The Cadillac Allante Was a Quirky, Interesting Failure

The Cadillac Allante is a quirky, interesting Italian/American luxury convertible -- and it was also a failure. Today I'm reviewing the Cadillac Allante, and I'm going to show you all around it -- and I'm also going to show why it failed. I'm also going to drive the Allante and review the driving experience.
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  1. Frank Lao

    Frank Lao9 שעות לפני

    Doug, did you have to drive that perfectly clean caddy through dirt/gravel for the shot?

  2. James Blazes

    James Blazes18 שעות לפני

    The 89' Eldorado had a completely digital gauge cluster - no overlays - only pure 80's digital green screen. I'm very surprised their flagship car built 4 years later had worse aesthetics

  3. largol33t1

    largol33t1יום לפני

    GM's management is hilariously stupid and slow. No wonder this car was a failure. The only concession I'm going to make is that when you drive it, I'm amazed the convertible top is superb. it doesn't let light in every corner and doesn't make flapping/rattling noises. I'm amazed that for an old car, the top is in pretty decent shape.

  4. Alex Saldivar

    Alex Saldivar2 ימים לפני

    Hey, Doug, test an AMC Pacer, pls!!!

  5. TDF PFC

    TDF PFC2 ימים לפני

    Sounds a bit too close to Allende. No wonder it failed.

  6. Robert Workman

    Robert Workman2 ימים לפני

    The "Bundy" bounce! Thank you Christina Applegate.

  7. C Swimm

    C Swimm2 ימים לפני

    Ok am I the only one that heard Thissss, with a lisp?

  8. Fred Fournier

    Fred Fournier4 ימים לפני

    Must you emphasize every word you say? I can't even make it to the end of the video it's so annoying

  9. Daniel Staggers

    Daniel Staggers5 ימים לפני

    And they finally put in a Northstar which turned out to be the most poorly designed engine in the world. That is after the 4100 series, which begged customers to never buy another Cadillac again and avoid the Northstar fiasco completely. And so they didn't. I didn't. The 4100 had to be floored just to leave the driveway and taught me to never buy another Caddy even though my family was a Caddy family. That ended it.

  10. Larry Schwartz

    Larry Schwartz7 ימים לפני

    So production involved shipping bodies on a 747. What a logistics nightmare, No wonder GM went bankrupt.

  11. Henry Cruz

    Henry Cruz7 ימים לפני

    It's quick.?.? U floored it and a car flew by u!

  12. HaloFan

    HaloFan8 ימים לפני

    I find my twilight sentinel quite useful

  13. irishgotee

    irishgotee8 ימים לפני

    In late 1980's early 90's this car would have cost you about 60k, that's about 100k in today's money. Think about that. And ask yourself what are you really buying when you buy a new 2019-2020 vehicle for 30-50k....what corners did they cut to make the vehicle that affordable in today's money? A question for all you true car guys out there. What was the best decade for automobiles where all things were met. Build quality, technology (for the time) , safety and over convenience and refinement? For me I think anything america made 40'-70's were a class act especially 50's 60's but car weren't exactly crash safe back then. So if I were to pick my guess would be somewhere floating around between mid/late 70's up until the mid 90's What do you guys think?

  14. Spliff Notes

    Spliff Notes11 ימים לפני

    20:50 aaight Im flooring it now. Wow thats quick! ...another car casually zooms past

  15. Spliff Notes

    Spliff Notes11 ימים לפני

    I'm going to go ahead and say it.... Ferrari designers designing a Cadillac with gold keys and a digital gauge cluster in THE 80S that has to get flown on a custom airplane from Italy to Detroit Is one of the coolest damn things I've ever heard. I think if this was a brand Doug liked more he wouldn't gloss over those things as silly.

  16. Ifa Girmae

    Ifa Girmae12 ימים לפני

    Repent of Fornication and drunkenness immediately! God Bless You!

  17. Chaos Master Gaming

    Chaos Master Gaming13 ימים לפני

    It took him 4 months to release the video of the car at 0:32

  18. Nozyspy

    Nozyspy14 ימים לפני

    'English' - Metric You mean Imperial - Metric.

  19. Pickleball Productions

    Pickleball Productions14 ימים לפני

    My dads 1982 Chevy S10 had gold keys too.

  20. John Rodriguez

    John Rodriguez14 ימים לפני

    Jr ewing having one makes me what to have one

  21. Jim Reif

    Jim Reif14 ימים לפני

    First time I heard of this car was in an episode of Married With Children..

