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Cadillac, SLS Even better than my Rolls Royce
Cons: The hail damge it took in a recent storm/tornado.Cadillac, SLS is a great car. Safe , dependable, comfortable. Even gets good fuel mileage on the highway.
Pros: Value, performance, simple sofistication.
Cons: I wish it had the new 5 speed auto tranny - have you test drove one! - WOW!
Advice: Make 'em promise to fix the collapsable steering column, the right way, before you buy.The 2002 Cadillac Seville is a dying breed, being revised in 2005 by even more technological refinement and sofistication. However, make no mistake about it, this dying breed is one of the best used car choices on the market, today. It is a total package of performance and luxury at a fraction of the price of it's foreign counterparts. Sometimes, reviews are only submitted when someone has purchased a lemon. This is typical and I understand their frustration. I, too, have bought cars like this and I have bought a lot of cars in my days! This time though, I feel I've got a winner! I replaced my tiring 1997 STS for a 2001 STS. I paid $13,995 for it and it has a mere 32,600 miles. Talk about a deal! Who in their right minds would buy a new car for the same amount. They might only be able to afford a Kia Rio, or something like it. I think I shopped right! I bought the newer model because I liked my old white diamond 1997. I like the looks. I liked the performance. I liked the smell of the quality leather. I liked all the creature comforts, and, hey, while it was not perfect in every way, it was close. It represented superb value and an excellent lifestyle experience! Also, when I bought the newer Cadillac I didn't have to trade in my old one. I hade two friends practically fighting over my 1997. I sold it for $8,000 and walked away whistling Dixie! Keep in mind that, in about 2002, Cadillac put in a new multi-link steering system. This was designed to buckle in front collisions. The problem is that tollerances were slightly off in the connectors, which create a clunking noise. The temporary fix for this clunking noise was to fully lube the joint connectors. This, for a while took care of the noise, however the lube job would have to be repeated to keep the noise and feel from returning. Cadillac has now revised the connectors and the tollerances are correct. Any complaint of this nature should now be remedied with a retrofit of the new steering column connetors. I was delighted when I bought my 2001 because I would'nt have to have a go-round with GM to get this problem looked after, properly. My car came with all the bells and whistles available (except for night vision and navagation) so, considering the price of the car, I was extatic! Bottom line. I fully recommend the Caddilac Seville STS. Keep America vital and buy a Caddy, today!
Pros: bose music system
Cons: cargo net in trunk
Advice: get certified vehicle .. bumper to bumper for 100,000 mileshave only owned the car for about 1 nonth but it has already spent 3 days in the shop ....not good. Car is a pleasure to drive and very comfortable. Problem that i am experiencing is the service engine light comes on then off.Desler had to order parts for the emmission system ...they repaired it 3 weeks ago .... while it is doing it again. don't know what to think yet.
Cons: electrical problems
Advice: Be ware of computer and electrical problemsThis car may look great but it can be a service writers nightmare. Tires would never balance. Electrical ignition problems. Computer issues. The list can go on and on.
Pros: Bose music system with on Star
Cons: Like to get better service from dealers and less problems
Advice: Don't get service from where you buy your Cadillac or don't buy one.I bought this Seville SLS model 31 May 2002. From the start there was a noise coming from the stering column on rough highways. Took maintenance Cadillac personnel a week to repair. Had 3,000 miles on car took 3 trips during routine check at 9,000 miles to get repaired finally. Had a recall 5 April 02 to have PCM re programmed by dealer. They put in wrong codes and transmission started acting up with engine service light coming on dash. transmission check indicated problems. Had to replace 2 & 4th cluthes, torgue converter and replaced all oil as burnt This was finally done by another dealer in Seattle. After 12,000 miles I have had no more problems. So beware of your dealer you bought the car from as there service department in most cases need alot of help, and Cadillac needs to check some to see if their doing good service or trying to get more money for doing things under warranties.
Advice: Drive before you buy. Tghe car may have defects!Bought a new Cadillac Seville STS last week to replace my '97. Had Good Luck with the '97. Wanted the showroom model, mistakenly drove a similar model on the lot. Bought the show room model. Got it home to find out that it rattled worse than my 13 year old Japanese car and vibrated at speeds 65 mph. Car is waiting for parts. Am on a 2,000 mile vacation trip but my new $40K+ auto is in my garage. Was going to take the new car to Florida next week but don't trust the quality. Car has 400 miles on it. GM quality had better improve if they want to stay in business. They may have this car back next week.
Pros: Northstar V8
Cons: Front Door Alignment at Front Fenders (Dealer fixed)
Advice: Get a Cadillac Certified vehicleThis car is a quality blend of Performance and Technology. Very comfortable to drive and ride in. I like that Cadillac remembers their reputation for driver and passenger comfort in this vehicle, yet the performance characteristics are on par, or exceed other luxury touring sedans in the market, some of which cost considerably more than the Seville. The NorthStar V8 is an absolutely wonderful machine, and any enthusiast will appreciate the exhaust note under hard acceleration! This engine definitely doesn't sound or act like your grandpa's Cadillac, it's a purebred that's more than willing to get out there and stretch it's legs upon command. Passing, road handling capability, and even evasive manuevers can all be tackled with confidence in this car, without any hesitation. Test drive one, or better yet, rent one for a few days and you'll fall in love just as I did.