bil.dun

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About bil.dun

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  • Birthday 09/01/1957

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  • Car Model and Year
    1999 deville
  • Engine
    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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    Southern Vermont
  1. i guess I'm going to answer my own post here, I actually found the above mentioned topic, for all to read under " 1999 deville campaign # 99086"...it gives a lot of info as to which VIN's were in question. Bill in VT
  2. Thanks again guys for all your help...along the same topic, I do believe I read somewhere, that in 1999 some of the N* engines had the bolt holes drilled too deep, or something along the lines of bolt or bolt hole issues....and that some engines had the defect, and others may not have it. It was noted that you could determine if you had one of the engines in question by the VIN #.....any input on that topic? Thanks in advance for any more advice.....I'm sure it could benefit other readers as well. Bill in VT
  3. Hey thanks again guys for your help. I looked at a '99 Deville today, in good shape, 97k miles, and a known head gasket problem. The owner has driven this car for 6 years now, with no trouble, and one day, had an overheat. Had it towed to the mechanic, and was told it was the head gasket....it would be OK to drive it around town, just not up steep hills on the highway. So he's selling it for $400...?! I started the car, let it sit while we talked, and after 15 minutes, the temp never exceeded 197 degrees. And still not, after a half hour. Cooling fans were on. The exhaust smelt fine, but it did smell of exhaust fumes in the coolant overflow tank (I think). I asked him if he ever changed the coolant..answer- no. I asked him if he used high test or regular- answer, always regular. Well, what do you know...in my opinion that's what caused his problems. So my question is, the car never ran hot while idling ( I thought it would) and I wondered if any of you guys have used a product called "steel seal"..it claims to be a breakthrough product, proven over 10 years, and they even have a N* formula....hmmm...sounds good to me. I know other products are a waste of time, but this one seems to have potential. I would buy the car for , I hate to say, beater, or for my 15 year old son to tinker with. The brand new tires and chrome rims alone are worth more than $400....There are many more good trim parts, non rusted doors, interior parts, etc. So, whaddaya think? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Even if you think I'm crazy ( or not) please let me know! Thanks in advance, Bill in VT
  4. Cool...so to speak! Thanks for that in depth response....in answer to your question, I've had my '99 Deville for 2 years now, and no problems. ( Bought it at 36k) I keep an eye on the temp from time to time, in hot weather. It is just as it should be, at 196 degrees avg., but of course will climb to 221 or so (during hot weather, climbing steep hills in VT), and then the cooling fans kick on, reducing the temp to where it should be. So all looks good, so far. Maybe I don't need to be so nervous, but what can I say? It's white, white vinyl top, dark blue interior, lots of options for the year....it really drives like new. At 50k I just had the front brakes done, they were original, never touched. Next, the rear brakes. Believe it or not, the battery is original, no kidding! It has the date code stamped right on it! It starts in the coldest temps, never gives out. Any way, thanks again, all you guys (and gals) are great, I love this forum, and, any more input would be greatly appreciated! Bill in VT
  5. Thanks to both of you guys for your input. Rockfangd, you say you have 2 '97's that were bad when you bought them....did you do the head gasket and or bolt repair, or are they driveable as is? Mine is a '99 Deville, now with 50k miles, pretty much mint, very nice car. But I'm worried about the future, and that bolt problem, is there anything that can be done (other than coolant changes) to prevent a breakdown in the future, such as longer bolts, or whatever? And currently, I'm considering purchasing a 1 owner low mileage "96 Deville, grey metallic/ cream, with a painted roof, lots of options, basically a cream puff....I just seem to recall someone stating the '96's had almost no issues as opposed to the '97- 01's. Thanks in advance, Bill in VT
  6. Hi again, I tried to find a previous post regarding this specific subject, and came up with 0 answers, it may have been discussed before.....so here goes. I am wondering if anyone knows if there are certain years that the 4.6 Northstar didn't have the headgasket/ bolt problem, it seems to be more prevalent in the '97 to '01 engines, (from what I've read). I thought I heard or read somewhere that the '96 Northstar had fewer if no problems with the above issue, is that true? Also, I do believe that the Northstar of any year was an awesome engine...my opinion is that owners of these Cads either did not regularly use high test and switched to regular gas as the price went through the roof during those questionable years,which over time can cause problems, (read the owners manual!) as well as did not keep the cooling system up to date with coolant changes on a regular basis. And as they sat in sweltering heat, in traffic, with the AC cranked, the old acid coolant did it's damage and then they blamed the engine design. I could be wrong, I was once before (?!). Any input on this, from you guys, who are way more knowledgeable, and experienced than I? Thanks a million for any input, this is a great forum, Bill in VT
