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Cleaned up our old Caddy today.

 

2001 Seville SLS, Northstar V8, 89K miles.

 

Currently 12 years old. We bought it from the Caddy dealer, certified, when it was a baby (18 mos old). So, it has been in our household since the summer of 2002 (10.5 years). It has been a great car and still sounds and rides like new, due to anal retentive cleaning and maintenance and a very close friend in the service department at the Cadillac dealer. It is my wife's DD and she still loves it. We have discussed replacing it several times, but she loves the size, feel, and features, not to mention that I don't freak out when we need to transport muddy football players in it anymore.

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Looks very nice indeed for a 10+ years old car. My dad had a '94 and '97 Caddy STS and it is because of these cars that I developped my need for speed. At that time, 300hp was rare... The Mustang GT had 225hp! I loved to take the Caddy during the weekends (because my parents needed to take the Explorer to go to the cottage house up in a mountain... The CAddy being a front wheel drive and with traction control, it was unable to climb the mountain), I would give it a few good rides/races, put back the same gas, make sure the computer wouldn't regeister all my crazy stuff and the car was at the same spot where my parents had left it on Friday night! Good times! But my dad knew for sure... as long as I was prudent and I was making sure the car worked after, he was ok with it.

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Thanks for the comments guys.

 

I remember when we got it, I thought it was a rocket, and it was pretty fast for it's day. Not truly fast by today's standards though. The SLS also had 25 less ponies (275 versus 300) than the STS, but a little more torque than the STS. My wife liked the cushy ride of the SLS over the sportier feel of the STS. If we had been buying it for me, it would have been an STS. :)

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Thanks for the comments guys.

 

I remember when we got it, I thought it was a rocket, and it was pretty fast for it's day. Not truly fast by today's standards though. The SLS also had 25 less ponies (275 versus 300) than the STS, but a little more torque than the STS. My wife liked the cushy ride of the SLS over the sportier feel of the STS. If we had been buying it for me, it would have been an STS. :)

 

I think they changed the STS (and SLS) models in 1998 with a different shape and a bit more technology... I remember that the 0-60 suffered from those changes... The '94 edition was actually the fastest with a 0-60 of 6.4, which was really fast at that time, but still not too bad now. Your SLS probably does it closer to 7.8 sec. Any plans on modding it? Just kidding! ; )

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^^ You are correct and know your Sevilles! The 98-04 were also heavier, which played a part in it. 7.8 sounds about right for our SLS. The STS was closer to 6.8 or 6.9 98+. My lame "mods" on the car have included tint, GE Nighthawk low beams, new floor mats, a K&N drop in filter, and new shiny black (versus dulled faded black) door pillars. Five "mods" in 10.5 years.... LOL. There is absolutely no aftermarket for these cars. I keep the wife's vehicles fairly tame and stock. I have gone through 6 cars (99 Tahoe LS, 01 Tahoe LT, 06 SRX N* AWD, 07 Escalade, 09 Impala SS, 10 MKS Eco) since she has had that one. :)

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Nice ride!

I am looking to purchase an older Cadillac in the next few years but it will look more like this one, I had one back in the day and I miss it so much!

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Thanks again for the comments guys. It's nice to have countless hours of upkeep appreciated by fellow car enthusiasts. I bought it for $19,000 certified with 29K miles on it in 2002 and feel like I got a bargain, even a decade later. I am hoping that the MKS is going to be a keeper, like this one. So far, it looks promising!

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Our SLS only stickered for about 44K if I recall correctly. I love the 01-05 DTS'. My father in law had a silver (grey inside) 01 DTS that he bought in 03 with about 30K miles for 26K as well. That was an awesome car - he just sold it this summer. He actually offered it to us, and I kinda wanted my wife to take it and sell the SLS, but she wanted to keep the Seville. His DTS was pampered, just like mine, so I figured a little more room, a few more options, the best factory rims GM ever offered IMO, and a more updated stylish body made sense. It did have a lot more miles (130k versus our 89K) though. Like I said though, she did not want it, as she loves her old car. Admittedly, the MKS and a DTS would have made the garage a little tighter.

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I would say you did' date=' I bought mine in 02 with 29k as well for $26,500. Not to bad for a car that stickered for 63k.[/quote']

63K$!!! Wow! 10 years ago... At that time, the exchange rate between Cdn and US was about a 1,50$, that would bring the price tag at almost 100K$... It was around 60K$ cdn at that time if I remember... So I would have thought more around 43-45K$. After all, why would a 63K$ car would sell a year and a half after for 19K-26K$? An American car, after a year and a half with 25-35K should lose about 35% of its value, not 60%... just saying... Maybe they had confused the sticker with another car Chris ; )

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I usually shoot for 45%-50% off sticker, certified, with American Luxury after 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years. That's about what I got with the MKS, $54,500 new, $29,300 certified 2 years later for me (46% off). The SLS was little better for me, $44000 new, $19000 certified for me 1 1/2 years later. In the early 2000s, it seems like cars were taking an even bigger hit than they are now. Plus, Crash and I live in GM country (MI). There are so many more high end GM cars for sale here that the price is also driven down by that. Same theory for Ford closer to Detroit (which is where I found my MKS).

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63K$!!! Wow! 10 years ago... At that time' date=' the exchange rate between Cdn and US was about a 1,50$, that would bring the price tag at almost 100K$... It was around 60K$ cdn at that time if I remember... So I would have thought more around 43-45K$. After all, why would a 63K$ car would sell a year and a half after for 19K-26K$? An American car, after a year and a half with 25-35K should lose about 35% of its value, not 60%... just saying... Maybe they had confused the sticker with another car Chris ; )[/quote']

 

Ok Steve I could be a little off, but not by much. I will tell you how I arrived at that number, in 02 is when I bought it was a 01. I built online in 02 with all the option my car had and that is what it priced out at. So in 01 it could have been a few bucks cheaper.

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That 's a good point... But you see, your sticker price was 44K$. The 63K$ of Chris' car appeared quite high. One thing for sure, I am glad I bought my last three cars as opposed to renting them, plus I bought them slightly used 1.5 to 3 years old... The other ones took the hit and I got the deal. Got my SHO for 35K$ instead of 52K$ after one year and 21K miles on it. Got my 2009 Flex Limited for 20K$ in June 2012, it had 63K miles on it, but got an extended warranty on it for three years for 2K$. It has Vista roof, AWD, Navi, distance starter, everything! They put new brakes, painted the roof in silver, installed two DVDs in the head rests, repaired the mags, installed new tires, did a buffing, waxing and cleaning job... The price tag on it is 51K$ here in Canada when new... So, I save 31K plus taxes = 35K$! It drives like a new one!

For the addiction I have to change cars, I feel it hurts less when it is time to sell the cars.

Prior to the Flex, I had bought a used Taurus X Ltd for 16,700$ and sold it back a bit more than two years after in exchange at the dealer for 11,000$! That was like 200$ per month! Not too bad... ; )

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