Hey how come you say check out the sls doesn't that have less power than the sts?However, if you're looking for lower maintenance cost, a well-proven engine, and a very comfortable, yet competent ride... Then I'd highly recommend a Buick Regal GS of similar vintage. Mechanically speaking, they are near identical to the GTP, but offer a better and much more comfortable interior. I personally hate Pontiac's styling - exterior and especially interior-wise. The Regal GS is simply a more well-rounded car and is just a great car all around... I had one for several years.
Compared to an '01 STS... It's hard to say, as I have no clue what you're looking for exactly. With that said, if you are even considering a Supercharged W-Body, then you might as well check out a '00+ SLS... You might be pleasantly surprised. But if you're set on an STS, then you might as well take your time and find yourself a well-optioned late-'02-'03 model. With those in mind, there's really no contest versus an '01 model or any W-body and you'll thank yourself for it later.
Less power, better milage, more low end torque, lower gear ratio.Hey how come you say check out the sls doesn't that have less power than the sts?
Yea I want an sts because i want something that has good top speed along with good low end torque. With the sts it is like you get the best of both worlds.Less power, better milage, more low end torque, lower gear ratio.
the sls and the sts are virtually neck and neck till about 50 mph.
If you plan on setting the cruise at 80 and driving around the country id probrably go sts though.
you didnt understand that, the sls has the low end torque......thats why it keeps up with the sts.....its the extra power that gives the sts ability to keep up cause it has higher gears....which require more power for going, but higher top speed.Yea I want an sts because i want something that has good top speed along with good low end torque. With the sts it is like you get the best of both worlds.
Hey how come you say check out the sls doesn't that have less power than the sts?
You didn't quite read/understand what I wrote either...Yea I want an sts because i want something that has good top speed along with good low end torque. With the sts it is like you get the best of both worlds.
hey what's the magneride setup??If you can afford the Seville then by all means go for it! However, be prepared to pay expensive repair bills when the time comes. I bought my car exactly one year ago tomorrow and have spent close to $2500 on maintenance. Some things like oil changes, tires, brakes are normal but I'd say a good $1800 was on unexpected issues. Being a teenager here as well with a part time job, it can become expensive to own a car packed with this many features. I'm going to give you a list of common issues that are normal for Seville's of this era:
*The Crankshaft Position Sensors on these cars crap out constantly. GM used a bad supplier from 2000-2003 and they are usually toast by 60k miles. I just replaced mine at the tune of $268 installed. If they do go out, make sure that you get the updated ones from Japan. If one goes out, just go ahead and replace both. The other will fail eventually.
*These cars use a sophisticated suspension with electronic shocks and struts. If one of the shocks fails, you'll have to pay $500-$800 for ONE of them. Yes, just one. If they start going one by one, you can go aftermarket and they plug directly into the old system. No "Service XXX System" on the dash.
*Trunk's leak on pretty much every Seville i have ever come across. Now the fix is not the same on every car. Mine was the weatherstrip that goes around the trunk. Sometimes (rarely) it's the gasket, and sometimes is the rubber piece under the windshield. Just make sure you get it fixed ASAP if it becomes a problem, it can cause bad rust!
*Make sure your tie rods, ball joints, and CV joints are in good shape. They are a constant failure on these cars, and can cause annoying alignment problems.
*If the car came with heated seats and they are burned out, be prepared to spend $300 to get one fixed. The element usually burns out after awhile; there is a fix on the Cadillac forums that allows the owner to fix the old element, but I don't know much about it.
*The dreaded 60-75MPH vibration. If the car has the OEM Goodyears on it, good luck. They were terrible tires from the factory, which is probably why Cadillac now uses Michelin. First thing to do is get a Hunter Road Force Balance, which is usually $20 per tire. However, it does an amazing job and completely gets rid of the vibration 90% of the time. If that doesn't do the trick, then it could be anything. Bad tire, leaky wheels, suspension components, etc.
*The front, center motor mount is always crapping out on these cars. If you're car tends to clunk through the gears and when shifting out of park, it's time to replace the mount.
*And finally the biggest thing here, keep the coolant maintained!! While most people think the 2000+ Northstar is immune to headgasket/headbolt problems, they're wrong. They are now starting to fail as they get older. Mine were done in June '08 at 54k miles, so anything can go wrong. My rule of thumb will be to change the coolant every 2-3 years, even though GM says you can go 5. I would never do that, but thats me.
I also agree with Adam and think that a Seville SLS would be a another candidate to check out. Most people feel that the Seville STS is a "superior" vehicle because it has 25 more horsepower and some added features that make it a 10x better car. The '98-'01 Seville STS and SLS are extremely similar vehicles, except in the already mentioned horsepower and feature category. Exterior differences are the wheel design, rocker molding and grille. Having driven about 10 Seville SLS/STS models I can say the '98-'01 models do not have that much difference between them. If my car had been an SLS I would have purchased it. They are all Seville's. I do prefer the STS's perforated leather and body color grille/rocker moldings in the earliest models. The '02-'04 Seville SLS look just like the STS, save for the Xenon headlights and 17" sport package wheels.
Now the '02-'03 Seville STS with the MagneRide setup is a completely different beast.