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#624 of 1436 Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera
Jul 12, 2008 (11:01 pm)
Guys, I need ur valuable suggestion . I am planning to buy a 2001 cadillac catera ....It has 40K mies on it....did a test drive was smooth and looked good...its a single owner car...But after reading so many negative reviews i am feared to buy this car. i gave my word to owner tat I would buy the car...How much do u guys think it is worth to pay for this car. Plz I need a suggestion soon on this guyzz...Thanks in advance.
#625 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [johnny46]
Jul 12, 2008 (11:23 pm)
i would check and see how much its worth, because trust me you be putting in alot of money into it. its a nice car but many problems and expensive problems also.
#626 of 1436 Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera
Jul 12, 2008 (11:37 pm)
Yup...I fixed to pay 6500 on this car....but I am afraid of the future expenses on the car...Are the maintenance costs too high on this car...
#627 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [johnny46]
Jul 12, 2008 (11:46 pm)
Two good used car price guides are Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and NADA. KBB private party value for that car and mileage is excellent = $6,125 good = $5,650 and fair = $5,075. NADA clean trade-in value is $5,250 and clean retail is $6,850. If it has a moon roof the values would be slightly higher. That gives you a good idea of a range price wise. I don't know how well you know the previous owner but if they're not a close friend you can trust I would definitely spend the money to do a CarFax or any type history report. Also, I'm pretty sure you can take the VIN # to your local Cadillac or even any GM dealer and they can put it into their computer and tell you what has been done to the car maintenance and repair wise. Of course if the guy has a personal small shop mechanic none of the repairs would show up in either of the above scenarios. The only other thing I would say to you is that you have to remember that this forum is for people that have problems with their cars. It is NOT a forum where people tell of all the good fortune they've had with their autos. Some do but not many LOL. But believe it or not there are some Cateras out there that are real good cars with no problems. Hope this helps you alittle. Be nice if the guy would let you drive the car for maybe a week or so. Most people that buy a Catera know it within the first few days of ownership. Good luck with whatever you decide.
#628 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [johnny46]
Jul 13, 2008 (2:47 am)
I have an 01 and $500 is what they offered in trade. Yes $500, thats not a typo. Its in great condition and has 70,000 miles. I like the seats, ride, and Bose. The new CTS is most likely to be my next car.
#629 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [dallasdude1]
Jul 13, 2008 (12:26 pm)
Hey fellow Catera owner . Did you to cadilac dealer for trade or some other dealer?
#630 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [calicago]
Jul 13, 2008 (12:54 pm)
It was a Cadillac dealer. I'll just wait till their inventory builds up. Then wait until the incentives, in the way of rebates/interest rates/trade in value, are more appealing to the consumer. If that time doesn't come, I'll take my business elsewhere. However, the way in which Cadillac has treated those of you unfortunate enough to buy a Catera is pathetic. I'm seeing poorly trained service techs, which have added to their already high labor rates. Most of the time I've been able to do my own troubleshooting and repairs. Twice I've been away from home and I told them what most likely was the problem. I was able to avoid the process of elimination repairs until the original problem is fixed. This forum here helps along with an engineering background. The car is considered very reliable in Europe and its ashame that GM has decided to go a different route.
#631 of 1436 Oil Leak on a 1997 Cadi Catera
Jul 14, 2008 (4:23 am)
After an oil change and a timining chain change my 1997 Cadi catera is now leaking oil, Does any body know what might be the cause?
#632 of 1436 Re: Oil Leak on a 1997 Cadi Catera [emmanuelm]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:26 am)
The only way to know for sure is to find out where the oil is coming from. Since you completed two repair and/or maintenance items, it could be from either of those. Oil change = they might have gotten the oil drain plug back on properly or tight enough or the oil filter may not be screwed on tight enough. Timing chain/belt replacement = they might have messed up the cover that conceals it and holds in the oil. Lastly, Catera valve covers are notorious for leaking so it could be a new problem seperate from the others. Like I said - you have to find out where the oil is coming from by observation.... Good luck.
#633 of 1436 Re: Suggestion on buying a 2001 cadillac catera [dallasdude1]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:28 am)
IM very surprise at that to about cadillac they most of the time stand behide their product in this case it's a wonder. but all in all I think it's a great car knowing it was the platform for the C.T.S . I gusse you need a lot of paient with this car.