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1997 Cadillac Catera Sport 3.0 24v DOHC V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v DOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75104 miles
Most recent distance75106 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Pretty cool car, minor repairs though

Faults:

Oil cooler at 75k.

Auxiliary water pump at 73k.

Control arm bushings are worn out.

General Comments:

Not a bad car at all. It's german so it has some quirks, but nothing life threatening or severely expensive.

Car handles GREAT, and is OK powerwise for the year it is.

The BOSE 8 speaker stereo is awesome, it totally rocks.

There isn't much in the bad department with the car, as I know how to fix cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2009

1997 Cadillac Catera from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres

Summary:

This car should not exist, given a few more years of breakdowns and none will remain on the road

Faults:

Pulley fell apart at 140000kms. The engine was crap.

Extended warranty was available, but GM didn't want to fix it... Thanks guys! Met them in court.

Leaky seals around the windshield.

Interior lights work when they want to, but don't most of the time.

Driver's seat had to be replaced.

Headlights burn out all the time.

Brake lights stopped working.

Actually all of the electrical system sucks, things work when they feel inclined to do so.

Rims leak air, no matter how many times they get reseated.

Body is bad for rusting out.

General Comments:

The car feels fairly sporty for a four door sedan.

It's also fairly comfy for a "big three" manufactured car. But it's no BMW or Benz.

The styling of the car is nice for who manufactured it.

This car could have been a lot more than the sum of it parts. It is unfortunate that the sum of the parts amounts to crap. I'm sure it would have been a nice car if you didn't want to push it off the cliff because of all the problems.

The best thing that can happen to this car is to have it totaled off by a semi.

I would tell anyone considering buying a used one to stay away for the reasons above.

If you are still thinking of buying one, then maybe this will steer you clear. Try finding aftermarket parts for it. Need a brakelight switch? Good luck! Go to the stealership and get one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

1997 Cadillac Catera 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance95000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

An amazing vehicle - regardless of what people say

Faults:

When we purchased the vehicle we quickly noticed that the air conditioning wasn't working. So we got that fixed, along with the emergency brake cable and the back brakes (VERY EXPENSIVE).

The sun roof doesn't work anymore - turns out it'll be $1100, but they will be able to do it for cheaper.

The Oil light sensor needed to be replaced - turns out the mechanic replaced the wrong sensor, so we ended up getting two for the price of one.

General Comments:

This vehicle is a great, fuel efficient Cadillac. Especially with the price of gas (being 1.50/Litre), you can get at least 500 kms to a tank.

The leather seats and the outstanding Bose sound system have really proved to be the best features in this vehicle.

I really don't care what people think about these vehicles, when driven properly and cared for accordingly these things can really last. There is only 95000 ORIGINAL kilometers on my Cadillac, and let me tell you, they are well driven KM's.

I have only seen about 3-4 Catera's in my city, and all of them have withstood the test of time. There have no rust, or any form of body wear.

I have no reason to get rid of this vehicle, I mean, why should I? The motor has PLENTY of life left in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd August, 2008

1997 Cadillac Catera base 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72126 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Since I only drove it once, all I can say is the interior is nice and the rims are nice to look at

Faults:

I bought the car with a blown head gasket. That was $1200. Got a major tune-up, that was $200. The availability of the parts are limited because they are "cadillac" parts. I don't think it takes 1-2 weeks for a head gasket to be delivered.

General Comments:

I bought the car from my mothers co-worker back in May. It had slight front end damage and the head gasket was blown. I had it towed to the shop 2 days later. That was May 3. ITS OCTOBER 12!!! THAT WAS 6 MONTHS AGO!!! After they changed the head gasket & did the major tune-up, it was "leaking oil" so they tried to charge me $2700 more dollars for a new engine. A class action lawsuit was filed and that was about a month ago. All they had to do is replace the engine. Ever time the shop say its gonna be ready, they push the date back and say, "I wanna give it back to you just right. I only drove the car once!!! Every time I call up to the shop they say the engine is in, but a hose keep causing them trouble. In the process my rims were stolen & (they were replaced with the chrome ones) they left my window down numerous times while it was outside while the shop was closed. And come to find out they didn't even have licensed workers. When I get the car back, if I get my car back, Imma be scared to drive it because they probably jimmyrigged it! lol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2007

17th Jul 2009, 04:30

Another engine will cost about 1000-1500. But usually oil leaks come from incorrect assembling of the valve covers. I had the same problem! I had too bad covers, but I fixed it with a heat gun! I did them better than they come from factory. And I added gasket maker Ultra black on it! So if you could remove the covers now, I'd pay you money. If you do it for 24 hours, I'm not sure you or other mechanics will do it faster. Even if you could take out the bolts, there will still be no leaks.

Average review marks: 5.1 / 10, based on 16 reviews