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By Rick Popely
November 22, 1999
Vehicle Overview Cadillac's front-wheel-drive luxury coupe continues with minor changes for 2000 and an uncertain future. Eldorado formerly was a two-door companion to the Seville sedan, but when Seville was redesigned two years ago, the Eldorado soldiered on in the old design.
General Motors has not said how much longer the slow-selling Eldorado will continue or whether the model name used by Cadillac since 1953 will transfer to another model, such as the roadster that will be built off the Evoq concept car's design.
Lincoln dropped the Mark VIII, Eldorado's traditional archrival, two years ago, and Buick dropped its Riviera coupe last year, so there is little direct competition left.
Exterior Eldorado maintains its formal look and wide rear-roof pillars, which hamper the driver's visibility. The Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) distinguishes itself from the base model (now called the Eldorado Sport Coupe) with a monochromatic exterior treatment and seven-spoke aluminum wheels.
Interior Four adults fit comfortably in the Eldorado's opulent interior, but climbing into the rear seat requires limber bodies. Also, the wide doors require a lot of room to fully open. The ETC gets a different dashboard than the base model with more conveniently placed controls and a more stylish look.
Under the Hood Both models use Cadillac's 4.6-liter Northstar V-8. In the base model it produces 275 horsepower and in the ETC it produces 300. Both now can operate on regular unleaded gas instead of premium.The extra 25 horsepower in the ETC doesn't produce a huge difference in acceleration. You might notice more of a difference from the ETC's larger tires and firmer suspension, which create a stiffer ride.