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The Cost of a Catera.
By doujd on 08/24/08 13:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

I love this car, however keeping it on the road has not been the cheapest of ventures. The head controllers, which control the A/C temp cost about $1000 a piece and the car has two of them, my radiator light is always on after much tampering, and the Air Bag light is always on, which could be the result of a $701 part. Last fall, 2007, the car was being driven from Memphis to Atlanta and the transmission gave out. A $3,000 fix, there was a leak in the A/C Tubing and that was around $80- $90, the way things are connected seemed random. I had a fuse blow out and it knocked out my radio, my interior lights, my automatic door locks, and my fog lights. Love to car, just high maintenance.
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Well balnced vehicle comfort/performance
By hushsh on 08/15/08 08:14 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

I have had the car a short time and had no problems so far. I am typically a European car driver and it feels the way I like it to. Solid handling (like to turn off the traction control and go with sport mode) I had the same problem with the water on the floor, it was a very simple fix anyone can do. It is the drain in front of the passenger side for the air intake. You have to remove the plastic grate just behind the hood there is a basin underneath that has a drain at the bottom that (leaves and stuff get caught down there, the water fills up and spills in the fresh air intake) other then that it has been great
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Know where to buy parts in case
By Davison, Mi on 05/02/08 17:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

Personally I loved my catera, but found that 20 mpg average for a 3.0 sucks, Cadillac parts are very expensive, and things like to break easily and often. Starting with parts, DO NOT buy from dealership, a front lower control arm will run $472, a radiator $500, etc. Always go on ebay and search for the parts you need or look online. I found a front lower control arm for $100 on ebay with 22k miles and a radiator on radiatorexpress.com for $125. P.s I love this car but am into massive subs MTX 9500's and had them in my car but the BOSE system cannot be replaced with aftermarket unless you have the entire audio system rewired, or use a rca interface like me with bad bass levels.
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Stay Away
By Stay Away on 03/23/08 02:51 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

Two weeks after I bought the car I found out the heat on the passenger side didn't work. went to get it fixed needed to replace valve cover gaskets bcuz of oil in the spark plugs $1,000. Rear caliper went out over $400 to fix, regulator in rear windows went out $800 for parts alone, short in electrical system moon roof opens and closes when it wants to. Radio and interior lights only work when key is in off position. All of the screws on the entire car have fallen out (i.e. the backs of the seats have fallen off the front bumper had to be re-screwed on the fog lights have fallen out some sort of blower has fallen out, the screws allowing the glove box to open and close has broken) cont'd next box
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Show this car some love!
By elusive_one on 03/09/08 21:45 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car used with 127000km for $5000 in 2007. This car has been fantastic for me as I drive it 1000km a week commuting. Very comfortable for long trips, excellent on the highway,being very powerful and smooth. It will cruise along at 130kmh all day without getting tired. The only mechanical failure I have had was a blown rear shock. Engine wise,it has been strong as an ox and not let me down. For a 'small' Cadillac, I find this car extremely roomy, and twice as roomy as my father's Lincoln LS. So far, this has been a wonderful car in every sense of the word. Good looking, reliable, comfortable, practical and yes, even fun! Do you wonder what a 22 yr old is doing driving a Cadillac?
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Worst Car I Ever Owned
By Dale Allen on 01/06/08 19:44 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

Never have I owned such a terrible car! I had endless electrical and mechanical problems. There was something constantly wrong. GM should be ashamed for making such a piece of junk. I haven't bought another GM product since this experience,nor will I ever again buy one. Anyone who buys this vehicle is asking for BIG HEADACHES and in all probability LOTS OF REPAIR BILLS!
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DON'T BUY THIS CAR!
By Maze on 10/05/07 15:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

When I got this car, it had 144,000 miles on it. A few hundred miles later, I had to replace the alternator. Not long after that, I had to replace my alternator again! The car had sever electrical problems. It also had problems with the transmission. In fact, my transmission went bad while I was driving the car; this caused the wheels to lock up and the brakes to become unresponsive. To make the long story short, the vehicle could not be controlled, and I ran into a tree. I spent 2 days in the hospital because of this PIECE of CRAP! I suggest that you not even think about buy this CAR! It would be a painful mistake.
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Terrible Nightmare
By Cadillac Catera on 03/14/07 20:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

This was the worst car I have ever owned. I have had nothing but problems with it. I have had to replace every part imaginable on it. I came from a Toyota Camry and I am going to hand deliver this Catera back to the dealer. Do not buy this car, ever!
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Nothing but Engine Problems...
By Bill on 12/06/06 21:17 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

After many times in the shop and finally a blown head gasket I sent this car to the junk yard. The mechanic at the dealer told me "this is the worts car they ever made" Germany with an Opel engine.
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Lots of Problems
By Cassie on 12/04/06 06:19 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Cadillac Catera Sedan 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned a Catera for about two years and it's been in the shop almost as long as it's been on the road. It has had several problems, including overheating and electrical.
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