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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; if you wanna keep your catera change your oil cooler now. i just did my first oil cooler in a ...
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    contourbs is offline Banned
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    oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    if you wanna keep your catera change your oil cooler now. i just did my first oil cooler in a 2000 catera and it was justso easy to do then changing the engine in one i did last week because the oil cooler failed. also why is this not recalled. this part fails on all of them, they have redesigned them so they know there is a problem. if i wanted to keep the catera running spend the 225 dollars and change that thing before its too late, or better yet dont and ill keep buying these nice cars for a 1000 dollars or less
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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    every how long do you have to get it change it? do you know?

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    never changed mine once on my 98 and it died of tranny failure at 106k..but i agree if your keeping the car, change it, and your coolant often...

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    once you change it your good, the new ones are so heavy duty compared to the factory

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by contourbs View Post
    . . . . also why is this not recalled. this part fails on all of them, they have redesigned them so they know there is a problem . . . . . . .
    You make an outstanding point!

    I doubt any of us know or understand the inner workings of Cadillac sufficiently well to answer you. But it was decisions like this, these failures to respond properly to Cat design weaknesses, that wrote the epitaph for the mighty Cat.

    If the manifestly overpaid execs at GM and at Cadillac had invested half the effort toward FIXING Catera that they did toward running from the problems, there would not be the Ca-tarnish on Cadillac which endures even to this day.

    The Cat is one sweet car and was NOT that far away from being a bell ringing winner for Caddy. Their brain-dead leadership stole defeat from the jaws of Catera victory.

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    but as what i understand isnt the catera motor also in the early year cts.

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by contourbs View Post
    but as what i understand isnt the catera motor also in the early year cts.
    My CTS knowledge is SCANT. However, I think they bored out and fixed the Cat engine before using it in the CTS.

    Is that right, guys??

    They told us we were welcome to the engine we deserved. All we had to do was buy an ugly new CTS.

    I hate the looks of the CTS. It's sort of a "Bizzaro" Catera.

    Or maybe you could call it a Catera "Hulk".

    Regardless what you call it, I'm NOT a fan.

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by guardian View Post
    If the manifestly overpaid execs at GM and at Cadillac had invested half the effort toward FIXING Catera that they did toward running from the problems, there would not be the Ca-tarnish on Cadillac which endures even to this day.
    I think it may have been more of a problem of parent-partnership car manufacturer... since Opel really made the car, maybe GM just didn't want to spend their own $$ to fix another manufacturers' issues...

    Odd thing is the Cat's tend or seem to have more issues than the Opel Omega series..?!? Maybe the rebranding was also a neat way for Opel to get rid of less than stellar editions of the Omega.

    I recenlty heard a senior GM exec, talk about the current biggest selling Opel in Europe (I think it's the Corsa)... during the interview someone asked him: when will GM start importing the car for the North American market he said flat out... never. That's not what GM clients want... Then again, the reporter said: then don't question why Toyota (Yaris) Nissan Versa etc, are selling so well... and GM's market shares keep falling. LOL

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Opel is sending cars over here....well, sorta. All new Saturns are based on Opels. The new Aura is the Opel Vectra and the upcoming Vue will be based on the Opel Antara. They are doing what they did with the L series, making Opels in America because it's too expensive to make them overseas and import them here with the weak dollar. Unfortunately, quality sometimes suffers and corners are cut when making cars here so I probably won't be shopping at a Saturn dealership anytime soon.

    I'm glad my Cat was made in Germany and is a true Opel... too bad they had some bad design flaws... most of which center around the British made engine. Gotta love that British quality!

    Jeff

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CateraSport2000 View Post
    I'm glad my Cat was made in Germany and is a true Opel...
    Agreed, same here... the real reason I ended buying my Cat...

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    Are you talking abouth the , "heat exchanger," that is mentioned and pictured in the Catera Coolant Leak Sticky by ewil3rd?

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    Question what is the part# for the new/improved heat-exchanger/oil-cooler?

    Quote Originally Posted by contourbs View Post
    if you wanna keep your catera change your oil cooler now. i just did my first oil cooler in a 2000 catera and it was justso easy to do then changing the engine in one i did last week because the oil cooler failed. also why is this not recalled. this part fails on all of them, they have redesigned them so they know there is a problem. if i wanted to keep the catera running spend the 225 dollars and change that thing before its too late, or better yet dont and ill keep buying these nice cars for a 1000 dollars or less
    if i do this, i wanna be sure i get the right part.

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    yes heat exchanger, oil cooler whatever you wanna call it

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    Quote Originally Posted by contourbs View Post
    yes heat exchanger, oil cooler whatever you wanna call it
    how about that part# for the updated stuff?!

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    Re: oil cooler change NOW!!!!!!!!

    all the coolers you buy now are the updated ones

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