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Cadillac Catera Maintenance & Repair

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  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    Does anyone here have a Catera that that HASN'T had expensive issues with their car as it ages? I'm just wondering if it will be possible to avoid this with my low milage 2001.
  • You're kidding right. I have 2000 and owe 5000.00 and have spent 3000.00 on repairs in 1 year. Beware of the mechanis you use b/c these cars are extremely difficult. Has changed my mind about all cadillacs.

    Have A Great Day..
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    being German, is nothing like any other Cadillac. I've found Cadillac to be very gererous with the problems I have had. Our 2001 Catera is very low milage,about 39,000, and for the last year, not a thing has gone wrong...The way this board goes,though,I expect a huge problem any mile...
  • I have a '97 Catera with 142K on it. When I drive for more than 30 minutes in traffic with high outside temps the service transmission light (STL) comes on and the transmission goes into a "safe" mode that will not allow the car to go over 35 mph. I can pull over and shut the car off and re-start it and the STL will reset. Sometimes the engine malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) comes on as well, but it will not reset by shutting off and re-starting the car. As long as I don't drive in traffic for more than 30 minutes I don't have any problems. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
  • I HAVE A 98 CADILLAC, AND IT SOMETIMES WONT START BACK UP AFTER TRAVELING OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, IT'LL START FTER LETTING IT SIT ABOUT 10MINS AT THE LEAST TO UP TO ALMOST AN HOUR DEPENDING ON HOW FAR I TRAVELED. THE 2ND ISSUE IS I HAVE BEEN ADDING COOLANT FOR ABOUT 2MOS., NOW THE COOLANT SEEMS TO DEMINISHING IN A LITTLE OVER A WEEK IT WAS MORE THAN HALFWAY GONE, AND THE RADIATOR FLUID INDICATOR LIGHT COMES ON...WHAT'S GOING ON, PLEASE BE OF SOME HELP TO ME...THE DEALERSHIP IS A COSTLY MEANS OF REPAIR IF YOU GO IN BLIND TO THE PROBLEM!
  • Hi i have had this thing for a few months now.. MY wife and i love it but it is startting to have problems. Right now the door locks :cry: just keep going up and then will lock. The trunk is now just opening while you drive the car. And You have to unhook the battery or else it will go dead over night b/c the lights come on and then go off and it will just keep doing this... any one have this problem i thought that maybe the bat was going dead in the remote but i am not that lucky..
  • Just recently purchased a 97 Catera with the Odometer reading 63000 miles. Its only been 3 days and I've noticed the odometer had not moved at all. Earlier while driving down the road at about 35mph i heard a nasty clunk from under the hood and my TC fuel and engine light all popped on and it seemed like the car was in neutral. I stopped and waited for a min and the lights stayed on. When I tried to continue the car would move but only really really slowly. I could eventually get it up to speed but i was moving at snail speed. I turned it off and back on and the problem went away for a bit, but eventually it always comes back. Also sometimes it seems I have no power to the radio panel. Radio won't work and neither will the trunk or fuel pops.
    I tried to take this car back to the dealer I bought it from and apparently I'm stuck with this car. I could really use some advice on this. Is there laws or anything that could help me in this situation. I thought I was buying a good car with 63k miles on it and thats just not the case.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  • I have a 97 that i purchased with 110,000 miles on it. i paid around 5k for it. Great body, great interior, runs great. Now at 144k miles it seems to be having many electrical problems. Batteries last about a month. Driver side door came off it's whatever. Now it won't stay open on it's own) and rattles. AC won't hold coolant for more than two days. Heat seems to come out of the center console (Smells Like Oil too). Gear shift Shakes, so does steering wheel. Now it won't start at all and it has a brand new battery. [side note... just drove the car over the holidays for 18 hours, to and fro, without one little problem. Now in town the car is acting like a fool. I have seen on this message board many people with identical symptoms. 1. Headlight aiming, 2. Oil Smell, 3. A/C not working Properly, 4. Doors bogged, 5. Battery Drain, Passenger side leak when it rains, 6. Now Passenger door won't close. {Just bounces back. have to hold it closed and then hit the locks to keep it closed).
    The car ROCKs!, It just seems to have all these electronic issues all of a sudden. QUESTION: What is the fix, without spending a foryune at the dealership?
  • gngurugnguru Posts: 108
    The majority of all states have various "lemon laws" regarding the purchase of both new and used vehicles but you don't say what state you purchased your vehicle in. You should check with your local DMV to see exactly what the lemon law is in your particular state. Beware however as time is of the essence as there are always statue of time limitations involved. Good luck.
  • merckxmerckx Posts: 565
    Every time I read a few of these stories about absurdly troublesome Cateras, I wonder when my 2001 with 40,000 miles on it is going to act up. I thoroughly enjoy the cay to no end,and so far it's been fine, but it does make me wonder when my time will come...I'm also amazed hor GM could import such a troublesome car..

