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2001 Cadillac Catera Sedan

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Cadillac Catera Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Cadillac Catera

  • An average entry-level luxury sport sedan in a category full of above-average competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy interior, fun to drive, comfortable seats.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission, troubled history, several worthy competitors cost less.

  • What's New for 2001

    OnStar 2.6 in-vehicle safety, security and information service, vented rear disc brakes and the Solar Protect windshield are now standard on all models. The Catera Sport receives new seats, and projector beam headlamps are now standard on the base Catera.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent car!

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

It is a good car. People never change timing belts, check oil and antifreeze and then complain about engine failure. Some other problems, which were solved are very common for other cars: ignition coils die all the time on Fords and Nissans, valve cover gaskets need to be replaced on Toyotas. All reliability problems were solved by GM by 2000. 2000 and 2001 are reliable cars.



2 of 11 people found this review helpful

Utter disappointment

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My very first car turned out to be a lemon and a stressor on my mother. Seemed like a nice, clean car that wouldn't cost me a lot because it was a Cadillac and Cadillac's usually are pretty dependable. But this car, just was an EPIC FAIL. Now I'm trading it in and getting this burden off of me and my mother! Engine repair costed $2000, then the brakes, then tires, then transmission (which has to be injected into engine which is even more money) sunroof works when it wants to, back wheel drive stinks (especially in snow and ice), power locks on driver side went out, and on top of all of that, CRAPPY gas mileage...please don't ever buy this car...all of these cars should be set on fire!!




What a lemon

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is by far the worst vehicle I have ever owned; and I've owned many. The engine blew at 77,000 miles and needed a total rebuild. Then the rear went, as did the radiator, and the battery. The radio goes on and off at will, the oil light does the same. The rear windows, if you make the mistake of lowering them, will come back up when they feel like it - sometimes it takes days. As of today, I have been riding around with a garbage bag covering my window and it's been down for 3 days! The rear lights, including the blinkers, also work when they want to. The electronics in this vehicle are a joke. What a piece of junk.




Money pit

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I have had nothing but problems with this car. I had to replace a computer chip, transmission, water pump, axel, springs, sway bars. The tires are expensive and break easy because they are so thin. Parts for the car are expensive. The time belt needs to be replaced and its going to cost me $500! It has been in the shop more than on the road and I'm afraid to drive it because I cant afford keep putting money into it. It's terrible in the snow but great in the rain. I love my car when it works but that's not too often. :(



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Disappointed!

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car because it was a beauty and had the sporty look I wanted. Thought "Wow! A Cadillac! This should be a great car. Well, its has been nothing but a money eating nightmare. Was so excited to get it paid off and its still killing my pocketbook! Don't want to go back in debt for a car, but I don't know how much more of this lemon I can take. Looks great but unfortunately the mechanic sees it more than I do! Had the transmission replaced 2 years after I bought it, thand God was still under warranty. Now no heat and its getting cold outside.




Oil fire!

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Vehicle: 2001 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

My car caught on fire from a leak in the valve cover, and the fire messed up the wiring. Since then all kinds of funny things happened. The radio worked when it wanted, the gas cap and the trunk switch locked and would not open. I liked my car because it was small and supple to operate, but when the expense of fixing it became too much, I traded it off for a Buick. The final straw was the failure of the engine module which left me without a running car, and a wait for the new part. I have pumped a lot of money into maintenance but this was too much. The reliability was not good so I sold the car... Hated to see ol flame go, but it has gone to the great beyond now



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What's New for 2001

OnStar 2.6 in-vehicle safety, security and information service, vented rear disc brakes and the Solar Protect windshield are now standard on all models. The Catera Sport receives new seats, and projector beam headlamps are now standard on the base Catera.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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