New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, August 18 ,1995
Classy car delivers luxury and quality at a price that can’t be beat
huge car, in fact
The Cadillac Fleetwood is by no means an inexpensive automobile. But for what it is and for what it provides, it seems to me to be one of today’s real automotive bargains.
The Fleetwood Brougham with which I recently spent a week had every automotive convenience and/or luxury ever conceived by the mind of man. It was a big car - a with extremely luxurious appointments. It was very well built and during those seven days, I could find not a single fault with its fit or its finish.
The suggested retail price of the car was $40,538 and that’s not pocket change in anybody’s book. But compared with the other cars in the Fleetwood Brougham’s market area -most of them from Japan or Germany - that’s a downright bargain.
The ‘95 Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham are both traditional large luxury cars with rear wheel drive and big V8 engines.
The Fleetwood and its upscale partner, the Brougham, are the longest six passenger passenger sedans in production and they provide all the interior room and trunk space you would expect that to imply.
The Fleetwoods are powered by a 5.7-liter (350 cubic inch) V8 with sequential port fuel injection.
The cast iron, overhead valve engine produces 260 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 330 foot-pounds of torque at 3200 rpm, yet is rated at 17 miles per gallon in town and 25 on the highway.
The big Fleetwood Brougham’s zero-to-60 time is 8.5 seconds, meaning that its driver has all the acceleration and passing power he or she could want.
The Fleetwood’s standard 23-gallon fuel tank gives it a 575 mile cruising range.
The first scheduled tune-up for the Fleetwood powerplant is at 100,000 miles.
The engine is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission via a sophisticated Powertrain Control Module (PCM) that accepts input from both units and provides for a seamless interface between the engine and the transmission. It compensates for such things as varia-
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tions in altitude and barometric pressure and even adjusts for wear throughout the life of the transmission.
Dexron III transmission fluid is used in the Fleetwood transmissions. This new fluid resists oxidation at high temperatures so effectively that it never needs to be changed under normal service conditions.
Both anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard on the Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham. Traction control helps keep the vehicle stable during acceleration and under conditions which would be conducive to wheel spin, such as slippery roads or even hard acceleration on dry pavement. The ABS senses wheel lockup under braking and modulates the
brakes to maintain optimal stopping power and ability.
The traction control is a full speed system that monitors the speed of each wheel using sensors to provide continuous information to the Electronic Brake Control Module. If this computer determines that one or both of the rear wheels arc beginning to spin, it reduces wheel spin by pulsing the brakes and relaxing the throttle to reduce engine power.
The traction control system can be disengaged.
Both the ABS and the traction control system are controlled by Bosch electronics.
Steering aboard the Fleetwoods is, of course, power assisted. Assist is variable, with more
boost provided at low, in-town speeds, and less at higher, highway speeds.
Both the Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham ride on 15-inch cast aluminum wheels and Michelin XW4 P235/70R15 tires. Chrome wheels are offered as an option and were provided on the test vehicle.
The single word to best describe the Fleetwood Brougham or the Fleetwood is “spacious.” No car in production today offers greater interior volume.
And that spaciousness translates in the Cadillac to outstanding comfort.
Amenities provided on the big luxury cars include everything from an anti-lockout feature to an available built-in three-channel garage
door opener to standard heated front seats.
The anti-lockout system disables all electronic features that lock the doors if the key is left in the ignition in either the “accessory” or “off” position and the driver’s floor is then opened, thus preventing the driver from inadvertently locking the keys in the car.
The heated seats also feature a new electronic lumbar system for 1995. An adjustable wire frame integrated into the seat assembly replaces the bladder style system used previously.
All Fleetwood models have six-way adjustable power front seats with a power recline feature. Brougham models also have a driver’s seat memory system which recalls the position settings of two different drivers.
The front seat armrest includes a dual cupholder, storage for cassettes and compact discs, a coin holder and a tissue dispenser. Fleetwood Brougham models also feature a fold-down center rear seat armrest with a dual cupholder and storage compartment.
Something I found intriguing was the test car’s power drain protection system which turned off the interior or underhood lights if they were left on more than IO minutes to prevent the battery’s being run down.
The climate control system was fully automatic, of course, and rear seat heater ducts were provided.
Despite its huge size, the Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham models have a .36 coefficient of drag due to their aerodynamic shapes. The low Cd provides for increased fuel economy and decreased wind noise.
A full padded roof is available as an option on the Fleetwood and is standard but may be deleted on the Brougham.
The base price of the test car was $35,595.
Options added included: a $360 security package that included a theft deterrent system and automatic lock/unlock fuel filler door; leather seating for $2,250; chrome wheels, $1195; radio upgrade to include compact disc player, $396; and universal garage door opener, $107.
Destination charges added another $635 to bring the suggest retail price to the aforementioned $40,538.
(David Sullens. editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. has written an automotive column for the past 11 years.)WheelsCadillac Fleetwood
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