This is one of our favorite cars we
have owned. Overall excellent comfort
and performance and fun to drive.
Initial quality problems disappeared
over time. The longer we owned it, the
better we liked it.
This car has so many great features on
it and currently (5/04) can be bought
for a pretty low price compared to
others in its class (but repairs will
be just as expensive). I've been very
satisfied with it mechanically but
there have been some electrical
problems. I am concerned though as a
current owner about how quickly its
value has gone down.
Interior is lovely and comfortable,
handles well, auto up/down windows,
steering wheel radio controls, very
Needs better cupholders and, more
importantly, a better electrical system.
Bought the 97 because of the drive and
how it holds the road. Love the sport
drive, accelerates and holds it. Like
the way it looks but the mechanical
reliability is iffy. Timing tensioner
broke, $3500 fix. Two years later, a 4
day old belt squeal ended as a $600
repair. Has 85000 miles on it and
getting rid of it.
The sport drive feature, love the way
it accelerates when entering the freeway
Bad engineering on the belt and pulley
system. It destroyed the Catera name
and devalued any resale value.