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#36 of 165 Re: 2000 deville crankshaft position sensor trouble [bunnyrabbit]
Sep 21, 2005 (1:31 pm)
That sounds like that may be a good buy. But as with any used vehicle, take a competent mechanic along with you to inspect it. I have an '03 Deville DTS that has been an amazing vehicle. These are some of the nicest luxury cars you can buy. At a bargain price. The only major problems you're likely to encounter is because this is a 2000 Northstar you'll likely have a minor oil-burning problem. Figure something like 1/2 quart every 1500-2000 miles. Anything above that is abnormal. Oil-burning is typical of the Northstar engine. I wish it were different, but this a very complex engine that has a lot of moving parts, so it's to be expected. Don't be afraid to buy because of that. I've had a Lexus LS 400, A Infiniti Q45, and a Lincoln T-Car (which is the reason I came back to the American standard Cadillac) and they all had some sort of oil-burn or oil-sludge build-up problem. Other than that, you're likely to have a huge gas bill(or is that just me?) because you are going to love laying into that Northstar just to here it sing. But since this later Northstar runs on regular 87, it'll be a little lighter on your wallet. Finally, if the price is right, jump on it. 5 years old and only 53,000 miles sounds to be a winner.
P.S. Whatever you do , run a Carfax on it if you don't do anything else. Remember my friend, AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.
#37 of 165 Re: 2000 deville crankshaft position sensor trouble [blkhemi]
Sep 22, 2005 (7:55 am)
Thanks for taking the time to respond Hemi. I'm going to take the plunge. I'll keepyou posted.
#38 of 165 Re: 2000 deville crankshaft position sensor trouble [bunnyrabbit]
Sep 22, 2005 (11:40 am)
When you take it out on the test drive, drive like you just robbed the bank. Nail the accelerator to the floor and stomp on the brake pedal. I know this sounds a little iffy, but trust me you should do this in order to see if the engine is in fine tune(ie: you should hear absolutely no pinging, rattling) and the brakes should be stable without ANY steering wheel wander and the abs or brake light should not illuminate. The braking system on this car is very expensive, just like any large premium car's system is. I had a friend to buy a '00 Deville DHS and two days later he had to replace 2 calipers 2 rotors, and a whole set of brakes. Grand total for all was $779, and that's with him putting them on himself. If all checks out, you got a winner.
Jul 02, 2005 (9:23 am)
I have a '98 Deville that will not start on an intermittent basis. Sometimes it will start just fine, turn off the engine and turn the key to hear a click like the solenoid. Turn the key several times and nothing but the click. Wait for a period of time, turn the key and fire right up. The battery has a full charge and tight connections. Could it be cables? solenoid going bad? Or the starter going bad? Any insight would be appreciated.
#40 of 165 Re: jspencer1 [jspencer1]
Aug 07, 2005 (7:57 pm)
I have the same problem on my 99 Seville SLS!
It doesn't "click" it just won't turn over. I had it towed to a dealership (even though it started 1/2 and hour later) and they couldn't duplicate the problem.
Did you ever get an answer on this one?