1997 Cadillac Catera from North America - Comments

21st Feb 2005, 08:15

I too have problems with struts and loose fog lights. but besides that it's a really expensive looking car for the price. I like it, but I just brought mine it's a 97/ so I expect to have a few problems that's why I have a warranty for a year and roadside assistance.

18th Jan 2006, 06:25

I came to this site to see if I could find anyone with the same problems I have been having and possible solutions. Instantly I discovered someone whose check engine light kept coming on whereby the O2sensor was the problem. So, now we know to see if this is our problem also. Now, to check to see if anyone has an answer to my other problem, low coolant light coming on.

10th Apr 2006, 17:58

I purchased my 97 Catera about 2.5 years ago.

I have had a new transmission, door handles replaced, fog lights don't work, back window loose, struts are noisy, valve gaskets leaked.

I have had these symptoms fixed, but the check engine light came on again today. Can't seem to keep it out of the shop.

My last Cadillac has been a total inconvenience. Would not recommend to my worst enemy. Jax.

11th May 2007, 16:22

Does anyone knows how to fix the oil/battery gauge clusters?

According to one post, it has to do with the ignition switch, which I took it out one day to fix one problem and has the clusters gauges turned off since then.

23rd Jul 2007, 16:46

I just bought a 1997 cady... well you guessed it.. check engine light on. Well what would you do? I just had oil changed, new tires and hopefully that takes care of it. Any suggestions. Unplugged battery for 15 min.. seemed to work for about one hour. : (

6th Sep 2007, 14:09

Bought a 2000 Catera it stinks!! Radio works Monday, Wednesday, and most Saturday's. Fog lights do not work, and the sunroof only works when it wants to.

Just stalled in the middle of the road two days in a row. Had to replace the crankshaft sensor - - $400!!

Had to replace the wiring harness around the battery --$900!!

Now my fuel cap light and service engine light will not go off!

Just walk away if you want this car!!!

27th Dec 2007, 20:45

Just bought 97 catera only has 12,600 miles handles great the temp gauge doesent like to work all the time.

18th Mar 2008, 11:47

To the poster with the coolent light on, mine was on for awhile too. Turns out the radiator had a leak. I replaced it, and its been off since.

I too am having the check engine light on, and the stalling in the street. I was told today it is the mass airflow thing and the oxygen censor.

22nd Jun 2008, 16:53

I just got a 98 Catera. I have two concerns that I hope someone can help me with.

1. The leveling light is always on even though I changed the coil springs and rear air suspension.

2. The battery gage seems to be always low. My battery is fairly new and I just changed the alternator today. Still same problem.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

9th Jun 2009, 14:12

I have a 1997 Cadillac Catera. On a cold day I was trying to turn the engine on and then something happen that my four windows are not going up or down.

I took it to the mechanic and Initially he said it was the switches but later he said that it were not the switches. So far he gave up as he said that he followed the exact procedure and did not what to do.

6th Aug 2010, 08:27

Had the same problem with the mass air flow sensor. Just unplug it and keep going. I did. The car runs great.

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