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Cadillac Catera Maintenance & Repair

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  • I have a 98 Catera with 50 k miles and have had so much trouble, I don't know where to start.
    1. I have put 4 sets of tires and only have 50k miles! These tires are not cheap.
    2. oil leaks all over my drive way. I read some other posts saying no big deal, just check oil every 500 miles! What about the mess in the drive not to speak of damage to the driveway.Cars are'nt suppose to leak.
    3. new motor for sunroof, valves in cooling system , window washers needed fixed, New tie rods, brakes, back panels of front seats came off.
    4. The latest... the blower motor is done.No ac no defroster. The new blower has been on order for over a month!I can't even get the parts to fix it even paying the ridiculous price they ask for a new blower.
     To say I am disgusted with Cadillac is understatement of the year!
  • I have 1998 Cadillac Catera 62K, coolant leak as my dealer inform me from 0il cooler unit. It is high cost repair $1,700.00 I cant believe this estimate . What can I do for reduce thats cost? Thanks
  • Wow. I'm reading the posts from everyone and it scares me from even considering the purchase of a used Catera. I've rented Opels in Europe and found them to be solid cars. Did GM just take a good thing and screw it up--or are the later models better cars?

     

    Yes, the resale is extremely low; that's the attraction of buying used. Look, are all of these cars lemons or are there certain years to avoid?
  • I bought a used 2001 Sport about a year ago and love it. I am the 3rd owner. It had 37,000 miles on it so it was still under factory warranty. It had to have the oil pump and the hot water control valve replaced. She handles and rides just great and has plenty of power. I live in Denver so she gets a good work-out with mountain driving. This vehicle was originally purchased in Wyoming as a lease vehicle, driven for 18,000 miles and sold to someone in Colorado. I had a front brake job done at 40,000 miles by Just Brakes. Everytime I drive another vehicle (friends or rental) it makes me appreciate my Cat.I do have all the other scheduled maintenance done by Cadillac. I think that most of the problems were worked out by 01. It feels really solid and secure. I had a Deville loaner and it is similar in feel to that but it doesn't have the "floating" feel like a big car. Mine has all of the options except the CD changer. I am very pleased with the fit of the windows and doors and have not noticed any whisteling or squeaks. As a used car you are getting alot of car for your money as you should get a good price on it. Mine went for $15,900 a year ago. This is my first Caddy and I plan on keeping it for a long time. I don't like the model that replaced it, the CTS I think. There are so many little things like the storage areas within the doors, trunk space designed for golf clubs, etc., that make this car a standout. I would recommend that you take it to your local Cadillac dealer and find out if you can buy an extended warranty. Any work on a Caddy is expensive. I am sold on this car and like I've said, I plan on keeping her for a long time. It is really a pleasure to drive.
  • Thanks for the response. My gut feeling is that they did get the bugs worked out in the later models. It's funny, though; you read through all of these posts and no matter how badly everyone bashes the Catera, they love the handling.

     

    I've rented the Opel Senator (same body/frame in Europe) and was blown away with the handling. Yes, the cost of parts and repairs scares the daylights out of me. I've had an Alfa-Romeo 164 (4 door--size of a Catera) and it had been a maintenance nightmare. I mean, I had the mechanic's phone number speed dialed on my cell phone. I got seduced by the looks and handling, then I was stuck with rotten reliability. The fact that you've had an oil pump replaced at around 40K is a big concern. An extended warranty would be a good thing.

     

    Another concern is the lousy service at the Caddy Dealers here in Atlanta. Ask anyone around here--these dealers must go to night school to learn bad service. I know people that were long term Caddy owners that traded to another car brand due to bad Caddy dealer service.

     

    At least my Alfa mechanic was a decent guy.
  • I would like to know if the dealer was able to fix the oil light problem.

