really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,289 miles

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1997 Cadillac DeVille engine problems

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1997 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 062012

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, he smelled a burning odor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the oil pan seal was leaking oil. As a result, the oil was leaking onto the engine manifold. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The contact expressed extreme concern over a potential fire hazard. The failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 04/18/12 updated 04/23/12.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 032011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Deville. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the vehicle began to overheat followed by stalling. The A/C warning indicator was illuminated following the failure. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted to report the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Deoria, IL, USA

problem #11

Aug 052010


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated the vehicle overheated and the head gaskets were blown. The contact stated a few prior to the failure, the vehicle caught on fire due to the vehicle being under recall (NHTSA campaign id number: 04V110000-fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) but could not determine if the failure was directly associated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 120,000.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #10

Feb 102009


  • 147,855 miles


1997 Cadillac Deville engine head gasket and cooling system malfunction dealer refused to fix overheating may cause explosion or fire defective pohanka Cadillac fredericksburg, va 22408 sd replace entire engine, refused to provide 12 month warranty unacceptable response from GM Cadillac dealer.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 142009


  • 108,900 miles
I bought a used 1997 Cadillac from a Cadillac dealership, before I bought the car I took it for a test drive, it drove like a dream, then on the way back to the dealership the oil light came on. I told the salesman about it, and he said he would have it checked out, he asked what I thought about the car other than the oil light coming on, I told him other than that I couldn, T find nothing else wrong with it. A couple of days latter I drove by the dealership and noticed the car was gone, I pulled in and preceded to look at other cars, when the same salesman came out to wait on me and I asked about the 97 Cadillac and he told me that they had found the problem and it was a blown head gasket, and if they were to fix it, would I still be interested in the car if the price was right, I said yes, ....( I thought to myself a Cadillac being repaired at a Cadillac dealership by a Cadillac mechanic, why not, how could I go wrong)...so after talking a while I left and came back about a week later and according to the salesman it had been fixed, so I preceded to test drive it again didn, T find any thing wrong and bought the car, drove great, could, nt ask for a nicer car, until 5 months. And just under 4000 mi. Latter same problem blown head gasket, well I bought the car as is, and I know what as is means' I live on a disability check, and you can imagine the repair cost, so it sits in the driveway, and I, M out a car....my problem is with General Motors I have checked under complaints at NHTSA and other sites and this has been happening ever since they came out with the northstar engine but until their is a recall they don't have to do anything about the problem, my question is why has their not been a recall...but yet they get bailout money while people like me are forced to walk. Look forward to hearing from you on this matter before I have to send my car to the junkyard because I sure can, T afford to fix it living on $849 amonth....

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 192007


  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Deville. The vehicle will not start up after the key is turned in the ignition. The contact makes at least five attempts to get the vehicle to start. When the vehicle finally starts, the muffler produces a large amount of smoke and the engine light flashes on and off. The vehicle has been inspected by a mechanic a few times and the starter and alternator have been replaced; however, the failure persists. The current mileage was 182,895 and failure mileage was 161,000.

- Newton, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 142007


  • miles


Engines in these cars are very bad.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 282007

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that the check engine light remains illuminated. She stated that the vehicle gets very hot and displays a warning that instructs her to shut off the engine. Another warning indicator stated that there was no coolant in the engine. The dealer inspected the vehicle, but the contact was uncertain if any repairs were done. The current mileage was 106,200 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Trinity, TX, USA

problem #5

May 132005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The gas gauge did not work properly. The consumer took the vehicle to a mechanic. The mechanic said there was a recall with the fuel rail. He told the consumer to go to the dealership because vehicle had a transmission and oil leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer they did the recall and gave them a copy of what mechanic had given the consumer. They replaced the water pump, and said there was a bad oil leak. This wasn't consistent with what the mechanic said. Felt like the vehicle was a safety hazard due to the North star engine. The consumer was told the vehicle needed a new crackcase seal due to an oil leak, the water pump was leaking and there was no transmission leak.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 102005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
My 1997 Deville has an oil leak due to poor engineering and results in the car dying out at any time. This has resulted in loss of power steering and brakes. I have had the car serviced but the problem quickly reoccured.

- Oldenburg, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 262004


  • miles


The motor was racing, the consumer could not get it back into idle mode. On the belt way, the consumer let up on the accelerator and the vehicle continued to race at a high speed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 102003


  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning oil is leaking from the vehicle and causing the consumer to refill more then often. Cause is unknown. Dealer notified.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine is consuming more than a quart or oil in less than 1000 miles. Once the vehicle had an oil leak but it has since been repaired. The consumer was told that oil maybe leaking inside engine. Mechanic has tried a number of repairs, and none of them were worked to stop this oil usage. Consumer states engine stalls and coolant leaks, the engine was also overheating and the vheicle was blowing blue smoke.

- Highland Village, TX, USA

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