1993-1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

This was the farewell to the traditional rear drive Fleetwood

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Cadillac Motor Division redesigned the 1993-1996 Fleetwoods as the new age luxury sedans. The Brougham was again a member of the Fleetwood Series. These regal sedans were spacious and elegant, not to mention highly efficient. With their traditional full-size luxury and Cadillac style, they were immediately identified in any gathering of fine cars. These sedans were available as the base Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham models.

They historically were the last of the eminent full-size rear-drive Fleetwoods. With their all-new aerodynamic design, Fleetwood was an impressive new choice in traditional luxury. The Fleetwood Series was the standing ovation for the Cadillac brand. This is a farewell salute…. In Loving Memory of “The Standard of the World.” This also left the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns” on hiatus…..

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The 1993-1996 Fleetwoods went to luxurious new lengths to provide qualities one desired most in luxury automobiles. They were the roomiest luxury sedans built in America. Fleetwood’s all-new aerodynamic design made it incredibly quiet inside. This traditional luxury car came with peace of mind with Cadillac owner privileges such as 24-hour roadside assistance, the no-deductible 4-year/50,000 mile Gold Key Bumper to Bumper warranty, and courtesy transportation was also provided.

The bodyshell provided a vault-like door assembly with the added protection of side guard door beams and a reinforced safety cage surrounding the entire passenger compartment. Front and rear crumple zones were designed to accordion at a controlled rate cancelling collision energy before it reached the passenger compartment. The 1993-1996 Cadillac Fleetwoods were as rugged as they were beautiful, and as efficient as they were rewarding to drive. Production totals are the following: 1993 – 29,744 vehicles, 1994 – 23,177 vehicles, 1995 – 13,445 vehicles, and 1996 – 12,596 vehicles.

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Standard features included a 5.7 litre 350 CID 16-valve V8 engine equipped with platinum tipped spark plugs, 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and torque converter clutch and electronic shift control and brake/transmission interlock, speed sensitive Electronic Variable Power Steering, Electronic Level Control, daytime running lights (from 1995 on), full range Traction Control, 140 amp alternator, heated folding side view mirrors, lamp monitors, power deck lid pull-down, trumpet horn, on-board computer diagnostics, Twilight Sentinel, remote keyless entry system, message tell-tale center), power door locks with anti-lockout feature, driver and front passenger air bags, Bosch ABS-5 anti-lock brakes, dual stainless-steel exhaust system with two reverse flow mufflers and two straight resonators, and the Pass Key Theft Deterrent system to name a few. Cadillac offered more comfort and convenience features standard than any other luxury brand.

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The interiors were upholstered in both cloth and glove-soft leather. The Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham had a luxurious ambience offering power windows and door locks, Cruise Control, leather trimmed Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel, controlled cycle wipers, and Electronic Climate Control.

Popular features and accessories were available to create an even more distinctive luxury sedan. They were six-passenger spacious with more head and legroom than any other luxury sedan built in America. These were Cadillac’s last attempt at a full-size traditional luxury sedan….it was also the final curtain call for the legendary Fleetwood Series as rear wheel drive.

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The 1993-1996 full-size Fleetwood sedans were built as body on frame construction on a rugged ladder-type frame with 2-sided galvanized steel on body panels. The front suspension featured upper and lower control arms of unequal length, independent coil springs, deflected disc shock absorbers, and stabilizer bar. The rear used a four-link drive, coil springs, stabilizer bar, and Electronic Level Control network.

The Fleetwood sedans provided an excellent platform for limousine and professional car conversion. To add a strange note; the 1993-1996 Fleetwood sedans shared their platform with the Chevy Caprice and the Buick Roadmaster. What was even creepier, these Fleetwoods were powered by Chevrolet 5.7 litre V8 engines, the 1994-1996 Fleetwoods got the LT1 5.7 litre Corvette engine. The last GM full-size cars were merely a hodge-podge of GM parts. All three used the same modified production dies also….so “Simon says….each be the same yet be individual…..” It was sorta like a “Cadillac Caprice Classic Brougham”, if you will, that is just wrong! A Cadillac should have a Cadillac powerplant….right? 

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For the 1995 model year the Integrated Chassis control System (ICCS) measured vertical travel and loading to differentiate between smooth, rough, course, and harsh road surfaces. This data was imported into the ABS/TC (Traction Control) controller to limit engaging ABS on dry, rough pavement. The 1995 model year also marked 80 years of V8 powered Cadillacs. The 5.7 litre 350 CID LT1 engine used a cast iron block and heads, a cast aluminum intake manifold, hydraulic valve lifters, and five main bearings.

