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1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
Cadillac of Cadillacs

Unlike the Subaru, which is close to the ideal car that I like to drive, I first came across the Fleetwood because it was cheap. MJK Motorcars offered it for less than half the Blue Book value (people were freaking out about $3/gallon gas.) Once I took it for a drive it brought more emotional attachment than any cheap car I had looked at, and now that I own it I've come to enjoy it even more. It was pretty clean, so I was sold. There was only one previous owner and it was registered and serviced out in the West County area.

You can pretty much walk through the history of American automobiles just by talking about this car. Cadillac, founded in 1902 and purchased by GM in 1909, has had a long history of automotive innovation. Here's a start:

    1910: First to have fully enclosed cabs as factory equipment.
    1912: First manufacturer to offer an electric starter, replacing the hand crank.
    1914: First to offer a V8.
    1928: First to offer a fully synchronized manual transmission.
    1934: First automaker to use the newly invented Phillips screw/screwdriver to speed assembly.

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Engine: L05 - 5.7L OHV 90-degree V8. 9.8:1 compression ratio. 300 lb-ft of torque @ 2400 rpm. (Cadillac was the first US manufacturer to install electronic fuel injection in 1975.)

Transmission: 4L60 4-speed automatic. The GM "Hydramatic" in 1940 was the first automatic transmission developed for a passenger automobile. GM has used Hydramatic to describe a lot of iterations of the automatic transmission since then, including what eventually was renamed the 4L60.

Drivetrain: RWD with a 3.73:1 rear axle - included with the 7000-lb towing package

    Cadillac started promoting front-wheel-drive as the way of the future as early as 1967 with the Eldorado. By 1985, Cadillac's slogan became "Cadillac of Tomorrow" and every car in the lineup was FWD (including the Fleetwood) except for the Brougham. It became its own model, an entry-level RWD land yacht for those who wanted to live in yesterday. The Brougham name was given one last chance to be the most premium Cadillac in 1993, as a trim level of the new RWD Fleetwood.

    While the new Fleetwood may be a new acknowledgment that FWD is not the way of the future in every passenger car application, it was also clear the big B-body cars aren't exactly forward thinking either. After a brief run, production on all B-body cars ended in 1996 to make way for the next era of American motoring - the Tahoe/Suburban. However, sitting in a modern, loaded, 2003 Tahoe, I can't help but notice the elements taken almost straight out of the Cadillac feature bin - so the heritage continues.

Suspension: 4-wheel FE2 (upgraded handling/firm springs) independent suspension with auto level. (Cadillac was the first in the world to offer an independent front suspension in 1934.) Currently running Bilstein B46-1140 shocks.


    Curb Weight: 4418 pounds

    Cargo volume - 20.8 cubic feet

    Turning Diameter: 40.4 feet
    Wheelbase: 121.5 inches
    Track - Front: 61.7 inches
    Track - Rear: 60.7 inches
    Length: 225.1 inches - the longest car produced, longer than the Suburban even
    Width: 78.0 inches
    Height: 57.1 inches
    Headroom - Front: 38.7 inches
    Headroom - Rear: 39.1 inches
    Legroom - Front: 42.5 inches
    Legroom - Rear: 43.9 inches
    Shoulder room - Front: 64.3 inches
    Shoulder room - Rear: 64.0 inches

Wheels and Tires:
Cadillac OEM wheels, 15x7 - Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 235/70/15 (Snow Tires)
Impala SS OEM wheels, 17x8.5 - Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico 245/55/17 (Summer Tires)

Stock Features:

    - Twilight Sentinel
    - climate control with outside temperature display
    - 6 Speaker audio system with Radio/Cassette player, 5-band EQ, speed-sensitive volume adjustment, and power antenna
    - 7000-lb towing package, includes trailer wiring harness, 3.73:1 rear axle, and heavy duty cooling system
    - split front power heated bench seats
    - Retained Accessory Power (10 minutes after ignition is switched off)
    - Bosch ASRIIU traction control
    - 4-wheel Bosch ABS-5
    - dual airbags
    - front and rear storage armrests with dual cupholders
    - Brougham leather interior
    - multi-delay interval wipers
    - digital speedometer, fuel gauge, and trip odometer
    - power windows, driver one-touch down feature
    - front and rear reading lamps and vanity mirrors
    - front cornering lamps
    - front and rear lamp monitors (Fiber optics that have been on Cadillacs since the 60s)
    - power mirrors
    - underhood and trunk lamps
    - A wide array of possible warning lights and tones, including leaving the turn signal on for half a mile.
    - speed-sensitive variable-assist steering with a 13:1 ratio
    - automatic parking brake release
    - rear defroster
    - courtesy lights above each door
    - three 12V outlets
    - remote trunk release and power latching - don't slam this trunk, I was confused for the first week!
    - power locks
    - color: Driftwood Metallic

Power Seats - 16-way adjustments for both driver and passenger with 2 driver memory settings

Rear Door Controls and 12V outlets - You can lock the doors from the rear - extremely convenient in the days before remote keyless entry. Think about what happens when you get something out of the back seat of your car, and you need to lock the car - you don't have to open the front door again to do it!