    I have a '97 with 55K miles and have been experiencing the same problem but with an added twist. My engine temperature gauge goes up into the red zone wile the oil pressure plunges to its red area. This happens at the same time yours does. It is quite obvious there is nothing wrong othrewise. The car goes back Monday for the 3rd time, same problem. The dealer can't seem to fix it.
  • tslick28tslick28 Posts: 1
    I have a 98'Catera with 50,000 miles. I had it for 8 months and put on 20K of the miles. First major problem when I use my twilight sentinel for night time head lamps and they will not turn off automatically or manually with light switch or by turning the sentinel off. Anybody experience this problem? Flustered
  • malvinmmalvinm Posts: 1
    Just bought a 98 Catera with 77,000 miles on it and the (!)light for brake pads is on and noticed the brake pulsates as I stop. Also, the tranny light comes on once in a while. I turn the car off and it goes away when I turn it back on. The oil is leaking but I am not sure where its from. What should I do? Any one have any suggestions?
  • I RECENTLY PRUCHASED A 1999 CATERA W/55,000 MILES.
    I HAVE HAD THE PROBLEM OF MY CAR SOMETIMES WILL NOT COME OUT OF PARK WHEN THE CAR IS STARTED, SO I WILL HAVE TO REMOVE THE GEAR SHAFT COVER AND HIT THIS YELLOW SWITCH. HELP WHAT IS IT THAT I NEED TO HAVE DONE TO MY CAR. THANKS
  • hellieanhelliean Posts: 1
    yeah we have a 1997 catera and it's beginning to be a nightmare!!!! we're have a bad skipping problem .we've put on new wires and plugs then it still didn't run right so we had the alternator checked and it wasn't putting out the recommended votage so we had it rebuilt and it's still not running right so we put it back on machine it still saying the same thing .miss fire 2cycl. &high rpm can u help with this issue whats really wrong
  • Im having the same exact problems with my 1999 Cadillac Catera Sport. Did you find anything out on how to fix these problems?
  • jewelzjewelz Posts: 1
    I have had this car for almost two years, it has 55k and is in good condition. Recently, the battery light has been going on and off. It was running fine until a few days ago. Now after about 30 seconds of idling it feels like it may stall, but once moving again its fine. Today, the car just shut off, not stalled, shut off and the fuel cap light came on. I checked the fuel cap and it seem to be on fine. It started back up again right away. The only other issue I have is the tires. I seem to have constant low air. The tires are less than I year old, and I purchased the factory tires that were impossible to find. I had them shipped from 3 states to get a complete set. And were very expensive. What do you think?
  • rolsonrolson Posts: 1
    I own a 98 catera and am seeing smoke coming from under my hood when stopping or stopped. Seems like coming from where you add oil. Also oil light was coming on and off in the past. Can anyone give a clue to what this is? Have had regular oil changes.
  • hneufeldhneufeld Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem with my '98!!! Has anyone advised you on what to do? How have you been helped? I need some help.
  • pepsi1pepsi1 Posts: 1
    I ALSO JUST PURCHASED MY 1999 CATERA , AND I HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM! THE PROBLEM WAS THAT THE HAND CLUTCH (WHERE YOU PUT YOUR CAR INTO GEAR) IT WAS STICKING. SO WHEN YOU PARK YOUR CAR JUST MAKE SURE TO PUSH IT DOWN ALL THE WAY AND YOUR KEY WILL COME OUT. YOU STILL MAY WANT TO TAKE IT TO A CADILLAC DEALER AND HAVE IT CHECKED OUT!
  • my1stcaddymy1stcaddy Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2000 Cadillac Catera about four months ago. I LOVE this car. However just recently the check engine light came on and transmission light started flashing on me. I had a friend run a computer diagnostic and found out that there is a cylinder 4 misfire, which I think is an old one and never cleared cuz the car runs great! And the other is a Transmission Control Module Power Relay Circuit. I have contacted the dealer and they have yet to get a hold of me. Can someone tell me exactly what this mean besides '.. it's an internal problem.' And let me know. I can tell you this, that when first starting out the transmission will shift normally, but if for some reason it downshifts into third, the transmission light starts flashing and it's stuck in third gear. It won't downshift or start in first gear from a start, it is stuck in third. If I shut the car off and start again it's fine until it downshifts. I haven't driven in it almost three weeks, because I don't want to cause any more problems than I all ready have. Hope someone can help.. Thanks!
  • peanut06peanut06 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Catera. Recently it stalls after being driven about 5 miles. Then it will start back up after waiting about 15-20 minutes. I took it to a regular automotive tech and no codes registered. I will need to take it to a Cadillac dealership to be repaired. What was your problem and how much did it cost?
  • crazy8prcrazy8pr Posts: 1
    i have a 98 catera,beautiful car without a doubt but im having so much problems there's these relay next 2 the battery which some of them have fuses on the side of them 2 fuses from the relays keep burning out,by any chance would anybody know how 2 figure out where the short is coming from or wat relay is 2 what ?
  • carlosdcarlosd Posts: 1
    I just bought a '99 Catera with 87,000 miles for under 5 large. It is beautiful. The only problem was with the Bose stereo sys. It would only come on when the ignition was turned off after being on. It would also turn off when any door would be opened(I know that this is Normal). When taken to the dealer my wife was told it was the water pump leaking coolant on wires that caused this annoying problem. A mere $1200 would take care of it. My wife, as savvy as they come, talked them down to $850. Not bad. The next day we get a call telling us that we also need to replace the oil sending line and darn near all the hoses, due to coolant contamination. A measely 2 freakin' large should solve these problems we are told. I was wondering if I am being gouged or if all this is possible and properly estimated? Are Catera parts hard to find? We called Pep Boys and the water pump was only about $70 bucks. So why the $850 repair quote? Please advise. Any feedback would help. Thanks
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    A tv reporter is hoping to talk with someone who wants to purchase a Cadillac. Please respond to jfallon@edmunds.com with your daytime contact info by May 31, 2005.
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  • jwalsh1jwalsh1 Posts: 1
    My son is on the verge of buying a 1999 Cadillac Catera. Please respond soon! Very concerned.
  • Hey whats up i have the same problem with my 99' catera i bought it off an old lady who realized the coolant was leaking but never did anything about it. is that really what it was price wise. if it is i'm driving the catera into the ocean. i hate that stupid car anymore. :confuse: :sick: i still drive it with the leak i dont care anymore it runs
  • I have a 2000 Catera and I have just now started having problems with the coolant leaking after on 72,000 miles. List of problems I have had

