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2002 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe

2dr Collector Series Cpe ETC

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2002 Cadillac Eldorado

Source: New Car Test Drive


Cadillac's Eldorado is brilliantly fast, lavishly comfortable, and positively abuzz with gee-whiz electronic technology. It's also a two-door coupe, giving it all the personal style that the word implies. In fact, the Eldorado is the best-selling luxury prestige coupe in America.

Model Lineup

Cadillac builds the Eldorado in two trim levels. Eldorado Sport Coupe, or ESC, is more conservatively styled and softly tuned. It lists for $41,865. The performance-oriented Eldorado Touring Coupe, or ETC, retails for $45,000.

Both models share Cadillac's 4.6-liter, twin-cam Northstar V8, which was significantly re-engineered in model-year 2000 for lower emissions, quieter operation, and the ability to run on regular fuel. However, the ETC is tuned for more power. Both come with a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

The ESC's engine produces 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 300 pounds-feet of torque at 4000. The engine in the ETC is tuned for a more aggressive character, it produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 295 pounds-feet at 4400 rpm.

ESC comes with all the luxury you'd expect of a Cadillac, including leather upholstery, heated mirrors, power seats with four-way lumbar support, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Michelin Symmetry P225/60R16 mud & snow tires, and OnStar global positioning and communication.

ETC adds StabiliTrak stability control, a Bose sound system, Goodyear Eagle LS P235/60HR16 tires, and Rainsense automatic windshield wipers.


The Cadillac Eldorado's lines are clean and spare. But it looks heavy. Its high beltline, huge C-pillar, bulky trunk and small, bunker-like windows convey an impression of enormous mass. The closer you get, the bigger it seems. And with a generous 108-inch wheelbase, and an overall length of 200.6 inches, the Eldorado's size is no illusion.

The ETC version looks even more solid, thanks to its monochrome exterior. But the ETC's body-colored grille and bumpers do blend handsomely with the rest of its form.

Interior Features

The Eldorado's interior is large, elegant, and generous in its appointments. A beautifully sleek band of fine Zebrano wood trim encircles the driver and front-seat passenger. The dash is admirably simple and straightforward, with excellent analog instruments. The automatic twilight-sensing headlight system can be adjusted for sensitivity or switched off altogether.

The steering wheel has two paddles, one that controls audio volume and station selection, the other controlling the climate system's temperature and fan level. The wheel adjusts up and down, but does not telescope fore and aft.

A full multi-task trip computer is mounted on the dash above the console. It computes current cruising range, fuel efficiency, fuel used, average speed, elapsed time, battery voltage and percent of oil-life left, in either English or metric figures. Next to this computer are remote controls for opening the trunk and fuel door. A fine Bose AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo is standard on the ETC. The Bose system can be added to the ESC, along with a 12-disc remote CD changer in the trunk, as part of a $2,900 Luxury Package that also includes StabiliTrak stability control, woodgrain interior trim, and chrome wheels. The radio features a data system that will display the station, search for particular kinds of stations or look for traffic bulletins. It can even interrupt tapes and CDs with emergency information.

The Eldorado's heating and air conditioning panel presents readouts for both interior and exterior ambient temperature. A toggle on the lower right allows the front passenger to select separate temperature settings. Rear-seat passengers get their own climate controls as well. Heated seats come on the ETC and they warm quickly, but we found even the lower of the two settings too hot for extended periods of time. They are at their best while waiting for the engine and heating system to warm up.

The power outside mirrors automatically turn downward when Reverse is selected, a helpful assist for parking this large car. There is a compass in the rearview mirror, and our test car was furnished with an optional overhead garage-door opener ($107).

Our Eldorado Touring Coupe's upholstery was gorgeous, glove-quality light-cream leather, and the power front seats adjusted twelve ways. Lateral support is average, but the four-way power lumbar adjustment is excellent.

For safety, dual second-generation airbags are standard up front.

Driving Impressions

The Cadillac Eldorado is a fast car. Both models, ESC and ETC, have lots of power. Stand on it and they take off, whether from a standstill or from a slow cruise. It begins with the Cadillac's 4.6-liter Northstar V8, which has been well-publicized and deservedly praised.