  7. Thanks for your response barczy01....I'll have to look into the coolant pipes you're talking about. It looks like a decent car, has a few really cool things I like, one being the "Gold Bose" CD stereo and speakers, the cloth roof looks really elegant on this one, among other things. I guess I need to decide quickly, and make up my mind.....any other input from you guys who own or have owned one of these would be greatly appreciated! I'm a little nervous about travelling all that way and being disappointed...Bill in VT
  8. Hey guys, back again....so there's a '93 sixty special for sale that I'm very interested in. 74k miles, nice shape, 2 owners, runs good, but a/c, heat, and radio do not work. Could be a simple fix, maybe not. But the car is beautiful, owner must sell, and I may wind up paying $1500 for it, but it's 1200 miles away, I would need to fly there, pick it up, and drive it back home. Do you guys think I may be crazy, or do ya'all think I should give it a shot? I've been assured it's mechanically well maintained, and loved, but it's owner is no longer able to drive it, it has sat nearly idle for a few years, except for an occasional start up and drive. It's "driving" me crazy, I really want this car! Any advice would be appreciated...I definitely have Caddy fever....Thanks, Bill in VT
  9. Hi again, the problem was at the sway bar itself, the tapered stud didn't seem to want to be "pressed" into the opening properly. But I think the links can be installed in either direction, though, so I think the problem is that one of the "ball studs" was somewhat oversized...manufacturing oversight? The AC Delco part seemed to fit properly. I don't always trust these aftermarket "ACME" brands anyway. (Although it did come with grease fittings, seems like a good idea) Thanks for your input rockfangd!
  10. Sorry, stupid me, actually it was the STABILIZER LINKS I replaced, not the Bushings.....Thanks! Bill
  11. Hey Y'all, I have another question regarding my '99 Deville, it is white, with a white vinyl top....the car is in like new condition, 45K miles, but due to the previous owner leaving it out in the N E weather for 1 winter, after it being garaged all it's life, it has areas of mildew spots on the vinyl. I've tried many different cleaners, none that will harm the vinyl (I hope), but find it just doesn't quite remove the mildew spots completely (some go away, others are stubborn). Is there a cleaner you guys could recommend, that will work, or, is there a vinyl paint or coating that would help this beauty look like new again? Thanks for your help, Bill
  12. HI Guys, hey thanks for all your help! So the update is, I've replaced the sway bar bushings, both sides, and what an amazing difference! My Deville with only 45K miles, is like new again, the struts don't make any noise at all. A rather simple repair, but hard to get out those pressed in ends w/out a special tool. A quick note, the first one I replaced was an aftermarket unit, and fitment was OK I guess, fit OK on one end, but not so well on the other. The second replacement was an OE AC/Delco part, and fit just right. I'll keep you folks updated as to which one lasts longer....I have another question, I'll try a different post though. Thanks again, Bill
  13. Excellent! Thanks you guys, I'm going to check out all the components you suggested, the local GM dealer who changed the oil and etc. did a multi point check and did recommend replacing the sway bar bushings on the left front.....and maybe since then, the other one has gone bad as well. I'll keep you guys posted, thanks for such a quick response! Bill in VT
  14. So here I am again. I'm wondering if you hard core Caddy guys can shed some light on a common problem.....front strut weakness, and rattling noise. I have now owned 4 Devilles, a '92, a '96, a '97, and a '99, all low mileage, well maintained cars. But they all seem to suffer from what I consider "weak front struts" On smooth, straight roads, they seem fine, sometimes a little bouncy, but OK. Then you drive them around a corner, and they seem to let the car "lean" more than they should. and then you drive on a back country road, and when going over bumps, they (or some other relative front end part) "rattle", sometimes very noisily. Also, every one I've owned, seems to lean a little lower on the drivers side. (I'm not exceedingly heavy, about #220) So, my question is, even though these vehicles have very low mileage, do the front struts just "weaken" with time, or, is there another common cause for this phenomena? Thanks to all you guys, for any input!
  15. Hi, I thought I would give my two cents worth....I have looked at a lot of '94 thru '99 Devilles, and have passed up many of them, because the front drivers seat was "compressed', sometimes only the seat portion, but sometimes the back part as well, always near the door side of the seat. After some research, I found that most if not all of these vehicles were previously owned, not only by elderly, but quite "heavy" drivers ( no offense to anyone) who have difficulty getting in and out of the car, and thereby crushing, or flattening these areas over time. The last Caddy I had wasn't too bad, but I removed the plastic trim guard that holds the lumbar or seat heat control, giving access to the leather trim near the bottom of the seat, removing the clips that fasten the leather trim to the seat frame, and peeling up the leather seat area, and then installing an appropriate "cushion booster" for example foam, to "boost" the flattened areas. I hope this helps you, because it seemed to have worked quite well with my seat problem. Good luck!