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When I bought my RHD Seville I trawled the Net trying to find what I needed about unique RHD components and found very little information.

I have started this thread to consolidate the info I found and what I have since learned about what is perhaps the rarest of 97-04 Sevilles.

When the Cadillac Seville RHD was launched in 1997 it was the first factory right-hand drive Cadillac to be offered since WWII. It was unveiled not in the US but at the Frankfurt Motor Show and first went on sale in Japan. This was to be a truly global Cadillac.

So the Seville was sold new in Japan, some other south-east Asian RHD markets such as HK and in the UK.

GM wanted to sell the Seville in Australia but local GM arm Holden resisted. Holden has its own luxury sedan the Holden Caprice and so the Seville might have been unwanted competition for that car. Also Australians demand a more dynamic car, even at the luxury sedan level, than the Seville could offer and then there was the expense of creating a new sales division for Cadillac. Unlike the Chev Suburban sold here in 98-99, I believe that the Seville could not be branded a Holden. Neither GM nor Holden would have wanted that.

In Japan, both RHD and LHD Seville SLS, SLS-E and STS were sold from 1997 until 2003. In 2004, only the LHD STS was sold.

The UK market only saw 1998 though to 2000 model years (NEED CONFIRMATION OF THIS). I don’t know anything about other RHD markets, but recently saw an ad for a RHD MY2000 Seville in Hong Kong.

Used vehicles in Japan become more difficult to re-register once they are 10 years-old, and so depreciate quickly at about this age. So two markets that have imported a lot of such cars from Japan – Australia and New Zealand – saw a trickle of used 97-03 Sevilles arrive from around 2010.

Australia has very strict car import requirements, in part to maintain a level of safety but also to protect the local car manufacturing industry (which is winding up later this year anyway). Pre-1989 models only need relatively minor safety modifications to pass registration but newer models such as the Seville have to undergo more extensive modifications by a registered workshop under the SEVS scheme.

I don’t know anything about NZ used-import registration requirements, but I think they are a lot more lax than in Oz.

Sales numbers are difficult to find: Cadillac Japan did have a recall notice for 6352 Sevilles on March 8 2003, but that would have encompassed both LHD and RHD
https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com.au&sl=ja&sp=nmt4&u=https://www.gmjapan.co.jp/recalls/detail/2/14&usg=ALkJrhg5tsU2Y7I4fJ91vnAxHQ0irE6K5g

When using a VIN decoder for my 2003 Seville STS, there were 66 cars in MY2003 that had Japan-specific RPO codes but only 22 that had the RHD RPO code.

Unique RHD parts include obvious things such as the steering rack and dashboard components but also the braking system is very different to LHD cars.

Instead of fitting a cross linkage to the original LHD booster/master cyl as some manufacturers do, Cadillac fitted the master cylinder to the driver’s side firewall (which is better for brake feel than a cross linkage anyway).

Presumably because of a lack of space in the engine bay, a vacuum brake booster was not used like LHD models have. Instead, the Hydraboost hydraulic booster was fitted to the RHD Seville on the passenger’s side of the engine bay, adjacent to the strut tower.

Other parts are identical to the Export LHD Seville, such as side repeater lights on the front guards, shorter bumper bars (to meet requirements that the car be less than 5m long) and headlight washers on the front bumper when equipped with Xenon headlights.

Both headlight washers and self-levelling are legal requirements in Europe (and Australia) so that the bright Xenon light doesn’t blind oncoming drivers. AFAIK the Seville doesn’t have self-levelling motors in the light assy like many Xenon-equipped cars do, but instead relies on the self-levelling rear suspension to ensure that the headlights are levelled correctly.

Japanese-market Seville (both LHD and RHD) have RHD headlights (that cut off the beam on the right so not to blind oncoming traffic).

Japanese market cars have a few other market-specific items such as an FM radio band of 70-90MHz (as this is the band length used in Japan) and possibly specific catalytic converter and fuelling modifications. The Japanese are paranoid about cars catching fire. This latter info needs more confirmed information to be accurate.

COMMON PROBLEMS
The unique-to-RHD problem that comes up in Google searches for the Seville concerns the braking system, specifically the hydraulic booster.

In one scenario, the booster does not appear to give the servo assistance it should. So the brake pedal feels hard, takes a lot of effort to pull up the car. See this thread:
http://caddyinfo.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/43575-1999-seville-sls-brake-problem/

In this case it seems that the servo has had an internal failure and AFIAK to only solution is replacement. I have not checked if this part is still available new from the US, but others have saying that it is NLA. I would still try a few US Cadillac dealers in case. Part no 25638962.

