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I’m new to this forum. On 12/31/13 I bought a 2003 Seville SLS with 54,000 miles from its second owner for $5,400. See PICS. This is an immaculate Florida car and free of all the problems regularly reported here. I checked out a lot of stuff in this forum before I made the purchase, and I cannot tell you how valuable the information really was for me. I am VERY GRATEFUL for your input and knowledge base!

Thanks to the forum: I was able to run the codes, drive it at 70+ to test for front end vibration, listen for valve knock, dry trunk, check oil pan gasket, etc. before deciding to buy this particular car. Two local dealers had all but the first two years of service history, so I was even able to determine the year-by year mileage for the most part. It was impossible to find even minor flaws to use in the negotiation! Not even a crack in the leather exists anywhere. Nor are there any clear coat blemishes or fades. So, I plunked down the cash and wound up with a great car.

Naturally people use this forum to ask questions about the problems, etc., which is great. So many of these posts deal with complaints. But I wanted to do a rave on everything that is RIGHT with these Sevilles. First, this is a FABULOUS car to drive. I’m impressed with the road feel. With most front-drives it’s impossible to tell if you’re going 30 or 70 without looking. Not with this car. The acceleration from 0 is swift but very smooth. I did the carbon blowout at 55mph (full throttle to 6,000 RPM in 2nd gear). This car grabbed the road and really launched at that point. And as others have said, the exhaust note is wonderful. And no front-end vibration now (during the test drive there was very slight shimmy which went away when I rotated the tires).

The cabin is not especially spacious, but it’s also not constricting. I’m 5’11 and 230LB, with long legs- and I’ve got all the room I need. The left foot rest on the floor pan is in precisely the correct spot for me. It’s clear that the engineers really tested the ergonomics for bigger people (a real problem I’ve had with Toyotas and some Fords- seat never goes far back enough or high enough for me). All the controls are in sensible locations. Even the Exit button on the door is in the place where my hand would naturally go to open the door. The cabin is quiet and free of rattles and vibration, save for slight buzzing in the rear subwoofer only at high volumes. I’ve got the base stereo system and it sounds fabulous. I’m lucky the two prior owners were not music lovers, as I could tell from the presets! Only talk radio was preset on this system.

I’ll be using this car for a daily 10-mile commute to work, involving stop and go traffic over a long steep bridge. Under these conditions I’m getting 16 MPG which I believe is factory standard. Meaning this particular Northstar is apparently still tuned properly. I’ll check the road trip mileage in a few weeks but I’m confident it will be in the 27MPG range. Which comes to my favorite feature with this car and why I was Northstar shopping in the first place. I don’t think there is any other V8 out there, turning out 275 horses, that will produce this kind of gas mileage in a 4,000 LB car that is 11 years old. The Seville provides this awesome combination of power and economy. By comparison, I once had a Park Avenue 3.8L that only turned out 24/25MPG on the highway. Less weight and less power should have produced better mileage, no?

I was prepared to like this car a lot, but it exceeds all my expectations. My favorite car ever was my 1999 Firebird- a dream to drive with awesome handling. Although the Seville can’t corner the way my RWD Firebird did, it makes up for it with the fact that I can put my aging parents in this car and get them to their appointments expeditiously and comfortably. No wonder this was Caddy’s top-shelf car in its day.
 

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Welcome d! You will enjoy this car for many a year to come. Welcome to the CF. Take care of her and she will take care of you. And most definitely post pics!
 

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Sorry bout the JPEGS- was trying to figure out how to reduce the file size. Maybe these will work?
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Super nice!!!! I wish she was mine! Congrats bro!!!
 

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These Sevilles are fantastic vehicles and a blast to drive. Congratulations on your fine acquisition.
 

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:yeah:

And in the future, just upload your pictures to photobucket and post the IMG code.
 

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Nice SLS is yours silver or cashmere could not tell from my old monitor. I have a cashmere (gold) 04 SLS with 18K on it now I am the second owner. mine looks like yours except mine has 17" wheels from an STS and no vibrations from mine either as I tested it up to around 80. Sounds like you found a great one and that I believe is the way to go find one that has been well maintained. so far my mpg has been 18 city and 28.8 highway, although I mixed in some midgrade but not sure if that helped. Love the power from my LD8's as my Bonneville GXP also has one which was a replacement for my 08 Impala SS and the GXP has been much better. My SLS is even better for highway mpg's and a smoother ride. I also had an F-body GM mine was a 01 camaro SS. good luck with your SlS and a great find. Oh, did you check your battery under the backseat as sometimes they can leak or the vents become plugged?
cheers, steve
 

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Steve- it's that metallic Tan/Beige color. really the only thing I wasn't thrilled with on the car is the color- but the paint job is immaculate so who really cares! I'll be replacing the battery in a few months, it's 5 years old. Still good amps but this is Florida. And yes it has been well maintained. Per the history the motor mounts, power steering pump, main crankshaft bearing, and shift solenoid were replaced before the sale. I just did a 97 mile HWY round trip to Busch Gardens with cruise at 70 and consumed 3.1 gallons fuel. So that came to 31 MPG!!

And I ENVY your Bonneville GXP (and all other lucky owners). That's the car I was really shopping for at the time I made the purchase- for its styling. Just couldn't get one with low enough miles. Pity that GM chose to send Pontiac down the river...
 

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Paint color is ugly but it's in great shape. That's like really big portions at restaurant that serves bad food. I saw a pink Mary Kay deville in junkyard while back. Body panels were perfect. Do damage. I think it was there cuz it was so ugly.
 

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Paint color is ugly but it's in great shape. That's like really big portions at restaurant that serves bad food. I saw a pink Mary Kay deville in junkyard while back. Body panels were perfect. Do damage. I think it was there cuz it was so ugly.
^^^ Well, hello Mary Sunshine!
 

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Yes you have found a great one and no rust from Florida. Its rare to find much rust up here in Western Wash too unless too old or neglected cars. My 04 SLS also came with a 2 yr 100k powertrain warranty mine was a second car and used for hiway hence my superlow miles. Mine has just a few minor paint blemishes so all is good. I like the SLS and the digital speedometer readout its just about 6 inches lower from my view when compared to the HUD in my GXP. however the HUD gives more info in the readout and not just the speed. I like both dashes they are just different I guess it just depends on which one I am driving at the time both give different info as my SLS no oil pressure but gives me exact voltage readout and not just a gauge like the GXP. Did an closed course track test with my GXP vs my 08 IMP SS (before I sold it) with the LS4 303 HP. My cousin and I did a 55 to 100 mph run (to simulate a possible 3 car passing) and the GXP came out the winner by a nose we ran them two times as we switched drivers and had the same outcome. Sold my SS as it was using too much oil with the AFM system and the guy I sold it to did not care but later he did have it fixed by GM warranty with new rings when it was around 55K. My GXP has about 43K now I think ... it is my third car so don't drive it to much but it uses no oil and no problems. My GXP is dark red can't remember the official name will try to post a photo when I can and read how.
cheers, steve
 
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