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#2401 of 2635 Re: First time Caddy owner, 2003 Deville [paulthebaker]
Oct 14, 2007 (2:51 pm)
How much do you want to spend?
At 60,000 miles, the plug and plug wires are supposed to be good for 100,000 miles, but they might something to replace. Use only the original Cadillac wires, and I would also say to use the AC plugs (or maybe they are Denso by this year) recommended for the car (platium). Don't go for any of the multi-contact stuff, just get a platium plug the owners manual recommends.
At 60,000 miles and 4-5 years, unless you have the service records for the car and it has already been done, the coolant system needs serviced. It's also supposed to be good for 100,000 miles, but this is one I definitely would have done. Have the old coolant flushed out throughly and the recommended amount of Dexcool replaced.
What does your oil usage percent indicate? You cannot be sure it was reset correctly at the last change. Consider having oil and filter changed, and reset the oil life indicator at that time. Just bring it up in the display area, and then hold down the 'reset' button for a few seconds. It will reset to 100%. You will then know the oil life indicator is correct.
Unless the car has been abused, mainly meaning having overheated, or used as a tow vehicle, the transmission fluid is probably ok. This fluid can easily go to its 100,000 mile recommended change milage. When you do have this serviced, DO NOT have a 'flush' done, where they hook up an external machine and force the fluid into/thru the transmission. Have someone that knows something about a Northstar do it. The pan must be dropped, there is no filter to replace, just a wire screen to be cleaned, but most important, there is a second fluid plug inside that must be pulled, then an additional, large amount of tranny fluid will come out, more than comes out when the pan is dropped. Many service people do not even know about this, and you are not getting the entire amount of fluid drained that can be drained. My 2005 also has a 'transmission fluid life' percent indication, and I assume this can also be reset by holding down the reset button.
Other than this, start saving your money, because something on this complicated auto is going to break and need servicing.
#2402 of 2635 Re: First time Caddy owner, 2003 Deville [paulthebaker]
Oct 14, 2007 (3:29 pm)
Talk to your local Cadillac service department first. You may be pleasantly surprised. They might give you a key and cut it free. You can get a replacement fob through ebay cheaper than the dealer probably and take it to your local service dept. and sometimes they will program it for you free also. Good luck.
#2403 of 2635 Re: First time Caddy owner, 2003 Deville [paulthebaker]
Oct 15, 2007 (4:06 pm)
You could bring your car to a cadillac dealer where they only specialize in Cadillacs and get an idea where you stand with how worn out your fluids are. Or anything else for that matter.
My old Deville the plugs and wires lasted exactly 100,000 miles. Once I got about 100,100 miles it started to studder on the highway, and what do you know? One of the plugs were cracked.
Now getting reliable information on what is wrong or what is going to go wrong with your Cadillac is good to get at the dealership. But actually getting it done there depends on how fat your wallet is. They wanted 600 bucks to change the plugs and wires so I went out and spent 120 on the proper plugs and wires and did it myself and it only took about 45 minutes. The same thing with my brakes. I ended up doing them myself and saving a fortune.
But there were other things that needed to be done here and there that I was not able to do that they were pretty reasonable with the price. So you never know.
But anyway, I am on my 2nd Deville and I love them. I will never drive anything else but a Deville. I got my 1st one, which was a 1998, when it was 2 years old with 44k miles on it and I got 120k out of it. I just babied the thing and kept up with the general mainenance of it and never had any real problems, until the end. And that was when it had 160k + miles on it.
Now my 2nd new used Deville is a 2002. I got it when it had 49k miles on it from a Cadi dealer. It to was bought new there and then traded in. I have only had it for 4 about months but it has been running smooth and looks real sharp so I am a happy guy.
Well anyway, good luck with your Deville. I hope I have been somewhat usefull. And as far as keys go I am pretty sure you dont have the little chip piece in your key so I think you can get your key made at pretty much anyplace that makes keys. But I am not entirely sure on that.
and I have been crusin around in style ever since. I am a happy man. And ye
#2404 of 2635 Any interest Indiana area for 4 16 inch2003, 2004, 2005 Deville chrome rims
Oct 22, 2007 (6:37 pm)
We just traded in our 2005 Deville and reinstalled the stock aluminum machined rims that came with the car prior to trading it in. We kept the oem style (might be oem) chrome rims that fit the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Devilles. They are in good shape and come with four of the plastic chrome centers with gold trim wreaths (the gold plating is coming off of the wreathes and the plastic is cracked on a couple of the centers, but they still work and can be replaced through ebay or a dealer). We bought these new from ebay and they were on a vehicle for about maybe thirty thousand miles or so or two and a half years approx. First on a 2004 and then on the 2005. If anyone near Indiana is interested in them I will send pics. Thanks I hope it is okay to post this here.
#2405 of 2635 SWEET 03 DEVILLE
Nov 03, 2007 (11:49 am)
#2406 of 2635 Removing a fender
Nov 20, 2007 (4:10 pm)
Does anyone know how to remove a driver front side fender off of a 1988 Cadillac deville? PLZ HELP
#2407 of 2635 1993 Deville-Digital Dash,Gas Gage,MPG inop
Nov 22, 2007 (10:25 pm)
I have a 93 Coupe deville with the digital dash-speedo,odometer,a/c display,gas gage and mpg inop.I checked and all the fuses are good.It has been sitting for a year ,was told they were working when it last drove.The car starts up,everything else is fine.The display for radio is fine.Any ideas?
#2408 of 2635 Re: 1993 Deville-Digital Dash,Gas Gage,MPG inop [vicgoo]
Nov 25, 2007 (7:17 pm)
Remember there is an addl. fuse center located in the trunk
either on the frame on the back of the rear seat or under
the rear window. It will be covered by a carpeted panel.
Not to mention the underhood fuse center or the one under
the dash. Check your owners manual.
Dec 01, 2007 (8:28 am)
I bought a 2001 Cadillac Deville in 2003. It was certified pre-owned. I have had problems with the car from day 1. I thought that not only did certified, but also the expensive price and luxury meant that I was purchasing a good car. The more that I hear, the more it seems that Cadillac is a problem car. Now that my warranty is out, I am really spending big bucks on repairs. I have 98,000 miles. What is in store for me? Should I be trying to trade it in before the engine blows? What is the average life of a Cadillac? I thought that they were good for 10-15 years or more. Please help!
#2410 of 2635 Re: Cadillac Deville [baddealcad]
Dec 01, 2007 (9:22 am)
So what exactly have you had to fix for big bucks?
One thing to keep a close eye on is the coolant level. If the coolant level is dropping then there is a leak that needs fixed. Failure to fix it can doom the engine. Otherwise, the engine should last indefinitly. The transmission should last too, but may need some control devices replaced. How long the car lasts will depend on how it was cared for by you and the previous owner. The first owner may have done some damage which is only now beginning to need repair.