really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,112 miles

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1997 Cadillac SeVille electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Cadillac SeVille Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 202017


  • miles


The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Seville. While the vehicle was parked in a residential driveway, it caught fire. The fire department extinguished the flames and indicated that there may have been an electrical short associated with the front passenger seat. A police report was not filed. The interior of the vehicle was extensively damaged because of the failure. The vehicle was not yet inspected and diagnosed to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified by E-mail and responded that they would follow-up to further investigate the failure. The contact had not yet received a response from the manufacturer. The failure mileage was not available.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 232009

SeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Seville. While driving various speeds, the antilock brake and traction lights illuminate simultaneously during non-ABS applications. The issue has been occurring for the past three weeks. The contact was informed that his vehicle was not affected by NHTSA campaign id number 97V064000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock), although the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 138,000 and current mileage is 139,000. Updated 6/22/09 the horn, fan blower and stabilizer link were replaced. Updated 06/25/09.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1997 Cadillac Seville. The electronic control module failed. The contact purchased a new ECM and had it installed, but less than a year later, the failure recurred. The dealer would not provide any recall information. The total cost of the repairs was $1,200. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, and failure mileage were unknown. The current mileage was 198,000.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

May 082003

SeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,447 miles
I bought a used 1997 Cadillac sls in 1999 which was still under warranty. The car has had electrical and mechanical problems off and on. I have religiously had my car serviced at the recommended schedule. I was told and led to believe that the engine was virtually maintenance free up to 100,000 miles. My car has 82,000 miles and now they tell me that I need a new head gasket at nice cost of $2800. I'm tired of being charged for "some little problem" every time I bring it in!

- Lexington, KY, USA

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