1988 Cadillac Allante 4.1L V8 from North America
A car in a class of its own, combining performance, luxury, and style
I spent a little over $500 on brakes a couple months after the purchase last June.
The radiator had a leak. A new one was about $200 which I put in myself.
I just found out that the original oil plug had been stripped out and an expansion plug was used in its place. I had a new plug tapped since the expansion plug was beginning to leak. The cost was $40.
The convertible top pull-down motor broke. Dick Hussey from AllanteSource charges $200 for a rebuilt unit, which is an excellent price.
The paint is showing bad signs of weathering. The clear coat is all, but gone on the upper right edges by the trunk and hood. The hood itself is losing its luster badly.
Owning an Allanté was always a dream, and when I found mine for the price I couldn't resist. The engine performs like it hasn't lost a beat, and the handling is unsurpassed from any other car I've been in.
My transmission has seen better days since the shift point at 40 is a little slow, but I was still able to beat an 86 Mustang 5.0 in a 1/4 mile.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2002
24th Nov 2005, 08:56
I recently purchased an '88 with 16k, and I must admit, I have never driven a car as comfortable, reliable, powerful, and as performance oriented. Every where I go, not only do heads turn, I'm also asked to sell. No! The car has the analog dash, which I much prefer. Cadillac had a winner with the Allante, and I am happy they stopped making them, as I can see this car becoming one of America's most desirable classics yet. I wish I could find out how many total cars were built.