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Can anyone provide any pros or cons about a 1973 Eldorado? If their is a more appropriate forum let me know.:burn:

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Can anyone provide any pros or cons about a 1973 Eldorado? If their is a more appropriate forum let me know.:burn:

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1973 Was the first year for mandatory smog controls outside the state of California in the US. Also this was the first year for the 5MPH bumper.

Body rust around the rear glass, top front windshield, side rear quarter windows was a problem, even in climates like Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Water would collect in the channels or under the vinyl roof covering and promote rust which later turned to rot.

Engine, transmission, electrical controls were pretty straight forward. The automatic climate control can be "expensive" to repair due to the age of the car and the sparce availability of the command module.

If you like BIG H E A V Y cars, this one won't dissapoint you.
 

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91TexasSeville or anyone.

Do you know if I will have any problems getting parts?

Can anyone also suggest a reasonable price to pay for a 1973 Eldorado Convertible?
 

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'73 Eldo was my 3rd Cadillac. I loved it. It rode like an ACV (Air Cushion Vehicle). The biggest con I can think of by todays standards is that it is very, very thirsty. I got 10 mpg til I put radials on it, a curve kit in the distributor and inverted the air cleaner cover. That got her up to 13.
 

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91TexasSeville or anyone.

Do you know if I will have any problems getting parts?

Can anyone also suggest a reasonable price to pay for a 1973 Eldorado Convertible?
eBay would be your most likely source for body related parts. Otherwise salvage yards in Arizona are your best bet. The northeast will be a good place to find interior and triim items as they tend not to get the abusive sun damage of the southern cars.

Thanks to the Internet, parts location is not the problem it once was.

The value of a 1973 Eldorado Convertible is what it is worth to you. It is not a collector car and likely never will be. It is an interesting part of automotive history.
 

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Let say I need a brake job. Will I have a problem getting parts?

I guess my question is for an everyday driver will I have a problem maintaining it and getting parts?

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Let say I need a brake job. Will I have a problem getting parts?

I guess my question is for an everyday driver will I have a problem maintaining it and getting parts?

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Routine maintenance parts like; brakes, calipers, pads, brake hoses, water pump, alternator, starter, shocks and the like are common to many other vehicles and years. That should not be a problem.

Body parts and specialty items like the A/C module are the problem areas.
 
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