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It is Green with Tan leather, 119k miles. I talked owner down to $3000 has one dent in pass door, clean inside and out and engine bay is very clean. I don't know much about devilles at all.

1. how reliable is the northstar with 119k miles
2 will the tranny hold up
3. alternator, water pump ok on these cars?

I hear the northstar uses allot of oil and is not reliable past 100k miles someone tell me otherwise.

Im currently driving
1. 99 Audi A6 wifes car
2. 99 Mustang Cobra summer car
3. 1999 Escort grocery getter, train station car

tell me all i need to know about the 97 deville, is this a good year to get? I plan on keeping it for 2 years.

anything I should look out for, Im driving it tonight for the 1st time.
 

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Is it just me or do devilles in NON-white or NON-black sell for A LOT less...

White devilles with same mileage are over $5000.

I'd be weary for that price something is failing either engine or tranny.
 

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I just sold my '97 Deville (white diamond) in oct. with 107K for $6000. If it has been maintained properly it can go 200-300K and then some.

Be sure the coolant has been changed as required. Check the onboard diagnostics for any stored DTC's (diagnostic trouble codes). Take it for a ride with the temp displayed and be sure it does not climb too high (over 220) climbing hills or at WOT.

The 4T80E trans is relatively bullet proof.

Oil usage is higher than expected but normal and not a problem. Go to the top left of this page, click on Technical Archives and read up on oil consumption.
 

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Ranger said:
Be sure the coolant has been changed as required. Check the onboard diagnostics for any stored DTC's (diagnostic trouble codes). Take it for a ride with the temp displayed and be sure it does not climb too high (over 220) climbing hills or at WOT.

The 4T80E trans is relatively bullet proof.

Oil usage is higher than expected but normal and not a problem. Go to the top left of this page, click on Technical Archives and read up on oil consumption.
Does any or all of this apply to the 4.9L V8 too?

Rick~
 

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The 4.9 is not noted for headgasket problems but, coolant change is important for healthy headgaskets on any car.

The 4.9 is a push rod engine and does not use oil like the Northstar does.

The trans is a 4T60E. Pretty reliable from what I hear.
 

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1) I used to hear that Cadillacs were no good at 100k, also. At the same time, I see people driving older models all the time. When the Northstar engine was introduced in 1992 for 1993 models, the engine was ranked as one of the best engines on the road. Today, I see many individuals/dealerships selling Devilles with over 100k. This week, I found a 2000-2002 series Deville with 300k, 240k, 167k, and 145k for sale. From my readings through this website, the engine is great. I believe the AC Compressor is the major concern with the water pump following.
2) I believe white Cadillacs are first in line to sell for a high price. Black Cadillacs are second in line to sell for a high price. It is possible that silver or crimson are in the third place slot. Bronze Mist is probably in last place. Also, standard Devilles are dirt cheap for 2000-2002 with prices in the mid-atlantic region around 9k to 12k. DTS prices are still around 20k for 2001-2002. I am a little reluctant to purchase a 2000 Deville since it was the first year for the new body style for 2000-2005 models.
 
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