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#763 of 2635 FAILED ALTERNATOR IN 1998 CADILLAC @ 16500 MILES
Feb 24, 2002 (11:44 pm)
The alternator has been making strange sounds in my 1998 Cadillac Deville. Dealer says a bearing is worn out and the alternator needs to be replaced. Is the alternator a common problem in the Cadillacs of the late nineties? Has anyone else had similar experiences? I have only owned the car since June 2001, it had 10800 miles at purchase. The car went into service in December 1997. It seems a little strange to me that an alternator would fail at 16,500 miles. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
#764 of 2635 Alternator
Feb 25, 2002 (1:49 am)
It's under warranty, isn't it?
Have the alternator replaced and forget about it.
As a once Caddy owner, and reader of these message boards, I can tell you a lot of stuff on Cadillacs will break. Get ready for it.
Feb 25, 2002 (8:45 am)
I have had a few new GM trucks and I
have had the electric/hydralic snow
plow set up on them. Boy did they chew
up the alternators ! My 90 went thru 3
94 went thru 2, my 97 went thru 1.....
All with bearing falure ! My 96 Deville
went thru NONE with 82k........Geo
#766 of 2635 Winshield Distortion
Feb 27, 2002 (7:31 pm)
I just traded my 2000 I30T (46K) which I bought new for a preowned 2000 DTS (15K) to gain more seat space and power. So far everything seems great. But I noticed a problem with the windshield that I also had on my 92 Bonneville and my 95 Aurora. When looking thru the winshield at specific eye level points there can be distortion at far away objects if your eyes move slightly up and down. A relative of mine who works as an engineer at GM told me that GM had problems with some of it's windshields during the glass bending process. I had the glass changed on the other cars and the problem was cleared up. I thought GM cleared this up but it appears that I have the problem again. Does anyone else notice this?
BTW thanks to everyone who contributes to the these boards. Since I have read and contributed to many differnt boards and having owned all kinds of cars (American and Foreign) there are very very few cars that are problem free!
#767 of 2635 01 Deville
Feb 28, 2002 (9:06 pm)
The 01 Deville is going back tomorrow !
CTS demo will be back for a take home!
Deville NICE .....Northstar AWESOME !
Woman can't see over seats ! Sure
hopes she likes she CTS or its a Buick
for me ! (Nice cars but not a Caddy!)..Geo
Mar 01, 2002 (8:51 am)
I am now the Caddy driver......'02 DHS. To me, I think the car is a bit sluggish. I had been driving a '97 Mercedes S500, so maybe I'm spoiled, but even my wife's '02 ML320 seems quicker. Should I have gotten the DTS?
Mar 02, 2002 (12:19 am)
Mar 02, 2002 (5:57 am)
There is no copmarison here...DTS is a much better vehicle. And plus I absolutley CANNOT stand that ridiculous column shifter in the DHS...overall DTS has many more technologically advanced features in the chasis control mechanisms, StabiliTrak, etc., and the H.O. NorthStar . . .
#771 of 2635 psedrish & Baron87
Mar 02, 2002 (7:09 am)
Is your DHS broken-in yet? My '02 DeVille seems to have a lot better acceleration now that it has about 3500 miles on it. But the DTS would be much better because of the lower final drive ratio.
Whats so ridiculous about a column shifter in a luxury car? Wouldn't that be a matter of opinion? At lease the functions of the Cadillac column shifter are intuitive, unlike the column shifter in the new BMW 7 Series.
#772 of 2635 I must confess that
Mar 02, 2002 (10:04 am)
while column shifters are certainly functional, I much prefer a floor/console shifter...and if I really had my druthers, I like hand brakes for parking brakes instead of foot pedals, even though the hand brake takes up some room on the console...yeah, I know...nobody asked...