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Hello,

I am new to this board and maybe a new SLS owner. I have found a 2004 SLS with 26k miles at a local dealer. I have not yet talked price with them yet, but I think I can get this car for $18k. I test drove this car and liked it very much. BUT, buying a SLS with the Northstar engine, wheel shimmy problems and all the bells and whisles that may go wrong has me a little hesitant. I have never owened a Cadillac before so I really don't know what involved when it comes to repairs.

I guess what I am looking for is a little assurance before I pull the trigger and make this purchase. Is there anything particular I should look for when buying this car?
 

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I've owned several cars, and when I bought my first N* Seville, I was hooked. This motor is simply stunning. The smooth pull it provides coupled with the luxury suspension and ammenities makes this the ultimate ride.

Does the car have an appearance package? Fog lights, wood grain steering wheel and shift handle? Sunroof?

If I were you, I would not pay above $18,000. There are some really good deals out there on these cars, you just have to look.
 

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:highfive: By '03 most of the Seville problems were worked out. Wheel shimmy is most often taken care of with good tires and a shop willing to do an obsessively good mount/balance. (My 17" wheel '02 has no shimmy, uses a quart of 5W-30 synthetic oil every 4,000 miles, has no leaks, no creaks, no groans, a CORSA system, EBC rotors and Greenstuff, goes to 132 (GPS), and gets 25+ on the highway.) Look at the drivers door sticker to find out what the tire speed rating is. Look at the sticker on the spare tire cover underside and decipher the options using the RPO list in these threads. Have the dealer run the GM service search using the car VIN. There's an '03 STS near me for $16,750 with 34,000 and Nav, full option STS package, so $18k is a grand high (dealer, lower private sale....). Repairs, as in any other fast luxury sedan, will cost you more than your Escort. Buy a real FSM and learn, read the owners manual......
 

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Yup, what submariner409 and 99esteees said is good info.

2004MY Seville is a nice ride, if the selling dealer offers you an extened warrenty plan, buy it. You must in Canada or someplace other than the US. might be wrong, but, I don't think 2004 Sevilles were sold in the US. OR the car was shipped here from Canada.
Good luck.
 

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This is an SLS and I would be buying to replace the wife's LaSaber, I drive a Suburban. Researching the price around SE Wisconsin, $19k seems the going rate for a car in this condition and year. I searched to within 200 miles on Cars.com, Autotrader and such. The car now has Michelins Symmetry on it. When I test drove it, I took it up to 85 and could not feel any shake. It seems to be a base SLS, no sunroof, nav and what look to be standard rims.

I was impressed when I drove the car, good handling, great ride but you still had road feel. I will stop by the dealer tomorrow and see what kind of price he is willing to sell it for. Based on price, $18k is as high as I am willing to go.
 

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In MY2004, the SLS was the only Seville model sold in the United States. No US 2004 STSes were sold.

If there's no wheel shimmy, don't sweat it. Most cars DON'T have a problem, and on those that do, a good set of tires that are road force balanced can cure the problem. The Michelin Symmetry seem to be excellent tires for these cars...very round and true. I had a '97 SLS (previous body style). I loved it so much, I drove it to 160k miles before I knew it. My brother now owns the car and drives it daily (his weekend ride is a '99 C5 Convert., Maggy supercharged with 4.10 gears). I sold the car to him to buy a 2001 STS. Love it. I know you'll love that '04. You won't believe they (the SLS and your Buick) were built by the same GM.
 
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