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Good Looks Disguises Some Large Reliability Problems by Steve - Chandler, AZ on 03/04/2005. Trim: 1996 Cadillac Seville STS, Owned 5 years.
Pros: The STS is a fine looking car. The leather interior is well done and it has comfortable seating for 4 people. The cruise control is very effective for long drives. The car has ample trunk space. Visibility is also very good. The transmission shifts very nicely and the motor has ample power. The instrument panel is well laid out and easy to work with. Gasoline consumption is 24 MPG Highway and 17 city which is good for this size car.
Cons: We have had numerous CHECK ENGINE light appearances indicating both real and phantom problems. We have had several EMISSION CHECK warning lights caused by bad injectors which had to be replaced. This is a very expensive repair. The passenger compartment has plastic moldings that become loose in spots near the doors and causes additional noise on rougher roads. Cadillac Emblems on both sides of the roof cover and all 4 wheel covers fell off after 80K miles. Unfortunately, this car has been the most unreliable car I have owned and clearly the most expensive to repair.
Overall review: Needless to say I would not repeat this purchase. But, having said that, I still like the looks of the car and enjoy it when its ready for the road. We have taken many long trips in this car which were very comfortable indeed. I believe this front wheel drive car has too much equipment under the hood to be a reliable car which makes it MORE difficult to get at to repair. This accessibilty issue no doubt adds considerable costs to many repais. Maybe that is part of the reason that the new STS is a rear wheel drive car.
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