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22 MPG
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2002 Cadillac Eldorado Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
How much longer Cadillac’s slow-selling front-drive luxury coupe can last in the lineup is an open question, with no reliable answer thus far. General Motors has not confirmed whether a reworked Eldorado lies in the future, or if its name — used by Cadillac since 1953 — might be transferred to some new model. The handwriting seemed to be on the wall several years back, when Cadillac redesigned the Seville sedan but left its companion Eldorado coupe alone.

Sales in 2000 dropped to 13,289 coupes, from 15,255 units the year before. Except for an extended oil-change and filter-change interval, little is new for 2002. As before, the Eldorado comes in basic and Touring Coupe form, with two different Northstar V-8 engines.

Exterior
The Eldorado exhibits a traditional formal profile. Wide rear roof pillars help give it a classic theme, but they also impair the driver’s rear visibility. The Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) distinguishes itself from the base Eldorado Sport Coupe (ESC) by virtue of its monochromatic exterior and seven-spoke aluminum wheels. Both versions ride a 108-inch wheelbase and measure 200.6 inches long overall, 75.5 inches wide and 53.6 inches high. Both models ride 16-inch tires on alloy wheels, and the Touring Coupe includes a Continuously Variable Road Sensing Suspension.

Interior
Officially set up with seating for five occupants, the Eldorado will fit four adults more comfortably in its opulent cockpit — a common situation these days, especially i...

Vehicle Overview
How much longer Cadillac’s slow-selling front-drive luxury coupe can last in the lineup is an open question, with no reliable answer thus far. General Motors has not confirmed whether a reworked Eldorado lies in the future, or if its name — used by Cadillac since 1953 — might be transferred to some new model. The handwriting seemed to be on the wall several years back, when Cadillac redesigned the Seville sedan but left its companion Eldorado coupe alone.

Sales in 2000 dropped to 13,289 coupes, from 15,255 units the year before. Except for an extended oil-change and filter-change interval, little is new for 2002. As before, the Eldorado comes in basic and Touring Coupe form, with two different Northstar V-8 engines.

Exterior
The Eldorado exhibits a traditional formal profile. Wide rear roof pillars help give it a classic theme, but they also impair the driver’s rear visibility. The Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) distinguishes itself from the base Eldorado Sport Coupe (ESC) by virtue of its monochromatic exterior and seven-spoke aluminum wheels. Both versions ride a 108-inch wheelbase and measure 200.6 inches long overall, 75.5 inches wide and 53.6 inches high. Both models ride 16-inch tires on alloy wheels, and the Touring Coupe includes a Continuously Variable Road Sensing Suspension.

Interior
Officially set up with seating for five occupants, the Eldorado will fit four adults more comfortably in its opulent cockpit — a common situation these days, especially in two-door vehicles. Climbing into the rear seat demands some agility, and the coupe’s wide doors require a lot of room on the side to open fully. Inside, the Touring Coupe has a different dashboard than the base model, with more conveniently positioned controls and a more stylish look overall.

In either form, Eldorados are loaded with standard equipment, including leather upholstery, eight-way power front bucket seats, heated power mirrors, wood interior trim and wiper-activated headlights. The Touring Coupe adds a Bose cassette/CD player, 12-way power heated front seats, power lumbar adjustment, rain-sensing wipers, a tilt-down right-hand mirror for parking and a Memory Package.

GM’s satellite-based OnStar communication system includes two premium services: Personal Calling, which permits hands-free, voice-activated calls without a separate cellular phone contract; and Virtual Advisor, a voice-activated system that provides such Internet-based information as news, sports scores, stock quotes and weather reports.

Under the Hood
Both Eldorado models use Cadillac’s familiar 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine. In the Sport Coupe, it develops 275 horsepower, while the Touring Coupe’s power plant cranks out 300 hp. Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline, but premium is recommended for best performance. A four-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are not available. Cadillac’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on the ETC and optional on the ESC.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Very Beautiful Car

by Harold from Texas from Livingston, Texas on October 11, 2019

This car meets all my needs. Comfort, very sporty, roomy , fast when need be, powerful and beautiful. This car is fun to drive and reliable. Read full review

(5.0)

Comfort and performance

by Richyb from Omaha, Ne on December 20, 2017

Great car, over 46K brand new, a bargain at this price only 1000 produced. ETC North Star and quick. Great sound system, New Tires. Just like a new car. Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Eldorado received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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