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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I had a 91 SDV, nice car (really liked that body style) but it was too badly neglected by the previous owner(s) and was eating through my wallet at an unacceptable rate after about 2 years of ownership. It killed me too, because I really wanted (and tried) to bring the car back to near perfect, just couldn't be done - it was a losing battle.

    Anyway, sold that one for a loss and bought my 1995 SDV, spring special in Cotillion White, shale interior. I love this car. It has been incredibly reliable in the 2+ years I've owned it, and is in better shape now than when I bought it (but it was well maintained by the previous owner I should point out).

    It is a great looking, nice riding car that has the room and the features I wanted, and has been a true pleasure to drive. I have poured a lot of money into it, much of it for "elective" procedures but I consider it worthwhile as I bought it for a bit less than book value and have spread out the repairs and upgrades enough that it hasn't shot my budget all to hell.

    I'm 99% certain that my next one will be a 99-02 Eldorado (the newer the better) as I really like the looks of the last gen Eldo. I say 99%, because the only thing that may prevent me from getting an Eldorado is if a really choice 99 Deville in top shape for a low price (when I'm ready to buy my next one) comes along.

    After that? Well, I do like the CTS a lot, but it is perhaps a bit small for my taste after doing the Deville thing for so long. The Eldo feels about the same to me in the front seat, rear is a bit cramped. I am also intrigued by the 2006 DTS, it is a really sharp car that I will very likely buy used at some point down the road. But, I'm getting way ahead of myself now.

    FWIW, I really have become a Caddy man. I do not see any other car on the road now that appeals to me, based on looks or reputation. If I had to buy something other than a Cadillac, I don't know what I'd get, as there are no other makes that really do it for me.

    I won't buy Japanese lux, I find them boring, and there are billions of them on the road it seems; luxury should have at least some measure of exclusivity. They also have no heritage, Lexus/Acura/Infiniti et al. have been around for what - less than two decades?

    Euro lux? I'll pass, they are overpriced [because they can, the sheep still buy 'em no matter the $$$, gotta have "that" image] and the styling does nothing for me - BMW makes an interior that is colder than a witches +|+$ in a brass bra. Their more recent body restylings are also less than stellar.

    MB has too many problems stemming from over-enigneering everything (proving that more complicated does not equal better). BMW is starting to fall into this trap too it seems.

    Jaguar, well they are pretty cars but out of my price range and I can get one hell of a lot of Cadillac for my money vs. what I'd have to shell out for a heavily used [up] Jag. Oh, and a Cadillac can still be fixed in my driveway on the weekend with many readily availble parts, the Jag takes a $20 oil filter that I have to get at the dealer - and it's a division of Ford [I just can't trust them].

    So there you have it. Caddies for me all the way, I'll probably be buried in one.

    KDirk

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    i have a 03 CTS and an 89 Deville. had a 93 Fleetwood Brougham. would like to have:

    another 93-96 Fleetwood/ Fleetwood Brougham

    CTS-V

    STS (05 &^)

    XLR

    DTS

    00-05 Deville/ DHS/ DTS

    00-02 Seville

    00-02 Eldorado

    94-99 Deville/ Concours/ D'elegance

    in about 2 years i will have another Fleetwood Brougham and probably a 94 or 96 Deville, so i will have those and my current two so ill have 4 Cadillacs.

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I have a 2003 Escalade! I would love to have the XLR-V (dreaming). If I was going for a car over the Lade it would have to be the CTS-V. I don't know if I will ever drive anything but a caddy again.

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I have a 1989 Eldorado Biarittz (spelling) black with grey leather black vinyl top and who knows how many miles are on it.

    i want in no particular order:

    STS
    ETC
    SLS
    ESC
    Escalade
    DHS
    DTS

    OK so really i woule like any of the cadillacs out there today. it doesn't have to be new or super old i would just like to own another caddy. cuz pretty much they r all the same just different body styles nad a 25 horsepower difference (except escalade). Just my thoughts though

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kdirk
    I had a 91 SDV, nice car (really liked that body style) but it was too badly neglected by the previous owner(s) and was eating through my wallet at an unacceptable rate after about 2 years of ownership. It killed me too, because I really wanted (and tried) to bring the car back to near perfect, just couldn't be done - it was a losing battle. KDirk
    What happened with it?

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I'm drooling over the CTS (and drooling buckets over the XLR), but for now I can only afford an Eldorado. I may acquire one in the spring.

    Black on black, debadged with blacked out chrome and 18" chrome wheels. Oh yes!

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I have my 94 FWB now, and my last Cadillac was a 1991 Sedan DeVille.

    I don't plan on any more Cadillacs for now, at least no other models. I like the 94-96 FWB's. Only other one that might tickle my fancy is a 98-99 Fleetwood. Else, must be RWD and seat 6 and not an SUV or minivan. Leaves me to my Fleetwood....

