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7.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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1998 Cadillac DeVille engine problems

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1998 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 102004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Cadillac sedan Deville with northstar engine stalls without warning and loss of power steering and brakes. Mechanic has changed drive shaft sensors, checked plugs & wires, changed gas filter, yet the problem persists.

- Lodi, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 182002

DeVille

  • miles
Consumer noticed, excessive oil consumpsion every 3000 miles one quart of oil, causing engine stall very often. Dealer has been notified.

- Vinemont, AL, USA

problem #10

Feb 012002

DeVille

  • miles
Engine started "knocking" slightly, at cold startup, at appr. 39000 mileage. Now sound has increased in volume and can be heard when cold or hot, idling and/or driving. I will take car to memphis Cadillac. Note: I had same problem with new 1994 chev. Full size conv. Van. Returned van to dealer after 9 months ownership & 18 times to a dealers shop. Was diagnosed as loose rod bearings.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #9

Jul 312001

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle stalls while driving, dealer unable to duplicate the problem.

- Nokomis, FL, USA

problem #8

May 242001

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently vehicle will stall out and die without warning.dealer has not been able to correct or duplicate problem. Consumer states when vehicle stalls he loses power steering and power brakes, making vehicle very hard to control.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 202000

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will stall in traffic without any warning lights. Consumer stated this happened at about 35 mph. Dealer couldn't duplicate the problem.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 212000

DeVille

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine nocks and misfires when cold.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #5

Aug 111999

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles
When accelerating from a stopped position, engine stalls out, and the hedlights go out. Dealer has seen vehicle 5 or 6 times, and still has no solution.

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #4

Apr 231999

DeVille

  • miles
1. gear shift had too much play when going from park to drive (dealer-no problem found) 2. rear rotors replaced because dealer found them warped at 2221 miles 3. running rough and rotten smell (dealer found no problem) 4. wipers went out on 2/26/99, dealer had to order part so drove til 3/2/99 without wipers. Upon returning to dealer entire dashboard had gone out. They kept the car until 3/5, again went to dealer on 3/26 for wipers not working, still had to order more parts, returned on 4/6 to get replaced again. So I was from 2/26/99 to 4/6/99 without windshield wipers. 5. complained of noise when turning right, they found no problem, I also complained of rough ride, they replace bushings and lubed bar - felt better for a day, but rough ride returned after that. I feel they have had my car more than I have. I currently have 5225 miles on a 13 month old Cadillac, thus is outragious. Thank you.

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 301999

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles
Brakes squeal upon application - service did not detect; brakes squeal upon application - installed updated pads on frt per bulletin 83-50-25; brakes squeal a 3rd time - longer time to stop; leaking oil - service - take out engine manifold; leaking oil again - service - hole forconvertor snout drilled too close to rear main journal; leaking oil - service replace rack and pinion; leaking oil - service - car was kept for several days did not detect leak. Leaking oil; rear window switch on left front door inopt - service - replace door windoe left front. Replace master control switch; express window down does work properly - service - did not detect; windshield washer inopt. - service -reconnect loose hose; windshield washer inopt reinstall nozzles; windshield washer inopt. - service -glued fittings together. Customer spoke with service manager several times. Customer spoke with dealership owner. Customer met with GM D.S.M.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 301999

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles
Brakes squeal on application - (service - no noise heard) brakes squeal on application - (service - installed updated pads on frt per bulletin 83-50-25 ) brakes squeal upon application a 3rd time.longer stopping time after brake application ; vehicle leaking oil - (service - take engine out manifold ) vehicle leaking oil again (service - hole for convertor snout drilled too close to rear main journal ) vehicle leaking oil (serviced) vehicle leaking oil (service - kept vehicle several days did not find oil leak) vehicle still leaking oil.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 151999

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles
Leak oil after serviced twice

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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