1st Generation (1985—1992) Fleetwood Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 42 Cadillac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the cooling system (25%), body (16%), and the electrical (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. A/c Is the Harrison Unit. More Junk 1 complaints at an average of 90,000 miles in the 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood.
  2. Shocks Are Bad 1 complaints at an average of 90,000 miles in the 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood.
  3. Loves to Blow Headgaskets 1 complaints at an average of 90,000 miles in the 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood.

What Fleetwood Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 1985 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1992 0 2 4 0.0
1991 1 3 4 0.16
1990 0 2 1 0.0
1989 0 2 0 0.0
1988 0 3 0 0.0
1987 1 4 0 0.27
1986 2 5 0 0.53
1985 8 3 0 4.74

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