by nestornajwa on Jan 16, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
I bought a new 97 Catera in late 1997, thinking I was getting a good deal with discounts/rebates. Catera was not without its virtues. It handled very well, had a fun sport suspension setting and was pretty comfortable. I overlooked the bland styling.
None of these things mattered when the car began falling apart within weeks. First, the gas tank was removed to fix a broken sensor. Soon after, a gasket blew. Then the fuel pump died. The most persistent problem was with the door locks, which malfunctioned often and prevented the doors from closing. Lindsay Cadillac service (VA) was terrible, with many return visits for door locks.
All of this happened within about 16 months of purchase.
by _catera97_ on Apr 18, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
This is an amazing car. Yes it has a few problems we are going to have to work on. But my dads psycho ex girlfriend parked it in the grass and took the chip out of the key. That's the reason for most of the problems. It is a 15 year old car, so yes it's going to have other problems to. But before it was taken off the road because of the crazy psycho it was running fine. The ride is smooth just like a Cadillac should ride, the Bose stereo system is beyond amazing and the speed and look of the car fits my personallity to a key. This car is one of the most amazing cars I have ever seen.
by map64 on Oct 21, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
Bought in '02 with 36K miles for $7K ($32K new in '97. 136K miles/9+ years later, can't complain. Spent $800 on leaking oil cooler, timing belt/tensioner warranty replacement, $300 on timing belt replacement at 106K miles, $70 twice to replace heater control valve and $100 on oxygen sensor. Got climate control module for $25 to replace defect. Serviced spark plugs, trans fluid and brake pads. The timing belt is due to be changed in the next 10K or so. The only annoying thing to me is the electrical gremlins like the TC/ABS lights and the radio shutting off if the volume is too loud. If you do the work yourself, this can be a fun car to own because it has never left me on the side of the road
by jlblack on Jun 18, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
While everybody else hates this car, I love it!
I bought last year for $2000.
I immediately had to buy a new radiator for it for $200 that I installed.
I was quoted up to $750 for one, so call around when buying parts.
I abuse this car!
The sport button is on half the time, I take corners at above twice the recommended speed.
This car is glued to the road.
It sails at 90 mph with no problem.
If you can work on cars yourself and want cheap luxury then this is the car for you.
For what I paid for it if a major repair comes up then its off to the junk yard, but until then, get out of my way!
You can buy a Haynes repair manual for an Opel Omega from the UK.
by mary on Sep 9, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
This car is a great ride. That's it. I can not find anyone to fix whatever is wrong. Dealers laugh at the cost to fix it. It runs for a week and then quits. Over and over again. I feel like driving it through a dealer window, but bought it privately. I will stick to Toyota from past experience. I thought since the motor was made in Germany that it would be a good car. I was wrong! This car needs to have permanent retirement in a junk yard. I would feel guilty selling it to anyone as gullible as I was. I should have known better (what was I thinking not buying a Toyota?).
by Nash on Dec 16, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Cadillac Catera
I recently to have a look at a used car it turned out 2 be a 1997 catera. I fell in love with this car the moment i saw it..it was so beautiful inside out and in great condition 4 a 1997. The owner was selling it 4 $3500 and he was sad..so sad because he kept repeating how much money he spent on it to keep it running. I am sorry for him and glad i didn't buy it.
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