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Cadillac Catera, Auto Repair, Sedan
#77 of 1436 Re: 2000 Catera Tranny Issues [catera2000]
Jul 26, 2005 (12:21 am)
I had the car go into sports mode 4 months ago, it turned out at that time to be a solenoid in the transmission that was replace. But since then at start up I go into an rpm of 3800 at 25 mph. Cadillac told me since there was no error code they could not fix the intermittent problem. I video taped it and was told the same thing. I ended up seeing the A Cadillac rep and they said they would look into it. no one else has this rpm problem and sent the tape to Detroit, Got a call yesterday that they have 4 or 5 possible solutions. I also have my battery go dead for no reason. They changed a body module about a month ago that was suppose to solve both problems That didn't work either it went dead yesterday. Keep an eye out for these other problems popping up. Good Luck
#78 of 1436 TWILIGHT SENTINAL
Jul 29, 2005 (6:02 pm)
I have a 99 Catera, 90,000 miles I've had for about 6 mths and my lights are messing up too. I spoke with a friend and they think it might be some type of short in the wires or something. I have not had the chance to take it the dealer. I'm afraid that it might be something electrical....So I am trying to prepare myself for that visit.
Jul 31, 2005 (6:45 am)
I feel that this car was put on the market way to fast and Cadillac had no intentions of standing by their product. If they did we the owners of this car would not be having so many aftermarket problems and visits to the dealership.
With all the mechanical failures and over-priced specialized parts the cars ability to handle the road and sound sytems doesn't make up for the impudence of Cateras.
We have only had this Used car about 7 months now and it was one problem after another especially since it was bought through a secondary dealer Brumos International Motors. They sold a lemon with problems and knew they sold us a lemon and won't stand behind it either. Cadillac won't touch the car since it was not bought through a Cadillac dealership.
#80 of 1436 Re: Low voltage [cat2ksi]
Aug 10, 2005 (9:37 am)
I bought my car in 2003 and it had 32,000 miles on it and this car has been in the shop twenty times since I bought it for misc. reasons. Right now it is in the shop for the same reason, low voltage and not starting except when the car is jumped. I took it to the repair shop due to it not starting, they replaced the battery the next day it won't start, they replaced the starting switch or sensor, forgot the exact terminology for it. Two weeks later it won't start again, this time I am told it is the alternator, they replaced that then three days later it won't start again, I was told it was a bad alternator, well one month later it wouldn't start again, so it is in the shop again. I noticed when the air is on and I am running around in the car the alternator voltage almost hits the red mark. I think it has something to do with the car running w/air and very hot outside, this is just my observation on this problem. Funny thing when the car sits over night it starts right up and the voltage needle doesn't move until the car runs a while.
Did you (cat2ksi) ever receive an answer on your problem with low voltage? I am up to my eyes with problems on this car and I would really appreciate any help with this problem.
#81 of 1436 Re: Cadillac buyer [jwalsh1]
Aug 10, 2005 (1:49 pm)
I hope your son didn't buy the caddy. My girlfriend has one and it's a money pit. Unless he likes fixing them himself or paying others lot's of money, tell him to skip it.
#82 of 1436 Re: Low voltage [willisel]
Aug 20, 2005 (9:03 pm)
I have had a battery problem for 22 months that Cadillac finally found. I ended up buying a jumper pack to put in the car so I wouldn't keep getting stuck. Every time I took it in they said every thing was ok and no error code so they did nothing . Finally this last time they found a short in the seat switch which would drain the battery. Cadillacs favorite saying is there is not error code so nothing is wrong.
They have been telling me that for 6 months now on an rpm problem that goes up to 3800 when excellerating to 25mph after sitting for 8 hours intermitantly. no error they cant fix it. they finally started to work on that after I drove with a video camera to record it. It has been in there service garage for 4 weeks and Detroit's hot shot team hasn't figured it out yet. Because there is no error code they wont change anything out. The other day Detroit said they didn't think it was the Engine or transmission may be the wiring. I said then change the harness there answer we cant just change parts out Guess why "THERE IS NO ERROR CODE. Friday they said to me that they are going to have to give me the car back if they dont find anything this week. Because there is no code. and its intermitant and they cant duplicate the problem. They must of thought there was a problem to send the tape to Detroit. Needless to say this is the last GM car I'll ever buy and I get an employee discount all the time
#83 of 1436 Catera Battery going dead problem solved
Aug 21, 2005 (6:56 am)
The positive battery cable had internal corrision that created high resistance that prevented the battery from getting a proper current flow. Battery operated voltage eventually caused battery to not start car. 6 repair trips to cadilliac and a note from my son in law describing what was creating the problem they decided to replace positive cable. By this time the cable had actually turned white near the battery from overheating.
Problem solved. STEALERSHIP got me for $500 plus in unneeded repairs and battery replacements (3).
#84 of 1436 98 Catera Trans, etc.
Sep 09, 2005 (1:17 pm)
I have a 98 bought new from dealer (Sewell who was great, in TX; now in Hawaii. Just told transmission will have to be replaced because its not electronic(?) problem for $4500 plus. Dealer also wants $800+ for side mirror because its cracked but works. This is all besides the $114 for each item they diagnose. I only have 67,500 miles and am currently talking with GM while dealer has car. We also had to replace battery twice in past year and both times the driver's airbag light came on; Goodyear fixed first time but refused second time saying it was the car's problem not them replacing battery -- am I driving around with no airbag? Told dealer couldn't afford a third diagnoses fee until I knew about the transmission. Also, since very early days, the skyroof gets stuck and has to be reset to close -- but problem getting worse -- any help there? I hope I'm not being naive about help from GM. I love my Catera -- the air is great; wonderful ride and protects me better than other cars from outside fumes.
#85 of 1436 Re: 98 Catera Trans, etc. [hulacatera]
Sep 14, 2005 (6:59 pm)
hulacatera here; GM and Dealership coming through for me on transmission!
#86 of 1436 CATERA'S ON GOING ISSUES
Sep 25, 2005 (3:07 pm)
I bought my catera about 3 years ago. it is a 1997 catera fully loaded with only 36,000. since i have owned it i have had the one of the pulleys for the timing belt break(this was at 39,000 miles), which for those of you that don't know engines that well my values stayed down well my pistons came up, bending all my values cracking both heads and putting a hole in the engine oil cooler. cost, and this with my mechanic doing the work for free, 4500 dollars. after finding out that a campaign that gm came out after i had shelled out the money for the pulleys to be recalled, i called gm and they gave me 2500. also i have had the transmission sensor changed once which cost 400 dollars plus labor. and now it needs to be replaced again. recent issue are a bad alternator and two electrical shorts. since i have new mechanic, he has had the car a total of a month and a half. i will never by another gm for the rest of my life unless it is an old classic, i also own a 1992 ford bronco 351 5.8 liter which has 330,000 miles on it and it still runs great.