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Offline Uhegej

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Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« on: May 27, 2017, 02:37:06 PM »
I have been looking and reading through the forum and is seems very few people have late 80's models! I just got a pretty good project car, my first an 1988 Fleetwood, looking for advice, new to this. Will post picture of it later.
1988 Fleetwood (FWD)

Offline smokuspollutus

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 03:22:24 PM »
I do! The downsized unibody cars are more like today's modern cars wrapped in older features. To me that is the best of both worlds, but to a lot of people they really aren't their cup of tea. Side by side a 1985 Fleetwood Brougham and 1985 Fleetwood FWD are totally different, though they are the same age, the FWD is way newer and you can tell.

Thankfully Cadillac cursed them with "da 'luminum mota" as I have heard it referred to and prices are cheap even for low mileage beauties. . I have been looking for a late 80s/early 90s car to supplant my 84 so I can drive a Cadillac in the winter. Unlike the "old" stuff, the unibodys don't rot in the same way, or nearly as badly. In the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, there were no 20 year old cars without rotten door bottoms, holes in the quarters, or flaky rear frame rails. Even here in NY, you can't go too far before you see a vertical rooflined Sedan deVille still eating up the road looking good.

My favorite parts though are the ride and the interior. They drive just the same as a 2000-whatever generic bean (under the skin they're mostly the same) but retain the isolation and comfort that we appreciate from the past that is absent in modern cars. Always been a fan of the dashboard which was very driver-centric.

Defiantly some problems from the window regulators and the armrests, and water pumps are a major PITA, but by in large the car itself ages totally differently from the older models.

Good luck!
1984 Eldorado Biarritz Coupe

Offline Uhegej

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 03:25:45 PM »
Picture as promised
1988 Fleetwood (FWD)

Offline James Landi

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 05:50:01 PM »
ANother Plus is the 4.9 engine linked to the much lighter body style...I have not heard of frequent complaints on the engine and transmission combo

Offline jock82

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 02:21:58 PM »
I have an 89 Sedan de Ville since Oct 89, one of the best cars I have ever owned.  Has been very reliable and very minimal problems mostly things that would normally wear out, shocks,  brakes, etc.,  just replaced wheel hubs, (first set from original_Very roomy and comfortable car. 

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1989 Sedan de Ville
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1989 Sedan de Ville
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1976 Olds 98 Regency

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Offline mistertudball

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 02:57:30 PM »
Ever since renting an '88 Eldo in Texas when it was new, I was impressed with its comfort, performance and, believe it or not, fuel economy.  I'd probably want a Seville from the late 80s, very early 90s for air bags and antilocks but am a little scared of the Northstar.  Still, they do pop up fairly cheaply and occasionally with very low miles so I might do it yet.  People made fun of the downsized Caddys then but I think they're rather attractive.
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Offline Big Apple Caddy

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2017, 08:35:42 AM »
I like the 1980s FWD DeVille/Fleetwood, including the earlier versions.  At the time, I found them more appealing as they were more modern and contemporary than the RWD models.  The new FWD DeVille and Fleetwood were marketed as the "Cadillac of Tomorrow" when they were introduced in 1984.

I also like the downsized Eldorado (at least after its 1988 restyle/improvements) and Seville although prefer the previous generation Eldo/Seville.

Offline Uhegej

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2017, 03:00:32 PM »
Went for a ride in the park today! Took a few pics with iPhone. Beautiful day for a drive.
1988 Fleetwood (FWD)

Offline dochawk

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2017, 06:43:01 PM »
My daughter just picked up an '89 Eldorado to replace the DeVille [insert moment of silence here].

It's very much a $1,000 car, and I'll spare you the pictures :)
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Offline Rich S

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »
My parents had an '89 Eldorado Biarritz (ordered it new) and they were long-time Cadillac owners, and it was a great car. It rode very nicely, it had high build quality and it was a great size--and it included the "luxurious" Cadillac feel inside--with little extra "touches." The carpet was simulated mouton, the tufted leather seating was soft and high-grade leather and there was burled maple wood appliqués on the dash and console, and even the turn signal had a "chime" rather than "clicking" sound! It was White Diamond exterior (introduced for Spring selection in '89) and it had a White Cabriolet Vinyl Roof (with Opera Lamps) and and Antelope Leather Interior, and the lacy brushed aluminum wheels with Vogue tyres and a Brown, mirror-tinted Astroroof. I recall the rear seatbacks had pockets with flaps that closed by Velcro, and the trunk was roomy. The sculpting of the hood and bladed fenders, traditional Eldorado touches, along with the lamp monitors, gave a really nice view out over the hood (for the '88 through '91 Eldorados).
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Offline Alex053

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2017, 10:17:36 PM »
i love the majority of the 77-92 caddys :)
1957 Coupe Deville - Mountain Laurel with a white roof

Offline dochawk

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 04:25:32 PM »
It was White Diamond exterior (introduced for Spring selection in '89) and it had a White Cabriolet Vinyl Roof (with Opera Lamps) and and Antelope Leather Interior, and the lacy brushed aluminum wheels with Vogue tyres and a Brown, mirror-tinted Astroroof.

This one is all black, with leather seats and a textured roff that extends along the op of the rear fenders.

Would have been lovely in its day . . . supposedly purchased from the second owner.
1972 Eldorado convertible, 2001 Deville DHS (daughter), 1997 Eldorado ETC (and now my wife wants an Eldorado!)

Offline Art Director

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Re: Does anyone have love for late 80's Cadillac
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 01:56:24 PM »
I used to own a 1988 Sedan de Ville. Loved the styling, how the car drove, the comfort, but the repair bills were another matter. Lost the transmission at only 139,000 miles and sold it for $250 to a salvage yard.
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1963 6329 Six-Window Sedan de Ville
1972 Fleetwood Brougham—RIP
1988 Sedan de Ville—RIP
2001 Eldorado ESC—RIP
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