The 5.7 litre produced 260 hp @ 5,000 rpm with 447 Nm of peak torque @ 3,200 rpm. Performance was rated as 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 22.3 seconds with a top speed of 142 mph. It did the ¼ mile @ 88 mph in 16 seconds. The engine used Sequential Port Fuel Injection controlled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with a paper element fuel filter and electric in-tank fuel pump.

GM’s Turbo Hydra-Matic 4L60-E 4-speed automatic transmission was equipped with electronic shift control, torque converter clutch, and overdrive. Emission controls included (AIR) Air Injector Reactor with Computer Command Control (CCC), (EGR) Exhaust Gas Re-circulation with controlled flow, 3-way warm-up catalytic converter, Evaporative Emission Control with charcoal canister, and (PVC) Positive Crankcase Ventilation.

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The Brougham option package was $2,465 and featured articulated head restraints, eight way memory driver’s seat, heated front seats, fully padded vinyl roof, rear seat lighted vanity mirrors, and special aluminum wheels. Other popular options included a cellular phone, chrome wheels, leather upholstery, sunroof, trailer towing package, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single slot CD player, Coachbuilt Limousine package, and heavy-duty Livery package. Cadillac offered more comfort and convenience features both standard and optional than the other luxury brands.

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The 1993-1996 Fleetwoods were the standing ovation for the Cadillac brand. No other automobile has garnered the respect and admiration as the formidable Fleetwood Series. The fabulous Fleetwood Brougham was motoring on the grand Cadillac scale in the grand Cadillac manner.

The Brougham historically was always the most luxurious owner-driven Cadillac sedan. With an all-new design, the Cadillac Fleetwood was the new age luxury sedan and an impressive new choice in traditional luxury. They were equipped with powerful 5.7 litre V8 engines, Traction Control, Bosch ABS-5 anti-lock brakes, Electronic Variable-assist power steering, and an automatic 4-speed transmission with torque converter clutch and overdrive, all standard.

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Cadillac perks included the Gold Key Delivery 4-year/50,000 mile warranty with no deductible and courtesy transportation, Cadillac’s 24/7 roadside assistance program, and the peace of mind knowing you were driving one of the finest automobiles in the world. The Cadillac showrooms were never the same after the formidable Fleetwood’s departure. The limousine and professional car makers chose the 1993-1996 Fleetwood over all other brands.

The Fleetwood Series were the cars that alerted the world to Cadillac’s prowess. It was the formidable Fleetwood-bodied Cadillacs that augmented the model line-up annually as the essence of the brand….the epitome of luxury and presence. A Cadillac Fleetwood had the poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac. This was the final salute to the Series that put Cadillac on the map….In Loving Memory of “The Standard of the World.” This was the final chapter in the Fleetwood Legend in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World turns.”

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Thank you Matt Garret for the use of your archives

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These are the last of the full-size Cadillacs…..

36 Responses to “1993-1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham”

  1. Reblogged this on My Life in Zephyr and commented:
    Nice Caddy! A real classic.

  2. Hello! I’ve been reading your weblog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the good work!

  3. Quite cool

    This was the farewell to the traditional rear drive Fleetwood Cadillac Motor Division redesigned the 1993-1996 Fleetwoods as the new age luxury sedans. The Brougham was again a member of the Fleetwood Series. These regal sedans were spacious and elegan…

  4. Robert Abrahams Says:

    Stunning cars. I just want a Cadillac Brougham in England…..I love them.

    • The unfortunate part of the love for these cars is the fact that people just do not sell them. These cars, if maintained astutely, will run in excess of 300,000+. I have seen this. Broughams with 125,000+ miles properly maintained…perform just as it did when it was first driven. They outlast their owner too. I had a 1976 Fleetwood Brougham that had 235,000 miles on it, to look at it you couldn’t tell. Keep watching for them…if these come on the market in pristine condition it is sold immediately. I have seen this also…before I could get to the dealer’s lot it had been sold!

      Greg
      NotoriousLuxury

      • Only1Wizer Says:

        How do you keep it properly maintained? Ive had my 1993 for 6 years now no issues and have just reached 106k miles on it. Tell me what I gotta do to keep it so I can have it well passed the 300k miles mark also?

