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Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Mar 13, 2008
Location:
Cincinnati, OH

engine have a problem with oil pressure that stay below minimum at idle when engine is at operating temp. front control arm bushing fail with less then 90000 miles. auto transmission fail with less then 90000 miles. have engagement problems and shifting problem. *tr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R6WR. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Cadillac Catera 2000
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Sept 15, 2009
Location:
Tacoma, WA

while driving down the interstate mt check engine light came on i then took my 2000 cadillac catera to the shop who gave the information on technical bulletin from your web site # 623422 it is the secondary air injection hose failure. *tr

Mileage was 115759 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R3YR. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 60 mph.

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
June 23, 2009
Location:
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

the tensioner pulley & timing belt was a know defect for vehicle and was recalled but i was never notified, at the time of failure i lost all power & control of the vehicle on an decline in a high traffic location in a server rain storm. vehicle is now doa and gm refuses to remedy tues evening 6/23 the check engine light goes on, in 30-45 seconds the car stopped running, earlier in the day i heard a knock and thought i ran over something as all gauges indicated everything was running normal. had aaa tow it to my home and next day (wed.) to the caddy dealer. they charge me $109 to assess the problem, then tell me the timing belt broke! it will cost another $600 labor for 5 hours of inspection to check the problem and depending what they find $$$$$$ to fix, daaaaa! i call the service manager he tells me he'll check it out and call me back. ok so now he calls me and tell me the rep miss-quoted what they were going to do. now it's the tension pulley that failed casing the timing belt to snap, to replace the whole set is $699 + labor and suggested i invest another $150 to change the coolant pump as it's showing signs of leakage at the same time so it doesn't run me additional costs later as it's in the same part of the engine as the pulley and belt. grand total of $1207 + tax. "but" depending on what happens after they replace the tensioner pulley & timing belt there might be additional cost if the car still will not start. ok so i tell him to go ahead. i decided to goggle the problem to see what it is i am paying for, hellllllo! what do i find but a major recall back in 9/2002 on the tensioner pulley failure causing the timing belt to snap!!!!!!!!! & the replacement of the coolant pump. i was never notified or advised of this recall. they never told me anything every time i brought the car in for service. i only have only 20,654 miles on the car, as it's my 2nd vehicle and use it locally for shopping. normal replacement for the timing belt & tensioner pulley is 70k mi. *tr

Mileage was 20654 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R5WR. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 33 mph.

Cadillac Catera 1997
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Mar 08, 2009
Location:
Rocky Point, NY

tensioner pulley locked up. the tensioner stopped turning. as a result of this, the drive belt shredded like spaghetti and then melted. i avoided an accident by applying brakes and then having the car towed. total repair cost: $729. *tr

Mileage was 128000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R5VR. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph.

Cadillac Catera 1999
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 2006
Location:
San Antonio, TX

i purchased a 99 catera about two years ago and sense then this car is a cardboard box on wheels. the alarm system as gone loopy in the sense that i couldn't start my vehicle unless i cranked it once left it for 15-30 min and then cranked it again. after disabling the alarm system it would only happen on occasion. the ac/heater went out due to the compressor having to much compression. the sunroof opens and closes by itself or not at all. the vacuum hoses had holes in it which was a recall but not to ken batchleor. the mass air flow sensor hs gone out three times and costs 300 to replace everytime. my upper radiator hose leaks continuously by the clamp. the leveling light will stay on for days at a time. the arm that keeps my drivers door open broke through the door weldings and is dangling in the door. the seals all had to be replaced due to water in the engine. i paid more in repairs for this vehicle then what it originally cost. the drivers front and rear window gets stuck and opens by their selves. the door locks do not lock fully or open fully. the horn will go out all together in the rain. everytime i take it in they can never read any err codes and it takes me several attempts to explain the issue causing me to get repairs that aren't part of the main problem. there is no camber adjustments in this car so if u hit a curb your screwed. gas full stop randomly does not work and causes loss of money and gas. me and my family of 5 have been stranded for hours due to many issues with this car and here in texas with a car that has no ac or heater is a major pain. anyone who hasn't bought one... don't!!!! cadillac themselves took the ducks off the emblem after 99 because they themselves didn't think of this car as a cadillac standard car. when i called ken batchlore they stated there where only two recalls for this vehicle but had already expired and stated there was nothing they could do. i feel something needs to be done about this ignorance. problems since 06-present. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R9XR. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 70 mph.

