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#1376 of 2635 Headlights Falling Out
Feb 27, 2004 (10:50 am)
I'm back in the Cadillac ownership business.
A 1997 Deville d'Elegance (sp). It's in very good to excellant shape with 64,000 miles.
Want to make the wifie happy. She wanted anything, just so it was in the White Diamond color. She's not been happy since I sold her 1995 Concours.
Anyway. After buying the car (of course), I went to the Nat. Highway Transportation (NHTSB) site to check on recalls and complaints. There was one recall, and the car has a sticker under the hood indicating that one has been completed.
But - the NHTSB has 'many' (25 out of 230 total) 'complaints' about the headlight lens 'falling off' the 1997 Deville. So I check the car. The left lens has the 'glue' completely broken all around. It is just setting in place, with a rubber trim the only thing holding it in place. The right lens is not loose, but you can see inside where the adhesive is also breaking apart and falling inside. It's getting ready to go. Replacement for the pair of assemblies is supposed to be in the range of $700.
I'm looking for input on other people having or hearing about this problem. Does Cadillac have a 'hidden' warranty where they will cover all/part of this cost? Since this does seem to be a widespread failure.
I Cadillac won't help, I will probably attempt to use GE Silicone and just glue the lens back in place, after cleaning out all the old, cracked up adhesive inside, and cleaning the reflector area.
Any input will be appreciated.
#1378 of 2635 dispencer and others - Owners Manuals Online in PDF format
Feb 27, 2004 (2:53 pm)
I just purchased an 01 DHS Black with Night Vision Wednesday. So I am new to the Cadillac Owners Circle. When I got the car the dealer had lost the manual so I spent some time trying to find one. I was able to find an entry to GM's online archive were they have the manuals for all of their vehicles..they have Cadillac manuals from 1993 - present:
...you can also go up in the ftp tree were you'll find other docs, recall and warranty info.
I'll post pics of my DHS as soon as possible.
#1381 of 2635 Cadillac Owner Considering Jaguar Sedan For Next Car
Mar 07, 2004 (11:11 pm)
I currently own a 1998 Deville with 35,000 miles.
I generally trade cars when they get up around 50,000 miles. Am considering a Jaguar Sedan for my next car. Would probably buy a 2001 or 2002 with low mileage (under 30,000). Has anyone in this conference owned both a Cadillac and a Jaguar? How would you compare the two brands so far as Maintenance costs, ride, quality and general satisfaction is concerned from your own experience? Any feedback much appreciated.
Mar 17, 2004 (3:43 pm)
Come on - There are thousands of Devilles out there. Doesn't anyone have anything to say about them?
#1383 of 2635 Caddy vs. Jag
Mar 17, 2004 (8:15 pm)
I own a 2002 dts and many of my friends own jags. Most of them love the looks(exterior and interior) and the prestige, but hate the fact that every jag model is rather unreliable, handle and ride ok but is not remarkable, has cramped interiors and cargo space. Each burns premium gas and (except the x type) is rwd. Each is rather pricey but deeply discounted.
A 2002 deville (dhs or dts) would probably be your best bet imho because: It would probably be more reliable than a 2001, it has more space than any jag and would probably be more reliable, it burns regular gas, it will have on star built in and possibly optional integrated boise stereo with xm radio, its fwd, dealers are not hard to find, it rides and handles suprisingly well for such a large car, it probably is quieter than the jag. Btw, the dhs/dts has analog instrumentation compared to the ugly digital readout in the base model deville which lacks some of the standard and optional features in the dhs/dts.
#1385 of 2635 Thanks HYDRA 2 thats the kind of information I am looking for.
Mar 18, 2004 (11:03 pm)
I have been very happy with my 98 Deville but must admit I love the appearance of the Jaguars.
The practical considerations you mention outweigh
the appearance issue and weigh heavily in favor of Cadillac. A major concern for me would be the reliability factor which by all accounts I have heard favor Cadillac. Another consideration is that there are no Jaguar dealers in my town but there is a Cadillac dealership.