The other situation is where the pedal goes to the floor after a while when the ignition is off. The brakes resume normal operation once the ignition is on. This is likely to be accumulator failure. The accumulator (p/n 25676065) was still available new from US suppliers such as gmpartsgiant at the time of writing The Range Rover P38A (1995-2001) accumulator will apparently fit also.
See this thread for details: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-seville-cadillac-eldorado-forum/936794-brake-problems.html

PARTS SOURCES
New maintenance parts: rockauto.com is very good. Great prices and quick to deliver. A word of warning: if buying multiple parts, they sometimes come from different warehouses that can mean extra shipping charges and delays for some parts.

New OEM parts: I haven’t found a source that I’m happy with yet: gmpartsgiant offers patchy service. Lindsay Cadillac has reportedly been good and a supporter of this forum, but I’m yet to try them, not sure if they will export parts.

Used parts: The UK and Japan are your best bet. There’s a Seville STS on eBay UK at the moment and there are quite a few parts on Yahoo Auctions Japan.

Japan is difficult because unless you have a Japanese credit or savings account they typically won’t deal with you. Therefore there are intermediaries that have set up for such purchases, (https://www.importmonster.com.au for Australians, buyee.com and others) but with their charges and shipping it can get expensive. For example a headlight I bought in Japan through Import Monster for AUD$61 cost me AUD$260 at my door. That’s still a lot better than US$700+ (and plus shipping) for a new one from the US.
If you are searching Yahoo Japan don’t try searching ‘Cadillac Seville’: even when I translated into Japanese characters I get maybe four hits. Instead enter ak54k: ATM, there are 28 pages on Yahoo Jpn of mostly used Seville parts.

Please feel free to add or correct any info I have here; I want it to be right!
 

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Re: RHD Seville SLS/STS information

Whether LHD or RHD, many vehicles registered in countries other than the U.S. might have a misleading "model year". This is due to a particular country using the date of first sale/registration as the vehicle year, not the U.S. "model year" designation.

We had a European member in here that had a "2001" STS - we had a hell of a time giving him parts advice - but it turned out that the actual build date was during the 1999 MY date group - 1999 was built from 07/98 to 06/99. (My 2002 STS year ran from 07/01 through 06/02). Build date is on the driver's door sticker, and in some cases production dates are stamped on body panels, trim parts, and modules.

We will see "2018" cars beginning in June or so - - - - - all depends on when the manufacturer reconfigures the assembly lines.

My paper GM/Helm service manual set for the 2002 is pretty comprehensive on the RHD models. No idea about the new DVD format.
 

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Re: RHD Seville - SLS/STS - information archive

When using alldatadiy for air door actuator replacement, be aware that there's been a mix-up between left and right. Where it says 'Air door actuator replacement (right) RHD it should say (left) and visa-versa for the other side. Alldatadiy is generally excellent but it doesn't show you how to replace the RHD master cylinder, for example.
This link is for a company that does have the missing components, but it is really expensive ($10 for 24hr) so you'd want to get the printer fired up if you use it.

https://www.repairprocedures.com/service-manual/document/1998/cadillac/seville-rhd/brakes/master-cylinder-replacement/1738_88_19662_134103_8_310792.html
 

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Re: RHD Seville - SLS/STS - information archive

When I bought my RHD Seville I trawled the Net trying to find what I needed about unique RHD components and found very little information.

I have started this thread to consolidate the info I found and what I have since learned about what is perhaps the rarest of 97-04 Sevilles. . . .

Please feel free to add or correct any info I have here; I want it to be right!
It's been a while, but here goes (f-w-i-w):-

Surely the ’76 – 79 Seville was the first RHD Cadillac? I’d always understood that all the importers had to do was fit their own rear lights – to provide amber indicators.

I’m sure the first STS I went look at was a ’97: it was a lighter shade of red than any other I’ve seen & had a stereo with a separate slot for mini-discs.

There are a few 2001 cars here BUT they could well be 2000 models that were registered late, after Jeremy Clarkson made them virtually unsellable.

The generally accepted figure for total UK sales is 350. I’ve been told, by one person, that there was a UK spec. SLS but that’s contrary to what I’ve always understood & I’ve never seen one or even seen one advertised.

Who required the car to be under 5 metres long? I’d always accepted that export cars were made shorter but never heard/seen an explanation for it, although I believe Japanese taxation classes are determined by length.

Often wondered about Japanese spec headlights, given ours are marked “EU/UK” – which I don’t really understand.

Japanese cars, I believe, have some form of exhaust gas temp. sensor/warning.

