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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, 1998 Caddy Catera worth keeping? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Within a few months. We had to replace the Radiator. Trans mission fluid needed to be added. Then come to ...
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    1998 Caddy Catera worth keeping?

    Within a few months. We had to replace the Radiator. Trans mission fluid needed to be added. Then come to find out. The engine might be cracked. Maybe due to cylinder 4 having problems. Oxygen Sensors need to be replaced. So, "When it rains it pours!" LOL

    Buying the Engine itself. Used runs from 1000K to... Not including the trans mission.

    We only have about 84K miles on it. 30 miles per gallon on the open road. Or did for that matter.. ha ha

    Wondering if we should repair the car all together or trade it in.. Sell it for parts... Hmmmmm

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    Re: 1998 Caddy Catera worth keeping?

    Hard to say. Who told you "the engine was cracked"? What does that even mean? The oil cooler can split or crack and leak into the coolant. Coolant contaminated oil will destroy the crankshaft bearings so that might warrant an engine swap. The head gaskets can "blow" but that's not common. It's also not terminal. A broken timing belt is. When it breaks the pistons will bend the valves. Repairable but a swap might be cheaper. Explain the problem with the #4 cylinder.

    Why did you replace the radiator? Was it clogged or leaking? The "tank" on the radiator is plastic and known to crack. Not common but it does happen from time to time. If it was clogged it might have been caused by a leaking oil cooler which is immersed in the coolant. If the oil cooler is still leaking the radiator will clog again. If the oil cooler was leaking, but replaced by the previous owner, that would also explain a clogged radiator.

    Why do you think the transmission needs replacing along with the engine? Despite GM claiming that the transmission never needing fluid is bunk. It's inconvenient but not a reason to sell the car. I've often wondered about the other brands that use this tranny like BMW, Acura, and Isuzu. Do they have dipsticks on their 4L30E and if they do could we adapt it to our cars?

    Back to your question, if the car is otherwise in good shape I'd swap the engine if it indeed needs swapping. O2 sensors are consumable items like mufflers and brake pads so they shouldn't be considered as a defect or failure. It's up to you. Do you like the Catera enough to repair it? That's the real question.

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    Re: 1998 Caddy Catera worth keeping?

    Sorry for my misleading information.

    Yes. We've talked to a few people. And the comments you left, they said the same thing. Head gaskets. Etc.

    One auto repair shop. Said the costs for repairing this kind of car gets $$. He through out there.. We could try for now is drain all fluids and add Seal Out, well. Can't recall the right term at the moment.. LOL! But, it'll seal up any split gaskets, etc.

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    Re: 1998 Caddy Catera worth keeping?

    It sounds to me like there are some incompetant mechanics throwing ideas out. You need to take the car to a CATERA mechanic. they are very specific.. its the same motor as the saab 9-5 3.0 v6 and the saturn l-300 v6.

    To be honest the car is not worth trading it in.. they have a horrible trade value! U could outright sell it for prolly $1500 in running condition.. It should like the car needs about $2000 in work, maybe 3000.. If you liek the car, you may be able to get a good trade value if you traded up to a newer catera! theres an idea!

    you can get a 2000-2001 with 40-60k for $5-6K at a dealer.. they may give you up to $2500 trade, thats prolly the best option.. if you like the car!

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