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  • 1993

    20 2.40%
  • 1994

    39 4.67%
  • 1995

    13 1.56%
  • 1996

    44 5.27%
  • 1997

    160 19.16%
  • 1998

    180 21.56%
  • 1999

    187 22.40%
  • 2000

    91 10.90%
  • 2001

    65 7.78%
  • 2002

    54 6.47%
  • 2003

    15 1.80%
  • 2004

    8 0.96%
  • 2005

    6 0.72%
  • 2006

    2 0.24%
  • 2007

    1 0.12%
  • 2008

    0 0%
  • 2009

    0 0%
  • 2010

    0 0%
  • 2011

    0 0%
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Thread: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

  1. #166
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    ryannel2003 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Well I'll be damned, that's the exact car I was looking at. I had a feeling it was your car when you said Eastern NC. I've been working at Trent for almost a year and half now and love it. My parents have been buying GMC's from they're for almost 13 years.

    I almost bought an '00 Seville the other day, but I was talking to Brian about it and he said the cars are expensive to maintain and the engines blow headgaskets too often. Kinda scared me so I didn't get the car which bites, because I loved it. If you want an Escalade, we've got plenty of 'em. They all have rebates in the windows because we haven't moved one in a month or so. BTW, I don't sell the cars I just wash 'em!


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

    It's a small world isn't it. Yes, they can be expensive to maintain, but if you can do of the easier repairs/maintenance yourself, then it's not so bad. Maybe one day when I'm in there I'll ask to s[eak to the gentleman that washed cars, and we'll get to shake hands and talk for a bit.

    Richard in the middle of the Croatan Forest.

  3. #168
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    '93 SLS - HG's at 138k.
    '03 STS - Water pump @80k mi, Water pump & HG's at 103K

  4. #169
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Looks like you're the first person with a blown HG in the 2003 model year. Question: was the car reliable before the HG and water pump problems?

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

    1998 sls 100,000

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

    1999 SLS..97k....Doing the job soon.

  7. #172
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Not my '98 yet exactly, but I was just about to buy a pristine low-mileage DeVille from my friend's mom, when it apparently blew a gasket at just over 30k. That's very low mileage of course, but evidently it can be a problem when the car spends most of it's life sitting around waiting to be driven to the store. This according to the dealer they took it to for diagnosis. Bummer.

    Paul

  8. #173
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    The cars like to be driven. My Seville blew a HG at 54k with the previous owner. Dealer told me most likely reason was the car not being driven hard enough, and possibly bad coolant. Runs great now!

  9. #174
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    1997 STS 93K miles

  10. #175
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Gotta 94 STS Shop says Headgasket-but its Still running Well and the reason we took it in casue Coolent was Pumping out the Air Hose--Average Costs? Give me the Low Downs

  11. #176
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Average cost is $3000 - $3500. Do a search. LOTS of info.

  12. #177
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    Headgasket failure at 160,000kms, positive test for combustion gasses in coolant, overheating whilst driving, steam cloud emminating from exhaust tips GM coolant tabs-no effect

    peace
    Hog

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

    1998 Deville, (Babied) 65K - all recommended service performed.

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

    CONT'D 1998 Deville, (Babied), all recommended service performed.

    Blew the head gasket at 65K miles, car never been over 70 MPH.

    Bar's Head Gasket "FIX" FIXED THE PROBLEM, no coolant consumption for nearly 1K miles - was using 6 cups of coolant per 300 miles. Serious problem.

  15. #180
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    re: Northstar Headgasket/Cracked Block/Bolt Failure? Please let us know

    What happen after the year 2000 they seem to be getting somewhat better not as many blown HG .


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