Dream Car Giveaway


Cadillac's millennium-ending 2000 lineup featured completely restyled full-size DeVille sedans built on a much stiffened platform shared with some other GM marques.

  • The end results were somewhat shorter and slightly narrower than the 1999 models, but rode on a 1.5-inch longer wheelbase.
  • Catera received a face-lift and the addition of a Sport version distinguished by 17-inch wheels and other exterior styling features.
  • Eldorado and Seville remained largely unchanged in appearance but received tweaks to their Northstar V-8 engines.
  • While Cadillac's impressive Evoq concept car hinted at future styling for the marque, the year's production models were characterized by technological razzle-dazzle such as
    • a thermal-imaging Night Vision system
    • updates to StabiliTrak that included automatic shock-absorber dampening adjustment on individual wheels
    • LED tail lights
    • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
    • a system that prevented front-passenger air bags from deploying if the seat was unoccupied or contained a small child.


Model Series Prod. No. Body Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping weight
Catera VR5 R69 4-door Sedan 31010 1714 kg
DeVille KD5 D69 4-door Sedan 39895 1808 kg
KE5 E69 4-door DHS Sedan 45595 1840 kg
KF5 F69 4-door DTS Sedan 45595 1839 kg
Eldorado EL1 L57 2-door ESC Coupe 39665 1739 kg
ET1 T57 2-door ETC Coupe 43240 1753 kg
Seville KS5 S69 4-door SLS Sedan 44475 1805 kg
KY5 Y69 4-door STS Sedan 49075 1819 kg


The 2000 Cadillac had a 17-symbol vehicle identification number (VIN) stamped on a metal tag attached to the upper left surface of the cowl visible through the windshield. The code was as follows:
1 1 or 4 manufacturing country (United States)
2 G General Motors
3 6 Cadillac
4 & 5 car line series
  • V/R = Catera
  • E/L = Eldorado ESC
  • E/T = Eldorado ETC
  • K/D = DeVille
  • K/E = DeVille DHS
  • K/F = DeVille DTS
  • K/S = Seville (SLS)
  • K/Y = Seville (STS)
6 the body style:
  • 1 = two-door coupe
  • 2 = two-door
  • 3 = two-door convertible
  • 5 = four-door sedan
  • 6 = four-door
  • 8 = four-door station wagon
7 the restraint code
  • 2 = active (manual) belts w/dual frontal airbags
  • 4 = active (manual) belts w/dual frontal and side airbags
8 the engine
  • Y = LD8 4.6L V-8
  • 9 = L37 4.6L V-8
  • R = L81 3.0L V-6
9 check digit -
10 model year Y = 2000
11 the assembly plant
12-17 the production sequence number


2000 Cadillac Notes

  • As announced during 1999, Cadillac did field an effort to compete in the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
  • The four racing Cadillacs, named LMP (for Le Mans Prototype), were based on Riley & Scott chassis fitted with a twin-turbocharged, intercooled 4.0-liter Northstar V-8s (not a regular production item).
  • While not ultimately victorious, valuable lessons were learned by the Cadillac contingent and optimism prevailed for a better showing in 2001.
  • One bright spot in Cadillac's LeMans experience was the flawless performance of the Night Vision systems on its race cars.
  • Derived from thermal-imaging technology developed for the military and proven during the Gulf War, Night Vision was but one element of the technological wizardry that typified production Cadillacs for 2000.
  • Standard and optional features such as Night Vision, StabiliTrak, CVRSS, PAS, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, OnStar, selective air bag deployment, and hands-free cellular phone operation -- to name a few -- brought world attention to Cadillac's state-of-the-art engineering and commitment to excellence.

200 Automotive Notes

  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. was president of GM
  • John F. Smith, Jr. was chairman of the board at GM
  • Top model year production for 2000