really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,181 miles

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1998 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jan 092007

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles


- the contact has a 1998 Cadillac Deville with an odometer reading of 133000 miles and both headlight units are cloudy. The contact said that the visibility is very poor an there is no way to clean them to improve visibility. When making a left turn it becomes difficult to see. The contact took the car to the dealer (caramgo Cadillac) and he was told that both head light units need to be replaced.

- Mainvill, OH, USA

problem #28

Nov 172006

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,610 miles
Headlight lens falls off.

- Arbuckle, CA, USA

problem #27

Oct 312006

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's oil and antifreeze leaked causing the intake and outtake of the engine to rust, in turn causing the pipe to bust and the vehicle to overheat. The vehicle needed a new engine to fix this issue. Updated 12.8/2006 - 4.6 liter northstar engine. The L/F window was inoperative. The brakes pulsated. The ses light illuminated. The headlight was inoperative. The automatic transmission failed.

- University Park, IL, USA

problem #26

Sep 192006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 60 mph on the highway, the headlight cover fell off without warning. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the entire headlight needed to be replaced.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #25

Mar 132006

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated the headlight lens became faded and cloudy due to sun and weather conditions. As a result, there was less visibility while driving at night time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection; however no repairs were made. Updated 3/28/2006 -

- Dunedin, FL, USA

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problem #24

Aug 202005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,982 miles
I was driving on the highway when the plastic headlamp cover and seal flew off of my car onto moving traffic. I called the Cadillac dearship in which they say I have to replace the whole entire headlamp which will cost $300. The headlamp had dry cracked glue around it where it seemed like the glue got old and started to crack.

- Mt. Prospect, IL, USA

problem #23

Aug 292002

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The ABS traction control was not working and the dealer was unable to resolve the problem. The vehicle has been in and out of this dealer repair shop for this problem since Aug. 2002 and the intermittent problem with brake failures and extended braking distance keep recurring. Anntena stuck up. Power antenna assembly replaced. Oil level low and oil light is on. There was no reading on the dipstick. Had to add two quarts of oil after driving 1500 miles. Oil life indicator was reset. Piston, rod and oil rings replaced. Drivers side headlight cover fell off with bulb burnt out. Headlamp housing assembly replaced. Consumer went to start vehicle and it wouldn't start. Battery replaced. Catalytic converter rattling. Drivers side heated seat/switch inoperative. While giving gas hesitates; struggles up a hill. Spark plug wire replaced. Notification by postcard. Ordered parts. Drivers side window won't go up. Replaced left door window switch. Ses light on. Exhaust recirculation valve (egr) replaced. Transmission makes a grinding noise on fast acceleration. Dealer found the exhaust pipe at the rear of the converter shifting a cross brace when accelerating. Rearview mirror broke off base.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 202005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No noted event. The headlight lens for 98 Cadillac, (not sure if this applies to other years as well) comes lose and leaves the inner elements exposed. This seems to be a problem with many Cadillac during this period. I had to purchase 2 headlights. What guarantee do I have that this will not happen again. Why are they using substandard material.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #21

Nov 302004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,017 miles
Both front headlight lenses came off on two separate occasions while driving 70-75 mph in the rain. Dealer was notified.

- Coloma, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 142004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Consumer reported headlights failed to operate while driving. Consumer noticed the headlight lens was missing 0R fell off. Dealer was not notified.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #19

Nov 062004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


In 2001, the right headlight lens on my 1998 Cadillac Deville fell off. The dealer, heritage Cadillac, replaced the headlight assembly at no cost, since the car was still under warranty. On 11/6/04, the left headlight assembly fell off. I have not yet discussed the problem with the dealer.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 102004


  • 71,000 miles
While driving driver's side headlight lens fell off. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- West Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #17

Aug 272004

DeVille 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlight cover sheared off while driving. Consumer was able to contact the dealer for an appointment to inspect and repair the vehicle.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #16

May 032004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The right headlight lens fell off unnoticed while driving, and the left headlight lens was lost. Insurance inspector indicated that the lenses had a factory defect.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #15

Mar 022004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headlight lens came off while driving. Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed the consumer that passenger's side lens was replace due to a recall a year ago. But, driver's side was not on recall. There are two occurrences of the headlight lens coming off the vehicle. First happened on the driver side then the second on the passenger side. Insurance company paid for the repair of the first failure of the headlight lens, but not on the second incident because it was said that it was a factory failure.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #14

Feb 062004

(reported on)


  • 105,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph lens on driver's side headlamp came off and hit the windshield.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 192003

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,633 miles
Consumer states that while driving and no warning the headlights lens will fall off, causing a distracting to consumer view. Dealer notified.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 162003

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
I am very concerned about the headlights going out on my 1998 cadellac develle. The passenger side lens blew off the car and went flying. The headlight went out. I stoped to see what had happen - saw no lens on the one side. Checked the other side and the lens was ready to fall off. I had not lights on one side and if I had not wired the other lens in place it would have blew off and I would have had no headlights. Contaced the dealer and was told they are aware of this problem but suggested I contact the 800#. they refused to do anything about the problem stating it was out of warrenty. Researching the problem I am finding their has been several complants having the same problem. I beleive an investigation is in order. This is very unsafe for the drive and a projectile could do a great deal of harm to a person being struck but the flying lens. The sad part is you can not even buy a lens. The dealer will only sell you a complete assembly at $240. How would one know if the new asm will not do the same?

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 062002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving and no warning the headlights lens will fall off causing a distracting to consumer view. Dealer notified

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 062002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side headlight cover fell off while driving the vehicle.

- Spring Valley, IL, USA

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