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1999 Cadillac Eldorado Review
An American legend.
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The Cadillac Eldorado is the longest running and bestselling luxury coupe in the United States. The current edition of the Eldorado was introduced in 1992 to much acclaim. It may have even lured the Cadillac brand back to prosperity after a period of declining sales when it was perceived that the manufacturer had fallen behind with the times. It was the introduction of the Northstar V-8 engine with both 270-hp and 295-hp that brought buyers back to the Eldorado and Seville while revitalizing the Cadillac brand.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Cadillac Eldorado, Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC)
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado steps into 1999 with new Parisian Blue, Sterling Silver, and Cashmere exterior paints replacing Frost Beige, Shale, and Baltic Blue Silver Mist. The Cappuccino Cream interior color has been replaced by Oatmeal leather. Pewter cloth is no longer available, meaning the only available cloth is Shale and Blue. Standard equipment now includes a theft deterrent alarm system and an interior rearview mirror with compass.
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) now has an optional massaging lumbar seat to massage back muscles and lessen fatigue on long drives. A new Bose four-speaker AM/FM radio with cassette and single slot CD player and a Weather Band audio system are new standard includes for the Eldorado Touring coupe.
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado, while a bit bulky, has a very distinctive look. Recent cosmetic changes to the Eldorado have included updated front and rear bumpers, side cladding, and a new grille. The Eldorado rides a 108-inch wheelbase and is 200.6 inches long. The vehicle is 54 inches tall and 75 inches wide. The base model has a curb weight of 3816 pounds, while the ETC weighs 3871 pounds. The vehicle has 16-inch tires, rack and pinion steering, and full independent suspension. Alloy wheels come standard for the base and ETC.
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado can seat up to five people with 38 inches of headroom in the front and back of the vehicle. Front legroom is 42.6 inches and rear legroom is 35.5 inches. The front of the vehicle comes has bucket seats. The base model comes standard with cloth seating. Leather seating is standard for the ETC and optional with the base trim. Leather trim is throughout both models, namely the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the leather shift knob. Both models come with standard cruise control, tachometer, tilt steering, air-conditioning, separate driver and front passenger climate controls, an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, and driver and passenger adjustable power seats.
The 1999 Cadillac ETC now comes standard with a Bose stereo system and CD player. Another snazzy feature of the ETC is its memory system, which can recall climate control settings, rearview mirror positions, or the CD and song that was last listened to. The OnStar system is also optional for both the base and ETC.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado is powered by two different versions of the 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine. The base engine can get up to 275 horsepower, while the ETC’s engine can get up to 300 horsepower. The Eldorado feels great on the road with excellent handling. StabiliTrak is optional for the base model and standard for the ETC. StabiliTrak provides stability enhancement that automatically detects and corrects skids. It also detects road texture to enhance anti-lock brake performance on rough roads.
The 1999 Cadillac Eldorado comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, and traction control. NHTSA crash test ratings gave the Eldorado four stars for both driver and passenger safety in frontal impact crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cadillac Eldorado ETC: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Distinctive Greenhouse
You Won't Like
- Bulky size
- Inspector Gadget Underpinnings
An American legend.
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