  22. D M

    D M16 ימים לפני

    The accent when pronouncing Allanté is on the "e".

  23. Cynical Sayonara

    Cynical Sayonara16 ימים לפני

    What is this car? The 93' camaro/firebird was way more modern looking. I don't understand. This must be 83'. My buddies 1984 Corvette has a factory CD player.

  24. Mihail Kolev

    Mihail Kolev16 ימים לפני

    The "Fuel used" is actually pretty handy in case you are on a long trip with friends and want to share the money.

  25. BA Berger

    BA Berger18 ימים לפני

    Love this car! Thanks for reviewing it!

  26. Ivo Yankov

    Ivo Yankov18 ימים לפני

    Greetings from Bulgaria ! :) Can you make a video about Mercedes-Benz ML W163 or BMW E46 CI COUPE 1999

  27. Jacob Smart

    Jacob Smart22 ימים לפני

    2k for a head gasket!!!! HOLY CRAP!!! Get it done less then a grand for sure around here. And less then that if you have a mechanic buddy! FL baby!

  28. swoll1980

    swoll198023 ימים לפני

    It looks like a 2 seat Caviler.

  29. DS2353

    DS235324 ימים לפני

    “Although, General Motors screwed that up too!”

  30. LiberalsAreGarbage

    LiberalsAreGarbageיום לפני

    DS2353 misspelled Garbage Motors...

  31. Carlos Terán

    Carlos Terán25 ימים לפני

    Eres bastante payaso. ¿Lo sabías ?

  32. Drunken Master II

    Drunken Master II25 ימים לפני

    Those types of videos are my favourite from Doug, because you can see he really does that because he likes it and not because it's his job.

  33. darthvincor

    darthvincor25 ימים לפני

    Must've been a cool car back in the 80s, with all those buttons and those bizarre dials. Also quite some strange reasoning by GM: let's compete with the S-Class and XJS (both rear wheel drive), and make a front wheel drive V8...??

  34. l l

    l l26 ימים לפני

    Good Ol GM products that are always break down

  35. _daveshadow6_ O

    _daveshadow6_ O27 ימים לפני

    You should review a 1st gen Scion xB!

  36. Patrick Flammang

    Patrick Flammang28 ימים לפני

    you need to review the 1979-1985 eldorado biarritz convertible ^^

  37. Qdent

    Qdent29 ימים לפני

    Judging by the title, this car has a lot in common with most E-girls.

  38. Jordan Abendroth

    Jordan Abendroth29 ימים לפני

    Front wheel drive V8.... Yeah makes sense

  39. jun homa

    jun homa29 ימים לפני

    The crabby postage accordingly excuse because sparrow fifthly stitch notwithstanding a lopsided lily. reminiscent, gaping sleep

  40. George J. Dorner

    George J. Dornerחודש לפני

    Gold keys and a full tank of gas...chinchy salesmanship at its most virulent.

  41. Kiwi Guy

    Kiwi Guyחודש לפני

    Also the keys mentioned you were getting the gold standard came out before platinum level just like gold albums and platinum, albums were pieces of plastic that played music they even put them in cars before DVD cassettes or even 8 tracks do a video on those cant get more quirky than that

  42. Kiwi Guy

    Kiwi Guyחודש לפני

    The third brake light was the thing I loved when it came out northstar engin is good till you work on them 10 seconds to find the starter Time up it's in the engin major tear down just for that .my northstar put 2 inch hole in oil cover drove 3 miles to get oil dumped 3 quarts in to find hole all went on the ground drove another 5 miles to park it fixed hole with Billy's amazing putty and no problems a love hate relationship

  43. Ryan Cox

    Ryan Coxחודש לפני

    Bro, it was less quirky, than it was a really "cool car", as you say. 🙂

  44. Jamahl Southall

    Jamahl Southallחודש לפני

    Stop crying and complaining that's all you do

  45. JollyRogerVF84

    JollyRogerVF84חודש לפני

    When Cadillac made good looking cars....... The window switches and other blind controls on the passenger side, were made for UK maybe. ;) Oh, one can see the mechanism of the roof top. You will not find it in the expensive SL, XJS or 911 and other European convertibles. The mechanism is hidden with an inner lining.

  46. Zazoo Kluk

    Zazoo Klukחודש לפני

    Overpriced so so Cadillac. Should’ve been priced for no more than $10,000. Styling is boring and Ho hum. Performance sucks.

