You know by now what CC convention lists as Cadillac’s Deadliest Sins, but many of you would beg to differ, outright liking the cars, or defending them based on personal experience or the context which produced them. I, for example, actually have some degree of appreciation–and outright preference–for a lot of front-drive ’80s GM products. And some might argue that chasing BMW and Mercedes shouldn’t be Cadillac’s mission in life, despite what the autorags have to say. So let’s take a chance to flip the discussion around and see which popular Cadillacs have been your least favorite and why some of the most unloved models have earned a place in your fantasy garage.
Would you, for instance, question what made the ’92-’98 Seville such an alleged return to form? Does an extended version of the outgoing Seville in a sharper suit with a less-than-reliable Northstar not strike you as formidable competition for the likes of the contemporary 540i? Would you nominate it as yet another Deadly Sin?
Or perhaps, would some of you argue that there’s a lot right about the ’86 Eldorado? After all, they were wieldy and quite comfortable cars. And nearly thirty years on, for those who leave shifting up to the car, does it at all seem like a step down from a Legend coupe? I know which car I’d like to go over a pot hole in with the A/C on, and it’s not the Honda (though I’d prefer one of the latter with velour and a five-speed over the Caddy).
These questions are worth asking, because the conversation about good and bad Cadillacs is all over the map. Sometimes, we’re in a tizzy because they didn’t match up with foreign competition. At others, we lament their handing the big-car torch to Lincoln’s still-large flagships in the ’80s.
But the experience of oozing around town in a front-drive unibody Caddy is just as isolated as it is in a Panther, and it’s not like they’d have prioritized development of their cars for the Autobahn or winding Alpine roads if they’d retained rear-wheel drive (thereby earning money from ’80s Yuppies).
Should we perhaps accept Cadillacs of the Deadly Sin-era for what they were? Or do you lay the blame on other models which you see as overrated?