Cadillac Fleetwood History 1996

Cadillac Fleetwood Models & History 1996

Cadillac bills its Fleetwood and companion Fleetwood Brougham as “traditional” luxury cars, which means they’re aimed at buyers who like big, rear-wheel-drive cars with conservative, upright styling. “A perennial favorite of diplomats and heads of state the world over.” Primary competition comes from the equally traditional Lincoln Town Car.

At 225.1 in., the Fleetwood is the longest production passenger car available in the United States. By comparison, the largest Mercedes-Benz sedan is some 20 in. shorter. Such size not only endows Fleetwood with the “commanding presence” that Cadillac says Fleetwood customers demand, but makes it quite functional. Passenger compartment volume measures an impressive 124.9 cu. ft., while the trunk measures a huge 21.1 cu. ft.

Underneath Fleetwood’s skin is a solid-axle rear suspension and a Chevrolet-derived 5.7-liter V8 engine making 260 horsepower and 330 ft.-lb. of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission, antilock brakes and all-speed traction control bring this behemoth time machine into 1996 — its last year.

Inside, the Fleetwood coddles occupants with standard leather upholstery, automatic climate control with rear-seat heat ducts and a 6-speaker cassette sound system. Both models feature 6-way power adjustable front seats, while the Brougham adds articulated headrests and driver’s-seat-position memory for two drivers. An “antilockout” feature prevents the doors from locking if the owner forgets to remove the keys from the ignition.

Equipped with the optional towing package, the Fleetwood can handle up to 3175 kg (7000 pounds) — more than many sport/utility vehicles.

  • In its final year of production, the revisions to the Fleetwood sedan and optional Brougham package model were mainly “creature comfort” in nature.
  • Fleetwoods were again powered by the Gen II 5.7-liter V-8 paired with the 4L60-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.
  • Final drive ratio for Fleetwood was 2.56:1 while the Brougham’s was 3.42:1.
  • Inside, the Fleetwood received “Electro-motor” electronic cruise control and a new center armrest with dual cupholder, coinholder and CD/cassette storage.
  • Fleetwood models were also prewired to accommodate the optional Dual-Mode cell phone.
  • Also new was a six-speaker entertainment system that could be upgraded with the factory-installed, trunk-mounted CD changer.
  • Again, the Fleetwood could also be ordered as the V4U Coachbuilder Limousine Package.
  • B9Q Funeral Coach Package, or RIP Heavy-Duty Sedan Package with heavy-duty components required for continuous commercial service.


Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
DW5 W69 4-dr. Sedan 36995 4461 15,101


Feature Fleetwood
Engine 90-degree, overhead valve V-8
Construction Cast iron block and cylinder heads
Displacement 350 cu . in. (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48 in
Compression ratio 10.0 : 1
Brake Horsepower 260 @ 5000 rpm
Torque 330 lb-ft. @ 3200 rpm
Valve train Roller hydraulic valve lifters
Fuel supply Sequential-port fuel injection
Spark plugs Dual-platinum tipped
Coolant DEX-COOLTM long-life corrosion-inhibiting with “limp-home” engine coolant loss protection


Wheelbase 3085 mm (121.5″)
Length 5717 mm (225.0″)
Width 1982 mm (78.0″)
Height 1451 mm (57.1″)
Front tread 1568 mm (61.7″)
Rear tread 1542 mm (60.7″)
Curb Weight 2017 kg.(4447 lb)
Luggage Capacity 588 liters (21.1 cu ft)
Fuel tank capacity 87 liters (19.2 Imp. gal) (23 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)
Standard Tires Michelin P235/70R15.


Feature Fleetwood Brougham
Transmission 4L60-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic (includes torque converter clutch) with electronic shift control and altitude compensation
ATF “Filled-for-life” Dexron® III automatic transmission fluid
Steering Power-assisted recirculating ball, speed sensitive. variable assist
Front Suspension Independent with short/long arms, coil springs, direct acting shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension Four link, coil springs w~automatic level control, direct acting shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Final drive ratio 2.56 : 1 2.93 : 1
Brakes Power assisted front disc — rear drum w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body Construction Separate body on frame
Trailer Towing Package final drive ratio 3.42 : 1
Fuel Tank 23.0 gas.
0-96 kph (0-60 mph) 8.5 seconds
Top speed 175 kph (109 mph)
Drive Rear-wheel drive
Frame Full body frame construction
Front Suspension Short/Long Arm
Rear suspension 4-link
Level control Rear electronic level control
Steering Speed-sensitive power steering
Brakes Power front disc, rear drums
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system
Standard wheel 15″ x 7″ cast-aluminum
Optional wheel 15″ x 7″ chrome finish cast aluminum
Standard Fleetwood tires Michelin XW4 P235/70R15 all-season whitewall Goodyear Eagle GA P235/70R15 all-season whitewall


Feature Fleetwood Brougham
Dual front air bags Standard Standard
Rear door child-security locks 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
Audible theft-deterrent system Standard Standard
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
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 Fleetwood Brougham
2-sided galvanized steel body panels (except roof) Standard Standard
Clearcoat paint Standard Standard
Solar-Ray tinted glass Standard Standard
Composite tungsten-halogen headlamps with flash-to-pass Standard Standard
Front cornering lamps Standard Standard
Dual heated power remote mirrors Standard Standard
Power antenna Standard Standard


Feature Fleetwood Brougham
Prestwick cloth interior Standard Standard
Dual comfort divided front seats with 6-way power adjusters and power recliners Standard Standard
Sunglass storage compartment Standard Standard
Automatic climate control system Standard Standard
Rear floor heat ducts Standard Standard
Leather-wrapped steering wheel Standard Standard
Tilt-WheelTM adjustable steering column Standard Standard
Variable delay windshield wipers Standard Standard
Cruise control Standard Standard
Digital instrument cluster Standard Standard
Message telltale center Standard Standard
Power windows with driver express-down and rear window lock-out features Standard Standard
Retained accessory power Standard Standard
Electrochromic inside rearview mirror Standard Standard
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors Standard Standard
Front and rear carpeted floor mats Standard Standard
Electric rear window defogger Standard Standard
Power remote fuel filler door release Standard Standard
Power remote trunk release with pull down Standard Standard
Cargo convenience net Standard Standard
Trailer towing package, with 3175 kg (7000 lb.) capacity Optional Optional
Full-size spare tire Optional Optional
Power astroroof Optional Optional
Full padded vinyl roof Optional Optional
Solar-reflective front windshield Optional Optional
Sierra-grain leather seating area Optional Optional
Universal 3-channel garage door opener Optional Optional
Dealer-installed cellular phone with hands free and voice recognition (fixed model) Optional Optional


Security Pkg. $360 Theft Deterrent Syst. $295
Astroroof $1,550 Garage Door Opener $107
Coachbuilder Pkg. ($755) Funeral Coach Pkg. ($910 credit)
Brougham Cloth int. $1,680 Brougham Leather int. $2,465
H.D. Livery Pkg. $150 Leather Seating (Fleetwood) $3785
Sungate Windshield $50 ETR AM/FM Stereo Radio w/CD & Cassette $3200
Full Vinyl Roof (Fleetwood) $925 Full-size Spare $95
Chrome wheels $1,195