1997 Cadillac Catera Consumer Review: The Money Pit

1997 Cadillac Catera - Consumer Review

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The Money Pit
By Charlie on


1997 Cadillac Catera 4dr Sedan


Since the purchase, this car has broken down once a month. Each time we take it to the dealer (usually via tow truck) the repair costs range between $1500.00 & $2000.00 We bought it for $22,000.00 in 2000 and have spent $16,300.00 in repairs since. GM will not even talk to us about this car, and parts are now hard to get. This is by far the worst car we have ever owned. We looked around to see what they are selling for now, and see that top dollar is $3000.00. We are donating it to the Kidney Foundation, and the tax receipt deduction for our income tax will be more than what we can sell the car for!

Best Features

Great fit and finish of the interior, good handling, fun to drive (when it's not in the shop), good looks, creature features (when they work). Nice car if it came with a working power train, and Nissan electronics. The car knows it's own way to the closest Cadillac repair shop !!!

Worst Features

Same improvement GM made - Discontinue this car
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