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Buy Two for The Parts You will Need
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By caddyattack
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1997 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan


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This is a great driving car and still looks good. It is the worst mechanical nightmare ever designed. The engine has been rebuilt 2X by Cadillac at no charge after the warranty because they were so embarrassed. Every repair is serious, frequent and costly. Truly an engineer's disaster. Should never have been made.


Best Features

Comfort, handling


Worst Features

Have a good mechanic handy that likes a real challenge.


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Good Car (If you can afford it)
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By ihswim
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1997 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan


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With in the last couple of years the car has held its own in repairs. Only the tranny has needed replacement in the past 3 years. But before that, everything seemed to go wrong. Tranny replaced after 3 months, new radiator and belts.


Best Features

Bose speakers, handling, trunk space, leather interior


Worst Features

Reliability, repair cost, blind spots


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What's not to like?
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By ttii
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1997 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan


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My '97 Catera gets 31 mpg on the highway and 22 in the city. It handles better than my last Mercedes, and is cheaper to fix. Yes, it has had some minor issues, but so do all cars. If this is a poor quality car, I want more like it built in the USA!!


Best Features

Technology, lots of it.


Worst Features

Extendable steering wheel. Can be a little uncomfortable on long trips.


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What 2 do?
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By luxury fred
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1997 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan


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I love to drive this car. Very comfortable. Very appealing to the eye, get tons of comments. Fast, sporty, and luxurious. I've heard many, but Bose 8 speaker sound system is definitely one of the best factory system out there. I've had the car for over a year and only major problem has been a recall item, but I hear of some mechanical problems. Thinking of selling. But at the price they are goin for now, would recommend but beware of repair cost.


Best Features

Bose 8 speaker sound system, ride comfort, appearance, power and speed. fold down back seats allow for hauling alot. dual digital climate control.


Worst Features

cup holders, which they do have a modified one out. call recalls for popular repaired items.


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Shame on you, Adam Opel!
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By 1997 Catera
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1997 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Why did Opel allow their Europe only Omega to become such an disappointment? It has great handling, smooth power delivery, comfort, and good looks. But since reliabilty has been such a problem, we have no choice but to trade it in, today. Unfortunately, this car has depreciated an average of ten dollars a day, no small thanks to its lousy reputation. Smart buyers look elsewhere.


Best Features

Seemless power-train (once warmed up), handling, comfort and convenience, trunk space.


Worst Features

Poor reliability, terrible depreciation, expensive repairs, poor headlight pattern (older models), and lack of decent cupholders.


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