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My name is Ryan, age 18 and a full time college student.

I currently drive a 2002 Impala LS, FWD with the 3.8L V6. It's been an awesome car, pretty fast, and lots of room. "Unfortunately" I prefer rear wheel drive!

I hate the NY winter but I don't plan on staying here long, in the Fall of 2012 I'm hoping to move to Maryland to continue my education. I would rather take a RWD V8 with me. :thumbsup:

In the next town over is a 97 Eldorado with 65,000 miles on it for $6999. I was hoping someone could point me to some good resources to read up and see if it may be a worthy investment. I haven't personally driven the car yet, but I do plan to. Therefore I'm not sure what it's loaded with 100%.

I was hoping someone could point me to some good resources to read up on to get ahead of the game. I'm not terribly knowledgeable with cars. I can do my brakes and oil, and I changed my valve cover gaskets in my Impala with no problems. I'd say I get 2 stars out of 5 when it comes to being "car savvy". :bigroll:

The engine is a 4.6L V8, I have no idea what's under the hood other than that. Any good articles on pros and cons of these cars? A couple Impala owners on *************** I participate on have some Caddy's and are generally very happy with them.

Customization is a somewhat important thing for me, I think you should have the ability to add personality to your car, does the Eldorado have that potential? I'm not looking to slap on 36 inch rims, I'm talking exhaust options, cold air intake, interior modifications. Are there any internal or bolt-on power adders for the Eldorado?

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The Eldorado is a FWD at least the 93 and up not sure about 92 and older but the 97 you are looking and thinking of getting is a FWD Vehicle

Is this a ESC or ETC that you are looking at ?

If the Body was In Excellent Condition and the Interior was in Excellent Condition
and it ran perfect no bug nothing wrong at all and it where a Dealership Selling it with atleast a 30 day warranty of some sort like 50/50 or something then i think 6000 might be tops i would pay for that

i think if its ass is even with the low miles
maybe 5500 is what it is worth at the most

if it is anything other then the above
 

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There are no "power" modifications to be had. The drivetrain is already maxed out by GM. Do some studying and searching for aftermarket parts and you'll come to the realization that what you buy is what you get. The mufflers are not a power restriction - the cat back pipe and Y is. No headers, no duals, and no aftermarket catbacks for that car - if you want exhaust work, it's all mandrel bent DIY. No MAFs, no throttlebodies, no injectors, car already has a great CAI, no intakes, nothing. Do some study in here and in Northstar Engines. GM did it all for you.

It's a 275 hp 279 c.i. 4-speed auto FWD package. 3.11 final drive.

BTW, if you're a dyed in the wool RWD person, stay away from the FWD car(s) you're currently looking at.

College student - buying a car that originally cost $47,000 (?) - understand that is the level at which service and repairs will cost, NOT the $7,000 level !

BTW, Ryan.............Welcome Aboard !!!! :welcome: Please do some studying in these Forums - you may be getting in way over your head.
 

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The Eldorado has been Front Drive since 1967!

You really won't find any add-ons for this powertrain. The most you can do is change the exhaust from the cat back. Won't add much of any power, just if you want more noise.

As far as problems with these cars, get ready for a LOT of potential expensive issues. An Eldorado ETC with active shocks are $700 each when they go (not if, when). Head gaskets are another big ticket item, lots of N*s with that. Take a look around this forum, and also in the Northstar Performance section for all you'd ever want to know.

Edit: ^^^ oh my gosh, Sub, how do we keep managing to post within minutes of each other? LOL
 

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The ad never mentioned the drive, I figured a Cadillac V8 would have RWD! Kind of disappointing I suppose, it's a sharp car, but probably not worth it at this point.

The car may have originally been priced at 47,000, but my income is pretty decent for where I'm at and tuition isn't that bad at the college. Assuming repairs weren't consistent I'm sure it would be manageable.

I'll toss the idea around for awhile.
 

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one of the most expensive repairs you might come along is the commonly mentioned but not as common as it may sound Head Gasket issue
Some of us here like to over inflate that and say it so comon you could toss a dime and as many times as it lands on heads is as many chances as you have a change to blow a HG
but well some have been nipping at that and say its not as com one as some of us try to make it but anyways
say your HG's head gaskets go if you can manage it yourself you looking around 800 to 1000
if you have to have a shop do it your looking between 2200 and 5000 depending on what the issue what needs to be replaced if its just the HG's or if you need other parts and where you take it
how ever you might be lucky and find someone who knows what they are doing that only charges around 1500 - 2000

when your shocks go like mentioned above if its the ETC your about 700 a corner
because they are active

remember like Sub said these are not your avg 7000 or 1000 dollar used cars or 20,000 dollar new cars

it was 47k new and we all have learned the repairs are the same now as they where back when they where new

some will say expects a budget of 500-2500 a year a year on repairs regular maintenance gas and other things if you drive easy
more if you drive more and use more gas less if you drive less
 

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Make no mistake: It IS a sharp car - just go into it with the understanding that it is like no other car you may have owned, both mechanically and electrically. It's already 14 model years old, so be ready.

