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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,200 miles

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1998 Cadillac Catera brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,200 miles


The brake maintainence warning is defective and insufficent. According the owner's manual when the warning light appears the consumer will need to have brakes serviced soon. The warning light does not appear when the brake pads need changing, which is a warning. The brakes do not have a sensor which causes the brakes to squeal when pads need replacing. Therefore, not giving the consumer the opportunity to make minor repairs before serious damage and injury occur. However, the brake maintainence light does appear when your pads have completely worn out, you now have damage to your rotors, and damage to your cylinders now turning an $200-$300 repair to a $1000 repair. This is unfair and deceitful to the consumer. Discussed issue with GM customer assistant supervisor who basically told me ole' well, too bad-so sad.

- Union City, GA, USA

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