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About Cadillac Catera

Best remembered as the subject of a marketing campaign of attracting young buyers into the Cadillac fold, Cadillac Catera was produced by a German automobile manufacturer, the subsidiary of the General Motors Adam Opel GmbH (Opel) between 1996 and 2001 as an executive luxury car. Originally introduced as a rebadged variant of the Opel Omega by Cadillac in the United States, Catera was marked with the tagline "the Caddy that zigs". Due to disappointing sales number, Cadillac Catera was eventually replaced by the U.S.-built and highly-regarded Cadillac CTS after being manufactured for only five years.
Cadillac Catera officially went on sale in the United States in 1996 for the 1997 model year as a 4-door sedan. It was quite well-equipped, featured cloth interior, front bucket seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM stereo radio with cassette player and eight-speaker sound system, airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, keyless entry, security system, alloy wheels, compact spare tire, and full instrumentation. Cadillac Catera came in two trim levels: base and Sport, but during its whole life, it was powered by a 3.0 L V8 engine rated at 200 horsepower and this engine sent power through a 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

Cadillac Catera Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Boasting fair and excellent equipment, Cadillac Catera is truly a solid choice as an affordable luxury car. But considering the latest Catera is at least sixteen years old, you are advised to learn about these common problems on it in advance:
First, stalls, while driving and won't start again, sounds like engine issue, which is the worst reported problem with the Cadillac Catera according to the car repair statistics site To be honest, any vehicle will meet this problem once it borders on breaking down, but you could not exclude the possibility of the vehicle is wearing prematurely, thus, please learn about these symptoms and solutions of this issue. First of all, there will be strange sounds from the vehicle; then the engine suffers from performance issues such as misfiring, stalling and hard starting or inability to start; in the end, you will notice an obvious decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy and the Check Engine Light will come on. If these symptoms actually happen one by one on your Catera, please inspect the Catera spark plug, air filter, oil filter, engine mount, rocker arm, drive belt, crankshaft pulley and throttle body gasket.
Second, for Cadillac Catera drivers, another troublesome problem is the suspension failure. Generally, most Catera drivers reflected this issue seems to happen secretly, but in fact, only because they underestimate it and overlook the unimpressive signs. You are advised to keep the Catera wheel bearing, shock absorber, sway bar bushing, sway bar link, coil springs and coil spring insulator once hearing abnormal noises from underneath the vehicle, feeling hard to control the vehicle due to uneven tire wear, tilting vehicle, intense car vibration, unintentionally steering and loose steering wheel.
Another method in extending your Cadillac Catera's life expectancy that you could not overlook is to perform maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts of it routinely. You should be aware of the fact that some auto parts of your Catera are bound to wear and tear more quickly than others due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. For example, the seat belt is often comprised of resilient material, which could only last for years, and it often is used to hold occupants at the seat when the vehicle is in a sudden movement. Apart from it, parts including windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, wiper arm, cabin air filter and door handle as well as electrical parts should be maintained on a regular basis.
When faced with an overwhelming selection of auto parts for your Cadillac Catera, you must have taken aftermarket parts into consideration, but they have less assurance in quality, reliability and durability than OEM Cadillac Catera auto parts. The most pertinent advice for you is to choose from the complete catalog of lowest-priced manufacturer-warrantied genuine Cadillac Catera auto parts at These OEM Catera parts not only fit the requirement of affordability of aftermarket parts, they are also guaranteed to be of high quality, reliability and durability. And all orders from here are favored by the hassle-free return policy and quickest delivery service.