Cadillac Catera 1999
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
May 28, 2008
Location:
Tinton Falls, NJ

1999 cadillac catera with 34,000 original miles completly fails on the highway. you lose engine, brakes and steering. *tr

Mileage was 34000 miles. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph. Dealer's name: Gold Coast Cadillac . Dealer's telephone number: 866-607-2860 . Dealer's city: Oakhurst . Dealer's state code: NJ. Dealer's zipcode: 07755 .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Apr 23, 2007
Location:
Scottsdale, AZ

a/c compressor leaking and a/c compressor not cycling and leaking from the chase valve system. compressor had to be replaced. *jb updated 01/11/08. *lj the heater coolant valve had to be replaced. the front brake pads and sensor were replaced and the rotors had to be resurfaced. updated.

Mileage was 14145 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R8WR. Vehicle was purchased on Jan 01, 2004. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Lunds Cadillac .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Aug 09, 2006
Location:
Ottawa, 00

faulty head gasket faulty warning lights. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 153737 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R8WR. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 10, 2006. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph. Dealer's name: (adam) Mounzer Motors . Dealer's telephone number: 613-558-2118 . Dealer's city: Limoges On . Dealer's state code: 00. Dealer's zipcode: K0A2M0 .

Cadillac Catera 2000
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 2005
Location:
French Lick, IN

engine light comes on while driving, stop light goes off, if i drive about 10 miles it comes back on. dealer has tried numerous corrections. none worked. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 16000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54RXYR. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 01, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO.

Cadillac Catera 1999
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
July 13, 2006
Location:
Grand Prairie, TX

engine shut off without warning while traveling at highway speed causing loss of power steering and braking. problem was diagnosed as defective crankshaft position sensor. accident was avoided because of quick drivers reaction. urgent attention requested. engine would turn over but not start until after 10-15 minutes. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 86900 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R2XR. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 08, 2005. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1999 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1999 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 45 mph.

Cadillac Catera 2000
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
July 03, 2006
Location:
Markham, 00

constant problem since the purchase of vehicle. such as steering problems, quivering on the road, burning smell, etc. as of feb. 2006, car engine shut down on highway while driving 3 times. at the time there was a burning smell and the engine/coolant light had come on. vehicle constant in shop for repair, approximately 3 times a month; causing problems for me. engine sensor was changed in feb. 2006; however, burning smell continued, leaks began to occur,water pump needed replacement, and the coolant light continued to be activated. a number of leaks were discovered, and they were repaired; however, problems continued to occur. light were coming on and off, "onstar" light remained on, and cd player/stereo would stay on with engine off and no key in ignition with doors open, and the sunroof would open without touching the button. when taken to shop, result was that they did not find any problems with the car. after this event occurred, car created unusual noise when started and as engine continued to run. now car will not start on its own, it needed a boost three times within one day. when taken to repair shop, marvin starr, reported to me tat corrosion is occurring with wires that leads to the battery. plastic covering of wire is melting and worn away leaving the bare wire exposed. overheating is occurring but the source is unknown. battery, which was replaced in 2005, has now started wearing away. company wants approximately $1000 in order for wires to be fixed; however, the problem is when they repair it the melting of the wires would still continue due to the over heating. dangerous driving vehicle at moment; however, i need to get around and driving is a main part of my everyday activities. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R3YR. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Drive type:FWD. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Marvin Starr . Dealer's telephone number: 4162642311 . Dealer's city: Scarborough . Dealer's state code: 00. Dealer's zipcode: M1J2H1 .

Cadillac Catera 2000
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Aug 01, 2005
Location:
Saugus, MA

2000 catera has had a power failure and electrical defects, gasket and seals were replaced. *ts the crank sensor was replaced. the hot water valve was leaking and was replaced. the side light was out. the front pads and rotors were replaced. the tires were out of balance. the windshield wiper was replaced and the ignition had to be lubed. there was a short in the heating system and the moonroof did not work properly and when it was used it caused power failures.. *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R3YR. Vehicle was purchased on Jan 27, 2003. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Drive type:FWD. Fuel type: gas. Dealer's name: Colonial Cadillac . Dealer's telephone number: 978-777-0625 . Dealer's city: Danvers . Dealer's state code: MA. Dealer's zipcode: 01923 .

