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Can anyone me tell how the ride compares between the 1992 Sixty Special and the 1996 Fleetwood Brougham? I have been able to test drive a 1995 Fleetwood Brougham, but I have not found a 1992 Fleetwood Sixty Special to drive yet.

Because of some medical conditions that my wife has, we need to find the softest, cushiest, smoothest riding car for our road trips. That necessitates going back to the nineties or earlier. We currently have a 2007 DTS that wears her completely out on road trips. The way the DTS seats are constructed "beat her up". Both of the cars I asked for opinions on have wider and flatter, yet softly cushioned seats like she needs (without the side and back bolsters).

We need a car that, between the seat construction and the suspension system, basically "ignores" rough pavement such as bridge and expansion joints, minor potholes, etc. Both of the cars I asked about ride on 15" tires rather than 17s like on her DTS or 18s like on my XJ8. I like the idea of having more sidewall to help absorb road issues.

Another reason I am asking for comparison between those two particular cars has to do with the space where it would be parked. The 1992 takes up very close to the same amount of carport space as the 2007 DTS that she drives now. The 1996 is quite a bit larger and would be more difficult to park in our carport alongside the other car that we own.

I would appreciate any input you can offer.

Thanks

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They're both comfortable cruisers, designed with no intentions of a sporty ride whatsoever. Both are easy to get in and out of, not too high or too low.

IMHO - Overall, the RWD is a bit better at all out comfort. It's ride is more isolating from the road, and there's more room of course.

Neither is very expensive to maintain (though keep in mind, the newest RWD you can buy is 19 years old now, the FWD of that generation, even older.

The Deville of that generation is the exact same car just different trim/options. Same exact ride. The next generation of Deville, '94-'99, is also a very nice riding car. If you wanted to keep things a little bit less expensive to repair, the '94 and '95 still used the 4.9.

My pick would still be the RWD Fleetwood. The older FWD cars are still very comfortable too if the size is too much of an issue. I would highly recommend that you test drive both before deciding though.
 

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I'd agree with the above statement wholeheartedly, but I would also mention that a Lincoln Town Car might be as good/better of a choice. Mine rode MUCH more smoothly than my current 1992 Fleetwood FWD, or my 1993 Buick Roadmaster, which in many respects is identical to the Brougham.
 

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To me, the B body cars are a bit softer/cushier than the Panther platform cars. '98+ Town Cars got a little firmer, but even pre '98, they handled slightly better, but were firmer than B bodies (I use the term "handled" very loosely).
 

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I'd agree with the above statement wholeheartedly, but I would also mention that a Lincoln Town Car might be as good/better of a choice. Mine rode MUCH more smoothly than my current 1992 Fleetwood FWD, or my 1993 Buick Roadmaster, which in many respects is identical to the Brougham.
I have been considering a Towncar also. I think the seats in the 95 - 97 models would be better for our needs than those in the 98+ models.
 

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The Cartier trim level, '90-'97, have more padding on the seating surface.
 

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The Town Car of those years has more comfortable seating then the Cadillacs mentioned. And of the Cadillacs the rear drive Fleetwood has the smoother ride and also has more aftermarket selection of parts to choose from to change it futher. But you are still talking about cars with 20+ years worth of wear on their parts
 

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But you are still talking about cars with 20+ years worth of wear on their parts
I've thought about that and look at it as another reason to take our time doing our due diligence. As stated in my o p, we have a 2007 DTS. It just turned over 90,000 miles. About three or four months ago we had almost $6,000 of work done on the engine and the rack and pinion system. Thankfully, the GM extended warranty took care of all but $200.00 of that work. I've had a number of cars with far more miles than that, but that I had to put much less than $6,000 of repairs into them.
 

