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#328 of 1436 Re: Lets Shed Some Light on the issues [caddyguy1]
Aug 06, 2007 (5:53 pm)
I own a 2000 Cadillac Catera; I have two problems:
1. Just recently the oil pressure warning light has decided to start giving me warning. For example: I can be driving in traffic for long period of time – rush hour and when I come to a stop sign or stop signal and make a complete stop; the needle of the gauge will dip into the red zone on the gauge and then the red warning light will come on for a second and go out. A few times the warning light came on and stayed on until I move the car to the shoulder of the road (when I was moving the car to the shoulder; the oil pressure moved out of the red zone), but I turn the car off and restarted and I didn’t have a problem after that.
2. My fog light just stop working, but I live without those…lol
#329 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [merckx]
Aug 08, 2007 (1:04 pm)
Yes, I'm another happy 2000 Catera owner, but I decided to buy one that had been certified by GM which has saved me a ton of $ in repair expense.
Actually, most of the problems that I have read about have never occurred to my car in over 97,000 miles of use. However, the car was recalled in December of 2002 to replace the timing belt and belt tensioner which could malfunction causing sudden engine failure. My car had this failure right after the dealer had performed the recall repair... obviously he didn't know what he was doing.
I am curious if anyone else has had a timing belt failure or has kept a Catera past 100,000 miles and has had the belt replaced??? [I'm thinking of having the dealer do the job for $315 plus another $125 for a new water pump.]
PS: The car is nearly flawless and runs great!!!
#330 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [heckofaman]
Aug 08, 2007 (2:53 pm)
I have a 2000 catera and about 1 year ago I replaced the timing belt $1100.00 how do you find out abot recalls. one week ago the car just died cut off in transit. Now my mechanic is saying that its the engine/ valves or head but it doesnot even have 100 thousand miles yet. Please reply and i still owe on the junk.
#331 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [caterajunk]
Aug 09, 2007 (6:07 am)
If you give a GM dealer your VIN number they can look up any recall notice or other info on your car. Unless the mechanic has worked on other Cateras with the same issue I wouldn't let him touch it.
The first GM dealer (small dealer} that replaced my belt had never done it before (the recall had just been announced) and the belt lasted only a few k miles...the mechanic did not adjust the belt tensioner correctly. This is key or the belt will fail.
I have learned to talk directly to the mechanics and ask about their experience with any serious problems....typically if the dealer is large and sells alot of cars they have experienced mechanics and can save you $ in the repair work.
#332 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [heckofaman]
Aug 09, 2007 (11:10 am)
I have 2000 also, had to have belt replaced almost two years ago car only had 65000 miles. Then it was a sensor now the car won't start and they think it's the front engine or valves or something. Never will i buy another american car.
#333 of 1436 Re: Pond in my car? [fatcat01]
Aug 09, 2007 (7:20 pm)
Fatcat.... i just experienced it today! About an inch of water on the passenger front and rear floor boards. Man was I pissed off. So did you repair the problem or not.
#334 of 1436 Re: 2001 Catera emissions [freuda]
Aug 09, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Freuda, I just purchased a 2001 Catera in mint shape and as soon as I drove it of the lot .... the lights came on. I found that the EBTCM (electronic brake traction control module) needs to be replaced. My dealer said it would cost $3500! All it is...is a computer module the size of cigarette box. I found a company that sells them for $469 and ships them overnight for $35. Take it to a dealer and they will install it for couple hundred dollars. Here is the link: http://www.ebcmdirect.com/finditfast/
Hope this helps....
#335 of 1436 Re: Vehicle Speed Sensor [diva36]
Aug 09, 2007 (7:28 pm)
Diva....stop don't buy it from the dealership.. listen to my story:
I just purchased a 2001 Catera in mint shape and as soon as I drove it of the lot .... the lights came on. Dealer found that the EBTCM (electronic brake traction control module) needs to be replaced. My dealer said it would cost $3500! All it is...is a computer module the size of cigarette box. I found a company that sells them for $469 and ships them overnight for $35. You have to give them the part number which your dealer will give you. Buy it and have them ship it to you. Then Take it to a dealer and they will install it for couple hundred dollars. Here is the link: http://www.ebcmdirect.com/finditfast/
Hope this helps....
#336 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [heckofaman]
Aug 09, 2007 (7:30 pm)
Dear Happy Owner.... the timing belt should be replaced on most vehicles at about 60,000 miles. Pay now or pay more later...
Aug 12, 2007 (4:19 pm)
A few weeks ago my 2000 Catera just stopped in middle of street. W/N take a jump so I had it towed. After testing and checking my mechanic said the ENGINE was gone. I still had 7 more months of payments. So I decided to let it go. I've put a timing belt, sensors, and just too much money so I called my finance company and told them they can finance me for something else and tack on my balance or I would be forced to do a voluntary reposseion. Waiting to hear back from them. I will never buy another american car again. So now as I spit out money for rental cars I am sad that such a nice looking car was a lemon from birth. I had to unplug the respirator...NO MORE CATERA..OH AND MY MECHANIC HAD THREE OF THESE CARS ON THE SAME DAY. GOOD LUCK TO EACH OF YOU CATERA DRIVERS AND REMEMBER ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH THAT CAR. THANKS ALL FOR SHARING AND RESPONDING ...MUCH LOVE...SHARR I feel so much better for I was really afraid of the car