Rear Storage and Cupholders

Rear Lights and Vanity Mirrors - with rheostats

Climate Control and Stereo - Cadillac introduced the industry's first signal-seeking automotive radio in 1953. While audio luxuries are now standard in most cars, climate control is still a only a part of premium packages and vehicles. Cadillac set the started way back in 1964 when they debuted the industry's first automatic climate control system.

Seats - Front and rear bench seats, with seating for six.

Rear Seats - The rear seat is like a big comfy couch.

Instrument Cluster


Heavy Duty Cooling System - Part of the towing package - a mechanical belt driven fan with clutch and 240W secondary fan

L05 5.7L V8

Lights and Mirrors - Cadillac debuted the industry's first automatic headlights in 1964, and the switch is still labeled Twilight Sentinel in 1993. The mirrors are small and low profile to reduce drag and wind noise, and because the car is already so wide!

Hood Ornament - my "new" hood came with a gold hood ornament!

Motorweek 1993 Review:

DatemilesService and Modifications
2007.03.2791816oil/filter change at Valvoline
2007.11.2892339acquired car, replaced wipers
2007.12.1492635oil/filter change
2007.12.2292635replaced air filter with STP OEM replacement
2007.12.2392635replaced front left turn signal repeater and front passenger vanity light
2007.12.3092923complete body wax
2008.02.0293625plug wires replaced
2008.02.0993625complete body wax
2008.02.1694008distributor cap and rotor replaced
2008.06.1694318conditioned weatherstripping
2008.09.0194943replaced trunk pull down mechanism
2008.09.1395222spark plugs replaced, oil change, front end lube
2008.10.0495222radiator flushed
2008.12.0198095mounted Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 tires
2009.01.03100921complete body wax
2009.02.14102848oil/filter change, front end lube, complete body wax, conditioned weatherstripping
2009.03.07103642mounted Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico tires
2009.03.14103898replaced front shocks with Bilstein B46-1104, replaced front left Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico tire
2009.05.26105421replaced hood
2009.06.13106663complete body wax
2009.07.03106933transmission filter/fluid service, replaced driver's window controls
2009.09.13107279complete body wax
2009.12.26107279changed to Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 tires
2010.01.23111827oil/filter change, front end lube
2010.04.03111827complete body wax
2010.05.23111827service HVAC blower fan, changed to Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico tires
2010.06.04113017replace fuel pump, filter, strainer
2011.01.28118881oil/filter change, front end lube
2011.02.05118881changed to Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 tires
2011.02.13119602changed to Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico tires
2011.03.20121187changed air filter
2011.04.01121653EGR check, cleaned intake port
2011.04.20122499radiator flushed, PCV valve and breather filter replaced
2011.10.16129074oil/filter change, front end lube
2011.10.26130061replace upper radiator hose
2011.10.28130061replace lower radiator crossover hose
2011.10.30130061replace water pump, radiator flushed
2014.04.20131469replace fuel pump and filter
2014.05.18131469replace fuel injectors, fuel regulator, and spark plugs
2014.06.08131469oil/filter change, front end lube
2014.06.22131591plug wires replaced
2014.06.27131591replaced trunk pull down mechanism
2014.06.29131591distributor cap and rotor replaced
2015.02.28131592changed to Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 tires
2015.04.11132016replaced wipers
2015.04.14132016changed to Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico tires
2015.04.16132277replace power steering inlet hose
2015.07.18replace power steering pressure hose, power steering pressure switch, AC conversion
2015.09.12replaced rear shocks with Monroe MA819
2016.01.25replace battery
2016.02.11137325oil/filter change, replace power steering pump, belt, air filter
2016.10.25137462replace both brake lines from the front of car to the rear end and two brake hoses
2016.12.16137634replace trunk pull down switch
2017.01.21137634replace grille
2017.03.19137649oil/filter change, front end lube
2018.12.15139184oil/filter change, front end lube, replace oil level sensor
2019.08.04139206replace battery
2020.05.23139239oil/filter change, front end lube, changed rear tires to Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3
2021.01.10139282changed to Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 tires
2021.01.22139297replace blower motor resistor
2021.10.31139671oil/filter change, front end lube

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