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  • 1995

    13 1.71%
  • 1996

    40 5.27%
  • 1997

    152 20.03%
  • 1998

    167 22.00%
  • 1999

    170 22.40%
  • 2000

    81 10.67%
  • 2001

    57 7.51%
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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; I have a beautifully kept classy red 1997 Cadillac Eldorado ETC with just 73,000+ miles on it now sitting in ...
  1. #481
    Red Cadillac is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Northstar head gasket failures

    I have a beautifully kept classy red 1997 Cadillac Eldorado ETC with just 73,000+ miles on it now sitting in a bay at a local dealership with a blown headgasket. I'm sick. Thousands of dollars of new parts on this car just in the last year. It's been my pride and joy since 1998, but sadly I think it's time to let 'er go.

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    Re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Hi all:

    This continuing thread looks like a good place to post my head gasket problem and repair, which has been recently completed. I have a 99 Deville that has been in the
    family since new. At 165,000 the aft head started leaking. We decided to have it fixed. The problem was where and whom. Forget the dealer, I wanted someone with
    specific knowledge, experience, and affordable price. After much searching I decided on a place in Youngstown, Ohio, by the name of Davis auto repair, AKA The Cadillac Doctor. The main reason was that I was driving from St. Louis to Cleveland for Christmas, and his place is close to where my family lives.

    I contacted him in November and he said he could take care of it. We drove up there, stopping every now and then to add coolant. Thank goodness for the cold temps
    on the drive up there. Dale Davis is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He is also very trusting. He had me drop off the car at his house on a Sunday, so they could start on it early on Monday. I decided to get a rebuilt engine at the last minute. Dale didn't have any rebuilts available, so he rebuilt mine. Dale and his guys worked overtime the week of Christmas to rebuild my engine and have me and my family on our way the next weekend.

    For anyone considering the headgasket repair or a rebuilt, I highly recommend Dale, It will be worth your drive!

    We look forward to many more miles in the Caddy.

    N3870V
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    Re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    I'll add mine here and fill out the poll too. I have a pristine 2002 DHS purchased used. Caddy entered the early stages of HG failure January 2014 at 88K. Car is fixed and back home as of a week ago running like new. Motor was removed, re gasketed top to bottom, new timing set, rebuilt the heads and all 20 bolt holes were repaired using NS300L's. An engine machine shop specializing in Northstars did mine. No more nuisance oil leaks/smells either. Love my Caddy!
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    Re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    I already answered the poll for my 1998 Deville (which blew HGs around 94k miles), but I'd like to add that my dad's 2004 deville also blew head gaskets! This is very rare and it shocked both me and him, and as the poll shows 0 people have had a 2004 HG issues. Granted his car is around 188k but still. Very surpring for a N* made during that time.

  5. #485
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    Re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Quote Originally Posted by starbond View Post
    I already answered the poll for my 1998 Deville (which blew HGs around 94k miles), but I'd like to add that my dad's 2004 deville also blew head gaskets! This is very rare and it shocked both me and him, and as the poll shows 0 people have had a 2004 HG issues. Granted his car is around 188k but still. Very surpring for a N* made during that time.
    Owww, the final category has fallen


    J.R.

  6. #486
    kiwwa is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Well....another sls with HG...1998 at 157k miles. Will be fixed soon. Greetings from Estonia

  7. #487
    dantemoravil is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Another one bites the dust.

    2001 deville base model silver with black top
    143000 ish mileage.
    Head gasket/overheating

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