Some Japanese Sevilles have Japanese dashboards that can’t be re-configured.

I thought it had been established that the brake servo was, to all intents & purposes, a RangeRover item.

RockAuto’s on-line catalogue is a useful research tool, otherwise they should be avoided like the plague, they seem unable to send the right parts & the cost of returning them would often be prohibitive.

Most service items I can get without having to go to an American car specialist. I usually go to carparts4less.co.uk who are cheap, offer free p&p (i.e. shipping) & are quick Might be worth a look another time because they do ship abroad, BUT don’t be tempted to buy oil filters from them: they are all the wrong thread fitting!

There’s must be at least a dozen American car parts specialists here, most if not all of which export BUT many say they don’t supply parts for RHD cars although Frost’s in Wellingborough were persuaded that track-rods weren’t handed.

There are usually ½-dozen Sevilles for sale at any given time, mostly the same ones, as they can take at least a year to shift. I know of no source of used parts, so you clearly know something I don’t – would you like to share it. e.g. headlights and steering racks are completely unavailable & have been for years; also these cars are often written off after a minor accident because, even if they are available, the cost of replacing a bumper would be more than ½ the trade value of the car. Of course where these lightly damaged cars go is a mystery.

I knew you needed an intermediary to buy a car in a Japanese auction, but didn’t realise it extended to other transactions.
Old Car World, in W. London is a small American specialist workshop, owned/run by an enthusiast with a penchant for Cadillacs - which is, oddly, a Delco dealer & - yes – he ships abroad.

To get genuine parts from America, I rely on Doug’s NW Cadillac, near Seattle. I like the personal touch dealing with Vince Axley, their parts manager + prices & shipping are good – service is even better!
 

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It's been a while, but here goes (f-w-i-w):-

Surely the ’76 – 79 Seville was the first RHD Cadillac? I’d always understood that all the importers had to do was fit their own rear lights – to provide amber indicators
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- No, any RHD post-war Cadillac before the 97 Seville was converted locally.

Who required the car to be under 5 metres long? I’d always accepted that export cars were made shorter but never heard/seen an explanation for it, although I believe Japanese taxation classes are determined by length.

I don't have a clear reasoning for this."Densely populated regions of Europe and Asia" is the best I could find after a quick look, eg in this story: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/cadillac/seville/1998/1998-cadillac-seville/

Often wondered about Japanese spec headlights, given ours are marked “EU/UK” – which I don’t really understand.
Not sure - will check, but they do have ECE markings

Japanese cars, I believe, have some form of exhaust gas temp. sensor/warning.
Interesting to know - and I'm not surprised

Some Japanese Sevilles have Japanese dashboards that can’t be re-configured.
I'm sure that they can through GM Tech 2.

I thought it had been established that the brake servo was, to all intents & purposes, a RangeRover item.
No, I knew that the accumulator (the 'bottle' on top of the hydraulic brake servo) was the same as a RR, but you're saying the whole brake servo is also??

RockAuto’s on-line catalogue is a useful research tool, otherwise they should be avoided like the plague, they seem unable to send the right parts & the cost of returning them would often be prohibitive.

- I've had really good experience with Rock Auto. Shipping has been the most resonable of the lot with these guys and they are quick.

I know of no source of used parts, so you clearly know something I don’t – would you like to share it.

- Sure, it's on ebay. Jeep-Chrysler Parts UK http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Cadillac-Seville-Sts-4-6-Auto-BREAKING-Drivers-Door-Handle-/302284162453?

I knew you needed an intermediary to buy a car in a Japanese auction, but didn’t realise it extended to other transactions.
Old Car World, in W. London is a small American specialist workshop, owned/run by an enthusiast with a penchant for Cadillacs - which is, oddly, a Delco dealer & - yes – he ships abroad.

- To be honest, I can't see how a part sourced in the US, shipped to the UK, given a mark up and then shipped to Australia is going to be cheaper than just getting it from the US. Is this what you meant?

To get genuine parts from America, I rely on Doug’s NW Cadillac, near Seattle. I like the personal touch dealing with Vince Axley, their parts manager + prices & shipping are good – service is even better!
- Perfect - thanks for the tip!
 

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Surely the ’76 – 79 Seville was the first RHD Cadillac? I’d always understood that all the importers had to do was fit their own rear lights – to provide amber indicators.
- No, any RHD post-war Cadillac before the 97 Seville was converted locally.

I still maintain that the ’76 (not sure we got them in ’75) was available out of the showroom in RHD form but I’m only going on memory & the fact it was only Sevilles – why would the importer (GM’s principal UK dealer) only convert one model? However, all I can find to support my view is this:- “Cadillac's "international" car was also sold fully built in England and continental Europe, though with just 2,000 units assigned for export during the first production year. The UK price was £10,000 (then equal to around $20,000) fully equipped, including right-hand drive.”