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    Well, lets see (from memory, this is not a complete list likely):

    Alternator
    Starter
    Power Steering Pump
    tensioner
    Idler
    A/C programmer - electronics smoked.
    A/C compressor (never did get A/C to work as the previous owner did a half-assed r134A retrofit that trashed the whole system, didn't know when I bought it, as it seemed to work on the test drive)
    Motor/tranny Mounts
    power seat broken pass side
    power windows FL, FR, RR always cutting out (bad regulators, at least one motor)
    2 bad rims (too fubar to balance tires), replaced all 4 with refinished stock rims
    leak in front floor pan due to improper jacking placement by previous owner (fixed by me)
    new catalytic converter, guts were broken down and caused poor drivability
    New hood ornament
    New sail panel emblems
    New floorpan carpet (old stuff looked like a crime scene)

    The last straw was when 2 injectors died, $900.00+ to get a set of (8) injectors? Well, I didn't know about the 19lb Bosch orange tops at the time, or I might have done these and saved $700. Besides, the suspension was shot all around, (another $1200 plus to do it myslef) and it was getting some very early cancer.

    Even at that, the car was just too rough around the edges to ever be restorable to the point of meeting my standards. Too bad really, because I tried to bring it around. I put an enormous effort towards making it an 8 or 9 (knew it would never be a 10 again) but for every improvement/upgrade, something major unexpectedly kicked my butt and set back my progress.

    Add to that the fact that it was a very poorly optioned car - virtually nothing more than minimum factory equipment, save for power seats and heated mirrors. I just didn't feel like it had much going for it after having so much aggravation trying to keep it running. It was also a boring color combo - metallic pewter grey (my name, not the GM name for the color) over medium slate grey metallic interior.

    Anyway, the combination of so many problems in so short a time (2 1/4 years) was killing me financially (this was before I got a job that paid me enough to take proper care of a car such as a Deville) and so I finally caved in and admit that I was beat. Got the new job just prior to getting my 95, and things really turned out for the best. Now I have a much nicer car with more options, in better condition and the money to do it justice.

    Do I have any regrets? Only one, wish I would have known about the Bosch injectors, I could have done that and got some decent money out of the car; I sold it to a mechanic for $750, and made it his problem. Probably could have gotten $2000 out of it not for the fried injectors, as it would have been running ok.

    Other than that, it was a good car to "cut my teeth" on, it was my first Cadillac and I learned a lot about servicing it (and what NOT to do) that proved most valuble in properly maintaining the one I have now.

    One might think that all the above would have soured my taste for Caddies, but I don't blame GM - they made a good, albeit very basic (lack of options again) car. The owners who drove it before me made it a basic piece of $h|+, and to them I can only say they should drive a Corolla. Why spend for a domestic luxury car if you're gonna treat it like a $3 whore? Just stupid.

    Well, live and learn. Now I know exactly what to look for in a used Cadillac. I will never be burned again.

    KDirk

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    Wow man, thats a lot of problems in 2.5 years!

    I've only got one problem: the coolant is corroding the engine block from the inside out. Which is the reason it's leaking coolant from the side of the block.

    I guess I don't have it so bad

    Well it's good to hear you got a nice deVille, and that you bought another Cadillac

    Did you have the 4.9 main bearing thump?

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I have a '92 Seville SLS. If I do not trade up for a newer Seville in the future I'd like a silver on gray, or tan DTS with every single option there is minus any carriage roof and pimp crap like that. I want the night vision, on star, everything.

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I~Luv~Caddies:

    Actually, my 91 never had the main bearing thump. The engine was pretty solid and ran nice and quiet, just everything attached to it went down the toilet. It still wasn't as bad as my first car - dare I say it? - a Ford Escort [gagging] that will probably be the cause of my going to hell for all the times I cursed the Lord when I owned it.

    The 4.9 on my 95 is even better, although I just recently noticed some minor lifter chatter that has be a bit concerned. Could just be the cold weather (teens to 20's this week here in STL MO) I suppose, but it will be checked out this weekend. It has 110,5xx on it now, the 91 had 122,7xx or so when I sold it.

    KDirk

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    Very good thread:
    I have had:

    1976 Coupe Deville
    1976 Fleetwood Brougham De'Elegance
    1976 Eldo Convertable
    1985 Fleetwood Brougham
    These were not daily drivers that list would be way too long
    I currently own:

    1987 Brougham Triple Dark Saphire Blue Real wires and a moonroof
    1984 Eldo convertable Blue with white leather.
    1978 Seville. (I know a little odd but its in mint condition and I like it, got it for a song) Black with gray and real wires also.

    Wants:

    1976 Eldo Convertable in bright blue firemist
    1976 Fleetwood de'elegance in navy blue with factory moonroof
    Late 60's Deville convertable
    1996's Fleetwood Brougham with LT engine
    2006 Rolls Royce Phantom

    That is all for now but always looking to increase the fleet

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    Quote Originally Posted by CaddymanTom
    Very good thread:
    I have had:

    1976 Coupe Deville
    1976 Fleetwood Brougham De'Elegance
    1976 Eldo Convertable
    1976 was a great year for Cadillac!

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    Yes it was. Can't wait to get my hands on another 1976 !

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    Re: What Cad do you have, what have you had, what do you want?!

    I would love a '76 Coupe deville in triple white, with leather.
    That car for some odd reason reminds me of cocaine, and elvis's last years

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