    Coolant leak, left front tire rod, broken shocks in rear and left rear axle boot :lemon: .

    Can not wait to get rid of this car worse purchase ever and will never buy another.
  • cmoecmoe Posts: 1
    I have a 99 Catera and the brake lights won't go out, I disconnected the switch adjacent to the pedal but they still remain on HELP!!!!!
  • pinkcaddypinkcaddy Posts: 3
    hello....i also have a problem w/the coolant leaking. the dealer replaced a valve ($400) and this did not fix the issue....3 months later, it is still leaking. have you taken in your car to fix the leaking coolant yet? if so, what was the outcome?
  • pinkcaddypinkcaddy Posts: 3
    it sounds like the majority of the cost is labor. the coolant is leaking on my car as well and the cost to replace a valve was $400.00. 75% of the cost was labor. i am looking for an honest mechanic (not at a cadillac dealership) that can fix my car. no luck yet.
  • gcartiergcartier Posts: 1
    I am having a similar problem with my 97 Catera. What did your dealer advise?
  • HEY DID U EVER GET A RESPONSE ON YOUR PROBLEM YET? BECAUSE I OWN A 97 CATERA WHICH I PURCHASE LAST YEAR MARCH..ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO..I BEGAN TO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.IT HAPPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY DRIVEWAY..THIS LIGHT ICON CAME ON WHICH IS THE BOOK STATES HAS TO DO WITH YOUR ENGINE THEN THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON LATER..IT STARTED GOING IT EVERYDAY BUT NOW IT COMES ONE LIKE ONCE A WEEK..I HAD THA COMPUTER RESET AND IT STOP BUT AFTER 5DAYS IT CAME BACK ON..IT GETS STUCK IN ONE GEAR AND WONT SWITCH TO 1ST.I THEN GOT TO PULL OVER THA HIGHWAY TO TURN IT OFF AND BACK OFF BEFORE IT STOPS BECAUSE IF NOT WHEN I SLOW DOWN..IT TAKES DAYS BEFORE IT PICKS UP.I'M ACTUALLY TAKING IT IN TOMORROW TO GET IT CHECK SOMEWHERE ELSE CUZ I TOOK IT TO ONE OTHER DEALERSHIP AND I WAS TOLD THAT MY TRANNY..THA CLUTCH BETWEEN IT IS SLIPPING AND I NEED A NEW TRANNY..SO THAT MIGHT BE YOUR PROBLEM TOO BUT LET ME KNOW IF YOU GOT YOUR FIXED OR FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS..BECAUSE THIS CAR ONLY HAD 2-,000 MILES AND NOW I GOT 55,000..I'M TRYING MY BEST TO SAVE BECAUSE I AM NOT TRYING TO GET RIPPED..IF U DIDNT' YET LEMME KNOW AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THA CAR GETS BACK FROM THE SHOP BECAUSE I AM DROPPING IT TOMORROW..THANX LATA
  • Hi,

    I have the same thing happening. Did you ever figure it out? Any advice would be so helpful. I like this car, and we are still paying for it, so I guess I'm in for the long haul. I'm about ready to get all new gaskets too, but I need to know it's not having some other catastrophic issue. The pressure is low, but it runs fine and has oil...

    Thanks, Tom

    :sick:
  • i thought i seen smoke coming out of my 2000, it appears to come out near the vents by the front glass and wiper area. I thought i was seeing things, i also experienced a low oil light for about 4 months, it came off and on, so i had to buy at least 3-5 bottles to fill while i traveled. the problem has stopped and i had it inspected because of it, they said there was no problems. humm.... perhaps a bad sensor?
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