Who required the car to be under 5 metres long? I’d always accepted that export cars were made shorter but never heard/seen an explanation for it, although I believe Japanese taxation classes are determined by length.

I don't have a clear reasoning for this."Densely populated regions of Europe and Asia" is the best I could find after a quick look, eg in this story: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/cadil...illac-seville/

Interesting reading but it’s first I’ve heard of it - & it’s the width, rather than the length, which can be difficult in Europe (& my limited experience of driving in Asia suggests it would be the same there), so it all seems a rather pointless additional expense.

Often wondered about Japanese spec headlights, given ours are marked “EU/UK” – which I don’t really understand.
Not sure - will check, but they do have ECE markings

Some Japanese Sevilles have Japanese dashboards that can’t be re-configured.
I'm sure that they can through GM Tech 2. Apparently not, there was a thread on the forum from someone in Oz with exactly that problem – to which there seemed to be no solution (short of, possibly, swapping in European components).

I thought it had been established that the brake servo was, to all intents & purposes, a RangeRover item.
No, I knew that the accumulator (the 'bottle' on top of the hydraulic brake servo) was the same as a RR, but you're saying the whole brake servo is also?? That was my understanding from the thread on that topic – which I suspect might’ve been yours, in which case you would know better than I.

RockAuto’s on-line catalogue is a useful research tool, otherwise they should be avoided like the plague, they seem unable to send the right parts & the cost of returning them would often be prohibitive.

- I've had really good experience with Rock Auto. Shipping has been the most resonable of the lot with these guys and they are quick.

I’ve had nothing but grief from them, having proved they are totally incapable of supplying the right parts &, internationally, their complaints/returns policy is useless. I appreciate that I’m in a very small minority denouncing them as rubbish, so there’s not much point in saying any more than I have found that any/everybody else is better. Have you tried partszoneonline? I ordered front brake flexis (after RockAuto send some that actually fitted the rear better than the rears they’d supplied earler), & they duly arrived – direct from a Buick main dealer!

I know of no source of used parts, so you clearly know something I don’t – would you like to share it.

- Sure, it's on ebay. Jeep-Chrysler Parts UK http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Cadillac-.../302284162453?

O.K. so you’ve found one specialist dismantler – who just happens to have a Seville (probably the only one in N. Ireland as I met someone in S. Ireland last year who believed he had the only two there – both brought over privately & it’s unlikely that N. Ireland had many more!) Quite a nice one too, with some interesting parts, indeed had things been different I might well have reorganised last Monday when I was over there, to come back via Belfast, to look at it more closely.


Old Car World, in W. London is a small American specialist workshop, owned/run by an enthusiast with a penchant for Cadillacs - which is, oddly, a Delco dealer & - yes – he ships abroad.
- To be honest, I can't see how a part sourced in the US, shipped to the UK, given a mark up and then shipped to Australia is going to be cheaper than just getting it from the US. Is this what you meant?

Can’t faulty the logic/arithmetic BUT I though your point was difficulty getting genuine Delco parts. In any event a price is only an e-mail away – so it might be worth asking another time.

To get genuine parts from America, I rely on Doug’s NW Cadillac, near Seattle. I like the personal touch dealing with Vince Axley, their parts manager + prices & shipping are good – service is even better!
- Perfect - thanks for the tip!

Let me know how you get on, I know the Chairman of the Owners Club here spoke to Vince on the phone & was favourably impressed. If you need contact details (I used to have a business card – but it was ruined when my wallet got waterlogged in a freak rain storm) let me know but, from memory you only have to type “Doug’s NW” into a search engine & it comes up.
 

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A quick update on RHD parts.
If you need to replace an air door actuator (failures are not unusal, typically the plastic gears within the unit crack or strip gears), be aware that the GM parts listing describes 'driver side' and 'passenger side' for a LHD vehicle (the RHD and LHD cars share actuators).
So that means for RHD cars, you need what is described as a 'driver side' actuator for passenger side (left), p/n 89018375 and 'passenger side' for drivers side (right), 89018365.

I discovered that I could use 89018365 for the (RHD) passenger's side, but had to reverse the polarity within the actuator for it to work properly.
 

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My Japanese import RHD had the usual Japanese radio bandwidth but I found that in the Tech2 reader I could change "point of sale" to various countries, so I chose UK and this reset the radio bandwidth to allow me to dial into our NZ frequencies :)
 
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