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    Time for another Seville

    Long story short, I hit a curb HARD friday night, had to get it towed. First shop took a look at it and said the impact damaged the frame, just to be sure, i got it towed to another shop, they said the same thing. I decided to sell it to this guy for $375. Now im looking to buy another one in 2 weeks. I would prefer a 1998 or 1999 STS. Its been a roller coaster of a 2 and a half years, but considering other things wrong with the car and that I wanted a STS, I decided to let it go. Im gonna miss the active suspension blue onyx SLS dearly, but its time for me to get another... I dont want a 2000 or newer model, but if the right one shows up, I ll buy it.

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Sorry to hear that Rob, this thing has been a lot of problems for you as I recall.
    Unless the '98 or '99 you hind has already been inserted or studded, I'd strongly recommend you hold ot for a 2000 or newer. Take your time and search and you'll find a nice one. Good luck.

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Quote Originally Posted by Roblee22 View Post
    Long story short, I hit a curb HARD friday night, had to get it towed. First shop took a look at it and said the impact damaged the frame, just to be sure, i got it towed to another shop, they said the same thing. I decided to sell it to this guy for $375. Now im looking to buy another one in 2 weeks. I would prefer a 1998 or 1999 STS. Its been a roller coaster of a 2 and a half years, but considering other things wrong with the car and that I wanted a STS, I decided to let it go. Im gonna miss the active suspension blue onyx SLS dearly, but its time for me to get another... I dont want a 2000 or newer model, but if the right one shows up, I ll buy it.

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    I hit a curb HARD friday night, had to get it towed.
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    Re: Time for another Seville

    97, 98, 99 are the worst Northstar years for cylinder block head bolt hole troubles. Hold out for a good 2001 or later or, as posted, find one that has been professionally inserted/studded.

    For the STS, pre-2000 is calibrated for premium 91/93 octane fuels; all 2000 - 2005 Northstars are calibrated to run (and make the same power/torque) on regular 87 octane fuels. No, the 2000 - 2005 PCM will NOT advance timing a bit to take advantage of possible gains from using premium, and premium is not "better" than regular - but it IS different.

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    I preferred the pre 2000 for the tuning ability, but i even noticed the 2000 and new models runs smoother. I got my eye on an 2001 Pearl white Deville base now with sunroof and also a 1998 STS, also white with sunroof. Im looking to buy my next Cadillac in 2 weeks max.

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Read this for the Northstar head bolt hole thread failures by year. 1998 is dead center of the worst. https://www.cadillacforums.com/forum...oll-610-a.html

    Forget the tune aspect - intown Chicago you can bounce off curbs equally hard with/without a tune. Just exactly what would a "tune" do for you? How often? How much? Why?

    Find either a Deville or Seville, 2000 or later - without sunroof, thereby deleting a common headache - mechanical and water leak sunroof problems. Remember - the VIN 9 and VIN Y cars are very different critters. Know what you're looking at and why.

    A set of F45 struts and shocks (already overdue) for a 1998 STS will set you back over $3,000 - if you can find them.

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Quote Originally Posted by Roblee22 View Post
    I preferred the pre 2000 for the tuning ability, but i even noticed the 2000 and new models runs smoother. I got my eye on an 2001 Pearl white Deville base now with sunroof and also a 1998 STS, also white with sunroof. Im looking to buy my next Cadillac in 2 weeks max.

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    you will NOT be happy with a BASE model Deville -

    what you really should be looking for is a DTS model Deville -

    it has the VIN-9 motor/trans - same as the STS -
    and it has the FE3/F45 - stiff - electronic suspension you crave - same as the STS -
    along with bucket seats and a center console - same as the STS -

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    I wouldn't mind an soft ride 2000+ Deville at all, the only thing i dislike is the column shifter and the digital gauges, but if the right one showed up i wouldn't let that prevent me from buying it. We all know i preferr Sevilles but I would definitely own an Deville with no issue(but it would definitely have to be a 2000 model as i dont like pre 2000 Devilles).

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Quote Originally Posted by Roblee22 View Post
    I wouldn't mind an soft ride 2000+ Deville at all, the only thing i dislike is the column shifter and the digital gauges, but if the right one showed up i wouldn't let that prevent me from buying it. We all know i preferr Sevilles but I would definitely own an Deville with no issue(but it would definitely have to be a 2000 model as i dont like pre 2000 Devilles).

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    the only thing i dislike is the column shifter and the digital gauges
    pulling out the middle seat - and installing the center console from a DTS is NOT impossible -
    BUT - you need some tools and some skills -
    Ranger did his DHS - and a couple other members did it to their BASE models -
    there are a couple HowTos in the TechTips forum -

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    replacing the digital cluster with an analog cluster is definitely doable - ALMOST plug-n-play -

    the trick is to find a cluster with similar miles -
    mileage IS stored in the cluster and is damn near impossible to change -
    it takes a specialty shop - and a note from God -

    the other possible hick-up would be the model/year the cluster comes from -

    a DHS model and SLS model do not have active suspension -
    a DTS modes and STS model DO have the active suspension -

    another point would be the year of the donor -
    pre 2002 the Deville and Seville did NOT have the TPM - Tire Pressure Monitor system -

    SO - if you put a 2002 and later DTS/STS analog cluster into a 2001 BASE Deville -
    you WILL get suspension system error messages and TPM error messages -
    EVERY TIME you turn the key on - and your speed will be limited to 90 -

    the FIX is very easy - use a TECH2 scanner and change the YEAR of cluster AND from a DTS/STS to a DHS -
    it only takes a few minutes -

    OR - find a 2000/2001 DHS/SLS cluster -

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    what's your budget -

    how far are you willing to go to get it -

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    Im willing to travel maybe around 70ish miles away from the city, and im hoping i can find one for around 2500. Im considering fixer uppers too if the price is right as long is there are no head gasket or transmission issues. So far i see a few ones

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    Re: Time for another Seville

    If I were you, I would try to search Florida and get something shipped to you. I've heard of a lot of people getting low mile Sevilles and Devilles down there for a song. Like online classifieds and Craigslist. Older people pass away and their kids just try to unload the cars.

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