by dasmaedchen on Mar 18, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan
This has been the worst car I've ever owned.
I bought it two years ago when I needed a car badly.
I'd read a couple poor reviews but was persuaded to at least come look at the car.
It looked brand new, had low mileage, and a nice price.
I now know that the reason it looked brand new and had low mileage is probably because it was parked, broken, more than actually driven. It is pure garbage.
It has had a coolant leak since shortly after I bought it.
I have taken it to several different places including a dealership and nobody has been able to stop the leak.
This among the many other things wrong with it.
It would also randomly refuse to start and then 30 minutes later would start.
by GNico09 on Jul 3, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan
Alright, Ever since I was in highschool, I loved this car. Finally found one and have spent more than I purchased it for ($4,500) on repairs. Its an electrical and mechanical nightmare. The engine is basically shot (needs new heads) Body control module (brain of the car) is shot, control arms are shot, differential is shot. Misc. electric options cease to work. The a/c barely works and the heater doesnt work at all even though ive spent hundreds of dollars trying to remedy it. Its over-heating and low oil pressure (more than likely b/c of the heads). And all that is just to name a little!! The sad part is I bought the car certified and have pampered this car with no love in return.
by olive on May 4, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan
i bought this car in May of 2008 with 114,000 miles. First day i got the car, drove to someone's house, go to leave, car wouldn't start. Needed new starter, $334.Within a 11 months... rear main seal, $700. New battery, $100, new alternator $400. Cylinder missfire, $910. Speedometer and odometer went out. Power steering went out. Everytime i braked, steering wheel would jerk and pull car all over the road. Sometimes couldn't pull key out of ignition, have to keep shifting till it came out. Slow coolant leak. finally car would start again, engine problems. just parts estimated $1500. im junking the car. The list goes on. Do you need any more of a reason to NOT buy this car?