Cadillac Eldorado Models & History 1996

The 1996 Eldorado, Cadillac’s personal luxury coupe, shared many features with the Seville.

Its closest competitor is the Lincoln Mark VIII, but the Lexus SC 300 and SC 400 fight Eldo for sales, too.

The Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) offers an even more upscale interior and sportier performance.

Like all Cadillacs except the rear-drive Brougham, Eldorado uses the Northstar System, the heart of which is a 4.6-liter V8 engine, but also includes a 4-speed automatic transmission, antilock brakes, all-speed traction control and a Road-Sensing Suspension that automatically adjusts firmness to match road conditions.

Eldorado gets 275 horsepower, while the ETC boasts 300. This sportier model gains further distinction for 1996 with a redesigned instrument panel and center console. Both Eldorados come with steering-wheel-mounted controls for the automatic climate control and sound system. The two Eldos feature different types of speed-sensitive power steering that increase effort required to turn the steering wheel at higher speeds.

Both models come with leather upholstery and driver’s-seat-position memory. The Touring Coupe also gets Cadillac’s Rainsense feature, which senses rainfall on the windshield and automatically turns on the wipers for you. With the optional voice-recognition phone (also available in other Cadillacs) you can dial, place and answer calls just by speaking. Like the Sevilles, both Eldorados feature daytime running lights, which make the car more conspicuous to other drivers. Daytime running lights had been used in Canada since 1990 and should have been used in the USA years before 1996.

  • The powertrains for the Eldorado series models were carried over from the year previous.
  • The Eldo coupe was again powered by the 275 horsepower Northstar 4.6-liter V-8 while the Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC) again used the 300-horse Northstar engine.
  • Both were mated to the 4T80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission linked to the engine via a viscous convertor clutch.
  • Final drive ratio of the Eldo was 3.11:1 while the ETC’s was 3.71:1.
  • Inside the “base” coupe, the seats were redesigned to improve comfort and eight-way memory seats were available as an option (standard on ETC), with adjustability for two different drivers.
  • The seats were designed to reveal a hand-crafted look through French seam stitching.
  • Other new features included
    • the previous dark black trim on seat and window stitches, trimplates, cluster area and radio faceplate were changed to dark gray
    • the previous speed density air/fuel control system was replaced with a mass airflow sensor
    • a more powerful Powertrain Control Module (PCM) was added to help reduce exhaust emissions
    • the PCM being was moved from the passenger compartment to the air cleaner housing to enhance its reliability
    • the “Electro-motor” electronic cruise control replaced the previous vacuum-operated system
    • a new exterior color was added: Sea Mist Green
  • New options for the “base” coupe included
      the Dual-Mode voice-activated cell phone

    • one leather seating color choice: Sea Mist Green
  • When leather seating was ordered, a new lamination process was used to bond the leather to the trim pad to reduce wrinkles.
  • Also new for 1996, a computer algorithm in the PCM anticipated air conditioner compressor load cycling to eliminate the driveline disturbances associated with A/C operation while driving; the Road Sensing Suspension module used wheel displacement to calculate body velocities, which eliminated the need for body accelerometers; and customer personalization of four automatic door lock configurations, battery storage and seat position were programable through the Driver Information Center (DIC).
  • The ETC featured a completely redesigned interior.
  • Entertainment system, climate control system and DIC controls were air integrated into a full center console.
  • Relocating these controls from their previous location on the instrument panel allowed for the widening of the analog gauge cluster making it appear “international” with large speedometer and tachometer dials.
  • New features of the ETC included the Dual-Mode cell phone, Rainsense Wiper System, and a traction control off switch and valet lookout button that deactivated the trunk fuel door and garage door opener functions, all located in the glovebox.
  • ETC also received Magnasteer variable assist power steering as well as Continuously Variable Road Sensing Suspension for improved ride comfort, in the event of an airbag deployment in the ETC, interior lights were illuminated after one second and remained on for 25 minutes unless manually switched off.
  • Also, automatic door locks unlocked 15 seconds after deployment.
  • Standard rubber for the ETC was Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60R16 blackwall tires while Eagle GA P225/60ZR16 blackwalls were optional.
Series No. Body Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
EL1 L57 2-dr. coupe 39595 3766 20,816
ET1 T57 2-dr. Tour. coupe. 42995 3801


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Engine 32-valve Northstar V8 90-degree, dual overhead cam
Construction Aluminum-alloy block with cast iron cylinder liners and cylinder heads
Manifold Composite intake manifold
Spark plugs Dual-platinum tipped
Displacement 4565cc (i.e., 4.6 liters) (279 cu. in.)
Bore & Stroke 3.66 x 3.31 in
Compression ratio 10.3 : 1
Brake Horsepower 275 @ 5600 rpm 300 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm 295 lb.-ft @ 4400 rpm
Valve train Direct acting hydraulic tappets
Fuel supply Sequential-port fuel injection
Coolant DEX-COOLTM long-life corrosion-inhibiting with “limp-home” engine coolant loss protection
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Wheelbase 2743 mm (108.0″)
Overall Length 5086 mm (200.2″)
Height 1362 mm (53.6″)
Width 1918 mm (75.5″)
Front Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Rear Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Curb Weight 1708 kg (3765 lb.) 1724 kg (3801 lb.)
Luggage capacity 435 liters (15.3 cu. ft.)
Fuel tank capacity 76 liters (16.7 Imp. gal.) (20 US gal.)
Fuel Economy City/Hwy 13.8 l/100 km – 9 l/100 km (20.4/31.2 mpg-imp) (17/26 mpg US)
Basic Warranty, Months/Distance 48/80,000 km (50,000 miles)
0-96 kph (0-60 mph) 7.8 seconds 7.3 seconds
Top speed 180 kph (112 mph) 240 kph (150 mph)
Standard wheel 16″ x 7″ cast-aluminum
Optional wheel 16″ x 7″ chrome finish cast aluminum
Standard tires Michelin XW4 P225/60 SR16 all-season blackwall Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60HR16 all-season blackwall
Optional tires Michelin XW4 P225/60SR16 all-season whitewall tires Goodyear Eagle GA P225/60ZR16 all-season performance


