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Default older cadillac seville STS..

does anyone have one? how do you like it.

i'm looking at the 92-97 style or the 98-04 style

looking more at the 97(updated interior) or a 98-00 (because of price)

took a 97 for a drive.. lots of power for a big sedan. (300hp)

anyone have experience with any of them?

i know some have issues with head gaskets. not sure if they ever fixed the problem?

anything i should check specifically on this model of car?
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I have a '02 sts
they are nice but expensive to fix
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The Northstar V8 has been known to blow head gaskets if they even slightly over heat. Do a search on the Northstar V8 and see what you come up with.

Some of the older ones (94-96) use the LT1 motor which was used in the corvette and Impala SS. These motors are much more reliable but don't get the fuel economy of the Northstars. If you find one of these with low miles and in good shape, it should be a good buy, and not too expensive.
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The Northstar has the reputation of being a great engine, alas, it is costly to work on. Overheating is caused by a lack of maintenence, not a design flaw. Blown head gaskets are a problem with ANY engine that is overheated.
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The Northstar has the reputation of being a great engine, alas, it is costly to work on. Overheating is caused by a lack of maintenence, not a design flaw. Blown head gaskets are a problem with ANY engine that is overheated.

Didn't say it was a design flaw. Northstar engine is more sensitive to damage when over heated. Plus it is all aluminum and has overhead cams, verses an iron block and heads on an LT1. That is why it is important to know the history if possible. Plus the repair on a Northstar is very expensive.
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STS/ seville(93-04 FWD)... is all northstar(except for 92 4.9L).. no LT1

LT1 was in the fleetwood (93-96 RWD).

i found a 99 STS today super clean.. but had the head gasket problem..

just gotta keep looking i guess. lol
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My parents bought a '92 in like '96 or so. Is left us stranded more often than any other car. Shit, one time we set out from Paso Robles CA for Roseburg OR and broke down with a bad water pump like 100 miles out. Of course the water pump wasn't available in the cow town where we broke down, so we had it towed home and drove my '71 dodge on a 750 mile vacation. HA! the '71 dodge never EVER left us stranded!
I think the water pump went out at least 6 times, the impeller would fall off, I guess. Replaced the radiator twice, all of the rear lights are hit/miss if they'll work, various other little shit like that. The engine and tranny have never actually needed work, but all the things around them have failed several tames each.
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My parents bought a '92 in like '96 or so. Is left us stranded more often than any other car. Shit, one time we set out from Paso Robles CA for Roseburg OR and broke down with a bad water pump like 100 miles out. Of course the water pump wasn't available in the cow town where we broke down, so we had it towed home and drove my '71 dodge on a 750 mile vacation. HA! the '71 dodge never EVER left us stranded!
I think the water pump went out at least 6 times, the impeller would fall off, I guess. Replaced the radiator twice, all of the rear lights are hit/miss if they'll work, various other little shit like that. The engine and tranny have never actually needed work, but all the things around them have failed several tames each.
if it was a seville (STS/SLS) it would have had the 4.9L v-8 in 1992.

i wont even look at a 92 or 93.. 4.9L 200hp forget about it... the northstar was 270/275HP for the SLS ....295/300HP for the STS.... cant beat the power
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