newbold1 Posted April 21, 2008 Report Share Posted April 21, 2008 Hi Everyone, I used to frequent the board often back when I had a Sea Mist Green 1996 Cadillac SLS. I traded that car on a 2004 CTS and then traded that one on a 2005 BMW 330ci convertible. With no Cadillacs remaining in the household I stopped having a good reason to visit the site as often. Well, my teenage daughter is getting her first car and guess what she wanted... a Cadillac DeVille. So, we went car shopping and I finally found this White Diamond 1996 Cadillac DeVille. The exterior is so perfect that it seems impossible for this car to be older than about 2-3 years let alone 12+ years! The interior is also in very good condition. The only thing that gives away the age is that the leather seats do look older and a bit worn but they aren't damaged (no holes, tears, etc.). The driver's seat seems to be a bit flattened out / sinking in a little nearest the driver's door. The car has high miles at 174K but seems to be running just fine. There are no current DTCs showing up. There is a slight hum coming from the front end and I think it could be a wheel bearing? It can't be the tires because I just put brand new Michelin Symmetry's on the car but the hum is still there. It's not too bad of a sound and really can only be just barely heard when driving at about 40-50 miles per hour but it is noticeable. The A/C blows more cool than cold even though it has a full charge. And, the oil pressure indicator light occassionaly flickers at idle but I think an easy fix for that would be to switch from 10w30 (last owner's oil change info) to maybe 10w40 or 15w40. I think that these are pretty minor issues considering that I only paid $4,000 for this car. Everyone who has seen it first assumes that I spent closer to $10K (most people think it is a lot newer than a 1996). I hope that the car will last to at least 225K which with the miles my daughter will likely drive would give her a good 3-4 years owning this car. Now that we have another Cadillac in the family I'll probably be frequenting the board more often again. I am so glad that I held onto those 1996 Cadillac shop manuals that I had bought back when I had the SLS. David Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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