Okay, friends, as you know I am considering a purchase of an older Caddy.
I have an 88 DeVille with the 4.5L V8, 121k, great condition. I was lucky to find this car last year. This car started my love for Cadillac ... I mean, if a 20 year old car can ride and drive and perform better than most new cars out there, something is happening right for Cadillac. Well, this spring I started looking at an 85 Seville near my home. It fit my love for the 80's Caddys, but then I read here about the 4.1L V8 problem. I started thinking I should consider another model (I mean, I love the styling of the 79-85 Eldorados but am afraid of that same motor). So, I started looking at 87-91 Eldos and Sevilles. Most of you supported that choice, but the inside seems so harsh and dated on these ...and I am not sure that the comfort level is there like in a DeVille (I have to say I have NEVER driven an 87-91 Eldo/Seville, so if I am wrong, please tell me. I just love the drive of my 88 DeVille -- I call it the Cadillac float. I would want a similar ride in my next car.) Then, I started looking at the 92-99 Eldos and Sevilles. LOVE THE ELDORADO STYLING. Some Sevilles looked plain to me, but those with half roof and chrome were incredible. I could not find many low mileage Eldos that I could afford with my savings, but I did find Sevilles with high miles around $7k ... up to model year 2000! But everywhere I looked, there was the dreaded comment -- needs new engine, or needs head gasket -- or there is oil around the pan, etc. SO, now I am back to square one. I think of my love for Caddies as a hobby. I am a working man, no rich guy here. I saved up for an 80's model and now am wondering if I should just get another DeVille with the 4.5 ... even though I have a good one ... doesn't seem to make sense. I would use this additional car for light travel but basically would pamper and admire it, so it has to be a looker, too. As for the 85 Seville, it has only 53K on it ... and is immaculate. But does that matter with the 4.1 anyway? What car would you go with -- 85, 87-91, 92-99? Why? Thanks for helping me. Your forum has always given me a place to share my love for these cars and to learn from the experts!