    Is anyone else enjoying a relatively trouble-free ride? I am...
  • Hi I have the exact same issue did you ever find out what causes this?
  • What was the problem with it not starting? I have the same problem in a '97. How much to fix?
  • Did you find out the problem with it not starting? I have the same problem in a '97. How much to fix?
  • Did you find out the problem with it not starting? I have the same problem in a '97. How much to fix?
  • I am new to this so I hope I do this right. I own a 2000 Catera and had this problem. After doing a scan and finding the code was crankshaft position sensor, I changed the sensor, cleared the code and the problem has gone. Parts required to fix most problems can be found at the major parts supply stores. Before buying shop the three major ones because the prices vary.
  • rlovinrlovin Posts: 4
    Thank you, I found my problem to be the same. Did you fix this yourself? I am somewhat mechanically inclined, but this Catera seems pretty daunting. It costed me around $400 to get it fixed, including the diagnostic.
  • I do my own maintenance and all I had to pay for was the part, which cost around $70. If you change the sensor yourself you will need to have the ability to get the car off the ground far enough to get completely under the drivers side, which means it is easier if you have a lift to use. I priced the part at a couple of parts stores and went to the least expensive. In the grand scheme of things the book calls for about .7 of an hour to change but when you get down to it, it will usually and does take a little longer.
  • I HAVE A 1997 CATERA AND HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT A HEADACHE WITH HER! SHES A BEAUTIFUL CAR AND I LOVE DRIVING HER BUT THE MAINTENANCE IS RIDICULOUS TO KEEP UP WITH! I BOUGHT HER WITH 65K ON HER AND SHE NOWS HAS ALMOST 110K, I HAVE REPLACED THE HEAD GASKETS, O2 SENSORS, TIRES WEARING OUT AND THE ALIGNMENT BEING OFF, SHE ALSO DOESNT HANDLE VERY WELL IN THE SNOW OR RAIN, I :confuse: :sick: REPLACED TIE RODS, SHE HAS SEVERAL SUSPENSION PROBLEMS AND THE LEVELING LIGHT CONSTANTLY FLASHES, THE TRANSMISSION HAS SERIOUS ISSUES AND THE COOLANT POORS OUT OF HER AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO ONLY USE THE DEX-COOL AND THAT COSTS LIKE 10$ A BOTTLE AND SHE GOES THROUGH AT LEAST A WHOLE BOTTLE IN 2 DAYS AND WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING IF ALL THE COOLANT LEAKS OUT SHE OVERHEATS! I WOULD GET RID OF HER BUT AS IS SHE'S PROBABLY ONLY WORTH A 1000$ AND I PAID 5000$ FOR HER! IM GONNA TAKE HER TO HAVE THE COOLANT LEAK FIXED SOON DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ON AN ESTIMATE OF COST!? PLEASE LET ME KNOW THANKS ~NICKY
  • flip3flip3 Posts: 1
    ok.... i bought the dam thing at 86000miles, first week was fine , but after a week and 2 days i start seeing white smoke come out of the engine whenever im at a stop, this really pisses me off cause i havent even had tha dam thing fr 2 weeks and this happens, ,,, at first i thought it was oil leak, then i thought i was leaking antifreeze, now my friend is telling me he thinks coolant is leaking into tha transmisson fluid, so i took it to tha dealers mechanic and he thinks its probably somthin rong with tha oil cooler?? didnt kno cars had them, but yea i can see alot of the recent posts on ppl having tha same problems, man i wish i could get a refund on this thing.....
  • I have a 99 catea peace of junk my wife loves it but I hate it we just bought the care a few months ago first the speed sensor go's our then it starts dinking antifreaze like crazzy that is not the bad thing now it want go in to overdirve and if I take off in overdire and just slips and slps I have to take off in first then go to 2 nd then to 3 rd if I put in drive it want go in to drive I think the trany is our but oen for this car is damn much dose anyone have thing to say that could help our maybe be here I would sale this damn thing but my wife bought with out me being there and paid 4900 for it and it had 98000 miles on it now it as about 99800 someone needs to shot Gm for makeing this car our they should have used a better engine and tranny :lemon: http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com/media/townhall/webxicons/- emotorcons/emo_lemon.gif
    lemon
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