: why doesnt Cadillac do something for the 97-98 catera owners..



seattlemetal
10-07-07, 05:18 PM
...who are suffering due to the poor quality? after doing much research and then that sticky thread above....man...I'm feeling not so happy....

I also have a long list of issues with my 97 catera, and have already fixed a few things, along with my grandmother who owned it before me....

it only has 68k miles on it!

If these is THAT many problems, why dont they have some kind of program in place so we're not all getting screwed?

I've had it since May, and I have to try and get thru winter and see if I can get rid of it somehow next spring...I just cant do it till then....

IMO, ANY car with only 68k miles should be reliable, or its a lemon!

passionaterage
10-07-07, 06:42 PM
You really shouldn't expect any company to do anything about a 10 year old car. Admittedly, they probably should have back when they were new and all these problems popped up. But now, when you get a used car and all you have to do is a little research on the internet to find out it's a dud befoe you get it, whose fault is that really? I have a 97, and I feel your pain, but I CHOSE to buy it, and I wish I hadn't. We have to take some responsibility. No one made me get it.

seattlemetal
10-07-07, 06:49 PM
well, yes, thats true, but my grandmother gave it to me so I didnt really think to say 'no thanks grandma, you keep that pile of problems' :o LOL!
Bless her heart...She's ALWAYS loved Cadillac, thats all she'd ever buy....

I'll never buy one after this....

CadillacSTS42005
10-07-07, 07:45 PM
lol
to say youll never buy one based on the Catera is a HUGE mistake
its like saying youd never buy a Chevy again based on the Corvair

PEETYZ
10-07-07, 08:43 PM
The catera's apparent lack of total quality does not mean all cadillac's are not good cars the new cadillac's get very high consumer reports. But i have a 98 and really enjoy it and yes it has had its problems but yours sounds like a lemon to me check with lemon laws and see what you can do just be glad you didnt pay 33,000 plus for it sorry about your problems its very frustrating i know

Resilient
10-10-07, 04:29 PM
Same as PEETYZ here, my 98 Cat, even after 167 000km is still going strong... had some issues over the last 8 years but nothing really out of the ordinary compared to other cars I've owned...

Eldo1953
10-10-07, 04:50 PM
well, yes, thats true, but my grandmother gave it to me so I didnt really think to say 'no thanks grandma, you keep that pile of problems' :o LOL!
Bless her heart...She's ALWAYS loved Cadillac, thats all she'd ever buy....

I'll never buy one after this....

The correct answer should be you will never buy an Opel again, that is what the Catera is!

yellowxhoodie
10-10-07, 04:55 PM
im gonna go ahead and agree with passionaterage. it is a 10 year old car so there not much they can really do know, but that doesnt mean that they shouldnt have done anything to begin iwth, im just glad i bought a 2000 after they got most of the bugs worked out, ive still had quite a few problems thought, but that the risk you take when buying a used car. Also many of them are typical maintenece things that appear on most cars once they get above 50,000 miles

PEETYZ
10-10-07, 06:49 PM
I posted a topic to try and reduce as many problems as possible a while agao called Prevenative maintence add your tips and there is some good info there that may help you The Catera is really for a car person who like to work on their car and has fun while doing it

Aleksus
10-11-07, 12:22 AM
This car is good either for those who got a lot of many or for this who is going to fix all the issues by themselves

phrog
03-26-08, 02:09 PM
The catera's apparent lack of total quality does not mean all cadillac's are not good cars the new cadillac's get very high consumer reports. But i have a 98 and really enjoy it and yes it has had its problems but yours sounds like a lemon to me check with lemon laws and see what you can do just be glad you didnt pay 33,000 plus for it sorry about your problems its very frustrating i know

I think my Catera is very high quality, it is a 99, and two years into the debug, so not as troublesome, as the previous years. The problems in my opinion, were in the conversion of an excellent European auto, to an American model. I have not found any part of my auto that is not top notch. I have had problems anytime I have had anyone but Cadillac work on it, and even had problems when the "Catera Specialist" at my dealer did not work on it. I now specifiy that only he is to work on it, and I maintain it with care, and it now causes me little trouble.

