: is a 97 engine the same as a 2000 engine

03-24-11, 12:51 PM
I am looking for a new engine for my 2000 catera and have found one out of a 97 catera.

Other than the intake are there any other differences in the engines?

03-24-11, 04:12 PM
No, only 97-98 are the same, and 99-01 are the same.

03-24-11, 04:54 PM
The major difference is that the 97 and 98 used coil packs and conventional spark plug wires leading to each spark plug.

03-24-11, 07:49 PM
Same thing under so as long as you swap out all your parts from yous to the new one you will be good... valve covers, intake etc...

Also try and go with a 3.2L out of a CTS... http://www.theautoshop.net/CateraSport.htm

03-24-11, 09:32 PM
Ok thanks, so it would just be the valve covers, coil packs and the intake. Im going to stick with the 3.0 as they seem to be cheaper to buy.

03-24-11, 11:36 PM
Somewhere on ebay there were 3.2Ls fairly well equipped for 1000$ + freight brand new on a pallet... not sure who the seller was tho.... it was one hell of a deal!

03-27-11, 04:05 AM
Remember, a '97 engine might need the upgraded oil cooler and timing belt assembly among other things like camcover gaskets and a cleansed crankcase breather box.

04-10-11, 10:25 PM
just when thru this

the heads will not work ... the newer style heads have holes for the bolts that hold the coil packs down. so when u go to put the coil packs on they wont be able to bolt them down tight just flop around

the timing belt backing plate is way different for the timing belt pulleys towards the bottom of the engine , not to mention the angle of the timing belt so when u go to put the plastic timing cover on the front of the engine it wont bolt up
i mean i guess u could make it work but then its gonna be a rigged together...
not worth it in my opinion do it right do it once.. good luck