The car functions to expectations until the motor fails
List of repairs -
- Timing belt recall work completed and tires replaced with no unusual wear in year 2002.
- Cracked windshield replaced in 2004.
- Ignition coils, main computer, spark plugs, timing belt, fuel filter in year 2008 (very expensive repair - 3500 Euros).
The number 2 spark plug was rusted with the ignition coil connection. The electric pulse was stopped and grounded to the main computer. After the parts were replaced, the mechanic, a former Formula 1 team mechanic, tuned the engine for the best performance possible.
After the repair to the engine in the year 2008, the performance to the engine improved by 30%. The benzine usage improved from 16 miles / gallon to 21 miles / gallon (ca. 9.7 L / 100 km)
- Replaced tires with no unusual wear in year 2009.
- Replaced oil gaskets on header covers to stop leaking oil, accessory belt and "belt tension" flew off the engine (700 Euros).
** All parts had to be shipped from the US to more than one auto repair shop in Germany!! The paper work in the shipment through Customs / Zoll is evident that the parts originate from the US. According to the US auto repair shops working on Catera repairs, that all parts must be shipped from Europe. Where is the "misrepresentation" in parts supply for the Catera?
I have lost confidence in General Motors. GM "dumped" the Catera in the year 2001, and that any reference to the model under the Cadillac is referred to as the "other" model. The issue with the replacement parts source is particularly inconsistent, with auto repair businesses on both sides of the Atlantic claiming that the parts are sourced from the other continent.
The interior and environment functions of the car are superb.
The "ride" of the car is smooth on the German roads and autobahn.
Extreme road handling is superior when maneuvering from other driver's potential accidents.
Motor and external repairs are a severe failure, because an owner requires a high qualified mechanic and patience to deal with the provision of parts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th February, 2010