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#36 of 1436 Re: Considering buying a Catera [atlanta buyer]
Jan 28, 2005 (1:30 am)
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.
#37 of 1436 Re: Considering buying a Catera [namdude]
by atlanta buyer
Jan 28, 2005 (5:49 am)
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.
#38 of 1436 Re: Oil light and buzzer - faulty oil pump [ironmie]
Feb 06, 2005 (8:24 am)
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.
#39 of 1436 Any Problems with "twlight sentinal"
Mar 11, 2005 (10:32 am)
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
#40 of 1436 Advise please!!
Mar 12, 2005 (6:38 pm)
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?
#41 of 1436 Re: [SPEECHLESS
Mar 26, 2005 (6:28 am)
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
#42 of 1436 Re: 1998 Catera [mbhenry]
Apr 04, 2005 (4:25 pm)
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
#43 of 1436 Re: Advise please!! [malvinm]
Apr 05, 2005 (7:42 pm)
Im having the same exact problems with my 1999 Cadillac Catera Sport. Did you find anything out on how to fix these problems?
#44 of 1436 2000 Catera Issues - Please advise
Apr 08, 2005 (10:09 am)
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?
#45 of 1436 Smoke under hood
Apr 15, 2005 (6:44 pm)
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.