Many people would consider the Cadillac Fleetwood an automotive dinosaur, and at a time when small cars were becoming the trend, such large monster of a car simply didn't fit. This is probably the reason why Cadillac eventually called it quits for the Cadillac Fleetwood. Other than its size and style, however, the Cadillac Fleetwood was a very impressive vehicle. And it should really be because it's a Cadillac.
Cadillac has been using the Fleetwood designation for its top of the line trims since the 1920s. The name was derived from the Fleetwood Metal Body, a coachbuilder that created many custom Cadillac bodies for the company in its early years. Among the notable vehicle models that used the designation were the Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood and the Cadillac Series 70 Fleetwood.
The Fleetwood as a separate model designation, however, did not appear until the 1977 model year. The first generation Cadillac Fleetwood that was introduced in 1977 has actually two variants: the Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine, a four-door limousine in the D-Body platform, and the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, available in 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan body configuration and fitted on the same D-Body platform.
Four more generations of the Cadillac Fleetwood were manufactured after the first, and each generation featured either a change in body style or a change in platform. Most significant among the changes occurred in 1985 for the Generation III Cadillac Fleetwood, when the vehicle shifted from D-Body to C-Body platform. The vehicle, however, would return to the C-Body platform for its final generation.
The Cadillac Fleetwood was manufactured until the 1996 model year and was dropped after then, Cadillac citing its outdated style for the vehicle model's eventual demise. But while the style of the final Cadillac Fleetwood was outdated, the Cadillac Fleetwood parts it was equipped with weren't. An example was the engine used for its final season, which was a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 260 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque, definitely up for competition against most other vehicles of the '90s.
Upkeep Tips that Will Make Your Cadillac Fleetwood Safer to Drive
Your Cadillac Fleetwood is probably the best and most reliable car you've ever driven. But let's be realistic, it's getting old, and with old age, car troubles become more frequent. There's a difference though, between a simple car trouble and a horrific accident. Simple car troubles are normal issues that could happen to any driver. Horrific accidents, on the other hand, are every driver's worst-case scenario. But just because your Cadillac Fleetwood has grown old doesn't mean you can't do anything about its safety features. Here are some tips on how you can make your Cadillac safer to drive:
- Make sure all your tires are properly aligned.
Over time, tires get misaligned. It may be because of the way the car was being driven, or the places where it has travelled to, or maybe simply because it just went loose due to the rigors of everyday driving. Whatever the reason is, proper tire alignment should be observed at all times. If you're having some difficulty in controlling which way your car should be headed, then you should let a professional take a look at your car right away. Don't just shrug it off as a typical car problem. If you can't control where you're headed, then sooner or later you'll end up crashing onto another car, or worse, hitting a pedestrian. So, make sure all your tires are properly aligned whenever you have them replaced.
- Don't wear out the brake pads.
The brake pads are the ones responsible for your car's ability to stop whenever it needs to. Making sure that your brake pads are not yet worn out and could still function properly is one way to keep you from getting into an accident. Although there is no definite span of time wherein brake pads can last, hearing squealing noises whenever you use the brakes is actually a sign that it needs replacement already. Have your car checked immediately to confirm if indeed it is time for a brake pad replacement, or if not, have an estimated time on when should you have it replaced.
- Protect your car's bodywork.
Your car's bodywork not just covers your car but covers you and your passengers too. So what better way to make sure that you're all protected than to keep the thing that's protecting you sturdy and in a good condition? And one way to do that is by ensuring that your car's paint, as well as its wax, is intact. Your car's wax serves as its first line of defense against scratches and dents that may penetrate your car's paint and leave an unprotected part of your car exposed. Since your car is primarily made of metal, an exposure like that could lead to water intrusion that may result to corrosion. Once your car has started corroding, it would be difficult to stop it and you could end up getting your car eaten away by rust. So, make sure that you park your car under a shade, or use a reliable car cover to keep direct sunlight from toasting your paint and to avoid moisture build-up at night.