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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 06:46 PM
Charm City
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Since coming upon this site, I've gained an interest in the big bodies. Strongly considering the RM in chi-town. Back to the subject. I've come across a '95 Deville (130K) for a decent price. I see here that there are a lot of Fleetwoods around. Other than body style, what are the diffences between the Fleetwood and the Deville? Do they have the same options (i.e. LT1)? Why are there not more in your forum? Is there an aftermarket for this type? What should I look out for? I'll be taking a close look at it tomorrow. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Also, the interior needs some attention. For those of you that know, what is the going rate to re-upholster an interior (carpet included). Thanks.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 07:03 PM
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Bro if you want dependability ...DO NOT BUT THAT DEVILLE! Seriously thats the difference, the LT1 with 130K miles is considered low mileage but thats very high mileage for a Northstar. The early Northstar engines are crap. Just wait and do some more research and get a Fleetwood. You cant even compare the two cars, the Deville is inferior to the LT1 Fleetwood.
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 07:22 PM
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Devilles and Fleetwoods are two doifferent cars. Fleetwoods are rear wheel drive. Devilles are front wheel drive. Yeah, the northstars are not very dependable... I would stay away from it. Check out www.cadillacforums.com you will find more info there. And maybe a less Bias opinion...
 
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 08:32 PM
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^^Yes, CadillacForums.com is a much better source for more Cadillac info, but simply put--the Deville and Fleetwood are 2 TOTALLY different cars.

The Deville is a FWD, unibody vehicle and the Fleetwood is more "antique" RWD, body on frame. Overall, some do have similar body lines, but the Fleetwood is larger and heavier, and just a much simpler car--but because of that, more acceptable to mods galore, cheaper to fix, and more reliable.
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 08:48 PM
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Hey Member #15473,

The only purpose for the last Devilles was to delude and flummox as many of the country's dead-driving blu-hairs in '97 into thinking they had scored a real (yet regretably discontinued) Cady Fleetwood from GM using their exact same tailight part numbers and mimicing the same lame rear wheelwell skirt lines.
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 11:24 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by 96 Black:
Hey Member #15473,

The only purpose for the last Devilles was to delude and flummox as many of the country's dead-driving blu-hairs in '97 into thinking they had scored a real (yet regretably discontinued) Cady Fleetwood from GM using their exact same tailight part numbers and mimicing the same lame rear wheelwell skirt lines.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 11:26 PM
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Thanks all for the input. I guess the Deville is out.
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 03:00 AM
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welcome Charm!
i just got rid of my 1995 deville and now have a 1995 fleetwood brougham.
the deville interior was MUCH bigger, the fleetwood seems more cramped and has a longer dash. BUT, overall the fleetwood is about 2 feet longer.. go figure!
as for the northstar, i do agree that i've heard Nothing but bad(headgaskets mostly). BUT my deville was not a concours so it came with the 4.9L pushrod(looked nearly identical my 1990 Eldorado Biarritz's 4.5L)
to make a long story short, the Northstar is plain out faster (rated at 300hp) but lacks in the low-end torque compared to the 4.9(rated at 200hp)
my 2 cents? i put BOTH of those (4.9 &4.5) caddies through absolute hell and back, Always drove them Extremely hard.. kept up on oil and NEVER had a single problem.(i've always ran Rotella in All my caddies)
sure they're front wheel drive, but if you're not looking at crazy performance and the price is good... could be worth seeing if it's a 4.9

and yes, you'll find yourself more at home at www.cadillacforums.com

oh and if you wondered why i "got rid" of the deville,
originally my buddy accidentally drilled into the main interior harness during an installation, took me 6 months to find a new harness, 11 hours for us to change the entire thing and .002 seconds for her to fire back up and purr.
then not a year later she met some black ice... and a tree, fence and pole. but i can say with a busted manifold, no coolant & one hell of a whack on the front end, she started up and ran smooth without the slightest problem. but with frame damage and a nice fat check from insurance... i finally got my dream car

sorry, got sidetracked
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 10:13 AM
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Ya know, people rave about the northstar, but I'm no that impressed. I couldn't spin the tires in my grandpa's 96... but my moms 92 with the 4.9 had no issues. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Pass on the northstar... even the new ones are not that great.
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 02:31 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Charm City:
Other than body style, what are the diffences between the Fleetwood and the Deville?
Looking like a queer and getting made fun of by the cool guys with Fleetwoods!
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