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#2105 of 2634 a few more comments on reliability
Mar 24, 2006 (9:40 am)
My 2002 Seville LS had the torque converter lockup fail, which required the transaxle to be removed so that it could be taken apart. This also means that the engine is removed. The job is a full day (overnight) and so is expensive in terms of labor. My car is still under warranty. However, the Cadillac dealer is new, a Chevy dealer that recently got the franchise when the old Cadillac-Oldsmobile-GMC dealer went out of business; and they put the wrong gasket in when putting the transmission back together, so the car went back for another overnighter. I think that for most FWD cars, transmission work probably involves removal of the engine/transaxle to get to the transmission.
My 98 Aurora (which had a small northstar) did have a water pump rebuild. I noticed that there was coolant leaking and brought it in saying that the water pump was failing. They replaced the bearing and perhaps other parts.
Someone I know with a 1999 DeVille had a water pump failure, with the engine getting hot, his first clue that the water pump was broken. They fixed it, after he had the car towed in rather than drive it the few miles to the dealership. However, sometime after that the computer notified him that the coolant level was low. The dealership filled it up. A while later (perhaps months) the computer said I'm low on coolant again. This time the dealership did some checking and determined that the head gaskets were leaking coolant. They took it apart, but were not able to put the engine back together, I think because there was too much corrosion. The car was covered by an after market warranty that would only cover the gaskets, not the engine. Cadillac covered part of the engine replacement - the old engine had about 70,000 miles on it. The though was that the engine getting hot when the water pump failed probably caused the head gasket to fail. However, the gasket was probably faulty for some reason in the first place.
From the stand point of cost, the cast iron 3800 is probably the best choice for a used engine in an aging car for upkeep.
#2106 of 2634 NEED HELP PLEASE
Mar 28, 2006 (7:29 pm)
I have a 93 deville and its having issues whenever the service engine light is on (not the service vehical light)it itels at like 3000RPMs and the spedometer stops working and it wont shift into gear or out of gear, but once that light shuts off it runs fine. i replaced the transmission and the TPS. WHATS WRONG WITH MY BABY
#2107 of 2634 Re: NEED HELP PLEASE [tanyak]
Mar 30, 2006 (8:41 am)
A Cadillac service department (or perhaps others) should be able to determine why the service engine light is turned on. The computer is supposed to store this information.
#2108 of 2634 2nd CAR FOUND AND BOUGHT
Apr 07, 2006 (9:14 pm)
I had mentioned a while back that I was considering a second car as a backup and change of driving experience for my 2004 Cadillac Deville.
The local Ford dealership had a 2005 Mercury Sable LS with only a little over 1600
miles on it and nicely equipped with CD changer, wood and leather steering wheel, Silver mettalic paint, chrome wheels, upgraded stereo system, leather seats and a few other options. The car had been bought by someone who after driving it a very short time decided they wanted a Lincoln Town Car. I test drove the car along with a Mercury Grand Marque 2005 LS with 17,000 miles on it. The Grand Marque while having less power drove a lot like my Cadillac. I choose the Mercury for the very low miles and many nice options,
nice Duratec V6 engine and the fact that while a little bit of a squeeze fits in my two car garage with the Deville. The Grand Marque would have really been a squeeze for garage space. Price for The Sable was around half of the original selling price.
The Mercury has the cruise buttons on the steering wheel
just as the Deville, the BIG difference is they work as I expect they should!
So far am enjoying both cars, will probably use the Mercury in rainy weather as it is a smaller car and easier to wash than the larger Deville. Many thanks to all at this conference that gave their opinions when I was considering this second car purchase.
#2109 of 2634 Re: 2nd CAR FOUND AND BOUGHT [bremertong]
Apr 08, 2006 (12:00 am)
Congrats !!!!!!!!!! Its always fun to have more than 1
vehicle to play with ! I love choices !!!!!!!!!!!!
I am hoping for the weather to break here in NY so I
can get the GTO and Triumph outta the barn and into
Oh yea......the lawn tractor too.........ugh!
#2110 of 2634 97 Devale engine dies when driving on high way
Apr 08, 2006 (4:37 am)
I have a 97 Devale Cadillac.
It has been stopped for no reason when I was driving normally. One time it was even on the high way. I had restart the engine.
I took it to the dealer and they could not find anything recorded in the computer. So they could not find anything wrong.
It had happend 4 to 5 times recently.
Does anyone know what could be the reason?
Thanks a lot!
#2111 of 2634 Re: 2nd CAR FOUND AND BOUGHT [bremertong]
Apr 08, 2006 (8:31 am)
Now that you have a second car, there should be no difficulty in leaving your Cadillac with the dealer to have all of the problems fixed.
If your Deville's cruise control really is not working right, you should be able to demonstrate this to your service manager. Both of you need to take whatever time is needed to prove that there really is a malfunction. As I have stated before, my Cadillac's cruise control works perfectly.
#2112 of 2634 Re: 97 Devale engine dies when driving on high way [a2715mt]
Apr 08, 2006 (8:46 am)
A27..........Have you checked for any codes????
The engine will still crank?
If no codes then my guess would be the crankshaft
position sensor(s). Cheap and easy to replace......
#2113 of 2634 Re: 2nd CAR FOUND AND BOUGHT [sls002]
Apr 08, 2006 (9:24 pm)
I have taken the Deville to a second Cadillac Dealership.
One of the senior mechanics took the car out and said it was functioning as it should. While out on my test drives with the two Ford products, Sable (which I bought) and the
Grand Marque I asked the Ford dealership salesman about the difference in cruise response, his reply was that Ford
builds better cruise control systems than GM. That would given the source sound like Ford Company sales talk but given the fact that this particular salesman is highly regarded as honest and has been at the same dealership for close to twenty years, He has his reputation at stake when he makes such a statement even if he is just expressing an opinion. I also think he is speaking from his personal experience and those of his customers.
I suspect that the some of the Devilles have more efficient cruise systems than others (yours being an example). The cruise (my Deville) works well enough that I don't wish to spend any more time on it and the fact that four highly trained mechanics at two dealerships claim the functioning is normal tells me to enjoy it as it is. Probably needs a tweak somewhere in the system, I doubt that leaving it at the dealership would change the outcome.
Since the cruise in every other vehicle has responded as it does in the Mercury I at least feel that the problem is not with me but in the system. You seem to be very knowledgeable about GM, do you now or have you ever worked for them? Just curious, thank you.
Apr 09, 2006 (9:36 am)
Me NO???????? Just a car/bike freak drag racing nut from youth with the ability to spin a wrench on just about anything thats gas powered....................
I still think our cruise control problem is fumbling
with those tiny buttons at speed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My cruise control on the "stalk" in my other GM cars
work flawlessly. So its gotta be ME !!!!!!!!!!!