  47. Franco del Rio

    Franco del Rioחודש לפני

    a heap of shit

  48. Gary Reno

    Gary Renoחודש לפני

    What A piece of crap!

  49. Jesus Gomez

    Jesus Gomezחודש לפני

    Never buy a chromebook!! Google is a scam!!

  50. Jesus Gomez

    Jesus Gomezחודש לפני

    Hey Doug, do something about these unskippable ads!!

  51. peter455sd

    peter455sdחודש לפני

    " A General Motors concoction" =Perfect definition of this piece of crap

  52. Spluffles

    Splufflesחודש לפני

    Same thing with the Fiero. 84-87 had many issues and things that could use fixing, they finally perfected it in 88, then canceled it

  53. Mike Sanchez

    Mike Sanchezחודש לפני

    Sounds like my ex “Complete failure, yet lovable with Quirks”

  54. Guillermo Arce

    Guillermo Arceחודש לפני

    I liked that car! Is all about opinions.

  55. Joe Klejko

    Joe Klejkoחודש לפני

    North star is a crap engine!!!!, not the one you want. Head gasket repair job is more that the car worth.

  56. Elias Shedd

    Elias Sheddחודש לפני

    Still waiting on you to apologize for your BS Hummer review. Did you get paid off? You said at more than $100,000 the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said at 350 mile range, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said with an unknown tow rating, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat? You said with no charging network, the Hummer is the electric truck to beat. Thiiiiis is now a BS channel.

  57. Riz P

    Riz Pחודש לפני

    That is one ugly looking Cadillac, which was also a peice of shit.

  58. Piano Fry

    Piano Fryחודש לפני

    I don't know what is better a Reatta or an Alante. The Reatta looks really cool in person though.

  59. Pandamasque

    Pandamasqueחודש לפני

    Please do mk1 Oldsmobile Aurora!

  60. Pandamasque

    Pandamasqueחודש לפני

    Shipping coachbuilt bodies back and forth between Italy and the US is nothing new. US luxury manufacturers have been doing this since at least the '60s!

  61. SlavKing42

    SlavKing42חודש לפני

    I'm a failure but I'm not getting reviewed

  62. Franklin Culbreth

    Franklin Culbrethחודש לפני

    My father had one of those pieces of junk. 2 months after he got it, the head gasket blew. He never bought another cadillac. He could have bought a different car for what the repairs cost. GM makes cars built for the junk yard.

  63. ristomatti kolsi

    ristomatti kolsiחודש לפני

    The last good looking Cadillacs comes from early 1970's. This Allante looks like some european box. Just awfull.

  64. New Coke

    New Cokeחודש לפני

    I am around 3 minutes in while writing this, and when he said "The Allante also had a V8, but they screwed that up too.", I had a suspicion that it was the North Star V8. Looking at the comments, I see that I was right!

  65. Tom C.

    Tom C.חודש לפני

    Interior looks like in Trabant...

  66. Tom C.

    Tom C.חודש לפני

    Especially the roof liner is very luxurious...

  67. TED Schmitt

    TED Schmittחודש לפני

    FWD in that class of car was almost a kiss of death back then. It’s also interesting that here we are in 2020, and digital dashes have made only minor inroads.

  68. KOB

    KOBחודש לפני

    It looks like a Chrysler K-car

  69. all you need to know

    all you need to knowחודש לפני

    It’s so funny, Doug doesn’t look happy with 23k gold keys in 1980s. But gets excited with glass keys in 2020s !!!!!

  70. matthew scarborough

    matthew scarboroughחודש לפני

    my 1970 deville covertible has the twilight sentinal aswell

  71. Poly_G

    Poly_Gחודש לפני

    Front. Wheel. Drive.

  72. Carson Anderson

    Carson Andersonחודש לפני

    Beware the Allante owners club

  73. Ted Malley

    Ted Malleyחודש לפני

    GM's delusional aspirations for this car competing with the Benz SL were sad and pathetic.

  74. RJ Mac

    RJ Macחודש לפני

    The idiotic scheme to build the bodies in Italy and fly them to Detroit was typically GM. Lol.