We all love our Cadillacs - but we'd be doing you a disservice if we said "Hell, yes - it's as easy to maintain as an Escort."

Here's mine.............
 

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Nice picture!

I think the conclusion will end up in agreement that I'm in over my head with this one. I'll have to satisfy my RWD desires with dads Camaro for now. Just have to wait to graduate!

I am going to have to stick around though, I would imagine there's a thread with everybody's cars in it, and I want to see how good it gets. :thumbsup:
 

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275-300hp out of the box. Repairs may come to be overboard if you cannot do it yourself. You and i are on the same page as far as "a car needs personality"... although dont get me wrong, these (or some) folks will let you know the car "already" has personality. Now im not the type of guy that wants my eldorado to be a car in "The Fast and Furious" but i would like my car to be unique to the rest. The car that my buddies can say, "i hear him coming, he should be here in 15minutes", or "yeah thats him, cause thats the only mother f**ker that i know that wears that on his ride". My personal opinion aside, these are some things you may want to consider with personalization.

Window tinting = Excellent, but if you do the rear window anything darker than 10%, you will want to turn off the auto tint with the rear view mirror.

Air Intake = This subject is worldly a huge controversy! You can get your own aluminum pipes and custom fit everything the way you want it for that aggressive sound and look of the engine bay! Test it yourself... if you feel it has more potent response and performance according to your "butt dyno" then by all means do what makes you happy! BUT!!! it is well known that these systems make little to NO difference, actually preferred to keep the stock system.

Exhaust = You can refer to the Performance Sticky Thread about custom header work, this is costly because no one makes prefits for these vehicles. (odd that after 2003-04 is when everyone started making custom aftermarket parts for cadillac's) But this will be pricy if you cannot do it yourself. I myself have cut the cat converter completely out and replaced the stock oversized mufflers with flowmaster super 44's (warning: this setup will possibly get you pulled over @ WOT) but at idle its pretty quiet. If you can, put in dual straights if you wanna get a lil more pony's out of the setup.

Throttle Bodies = Another controversial issue. Old high school friend of mine actually went out of his way to purchase a 5mm bigger throttle body and somehow got it to fit (possibly used spacer/adapter) but never the less he has informed me that this makes little to NO difference, he ended up putting stock back in and selling the aftermarket one.

Chips = Refer to Perfomance Sticky Thread, they talk about a member here that has (possibly) the only programmed superchip for a cadillac of this genre known, you can get in touch with this member and find more information about this im sure.

Wheels = Biggest you can go is 22" without suspension modification with lowpro tires, 20" in my opinion is the best looking with 2-3" lip.

Electronics = Chrfab has complete Holley wiring harness with sensors and the whole package goes for shy of 3 grand. I dont believe its worth it if your not gonna go crazy with the customization with it, but if your a college student, this is probably a waste of your time honestly.

Mechanical = Balancer, Pulleys, Cams, Cam Sprockets, Serpentine belt drives, Larger fuel injectors. Pretty much it.

Basically, overall you want to look into the Performance Sticky Thread and also check out NorthstarPerformance.com as well as chrfab.com (chrfab would be my favorite) Chrfab.com has quite a few things for sick appearance and performance mods for the Northstar engine or just a complete engine in box pre-modded.

Sorry to also inform you that the Northstar Cadillacs have FWD so im sorry to disappoint you on that, If you really wanna get crazy go ahead and youtube search "Helldorado" and watch the result, RWD eldorado and crazy mods.

Now we wait for the que of some members that will disagree with alot of this.. but like i said, do what makes you happy man, just dont destroy it :cool2:
 

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Make no mistake: It IS a sharp car - just go into it with the understanding that it is like no other car you may have owned, both mechanically and electrically. It's already 14 model years old, so be ready.

We all love our Cadillacs - but we'd be doing you a disservice if we said "Hell, yes - it's as easy to maintain as an Escort."

Here's mine.............
Sub every time i see a picture of your seville i am like dang i want that
car

maybe in May we can get side by side shots of the 2 sevilles before or after my camping trip if your around down in MD

also i want to hear that corsa in the seville heard one in the STS 05 a few weeks back but not sure how different they sound or if they are the same
and i really want to listen to it in the Seville hear it run cause that will help me to make my decision on weather to spend 1200 or not
 

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Sorry to also inform you that the Northstar Cadillacs have FWD so im sorry to disappoint you on that
I was about to say the same thing... anything with the N* engine is FWD except for the 2005-2011 STS. Seville and Deville went FWD in the '80s, only Fleetwood stayed RWD until its end in 1996.
 

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Sorry he actually drops in a chevy stroker, but whatever, its a kickass eldorado!:thumbsup:
 
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