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#433 of 1436 Re: 2000 Cadillac Catera [bradcad]
Dec 04, 2007 (8:03 am)
I also have a 2000 Catera... ~ 64,000 miles... really like it... had it for about (1) year... no real complaints... a little service here and there... to be expected. Recently, I've noticed oil smoke coming from under the hood on the driver's side. The first time I noticed this, about a month ago, I got kinda nervous, pulled over, opened the hood, it seemed to burn off. Then a day or two ago... worse... more smoke... really concerned. Are you saying that others have had a similiar problem like this? What is supposed to be the problem... a leaky valve cover gasket?
About your flashing light problem... I've also had this happen... very rare though. Sometimes, if I accelerate too much, it seems like the car thinks the tires are slipping, and goes into that posi-track type mode. You have to re-start the car to re-set the system... kinda a pain.
#434 of 1436 Re: 2000 Cadillac Catera [bradcad]
Dec 04, 2007 (1:25 pm)
vave cover gaskets need replaced i had same problem
#435 of 1436 Re: 2000 Cadillac Catera [acurry]
Dec 04, 2007 (2:12 pm)
Were you able to change them yourself, or did it require a mechanic/dealer repair? It looks like a tight fit. Is this possibly covered under a warranty?
#436 of 1436 2001 Catera Money Pit
Dec 06, 2007 (6:24 pm)
I need serious help! My 2001 Catera is in the shop and they cant find the problem. Maybe somebody else has had this problem. It started out by feeling like it wasnt getting gas when i first took off, but after it was warmed up it ran fine or if i reved the engine quiet abit before i took it out of park, then i would have any problems, until one morning i went out to start it and as soon as i did the engine reved up and the rpms went up to 2 and sounded stuck, then it started sputtering and sounds like it is missing.. so far they have tried the fuel pump, the cadillitic converter, the time chain..i am beginning to think that it is never gone to get fixed. Please help!
#437 of 1436 Re: catera knowledge [milanhavlik]
Dec 06, 2007 (6:41 pm)
i recently did an engine/Transmissiom swap in my 97 catera.. because i like my car and wanted more power.. however before i built a motor.. my motor had many upgrades including hypertech chip, K&N cold air intake, Custom Cams and my Transmisison is the BMW Z4 Swap... It is a lot of work but it made 75 more HP than factory and therefore well worth it... I still have The motor and transmission in my garage for anyone who needs one
#438 of 1436 Re: 2000 Cadillac Catera [bradcad]
Dec 06, 2007 (7:31 pm)
took it to the dealer and should also get plugs changed out while all the stuff is off at that time and to make sure coils aren't damage one of mine was when I took it back at 100000 to get tune up so had to replace one cause of the oil that was leaking and damage it
#439 of 1436 Re: 2001 Catera Money Pit [jkdm7153]
Dec 12, 2007 (6:06 pm)
may be mass air flow sensor this is located just below the air filter it has a electric plug going to it unplug the wire to see if this helps if so needs tobe replaced easy to do just 2 large hose clamps and the wire should be 150.00 part
#440 of 1436 Re: Happy Owner [caterajunk]
Dec 15, 2007 (7:55 am)
the catera is european not american. thats why its giving you such a headache, and the shop im sure.
Dec 15, 2007 (9:55 am)
most of us like are Catera's but they came out with so many problems, I actually did a full drivetrain swap and put a GM 383 Stroker with a TH700R4 (4 speed) & it fit perfect with a little modification to the firewall. my motor mounts are solid, I have a custom made driveline, wiring harness and i was able to keep all of my factory options, Lets face it, they are great comfortable cars and stylish at that.. if you would like to see pictures of my swap you may visit http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2955374 and check it out
Dec 20, 2007 (7:40 am)
I have noticed a few people mention recalls with their Catera(the post about tie rods caught my eye as I need a new one). I checked on Edmunds for the 2000 model year and it said there were none. I also checked for 99 and 01 which also returned none. Is there recalls out there that for some reason I am unable to see or are people refering to the TSBs?