Cadillac Catera 2000
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Dec 29, 2005
Location:
Kailua Kona, HI

my engine light came on and dealer can't seem to resolve it. they have replaced the fuel tank, fuel filter, bg44k, module, and the car's computer system. to no avail. i now have a "check engine" light and "gas cap" light on. *jb

Mileage was 49351 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R1YR. Vehicle was purchased on Apr 30, 2003. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 2000 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 25 mph. Dealer's name: Island Chevrolet . Dealer's telephone number: 808 9334611 . Dealer's city: Kailua Kona . Dealer's state code: HI. Dealer's zipcode: 96740 .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Jan 10, 2005
Location:
Parma, OH

car over heating, smoking, steaming. took to mechanic, was told that engine blew, later to find out oil cooler went. also just found out my transmissions needs over hauled, no warning, no leaks. heat regulator has been replaced twice, ignition coil has been replaced, all wires have to be replaced. engine has and still does run too hot, causing continuous problems with engine parts. etc. i purchased the car in 2001, purchased extended warranty, that has since ware out. my sun roof does not work, my keyless entry does not work, here it is 2005 and the car only has or around 65,000 miles on it, when purchased only had 23,000, i only drive the car to work and back, and too run errands. why am i having so many problems with it, i can't even get a dealer to take it as trade in. *jb

Mileage was 59000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R9WR. Vehicle was purchased on May 10, 2001. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Axelrod Pontiac, Inc . Dealer's city: Parma . Dealer's state code: OH. Dealer's zipcode: 44129 .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
July 14, 2005
Location:
Williamsport, MD

i would like to place a complaint on record about the poor quality of the cadillac catera. these vehicles should have all been bought back by gm to protect the american public from their poor quality. i have a 1998 cadillac catera ,well cared for. over the past year though the car has begun to leak oil heavily,to the point of actually being an enviromental hazard. the other day i took it to a local cadillac dealer only to be told the car has leaking valve cover gaskets,cam cover gaskets and an oil cooling line. they say $1200 will seal up most of the leaks. the car only has an original 65,000 miles on it. upon hearing this i did an internet search on cateras and the horror stories are endless. it seems they all including mine have broken headlight aligners. this is apparently caused by heat and cheap manufacturing. this off course makes the headlights impossible to align and aim.it also seems that all cateras wear out tires in a very rapid time frame due to poor front end design. my 1998 has all these problems plus all four radio speakers have blown although they were never played loudly. the headlight lenses have heavily yellowed over thus reducing greatly the headlight power. i would strongly suggest you review accidents involving cateras as they could easily relate to the all to common headlight adjustment problem on these cars not to mention the oil blow by from the engine onto the front brake rotors. please help get these cars off the road.

Mileage was 59000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R0WR. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO.

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
July 24, 2004
Location:
Brooklyn, NY

on july 24, 2004 while driving between 65-70 mph in the left lane on i-81, i could feel that the power steering was gone in the vehicle,there was no indication in the idiot lights or the gauges that the vehicle was in distress. as i got to the right the battery light came on, then the radiator light came on, i immediately stopped the vehicle. the repair shop had the car for 2 days and finished the repair of the water pump. when i started the car the idiot light came on again i got out of the car and noticed that there was white smoke emanating from the exhaust tail pipe. the car was towed to cadillac for repair the next day. they told the head gaskets were gone and it would be $ 1800.00 for the left one and $1900.00 for the right one in addition to the gasket and the labor for the repair. i found out from the dealer that this vehicle was recalled for the water pump nd 2 other pulleys. the record showed that the recall work was performed by kristal cadillac the dealer i purchased the vehicle from. they never informed me that the vehicle was recalled for any reason when they sold me the vehicle. my total out of pocket expense for repair $2314.38. i got my vehicle back on august 6, 2004. the car now broke down completely and had to be towed into kristal cadillac. the dealer has had the car for 2 weeks and have still not looked at it furthermore they are claiming that it is now an ignition problem and not an engine/water pump problem. i believe that they are trying to distance themselves from any liability in this issue with this false diagnostic of the vehicle. this problem is definitely related to the recall and should be paid for by gm totally. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 29279 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R7WR. Vehicle was purchased on Oct 11, 2002. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph. Dealer's name: Kristal Cadillac . Dealer's telephone number: 718-253-7575 . Dealer's city: Brooklyn . Dealer's state code: NY. Dealer's zipcode: 11234 .