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I'd agree with the above statement wholeheartedly, but I would also mention that a Lincoln Town Car might be as good/better of a choice. Mine rode MUCH more smoothly than my current 1992 Fleetwood FWD, or my 1993 Buick Roadmaster, which in many respects is identical to the Brougham.
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I would also mention
that a Lincoln Town Car
might be as good/better of a choice

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:tisk::rant2::thepan::hitstick::helpless::wtf::cursin::bazooka::thumbdown:

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My pick would be the RWD Fleetwood -
 

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================================== I would also mention that a Lincoln Town Car might be as good/better of a choice ==============:lies: :tisk::rant2::thepan::hitstick::helpless::wtf::cursin::bazooka::thumbdown:
Lolll I was gonna say similar, that thems fightin words round here
 

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Well, I certainly don't mean it in a derogatory way, just thought the ride of my Lincoln was the softest I'd personally enjoyed. Should have known that those were dangerous things to say. I'll go wait in the wood shed.
 

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Well, I certainly don't mean it in a derogatory way, just thought the ride of my Lincoln was the softest I'd personally enjoyed. Should have known that those were dangerous things to say. I'll go wait in the wood shed.
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Well, I certainly don't mean it in a derogatory way,
TREASON -

just thought the ride of my Lincoln was the softest I'd personally enjoyed.
BLASPHEMY -

Should have known that those were dangerous things to say
it is grounds for EXCOMMUNICATION -

I'll go wait in the wood shed
OFF WITH HIS HEAD -
 

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Where do you guys get all the cool little angry smiley guys from?
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Where do you guys get all the cool little angry smiley guys
if I tell ya - I gotta kill ya - :eyes:

OK -
when you reply or post -
notice that yellow smiley - click it -
 

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Where do you guys get all the cool little angry smiley guys
if I tell ya - I gotta kill ya - :eyes:

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Not if using the app, maybe the autoguide app though. We can't see vehicles either using Cadillac app.
 

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Tap the post once in the app, it'll take you to a page with just that post, smilies and attached videos will display. Then just hit the arrow with the thread title at the top right to return to the thread.

You can still post smilies if you memorize them and type them out :yup:.
 

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I found them. I usually do quick reply, but found them in the advanced reply section. And, I have successfully thread-jacked yet another member. Sorry. Again.
 

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I've thought about that and look at it as another reason to take our time doing our due diligence. As stated in my o p, we have a 2007 DTS. It just turned over 90,000 miles. About three or four months ago we had almost $6,000 of work done on the engine and the rack and pinion system. Thankfully, the GM extended warranty took care of all but $200.00 of that work. I've had a number of cars with far more miles than that, but that I had to put much less than $6,000 of repairs into them.
Once a shop finds out you have an extended warranty, you are getting a new engine or trans. That seems to be the newest scam going nowadays. I guess it's all good for the economy. My gf just got a new trans in her Jeep when all it needed was a speed sensor. Everybody's happy.

I think you are correct that the old Fleetwoods and Sixty Specials are the best riding Cadillacs, but they are 20 years old. As long as you have AAA you will never be stranded.
 

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As someone who owned a 1995 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series and a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (at the same time) and a 1991 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (and even a 1991 Chevy Caprice Classic), I may cam chime in here. :)

My Town Car had a smooth ride, but was not ultra floaty, however my car no longer had the rear air suspension and had been converted to coil springs. It still had a smooth ride, but not as smooth as my uncles 1997 Town Car Executive that still had (and has AFAIK) air suspension on the back.

My 1993 Fleetwood Brougham had a nice ride as well, but the rear suspension felt a little too firm for my liking. I was told removing the sway bar would help, but at the expense of handling, so I never did it. My 1991 Caprice Classic had the FE3 ride/handling package and had a much firmer ride than I appreciated. I think the FWB's had a firmer suspension anyway due to the very heavy weight.

My 1991 Sedan DeVille (basically the same as the '92 Sixty-Special) has an ultra soft suspension, but I obviously have extremely worn out struts at only 63k miles. My LR shock is leaking oil and on pot holes, etc that tire hit... it bounces like a ball it is so bad, but still I can tell it has a smoother ride - at the expense of handling of course. :)

Good luck!
 
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