Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Alas, no Catera for me in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I joined this forum with the intention of finding and buying a pristine low mileage Catera as a second car. ...
I joined this forum with the intention of finding and buying a pristine low mileage Catera as a second car. My primary car is a Miata but I don't drive it in the winter and sometimes I just need more space, so I was looking for a Catera as a complement to be a quiet, comfortable highway cruiser.
I test drove a few but none were quite in the condition I was looking for. I came very close to buying one that the owner said needed a head gasket. I'm pretty sure it only needed an oil cooler, but the logistics of towing it home were too much so I passed.
In the end I settled on this:
It's rust free and immaculate inside and out, and the real bonus is that it has a manual transmission - very much my preference. Obviously there weren't any Cateras with manuals, but if I'd found one in similar condition I'd have a Catera instead of this 2001 C240.
So, I guess I'll be bowing out for now. Thanks for your input and good luck with your Cateras.
Thanks, kaustein. These cars are known to be very durable, if not exactly reliable or cheap to maintain. Electronic gremlins are very possible, but the basic engine and drivetrain have a good chance of outliving me.