The Cadillac Allante was the top of the line Cadillac model when it was introduced. Expectedly, it had a lot of good characteristics, like decent acceleration, fine handling and a generous amount of features. But "decent", "fine", and "generous" didn't seem to be the characteristics that vehicle buyers expected from the Cadillac. As a result, the vehicle didn't sell well. So, what happened to the Cadillac Allante? Let's trace it with the vehicle model's history and specifications.
The Cadillac Allante was a 2-door, 2-seater luxury roadster, actually the very first vehicle manufactured by Cadillac for the said market category. The chassis, mechanical and engine parts of the car were all manufactured and assembled in Detroit, then shipped to Italy for the bodywork and interior design, then back to Detroit for the finishing touches. Because of the manufacturing process, the Cadillac Allante have been given interesting names, like "the flying Cadillac from Italy" and "the world's longest assembly line."
The Cadillac Allante was introduced in 1987 and was sold until the 1993 model year. Upon introduction, the Cadillac Allante was equipped with a 4.1-liter V8 engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The said engine was soon replaced by a 4.5-liter 200 hp V8 unit that was never replaced until 1993, when the 4.6-liter 295 hp V8 engine became the chief power train component. Like the 4.5-liter engine, much of the Cadillac Allante parts also remained unchanged since introduction until the vehicle model's demise.
The performance of the Cadillac Allante was remarkable; equaling, if not surpassing, the performance of its competitors in the market. The vehicle accelerates and handles well and it has its own share of good features and good looks. So what went wrong with the Cadillac Allante? It's price. The price of the Cadillac Allante was far above the price of its closest competitor. Even the price gap between the Allante and other Cadillac models was wide.
With such a high price, it was only natural for vehicle buyers to expect a lot from the Cadillac Allante. Unfortunately, the vehicle model was not able to satisfy the vehicle buyers' expectations.
Life-saving Upkeep Tips for Your Cadillac Allante
Car maintenance is actually a simple principle: if you take care of your vehicle properly, you're going to get an awesome driving experience in return. Regardless if your car is already an old one like the Cadillac Allante, you'd still be able to get the most out of it as long as you practice proper car care. Here are some life-saving upkeep tips to get your Cadillac running well and giving you the best driving experiences you can have.
- Don't delay your fluid changes.
There's a time for everything and your car's fluid changes are not an exemption, because like the working parts of your car, the fluid components also deteriorate over time. Fluid components, such as the engine oil, become contaminated with acid build-up and minute metallic particles, which in turn decrease its effectivity. If you want to retain your car systems' efficiency, then the fluid changes should be done in correct intervals. Make sure to take note of which car fluid needs to be replenished on a particular time. You don't want to overdo it and cause you to spend a couple of bucks unnecessarily.
- Protect your car from extreme weather conditions.
Whether it is rain or intense heat from the sun, your car needs to be protected from harmful weather conditions. There are a lot of ways on how you can provide protection to your car starting from the basic: give it a cover. Always park under a shade or inside a garage. Or if you can't find a covered area for your car, then use a car cover. Don't just leave your car out in the open without even some sort of protection. Leaving it exposed would cause damage to its paint job, which in turn would cause the paint to be easily chipped off. And once the paint has weakened, the metallic body of your car becomes defenseless against the moisture and heat which triggers the development of rust. Oh, and you don't want to have your car suffering from corrosion. Because once it has started, it would only be a matter of time before it gets to the crucial components of your car and turn your once great vehicle into a worthless piece of metal.
- Make sure your tires are properly aligned.
Are you having a hard time steering, like your car seems to want to go elsewhere? Well, don't just ignore it. Get out of your car and check if you have a flat tire. If all your tires seem fine, then you probably have a worse problem: your tires may have gotten misaligned. Tire misalignment usually occurs when you hit a deep pothole or scored a direct hit from the curb while parking. And if your tires are indeed misaligned, get your car to a mechanic and have it fixed right away. Because if your tires are not properly aligned, your vehicle's handling can be seriously affected and result in you losing control of your car. Driving while your tires are misaligned could pose a serious threat to your safety and to others as well.