Cadillac Catera 1997
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
June 06, 2004
Location:
Benbrook, TX

timing belt, pulley and water pump replacement cost over $3700 to fix. back in nov. 2001, now their is coolant leaking from the head gasket 6/04. cadillac has been made aware of this situation and insists this had nothing to do with the engine previous overhaul.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 96000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R2VR. Vehicle was purchased on Dec 20, 2000. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1997 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1997 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph. Dealer's name: Howard Wilson Chrysler Jeep . Dealer's city: Jackson . Dealer's state code: MS.

Cadillac Catera 1997
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
May 14, 2004
Location:
Turtle Creek, PA

lost all coolant, radiator light on, funny burning smell, car towed. heater valve replaced, dex cool anti-freeze replaced. cooling fan on car is now coming on while driving, air conditioning not working, funny motor noise, car has to go back to shop for diagnostic test. cadillac 800# claims there is no recall on this. some gauges not working properly. car purchased -23,503 miles- now have 40,120 miles. have had tires replaced twice.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 40105 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR54R1VR. Vehicle was purchased on Nov 03, 1999. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Cadillac CATERA 1997 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1997 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 25 mph. Dealer's name: Day Chevrolet .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
May 04, 2004
Location:
Newnan, GA

like all cadillac catera owners we know, we have had and are continuing to have endless major repair bills on the catera (98 model). the water pump has failed and caused the engine to run hot. the water pump was on recall. cadillac replaced the pump but charged for belts and other parts damaged by the failure. we have spend over $1,900 trying to solve a morning cold start skipping problem. the problem comes and goes. cadillac dealer replaced the heater control valve and charged $953. problem still occurs. then a repair shop charged over $600 to replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires. problem still occurs. then they told us it had to be the coil pack. we spent over $300 on that. problem still occurs. the car in back at the cadillac dealer's shop yesterday and today. so far they cannot locate problem. a co-worker of my wife's at the georgia motor vehicle safety department ownes a catera. she and her husband have spent over $9,000 on their catera in the past two years for repairs. they cannot keep tires on the car. the co-worker said they had the same cold start problem with their catera. it cost over $500 for a starter switch part. it appears cadillac threw the car together from an engine from england, a transmission from france and assembled the car in germany. i don't think it is fair for consummers to have to foot the bill for cadillac's neglegency in not properly testing the car prior to marketing. this is nothing short of consummer fraud. we have owned two cadillac sevilles, a deville, and a small cadillac back in the 80's. we presently drive a seville. we have never had any major problems with cadillac products until this catera. it is not cadillac quality and appears to have been marketed without proper training of mechanics in the field in spite of gm's constant advertisements about the excellence of "mr. good wrench." cadillac should be required to fix their problems with the catera design.

Mileage was 64600 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):W06VR52R9WR. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 06, 2004. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Pugmire . Dealer's telephone number: 770-952-1984 . Dealer's city: Marietta . Dealer's state code: GA. Dealer's zipcode: 30060 .

Cadillac Catera 1998
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Apr 25, 2004
Location:
Laurel, MD

i have had so many problems with this car and they just keep piling up. i just replaced the head gasket and valve cover gaskets a month ago and now my oil pressure is failing. my service writter tells me this car is notorius for problems with the engine, specifically the way it handles oil and cooling. i sent a letter to cadillac when i had probles a month ago but have heard nothing. is there anything i can do?*ak

Vehicle was purchased on Sept 19, 2001. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Cadillac CATERA 1998 Engine And Engine Cooling Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Capitol Cadillac .



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