, keep in mind the 99's are the worst for HG failure via our unscientific poll.

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    Re: 99 Eldo annual expenses?

    Thank you for the reality check. I'm guessing this guy isn't going to come down to a level where it's cheaper to own than repair. I figured 5 grand on repairs every 100k miles or 5 years would be a fair price to pay for rockin an eldo.

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    Re: 99 Eldo annual expenses?

    My '99 ETC was purchased for $1,200 greenbacks a while back.
    No rust, over 100K miles and very straight.
    For that price I can deal with it's high frequency of repair record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkis View Post
    Thank you for the reality check. I'm guessing this guy isn't going to come down to a level where it's cheaper to own than repair. I figured 5 grand on repairs every 100k miles or 5 years would be a fair price to pay for rockin an eldo.
    Good estimate. I think you're spot on.
    Now go find a clean one out there that the owner is more motivated to sell. Mr. Six Thousand is just out there fishing.

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    Re: 99 Eldo annual expenses?

    I ran across some with higher mileage for under 2 Grand. I just figured a well maintained sunday driver Cadi with low mileage might give me a few years before jumping into the money pit. So from what I gather it's best to skip the honeymoon buy the car for next to nothing and go straight for the money pit.

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    10k for a caddy? 06-07 yrs. don't know if u can shop around and find one with included warranty?

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