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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Installing heated seats? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My 2001 didn't come with heated seats but I was thinking about doing the drivers side anyhow. Seats are inexpensive ...
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    fegarex is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Installing heated seats?

    My 2001 didn't come with heated seats but I was thinking about doing the drivers side anyhow. Seats are inexpensive enough for these and I see the wiring is in the dash and even relays are there. Does anyone know if the wiring from the dash runs to under the seats to make this a "plug and play"?
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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    I think heated seats were stock. Usually with leather they are.

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    It must have been an option as mine aren't and they are leather. I did check the seat back and there was no elements in them but I can't seem to find any wires under the seat to hook them up. I did borrow a switch and there is power to it. Where it goes beyond that I don't know. Not a huge deal but my drivers seat back is worn quite a bit and figured if I got one with heaters I could plug and play.

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    Ok??? Following... Results??? Did it plug and Heat???

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    That is really odd! A luxe car with leather and no stock heated seat! Can you post a pic of your center console? I'd like to see what is in place of the seat heater switches.

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    A Catera is far from a "luxury" car.

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    A Catera is far from a "luxury" car.
    Other than quality and power, for the 2001 model, what was it missing that other luxo, cars had.

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    A luxury car is a lot more than power windows/locks, leather, and aluminum wheels...

    Would you consider a high trim level V6 Accord a luxury car? It has just about the same features. Is a new Accord or Camry a luxury car? They have way more toys than a Catera.

    "It's a Cadillac" doesn't make it a luxury car.

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    All the wiring relays should be there, you just need to get the switches and the seats. Just as a recommendation, do both the driver's side and passenger side, instead of just the driver's. It makes things a bit easier, and since you have all the wiring relays already taken apart, you might as well do both of them. I was only able to find 1 set of heated seats, here. You might also want to look at an aftermarket system like this. It won't be quite as "plug and play" but you should still be able to splice in the relays to a set of OEM switches from somewhere like here. Be warned, if you're going to go this route, make sure you have at least a decent amount of wiring knowledge, don't want you burning your car down!

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    A luxury car is a lot more than power windows/locks, leather, and aluminum wheels...

    Would you consider a high trim level V6 Accord a luxury car? It has just about the same features. Is a new Accord or Camry a luxury car? They have way more toys than a Catera.

    "It's a Cadillac" doesn't make it a luxury car.
    Why not answer your own question? What do you consider a luxury car?

    Me, I definitely consider the Catera a luxury car, or a sport luxury car. As far as the power goes, why is 200hp not enough for you?
    Granted, the suspension is far from a sporty set-up and the brakes leave a lot to be desired, but all in all, for the money they were charging,
    it's not a bad car.

    Electric rear sun shade, automatic dual zone climate control, heated front & rear seats, leather steering wheel, automatic head lights, programmable sunroof,
    programmable auto up & down windows on all 4 doors, air shocks, Bose stereo, etc.

    The only thing this car does not have that most luxury cars have is a DIC.

    Ian

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    And all this back from 1998!!!!
    Im very impressed with all this electronic they put in , in 1998!
    Back in 1998 it was awsome car to have, luxury!!! Now with all this electronic and futures u not gonna impress no body. But it still luxury car.

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    Features, gizmos, gadgets and toys do not make a luxury car.

    A luxury car, as in a high end, exclusive vehicle. Something that the rich and heads of state drive/get chauffeured around in, a special car, something with prestige, a history, and a future.. Not a rebadged Opel, not even a Seville or Deville is a true luxury car. Luxury cars usually aren't used as airport transport and rental cars... Well equipped, yes. "Luxury car", no.

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    Re: Installing heated seats?

    Quote Originally Posted by w98seeng View Post
    Granted, the suspension is far from a sporty set-up and the brakes leave a lot to be desired, but all in all, for the money they were charging, it's not a bad car.
    Suspension and brakes are easily upgraded if you have the desire and the money. To learn more follow the links below. In short there are sport dampers and polyurethane bushings available to improve the handling and GTO brake calipers with Corvette pads to shorten stopping distance.

    http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/f11-suspension
    http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/f9-brakes

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