really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,301 miles

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problem #7

Apr 122014

Catera 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Oil cooler gave out causing car to overheat. Has there been a recall" if yes, what is the process for a claim"

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #6

Sep 152009


  • 115,759 miles
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.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
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.

- French Lick, IN, USA

problem #4

Jul 032006

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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.

- Markham, 00, USA

problem #3

Aug 012005

Catera 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Catera has had a power failure and electrical defects, gasket and seals were replaced. 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..

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 292005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,351 miles
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.

- Kailua Kona, HI, USA

problem #1

Feb 022004

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the car stalled without cause. When we attempted to stop the car due to the car stall the car spun out and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. This car has been subject to several stallouts while driving at various speeds since purchased in 2002. This vehicle also has problems with not starting when the car is completely filled with fuel. After being filled completely, the car will not start for several days. The vehicle also leaks antifreeze from the oil cooler at a rate of about 1 gallon per week. Cadillac acknowledges the problem but will not fix it.

- Kansas City, MO, USA