2001 Cadillac Catera Consumer Review: 2001 Catera disaster

2001 Cadillac Catera - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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2001 Catera disaster
By Albert Bright on


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


2001 Catera, 2nd owner, 8K from local GM dealer bought with only 31K original miles on it. Mechanical nightmare. Two weeks after purchase: all seals went, entire cooling system replaced and engine stripped and rebuilt under warranty. All due to GM's Dex-Cool. It eats the seals. March '09: replaced radiator and water pump, again under warranty, and again due to Dex-Cool. At 45K rear third brake light strip burnt out, not warranteed. Replaced by dealer, part cost 400.00 alone. July 09: back to dealer for coolant leaks, transmission hesitation, and all- around 'groaning' whenever car turns a corner. The Catera is a nightmare. No more GM's in my driveway.

Best Features

Fun to drive, comfortable long-distance tourer with very nice interior features, surprisingly roomy for four adults and exceptionally large trunk - but a totally unreliable car.

Worst Features

Cars have been considered reliable since the self-starter was invented - how GM screwed-up on the Catera is a mystery. If you own one, send it back to GM or just plain junk it - buy a used BMW.
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