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Best Year for the Fleetwood (93-96)

  • 1993 Fleetwood Brougham

    Votes: 7 15.9%
  • 1994 Fleetwood Brougham

    Votes: 6 13.6%
  • 1995 Fleetwood Brougham

    Votes: 18 40.9%
  • 1996 Fleetwood Brougham

    Votes: 13 29.5%

  • Total voters
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In your own opinion, which of these four cars is the best year? I definately want one sometime hopefully soon and put my '89 into weekend retirement but right now the money ain't right if ya get me. I like everything about these Fleetwoods from the 5.7 to the heated seats to the classic/modern styling combo that Cadillac did so well. :cool2:
 

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i think the only major difference in a 94 and 95-96 is the obd 1 and obd2 and the placement of the side mirrors I though prefer the 94 style but the newer ones arent bad either.

The 93 for me is just an odd one kind of the black sheep of the family lacking the power of the lt1 but looking similar and since it is the first year it probably has a couple defects that come along with production with it being the first etc.I wouldn't get a 93 unless it was a couple grand less which i doubt.
 

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The 93 is my favorite. I know it doesn't come from the factory as powerful as the LT1's but with a little bit of effort (convert to multi port and wider exhaust) you can make it what you want. I like a lot of chrome under the hood and the TBI 350 makes a much cleaner looking engine. As far as being the black sheep, I think you'd be surprised at how powerful my engine is. I've got about 700lb's of extra weight in the trunk and I can still get a nice burn-out.
 

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Like cjmakaveli said and:

95, as it was second year of B/D LT1, so any issues were being ironed out. The car had the additional stuff added to the traction control system for faster response. Then 94, as it was first for LT1 and 4L60E. Then 96, as it should be best overall, it has OBDII, and that is a drawback for mods and tweaking. Then 93, as it is an L05. BUT, for 93, V4P option did come with factory 3.73's! IF you can find one....

I don't know the 93's that well, but 94-96 had 4 channel ABS as well as full speed traction control. That is pretty nice, I have been on an on ramp to the highway (50 mph and accelerating under power) in a tight corner and hit a patch of black ice on (right rear) and it spun and started to pop the car sideways and it kept it all in check, no issues.

But in 94-96, w/V4P, likely all models, G80 posi it not available with traction control. :(
 

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N0DIH said:
Like cjmakaveli said and:



I don't know the 93's that well, but 94-96 had 4 channel ABS as well as full speed traction control. That is pretty nice, I have been on an on ramp to the highway (50 mph and accelerating under power) in a tight corner and hit a patch of black ice on (right rear) and it spun and started to pop the car sideways and it kept it all in check, no issues.

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My 93 came with the traction control and the ABS system but I removed the Traction control harness and I am about to remove the ABS system.
 

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I'm gonna go with the '94 because it was the first year for the LT1 and last year they had the 3 way lumber on the heated front seats.
 

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Late 95 or 96...I think the late '95 would be the technically best, since the late ones have the '96 center armrest interior upgrade, but with the OBD I.
 

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What were the differences? Anyone have picts of it?

HotRodSaint said:
Thanks, I forgot to tell people why I had a late '95 listed first.
 

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I've yet to drive ANY LT1 equipped car, let alone a Fleetwood, but I do have to say that I am in love with my '93.

First time out driving it today after being away for two months and it seems even more powerful and smoother on the road than before, the ride being enhanced most significantly with the fresh Kumho whitewalls. THIS CAR HAS BALLS, simply put. No modifications, just the standard 350 TBI V8 and a fresh oil change, and the thing not only cruises as smoothly and silently as a new Lexus (seriously!), but has enough juice that with even medium throttle, it'll put you back in your seat.

The odd duck out or not, being the first model year and with the "old" engine, I love the thing and am still SERIOUSLY considering buying another '93 next spring/summer for college use.

Plus, as some may have already mentioned, the older TBI engine seems even cheaper and easier to maintain than the LT1, plus has a similarly large plethora of aftermarket goodies, since it represents the "classic" 350.

So, overall, I say '93 just based on my experiences, but agree that either a '95 or '96 is technically the "best" there ever was.
 

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I pondered a L05 in a 95 Suburban and get a set of $400 Vortec heads from the dealer and then massage the power out of it. Honestly, there is no reason that a set of Vortec Heads (not even ported) and a HT383 Cam (196/203, .431/.451 on a 109 LC) wouldn't make great power on a L05 350. And for only around $600 total investment. But then again, for $600, you could have likely bought a stock LT1 car in the first place. Which is why I searched and found me a 96 Vortec Suburban with the 255 hp 350 in it stock.
 

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All I know is the 93 has the easiest engine to work on and mechanics always compliment it and say it was the last good one. Also I prefer the mirrors on 93-94 Fleetwood. Every single car (to my knowledge) made today has the mirrors in the place the 95-96 does. only Classic cars have the mirrors on the door also it gives you more of a view of the road. I do wish the 93's had the stock dual exausts, but when I have the money I'm putting them on anyways.
 

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I feel the 93-94 mirrors are more classic Cadillac, the 95-96 are more modern Cadillac.

But that is my not always so humble opinion.....
 

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I voted for the '94 with a little bias...I own two myself as everyday drives for my wife and I. That said, I would love to find a low mileage '95...like the one currently on eBay (4581039548) which looks just like my '94. With the few corrections to the LT1 and such, I think the '95 would last that much longer.
 

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scurling said:
I voted for the '94 with a little bias...I own two myself as everyday drives for my wife and I. That said, I would love to find a low mileage '95...like the one currently on eBay (4581039548) which looks just like my '94. With the few corrections to the LT1 and such, I think the '95 would last that much longer.
No doubt the LT1 is a nice performance engine but if you take care of the TBI motor from the 93's, you can make that motor turn over 3 times.
 

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I really do love my L05 '93 Fleetwood Brougham.

I like the TBI just as much as the LS1 in my old Trans Am. Definitely has its advantages, and the performance of the L05 is just fine with some minor and inexpensive upgrades. I'll be getting into that soon, hopefully I'll at least be able to keep up with stock LT1 cars for half the cost :)
 

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N0DIH said:
I feel the 93-94 mirrors are more classic Cadillac, the 95-96 are more modern Cadillac.

But that is my not always so humble opinion.....
Haha that's another thing that sways me, the bigger mirrors are a good idea for such a large car. Rearward visibility is a good thing. Haha. I like the 85 because of the LT1, CD player, bigger mirrors, and the wheels which I believe were like a mesh pattern. Also the absence of the DRL's which made it to the 96 model.
 
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