: Soon to be owner



NashCar
10-22-05, 08:40 PM
Hello, my name is Andrew and I'm 17 years old. But not worries. I'm not an idiot iterested in putting a parkbench wing on my soon to be Cadillac. I have a very strong intrest in cars. I think I got it from my father. Only, even though we share the same itrest in cars we do not share the same taste. He is in love with old school muscle cars. I on the other hand lean more towards the import scene. Like most teenagers my age. The sound of a Twin Turbo Toyota Supra almost makes me wet myself.

I have been into DSM's for the last 2 years. My current ride is a 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST. It has a turbocharged four cylinder. It treated me well and has been a fun car. But, if anyone here knows of these cars, they are a far cry from reliable. My parents and myself are worried that my addiction to making these cars insanely fast will keep me from a good education after I graduate due to the fact that I already work on it more than I should and I dump every penny I earn into it. So, my parents and I decided to get away from it and it is now for sale.

We are going through the process of purchasing a 1997 Catera. Now, I am fully aware that this is not the best year. I know the line has had some problems up till 99. But, the dealership we are purchasing it from has taken very good care of us in the past and has agreed to fix a couple small problems it has at the moment.
Clunking in the front end
New brakes
Moisture in the oil

We are unsure of what exactly is causing the moisture in the oil, but from what I've read there is a problem with the oil coolers? If that is the case, they will fix it. However, we are thinking it might be an intake manifold gasket also? Maybe not. However, they are going to fix the problem and change the oil.

Here is some basic information on it

1997 Cadillac Catera
76k miles
Beige(sp?) exterior slight rust bubbles on the driver and passenger front doors. No problem, we know someone that is very good with body work that can handle this with no problem.
Tan leather interior, drivers seat is a little worn out. No biggie.
BOSE sound system
6 cd changer located in the trunk
Chrome wheels
3.0 V6
Pretty much all the options. Its fully loaded, I don't remember everything. But it belonged to the dealership owners close friend. And she is an older lady. So it hasn't been abused. Which is good. Its a one owner and carfax checked out great. So, if all goes well I will be cruising in a Cadillac! :yup:

Thanks for the space,
Andrew

Boombotz
10-22-05, 08:56 PM
:welcome: to the forums. Glad you found us. Good luck on the purchase of the Catera. If you do get it, post some pics.

terrible one
10-23-05, 06:27 PM
Welcome! Glad that you found us

powerglide
10-27-05, 04:49 AM
:welcome:

I dunno much about Cateras, but lots of folks here do!

Enjoy

ben72227
10-27-05, 08:39 PM
they are a far cry from reliable.

I hate to rain on your parade, but the same thing could be said about the '97 Catera. There was a reason they discontinued it you know.:helpless: Of course, its your decision, and if you really like the Catera and you can work on cars, go for it. But it sounds like you need money for college or whatever post-secondary education you'll be getting, so I'd stay away from them if I were you.

Last I checked, those year Cateras run from about anywhere from $5k to $8k, and for that money, you could get an early 90s STS, which would be a bit more reliable, and (you mentioned that you liked fast cars) it would be quite fast, since it has the 300HP Northstar engine...

Just my 2cents...:sneaky:

addison_ii
10-27-05, 08:48 PM
:welcome: to the forums. Glad to have you here. Post some pics of the car when you get it.:thumbsup: