Cadillac Allante Forum Discussion, anything I should know. ..? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I'm in the market for a 2nd car and thinking of purchasing a 93' Allante. My experience with Cadillacs is ...
I'm in the market for a 2nd car and thinking of purchasing a 93' Allante. My experience with Cadillacs is limited to the 99',02', and 04' Devilles I previously owned. Loved all 3 and had very few issues. I've always been impressed with the look of the Allante, but know very little else. My intentions were to purchase a daily driver back and forth to work (about 8 mi round trip) and to have a little fun on the weekends. I live in Florida, so northern weather is not a concern. I realize all older cars require upkeep, etc, however not looking to break the bank just an affordable some what exotic luxury car instead of opting for a Japanese import. Any and all feedback will be greatly appreciated.
I've had my '92 for almost 9 years. Car now has 133K miles and I use it for longer driving trips plus local sunny day driving. Be prepared to spend some money to keep it reliable. I've had issues with the brake control module (BCM) and CV joints, replacing radiator and heater core, plus I had A/C compressor replaced and system converted over to R-134A, and rpm speed sensor in distributor. A Factory service manual is a great resource plus it's good to have a local garage you can trust for projects you don't want to do yourself. Allante owners association is valuable to help sort out any problems you might have. Cars are lots of fun, have plenty of room for golf clubs and luggage for trips, and are very comfortable on the highway.
Automobile(s): 1988 Allante' (sold), 1984 Eldorado, 84 Sedan DeVille
Re: anything I should know. ..?
I would say to seek out a 91 or 92. 93 was the 1st year Northstar in any Cadillac and some had issues with oil leaks at the oil pan (very expensive) The earlier seats were more comfortable in my opinion as well. The 91's and 92's should be less expensive to buy. The 4.5 was no slouch on acceleration. I had an 88 then a 91. The 91 had 140,000 miles and drove much better than my 48,000 mile 88 did.
Lots of good comments here, and you will find, like anything else, people have differing opinions about which year Allanté to get.
From my nearly 20 year experience of owning a '92 Allante: I bought my '92 in March of 1994 (2nd owner); the car had 19,000 miles on the odometer at that point; today it has 105,000. I drive the car year round, though never on salt/snow streets, and rarely in rain. I have faithfully maintained the car over the years; followed the recommended service requirements, etc. I had the Bosch brake system re-built 4 years ago; have replaced one alternator,
exhaust system (but, incredibly still have the original catalytic converter, which has caused no problems), as well as the original fuel system injector nozzles, etc. I've always used top tier gas; this make a great difference, I think.
In addition, I've replaced cosmetic items as needed: visor/mirror assemblies, head rest strut covers, etc., and other wear items as needed.
I think the '92 was the peak of the Allante production years; the '93 had the Northstar, but Cadillac cheapened the car that year: no Bosch brake system (which I know can be very troublesome, but stops the car considerably faster than the '93); dropped the lighting system that monitored all the bulbs in the car, and substituted, where it could, a near-by bulb; the Bose stereo system, the door latch mechanism that makes the '92 body much more solid than the '93; the headliner of the hard top that matched the car's upholstery, etc. (my car has the hard top). As a college prof of mine used to say: "You pays your money and you takes your choice".
Finally, I think that any car survives better when it is driven; not let to just sit in the garage. The car was designed to be driven; do so!
The phase 2 cars are a good deal and have many good features. In addition to the 1991 and 1992's some of the 1990's are phase 2 cars. I think vin# 125200 or greater. I own a 92 and a 93. I just could not pass up a 1992 with 66K miles for $4000. I put another $2000 into it to get it up to my standards but still a good deal.