        Thank you. 🙂

      • If you keep it tuned up and the oil changed these cars will run almost forever without issues. This is true if you bought the car new and know the history, or if you bought it used and know the history. These cars can become expensive junk if you bought it from a buy here pay here situation which you do not want. These cars have EXPENSIVE electronics such as the body computer module which is the brain, it is terribly expensive to replace, it is involved in every aspect of the car from the power accessories to the actual fuel injection, transmission etc. Also…do NOT let everyone under your hood! Find a good mechanic and do NOT buy cheap parts! Buy exclusive GM parts and the Cadillac will see at least 300,000 miles easily. I put 133,000+ miles on my 2002 DeVille and she still runs like a scalded cat! I only burn premium gasoline also, this keeps the injectors clean. As these cars get older they need that extra octane and you will see an increase in your mpg’s.Treat it with TLC and she will be faithful, do NOT skimp on parts! This is where a lot of people go wrong trying to short-cut…nope, this will not work. I’ll put it this way, if you properly maintain it…it will live, buy cheap parts and you may as well junk it! Again…these can turn into money pits and very expensive junk if you try to skimp on the maintenance! Let me know if I may further advise you, I am a Cadillac historian!

      • Only1Wizer Says:

        Now that is a reply!!! Hahaha! I appreciate that! I love Cadillacs. Ive had 3 of em in my young years and this 1993 Fleetwood Brougham that I have had for 6 years is my fav of them all. I will most surely take much care of her as I possibly can. Again thank you. 🙂

  5. Saud h saber Says:

    After 20 years of manufacturing these stunning cars , I am still in love with them .
    I will continue to collect them

    • Glenn Brunson Says:

      Still looking for your part and found some nice used caddys. Would be nice to fine one fairly cheap for spare parts for you….

  6. Derrick Starks Says:

    I agree about the criticism of using a Chevrolet power plant in these cars- but the last suitable engine Cadillac built (6.0) was long gone by the time these cars came out. The Chevrolet LO5 and LT1 are wonderful engines IMO. They don’t ask for much and are just as smooth and quiet and perform just as well or better as 7.0 and 6.0 Cadillac built back the late 70’s and 80’s. I prefer 93’s with the LO5. They are easier and cheaper to live with and the LO5 packs a mean punch with near silence under acceleration.

  7. Still enjoying my 1993 Fleetwood Brougham
    91000 Original Miles

  8. Vanessa Hill Says:

    I have a 1994 cadillac fleetwood brougham, do these have brake discs in the bake or do they have drums?

    • Unfortunately, the 1994 Full size Fleetwood has the discs in front and drums in the rear. You can get a conversion kit. I believe the kit for the 1994 Impala SS would work, but there are also conversion kits just for the 1994 Fleetwood. You are referring to the land yacht right and not the dinky little Fleetwood?
      Greg

  9. i owe 2 caddy in the past, caddy is just like a woman, if you take good care of them, she will run for days, but if you nelgect her, short change on car maintaince, she is a money pit, the best driving cars i ever had. i had driven benz, lincoln, chrysler , and i have rented a lot of cars, but nothing like driving a fleetwood, my next car is going to be a caddy.

    • I love the analogy! You are quite correct. Neglect “the lady” and she’ll take you to the cleaners and vacuum all the funds out of the old checking and svings account! But…keep her in tune, oil changed and a nice polish…she’ll purrr like the kitten she was built to be! I have a 2002 DeVille as my everyday driver, she just turned 135,000 miles and still gets 19-24 mpg in the city. I have driven it from Ohio to Michigan averaging 35 mpg but I have always burned 93 octane fuel. Never had the injectors off or cleaned and I tuned it up at 125,000 miles, not because I had too, I just thought it was time. The dealer showed me the plugs saying I could have gone another 20,000 miles or so easily. The platinum tipped plugs and premium gasoline adds life to this genre Cadillac. People burn cheap regular grade gasoline and wonder why they have so many problems. I take “Donnajean” out on the fereeway and get her up to 75-80 mph and CHOMP the accelerator a few time per month to keep the carbon out. I have done this since I purchased her new in 2002. I broke her in driving her as a high performance car. I tell my friends…if you drive this genre Cadillac like “the church lady” you are gonna have problems. The car was built to be driven…with premium gasoline and an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.I had to replace the starter at 110,000 miles, I drove around with the original battery until 3 years ago, and I have put two sets of radials on her. It still runs like a scalded cat!

  10. We have a 1995 Cadillac Brougham excellent condition…with 110.00.00 miles..a luxury to be empowered..how much is it worth as a collector?? We absolutely enjoy the ride and all it has to offer ..rides like a dream:)

  11. Let those who want drive there Hyundais and Kias ! and leave the Fleetwood Broughms to those who truly know and appreciate style and luxury from the last Cadillac that was a true Cadillac ! Enjoying a True Classic up in Alberta !