In the Eldorado Touring Coupe, or ETC, this engine produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm. This is matched by a brawny 295 pounds-feet of torque, though at a fairly high 4400 rpm, rather than down low, where it would produce an even heartier takeoff. The Eldorado Touring Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, which is spirited performance. Passing maneuvers from 30 to 70 mph take only about 6.5 seconds, which is uplifting.

The Eldorado Sport Coupe, or ESC, develops its 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm, and 300 pounds-feet of torque at a slightly lower 4000 rpm.

The automatic transmission is excellent. It shifts so smoothly that it's almost undetectable in all but the hardest acceleration.

Like any powerful front-wheel-drive car, the Eldorado exhibits low-speed torque-steer under full acceleration. Slam the accelerator from a standstill, and you'll feel a slight tug on the steering wheel. You'd get some front wheel spin if you'd switched off the traction control system, but traction control is automatically re-activated each time you start the car. Whenever traction control senses wheel spin, it reduces engine torque and lightly applies the brakes to the front wheels, enhancing driver control. In moderate driving, however, none of this will be noticed.

Cadillac is GM's leader in technology and the Eldorado is absolutely jam-packed with technology designed to enhance safety and improve the driving experience. Variable-assist Magnasteer, which comes standard, adjusts steering effort not only to road speed but to cornering force as well.

The Eldorado rides smoothly, yet it doesn't completely isolate the driver from the road. The Continuously Variable Road-Sensing Suspension, or CVRSS, which comes standard on the Eldorado Touring Coupe, it adjusts shock damping according to road conditions. This suspension reads the roughness of the road surface and automatically adjusts the shock-damping rate at each individual wheel. The result is reduced impact harshness, a smoother ride and more sustained contact with the road during extreme emergency maneuvers.

StabiliTrak stability control uses yaw and lateral-acceleration sensors in conjunction with the suspension, steering and ABS to detect oversteer (fishtailing) or understeer (front-end washout). Immediately upon sensing either of these conditions, StabiliTrak applies braking to the one wheel to keep the car running along the driver's intended path. Several top-line automakers are using these systems now and, presuming the laws of physics haven't been too grievously violated by the driver, they really work. Drivers can make minor mistakes, and the Eldorado will correct for them, helping the driver maintain control and keep the car on the road. StabiliTrak is standard on ETC, optional as part of the Luxury Package on ESC.

Besides traction control, the Eldorado comes standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS), which allow the driver to maintain steering control of the car during emergency braking. The ETC adds a system that automatically adjusts the ABS according to the texture of the road. Slam on the brakes and the Eldorado delivers optimum braking force to each wheel without letting any of them lock up and skid. This helps the driver maintain even better control of the steering during an emergency stop.


Cadillac's Eldorado offers high style, high luxury, and high performance in a personal coupe. It also offers high technology. The Northstar engine, the silky smooth transmission and the suspension tuning are first rate. And with ABS, CVRSS, and StabiliTrak on the ETC, there's enough electronic alphabet soup to justify the price.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: ESC ($41,865); ETC ($45,000)
Engines: 275-hp, 4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8; 300-hp, 4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, ABS, traction control
Safety equipment (optional): StabiliTrak electronic stability control
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Lansing, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): ETC ($45,000)
Standard equipment: ABS, traction control, Magnasteer speed-sensitive steering, CVRSS variable road-sensing suspension, StabiliTrak stability control, electronic level control, theft deterrent system, remote keyless entry, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, halogen headlamps, Rainsense wiper system, dual 12-way heated power seats with 4-way lumbar support and dual memory, Zebrano wood trim, Bose AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo, cruise control, 10-function trip computer, pre-wiring for cell phone, OnStar communications
Options as tested (MSRP): Luxury Package ($1,390) includes chrome wheels, 12-disc CD changer; garage door opener ($107)
Destination charge: ($745)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $47,242
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 4.6-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 300 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 295 @ 4400
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 18/27 mpg
Wheelbase: 108 in.
Length/width/height: 200.6/75.5/53.6 in.
Track, f/r: 60.9/60.9 in.
Turning circle: 40.35 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.8/57.6/42.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.3/55.7/35.5 in.
Trunk volume: 15.3 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3865 lbs.
Tires: P235/60HR16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 19.0 gal.


Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 31, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-333-4CAD - www.cadillac.com

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

¹Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/70,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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