  75. Massimo Ascoli

    Massimo Ascoliחודש לפני

    The convertible roof operation is a big facepalm, considering Cadillac's from the 50's and 60's had a very efficent electric operating roof system

  76. Orion Grandjean

    Orion Grandjeanחודש לפני

    0:49 owned by *Tyler Hoovie*

  77. Dick vankoughnett

    Dick vankoughnettחודש לפני

    I am trying to remember ,but weren't the body made of aluminum ?

  78. Alexander van Gelderen

    Alexander van Gelderenחודש לפני

    "cARs aND BidS"

  79. Jorge L

    Jorge Lחודש לפני

    9:57 = coin slots?

  80. pbee73

    pbee73חודש לפני

    Flying the bodies like that is why it probably failed.... the car could have been a lot more financially feasible if the body was made here!

  81. Ian Hinkle

    Ian Hinkleחודש לפני

    4:55 I think you’ve got an oil leak lmaooooo

  82. James M.

    James M.חודש לפני

    Good video Doug 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  83. Walter White

    Walter Whiteחודש לפני

    That's a shifter from a Chevy Cavalier. GM always had a knack for using parts from their cheapest line on their high engine e.g. the Corvette Z06 had cobalt engineer parts.

  84. AZDuffman

    AZDuffmanחודש לפני

    That down/up mixer is actually a great idea.

  85. Everard Santamarina

    Everard Santamarinaחודש לפני

    Funny you say this type of review doesn't do so well. I've yet to watch any of your current model reviews. Maybe they're good but your insights on the time and rationale of the designs is awesome and brings perspective I had no idea about. Like these cars were air cargoed across the world is mind boggling. In fact, the DougScore using current standards feels like a betrayal but as long as you're being consistent it doesn't matter. More of these please, and please do a playlist of just these. Funnily enough, YT algorithm only recommends the older ones, not current model reviews. To find these among your other reviews is not easy. But keep up the good work.

  86. Benjamin Filice

    Benjamin Filiceחודש לפני

    fun fact: “Allante” is not a word in any language

  87. Taelor Watson

    Taelor Watsonחודש לפני

    I had a teacher in College with one. She was probably around 50 and dressed way too young. I nicknamed her Cat Woman.

  88. Jazz 1934

    Jazz 19342 חודשים לפני

    "THEFT SYSTEM ARMED" - what? :D

  89. Studio Werk Vier

    Studio Werk Vier2 חודשים לפני

    Doug is a Democrat

  90. Calvin Nickel

    Calvin Nickel2 חודשים לפני

    They dropped one of these from a plane in Terminal Velocity I think it was.

  91. Anatoly Stepanovich Dyatlov

    Anatoly Stepanovich Dyatlov2 חודשים לפני

    Flying the entire bodies from Italy to the US is the most ridiculous thing about this car. These mad lads actually did it. One would think "ok you really want to produce this in italy, how about transporting it by ship like any sane person would do?" but no, they just had to get above and beyond.

  92. Adam Zi

    Adam Zi2 חודשים לפני

    Watch your mouth Doug, 1993 isn't 30 years ago (I was born in '93 hahaha)

  93. Justin Evans

    Justin Evans2 חודשים לפני

    Showing this car off next to a dumpster in a shady park seems fitting.

  94. Timchuk

    Timchuk2 חודשים לפני

    review that Cara that's on please

  95. Doris Wegner

    Doris Wegner2 חודשים לפני

    I had a north star in an xlr cadillac, 2005. No puck up, i wonder what stuff he usually drives

  96. TriPyramid Pictures

    TriPyramid Pictures2 חודשים לפני

    You obviously don’t know that much about cars, because “Twilight Sentinel” has been around since even the 70s.

  97. William Dunn

    William Dunn2 חודשים לפני

    Thought these cars were so beautiful as a kid...I almost bought one a few years back, but went with a Jaguar XK8 instead, huge mistake!

  98. ChavoMysterio

    ChavoMysterio2 חודשים לפני

    The new Allante (while doing the Bundy Bounce)

  99. caddymickey

    caddymickey2 חודשים לפני

    Very cool video. Thank you !

  100. NJ

    NJ2 חודשים לפני

    I kinda love this car’s interior? Is something wrong with me?

  101. NJ

    NJ2 חודשים לפני

    That said, the exterior is hilariously meh, when you consider what went into building it!

  102. TheJetJONES

    TheJetJONES2 חודשים לפני

    So far I know, they're even sold in Germany through Opel dealerships But I NEVER seen one... 🤔

  103. Tortomus

    Tortomus2 חודשים לפני

    105k wow