    • Hey now!! You Go! I LOVE your style! Don’t you wish Cadillac made a car today like the Fleetwood Brougham? Instead of the generic puddle-jumpers they make today…why can’t they make a REAL Cadillac like you and I know? I grew up in a devout GM family; my one uncle drove the Electra 225 Custom Limited, another uncle drove the Ninety-Eight Regency, my dad bought the hardtop Sedan deVille every year except one year when he traded for the Fleetwood Sixty-Special Brougham, and mom traded back and forth between the Bonneville…Buick Electra 225…and Olds Ninety-Eight. All of this spoiled me terribly, trying to get used to the crap they build now saddens me terribly. This is why I collect and keep full-sized older GM Cadillac models and Lincoln Continentals along with Rolls Royce play things I only drive in simmer months. I hope Cadillac wakes up before they go belly-up as Pontiac and Oldsmobile did. It just about killed me when Olds died…they just couldn’t build a fake car like the rest. So did Pontiac, they invented the sport of “Wide-Tracking” in 1959 building the widest car in the industry! Pontiac was all about performance…those were the days my friend!

  12. CHARLES RANDOLPH Says:

    GREAT RESPONSES! I TOO GREW UP WITH THESE TRUE ‘LAND YACHTS’…I REFUSE TO EVEN GO NEAR WHAT PASSES FOR ‘SEDANS’ TODAY! FOR A NEW CADILLAC, THE ESCALADE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO! MUCH RESPECT TO THE FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM! ALWAYS THE GREATEST!

  13. Edwin Boltjes Says:

    Own a ,93 fleetwood brougham .for 2 years 460.000miles on it still runs great original engine and tranny .. has been used as a taxi in a former life . Best car ever made. Keep those legendary behemoths running so the young will know what real cars looked like . Ed from the netherlands.

    • You said it! Glad you enjoyed the article. Stay tuned for more Oldies from Cadillac! Most of my audience is SCREAMING at me for more stories on Cadillacs made before these austere little puddle-jumpers the brand makes today. Keep a tune up, change the spark plug wires and keep the oil changed and that car will keep on like the Energizer rabbit! Make sure to watch for the future articles. I am editing a story for the 1968 Fleetwood Eldorado as we type!

  14. Verdree Lockhart Says:

    Have a 94 in the family like riding in your living room this will be a keeper parts supplier for this vehicle welcome

  15. Alton Hall Says:

    I love my 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood base. It is all black, long and beautiful. I’m in my 60’s and have owned about 30 cars. This car is my best buy ever. I bought it last Labor Day weekend for $6999 and with just 41,000 miles on it. No rust, no dents – practically showroom. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Because it is the base model, it doesn’t have the vinyl top which looks nicer and is so much easier to care for. My grandkids call it a limo. Cruising down the freeway, it is quiet, smooth and powerful. I have also owned a 1967 Buick Electra 225 Limited, 1977 Coupe de Ville and the 1996 Buick Roadmaster SW, Collector’s Edition. You just can’t beat these full-sized GM beasts. I hope I never get stupid enough to sell this one. Thanks for a fun and informative website.

    • Did you ever get a deal! WOW! There are cars like yours selling for no less than $10,000 with over 100,000 miles just because it is rust & dent free! You got the deal of the century!!! I wish I had NEVER traded my 1996 Brougham on that HORRID 1999 DeVille! That was the worst mistake I ever made! I use Cadillacs as my daily drivers so my collection can sleep escaping rock chipping, door dings, and extra mileage. I kept my 2002 DeVille! Believe it or not, it has been relatively trouble-free. I tuned it up at 125,000 miles and the dealer said I could have kept on movin with the platinum tipped plugs. The key is premium gasoline. It now has 136,800+ miles and still runs like a scalded cat!I ALWAYS burned premium in it. I purchased it new and broke it in driving it really QUICK. I take it out at least once a week on the highway…get it up to about 65-70 mph and then CHOMP the accelerator pedal. That blows out carbon and keeps the Northstar in tune.

      A Northstar has 32-valves and is considered high-performance. As with any high-performance car, one must keep it in tune buy driving it like a sportscar…I don’t mean dog it out, but drive it. If you let a Porsche set, it gets out of tune for lack of driving it out on the open road as it is meant to be driven. Same with a Northstar. That carbon builds up in them rendering them JUNK! That 1999 I had was the worst Cadillac I have ever owned! Most 1997-1999 DeVilles went from the showroom to the junkyard in one svelte swoop! This is why you hardly see any of those in service…they are JUNK! I try to tell people NOT to ever burn regular grade gasoline in a Cadillac. Just because you can use it doesn’t make it right! So, they burn regular grade (sludge) gas, drive it like “The Church Lady” and then…loose bolt/head gasket syndrome! I am here to tell you, burn premium grade gasoline in 1997-2011 Northstars for optimum performance.

