: Newbie considering buying a Cadillac



johnboy72
01-24-11, 02:18 PM
My name is Johnboy and found this site while trying to do some research on a possible car purchase. I have a soldier that had a 98 Catera and he's really good on vehicle upkeep. However after purchasing two reman'd heads and transmission (mechanic told him it could be a possible issue, this soldier doesn't like issues so he just buys the parts instead of wasting time) he was discouraged to have anymore work completed as the parts were pricey. One of our mechanics picked it up and reinstalled the new parts as well as a new waterpump. The body is flawless, interior shows clean leather, and it has $64k original miles. Most of these miles were from trips from GA to TX. Plus he commuted about 40-45 miles daily to work. However after seeing some reviews, I'm scared off but the price is $1500 because many of us are PCSing and need to get ready to move. I'm hoping to find as much info off this site within the next couple of weeks to decide to buy or not.

AL Cool Dates
01-24-11, 04:34 PM
Hey, welcome to the site.

Please take a look at this, it may answer some of your questions:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/11719-considering-older-catera-read.html

elvin315
01-24-11, 10:55 PM
The linked thread contains sorely outdated info. Not to say that the Catera doesn't have problems but we have a better collective understanding of the why's of her shortcomings. Just saying she has "electronic problems" is different from saying "the fix is to repair the cold solder joints on the Multi-Function Switch's circuit board". Or "alignment problems" that are really worn suspension bushings which can be replaced by BMW bushings and/or polyurethane upgrades. Go read my Catera mostly positive review. I'm biased and though I've experienced the Cat's dark side I still love her. That thread also contains negative reviews from owner's unluckier and more unsatisfied than me. Read everything, research the archives and other forums then make your decision.

Catera thread (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/217981-looking-buy-catera-i-have-questions.html#post2447760)

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/CateraOwners/

http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/

http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/t108-catera-suspension-upgrades-part-1

AL Cool Dates
01-25-11, 01:19 PM
The linked thread contains sorely outdated info. Not to say that the Catera doesn't have problems but we have a better collective understanding of the why's of her shortcomings. Just saying she has "electronic problems" is different from saying "the fix is to repair the cold solder joints on the Multi-Function Switch's circuit board". Or "alignment problems" that are really worn suspension bushings which can be replaced by BMW bushings and/or polyurethane upgrades. Go read my Catera mostly positive review. I'm biased and though I've experienced the Cat's dark side I still love her. That thread also contains negative reviews from owner's unluckier and more unsatisfied than me. Read everything, research the archives and other forums then make your decision.

Catera thread (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-catera-cimarron-forum/217981-looking-buy-catera-i-have-questions.html#post2447760)

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/CateraOwners/

http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/

http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/t108-catera-suspension-upgrades-part-1

Yikes, won't link that anymore if thats the case. Thanks for bringing that to light Elvin. I think that one on the main page should be updated with a better one.

hgqguy
01-25-11, 07:51 PM
Simply put... buy a 14 yr old car.. you get a 14 yr old. car. you get a great price on a 64K car expect to invest money.. If you are not willing to invest money in an old car.. then this is not the car. If u want a unique car that is super fun to drive, but may, or may not need pricey repairs from time to time.. then go for it.. IF u want a car that blends with everyone else and non unique there are many better choices.

Sometimes ppl get lucky and the catera is great.. but sometimes it costs a lot... I got mine very cheap, and then invested $3500 in one year.. I think mine may be an extream case.

I personally would buy another one.. esp if I knew it was well cared for , and had the timing belt and tentioners replaced already!.

If u have no money now, but will in the future.. go for it.. but if u have more money upi front.. I would suggest a v6 camry.. dont hate on me.. they are just super reliable and few problems.. and equally as find to drive.. just not as stylish.