callingmonroe
03-26-08, 09:52 PM
My take on the internet idea, let's face it you can find good and bad on any car. People like us including me, look and post because we are internet savvy. Most of us owning a caddy are more likely to post good or bad. If this was a vette club we be having the same discussion's about vette's. The catera had some problems but all in all it is a can be a good car. Some had alot of problems and well knock on wood hopefully I won't, and some had small issues. I agree the cars are old and not much can be done now. If you want a car any American car then expect issue's no matter the make or model. I heard nothing but good about a Taurus, yet none of us own one, nor would I. We bought a caddy because of the name. The catera being made in Germany reminds me of the Volkswagen engine the way it drives. However the plush and relative smooth and relaxing ride is that of of an American car, hence Cadillac. I have owned a Honda, 3 Nissan's, Saturn, Mustang 65, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Ford, dodge, and now a Mazda Van as well. Of all I thought the Crx I owned was Awesome, however when I had trouble and I did it cost. The Pontiac sunbird let's not even bring that up, the ford as all fords was stiff. The Saturn while nice burned oil and I totaled it, but it burned oil and the dealer said that was normal for a new Saturn (ok right). the Olds Intrigue was very nice, drove like a Caddy,sporty and plush, however nothing but problems from day one and got rid of it within two years. the nissan's were my best experience mechanically, never had any major problems. I had a 91 sentra, 97 pathfinder, and a 2003 frontier. All were awesome. My catera is probably my all time favorite until I can afford me a CTS. While I know some have had there share of problems, it is simply one of the funnest cars I have ever driven, sporty, nice rims, plush, quick but not fast, awesome stereo, sunroof, and nice looking and it says Cadilac on the CAR. So don't think there are not some forums that down play most American made cars. Most people who are happy are not looking for a fix on the internet or looking for dash kits, spoilers, air intakes and any other cool stuff provided on this forum from our members. So I ask you not to down the Catera! It evolved the CTS, which we all know is a good car. But it's track record won't eclipse a camry.

catera6
11-02-11, 09:08 PM
I have a 1997 with 173,000 miles and my only major problem that cost me some significant $$ was to replace the oil cooler at the dealership. Besides that, I have done the regular maintenance (timing belt, brake pads, spark plugs and oil changes). I replaced the water pump myself at 164,0000 miles. I am going to eventually replace all my struts and springs to lower the ride height and improve handling. The only pain in the butt to me is the TC/ABS lights staying on, heater control valve and dome light working on and off. I haven't had any other issues like the fuel door not opening, speedo not working, or the other major problems I have seen throughout this forum. I guess I have just been blessed that I haven't experienced too many problems to date and I pray it stays that way.

kaustein
11-03-11, 10:06 PM
Buy another Caddy? You have to be kidding me!

When I had my Craptera, even the dealer stated that they were very unwilling to work on the car as the problems and issues are never ending. Finally found an independent guy who would work on it, guarantee his work, and not rake me over the coals in costs. GM new the car was a piece of crap but still continued to make the car for 5 years. Look what Hyundai started with. Crappy cars, however they new that and finally got it right, or at least better than the Craptera ever was.

For the money for a new Caddy, I'd could come up with at least a dozen other cars that have a better reliability record, that I'd buy before another Caddy.

"Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me!"

sonofhomer
11-07-11, 01:00 AM
Says GM everywhere except the brakes same as regular caddys its so old even saabs have GM so I guess jags arent jags either, oh you might wanna tell those chevy guys that the silverado is a sirrea. In reply to the guy who called it an opel
To the guy above complaining, they are still making catera's there called cts..... catera touring sedan and if you watched top gear they beat a ferrai yes i know my spelling sucks. but everyone will tell you used cars need work Ive got an 01 catera and I love it I know it has problems but good car care and learning to work on it has been simple and fun. Right now Im looking at putting a super charger on:stirpot: and looking for saab valve covers.