      Make sure to ONLY burn premium grade gasoline in your Brougham! You got one without that horrid vinyl roof. Your car will outlast the rest because those roofs were meant to have a maintenance, you had to seal it. Turtle Wax used to make a vinyl top wax made for the vinyl roofs. People neglected to seal them so…the thick padding underneath held water…if one resides in the North in the Snowbelt…there is calcium chloride on the roads in the Winter. The padding is not only sucking up water like a sponge…but that salt as well! Many owners have gone to replace the roofs and received an extremely nasty SHOCK! Under the heavy padding were rust holes! Yes indeed, around the rear window got hit the hardest. Sometimes the rust was so bad it wasn’t worth keeping the car! Even though the rest of the car looked showroom new…the rust took away from their value considerably. The roof is the major structure of the vehicle. This is why you don’t see very many in service today. Good luck with your gem! Buy a beater and keep that Brougham out of the salt! Good luck with you gem…remember, Cadillac is the purveyor of puddle-jumpers for the 21st Century. Don’t buy a CTS, XTS, or CT6. Wait until you see them age first…Cadillac has recalls annually for most of the offerings. It’s a shame…will they ever regain “Standard of the World” status again building the crap they are building today?

  16. Hello Alton!! If you like this story…you ain’t seen nothin yet! I am going to bombard my readers with classic Cadillacs when I get my computer back and my database integrated. It crashed big time 2 weeks ago compliments of Microsoft updating while I was trying to work in my database. It’s a fulltime job just to get my files returned to their proper places. :0(

  17. Gilberto Torres Says:

    Love Cadillac’s…..
    Keep doing the best.
    My favorite r the 94’s…..

    • Hey buddy! Your wish is my command! My main computer crashed, I am in the process of rebuilding my files. I should have them up and running again within the next couple of weeks. I have an article on the 1994 Fleetwood Brougham that will post soon.

  18. I have a 96 Brougham that has 412,000, wonderful car

    • WOW! This is what I tell people, these cars will outlast the owner if it is kept properly. Good luck with your ride! I can tell you love it!! Stay tuned for more traditional Cadillac articles.

    • Only1Wizer Says:

      Wow!! Original engine? Any major issues you had to fix along the way. My 93 has 122k on it. Bought it 8 years ago and it had 77k.

      • Every Cadillac I owned (when they were real) would drive indefinitely if properly maintained. Back when they were plentiful I’d run them to death but then as they disappeared I began to see their value. I restored my 1976 Brougham in the 1980s. It required new doors, hood, and trunk. I found one with a blown head gasket from Florida with no rust or corrosion. The body components were like new. That engine didn’t require a thing. I owned it since new, I never dogged it out. I made sure the maintenance intervals were kept. This is where many drop the ball. They keep driving and driving and driving until something nasty happens and it is expensive to fix…and they keep driving it and driving until BOOM it’s gone. I said that to say this: The traditional Cadillac will outlast its owner if one takes care of it.

        Also…buy a 1970 Cadillac. Why? Because they have the distinction of being the last real Cadillacs to motor out of Michigan. Compare a 1970 Cadillac to a 1971 Cadillac and you will see. GM began downsizing their offerings in 1971. Yes, they were shrewd enough to maintain the dimensions actually adding to them to make the world think it was a bigger car. What they actually did was enlarge the greenhouse and cut the body panels down. They were preparing for aerodynamics. They were also preparing customers to what was coming next. They couldn’t drop a 1970 sized Cadillac to the 1980 form instantly without resistance. It would have been a caricature and would not have sold. There is a sort of psychology behind automobile politics. This is how we ended up with the toy Cadillacs we have today. Make sure to place a traditional Cadillac in your garage soon. The prices are going to really appreciate beyond belief very soon. Look at the 1959 Cadillacs for example…over $100,000 for an Eldorado Biarritz convertible or Eldorado Seville. They are being referred to as the Duesenberg of tomorrow.

        I am giving enthusiasts a heads-up with the stories I write. If you notice…I am spotlighting the traditional Cadillac for a reason. These are the significant model years to look for.

      • Make sure to keep an eye on all of the sensors, the car has many. There are a few electronics that can fail and the problem can disguise itself. About the most expensive component to go bad is the body control module which controls EVERYTHING on the vehicle. It is rare though so don’t worry.

  19. Excellent Info, I just purchased a 1996 Brougham

    • Congrats! Keep up with the maintenance schedules and you will have that car for many more years to come. I applaud the traditional Cadillac owner for keeping them on the road! Stop back, more Cadillacs on the way!

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