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Transmission AT80-E electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control and altitude compensation
Clutch Viscous converter clutch
ATF “Filled-for-life” Dexron® III automatic transmission fluid
Drive Front-wheel drive
Drive axles Equal-length drive axles
Final drive ratio 3.11 : 1 3.71 : 1
Front Suspension 4-wheel independent suspension MacPherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and electronic variable road sensing suspension Independent Macpherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and electronic continuously variable road sensing suspension
Rear suspension Fully independent short/long arm w/automatic level control and electronic variable rood sensing suspension Fully independent, coil springs, short/long arm w/automatic level control and electronic continuously variable road sensing suspension
Steering Speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering Speed-sensitive MAGNASTEERTM power rack-and-pinion steering
Control system Integrated chassis control system
Brakes Power assisted 4-wheel disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body Construction integral body-frame
Fuel Tank 20.0 gals.
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system




Feature Eldorado ETC
Dual front air bags Standard Standard
Intentional set front shoulder belts Standard Standard
Programmable power door locks with anti-lockout protection Standard Standard
Remote keyless entry system includes central door unlocking Standard Standard
Illuminated entry system Standard Standard
Battery run-down protection system Standard Standard
Audible theft-deterrent system Standard Optional
PASS-Key II personal security theft-deterrent system Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lamps and automatic light control includes Twilight Sentinel with delay feature Standard Standard
Wiper activated headlamps Standard Standard
Brake/transmission shift interlock Standard Standard
Bosch ABS5 4-wheel anti-lock brake system Standard Standard
Bosch ASR5 full-range traction control Standard Standard




Feature Eldorado ETC
2-sided galvanized steel body panels (except roof) Standard Standard
Waterborne clearcoat paint Standard Standard
Solar-Ray tinted glass Standard Standard
Composite tungsten-halogen headlamps with flash-to-pass Standard Standard
Fog lamps Standard Standard
Front cornering lamps Standard Standard
Dual heated power remote mirrors Standard Standard
Electrochromic driver side rearview mirror Standard
Power antenna Standard Standard




Feature Eldorado ETC
2-position memory driver seat with driver logic feature Optional Standard
4-way power lumbar adjusters Optional Standard
Analog instrument cluster Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Auto-calibrating compass mounted within inside rearview mirror Optional Optional
Automatic climate control system Standard
Body accent striping Optional
Cargo convenience net Standard Standard
Cruise control Standard Standard
Dealer-installed cellular phone with hands free and voice recognition (portable or fixed models) Optional Optional
Digital instrument cluster Standard
Driver Information Center Standard Standard
Dual-zone automatic climate control system Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Electric rear window defogger Standard Standard
Electrically heated front windshield Optional Optional
Electrochromic driver outside rearview mirror Optional
Electrochromic inside rearview mirror Standard Standard
Front and rear carpeted floor mats Standard Standard
Front bucket seats with 6-way power adjusters and power recliners Standard Standard
Front door storage pockets Standard Standard
Front floor console includes floor shifter Optional in Sport Interior Package Standard
Heated front seat cushions and backs Standard Standard
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors, includes driver storage flap Standard Standard
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip climate and sound system controls Standard Standard
Nuance leather seating areas Standard Standard
Pearl Red paint finish Optional Optional
Power astroroof with express-open feature Optional Optional
Power remote fuel filler door release Standard Standard
Power remote trunk release with pull down Standard Standard
Power windows with driver express-down Standard Standard
Rainsense variable delay windshield wiper system Standard
Rear air controls Standard Standard
Rear storage armrest with dual cupholders Standard Standard
Retained accessory power Standard Standard
Sport Interior Package, includes analog instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and floor console with shifter Optional Standard
Sunglass storage compartment Standard Standard
Tilt-WheelTM adjustable steering column Standard Standard
Universal 3-channel garage door opener Optional Optional
Variable delay windshield wipers Standard
White Diamond paint finish Optional Optional
Zebrano wood trim Standard Standard




UY9 Sport int. Pkg. $146 Theft Deterrent Syst. (std Touring Coupe) $295
Elect. Compass $100 Garage Door Opener $107
Accent Striping (Eldo) $75 Heated Front Leather Seats $225
Astroroof $1,550 Heated Windshield $377
Leather Seating (std Touring Coupe) $785 Dual Pwr Lumbar Support (std Touring Coupe) $292
Memory Driver’s Seat (std Touring Coupe) $235 Electrochromic Auto Day/Night Driver’s Side Mirror (std Touring Coupe) $87
White Diamond Paint $500 Pearl Red Paint $500
Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette $723: Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette & CD Changer $1,318
Bose Sound Syst. w/Digital Signal Processing $1,513 P225/60R16 WSW Tires (Eldo) $76
P225/60ZR16 BSW Tires (Touring Coupe) $250 Chrome wheels $1,195.