Cadillac - 1994 Cadillac STS - head gasket blew at 108,000 miles - no help from Cadillac

Posted on Sunday, July 6th, 2003 at 12:00am CDT by a1ac110c

Product: 1994 Cadillac STS

Company: Cadillac

Category: Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Vehicles

My head gasket blew at 108000 meticulously maintained miles causing the engine to be irreparable until recently which is a little late. my Cadillac now sits after two years still smelling new in excellent condition and absolutely worthless according to dealers, my insurance company any everyone else I have tried to deal with.

being in new york state I have to keep the vehicle fully insured and registered I owe $10,000.00 at payments of 500+ a mo.and cannot by another car because of it. Cadillac has not only ignored my repeated pleas for help. but has been rude, obnoxious and arrogant.any suggestions???? Craig

Orchard Park, NY 14127


f2e8508d, 2010-08-21, 11:44AM CDT

exact same thing has happened to me. 94 cadillac sts and my head gasket has blown and its parked in my driveway and im scared to use it until it gets fixed. but 12 hours labour, and very expensive part like 1000 bucks because you have to buy it from cadillac dealers automotive warehouse doesnt keep them....i could buy another used cadillac for that price.......but my cadillac has had more km than you im at 170ooo

Kem H., 2014-07-26, 04:46AM CDT

The Cadillac Northstar is well known for head gasket failure. What is happening is the headbolts coming out of the block. My 97 Eldorado did this. Cadillac over engineneered everything except the head bolts. An 11mm bolt diameter in a soft aluminum block is absurd. My Eldorado made it to 163,000 before it failed. If you are going to repair your Northstar yourself check out or Carrol Custom Cadillac for headstuds or inserts (huhn). This repair is not for the squimish. The engine has to come out, and headbolt hole have to be drilled and tapped to a 5/8" thread size. Why Caddy did not install 5/8" studs from the factory is beyond me. A $40,000 car, lots of them are being junked, all because of Cadillac not installing $100 or less of good studs in place of tiny headbolts. Other than weak head bolts it is a fantastic car. 3600 lbs. a V-8. I have got 30mpg out of it on the hi way, for a 97 that is excellent.

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