really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1997 Cadillac Catera brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 212002

(reported on)


  • miles


The brakes were replaced but the replacement brakes make noise. Nlm

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Nov 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer can hear grinding and loud noises in the brakes, brake pads and rotors have been replaced twice. Consumer states he has never experienced any noise or grinding in the brakes until the vehicle was serviced for replacement of brakes and rotors. Since replacement of the brakes and rotors, consumer is still experiencing loud noises and grinding in the brake system. Consumer states the car was being serviced for a light bulb replacement.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 272001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While vehicle was at a complete stop and consumer shifted gears to move ahead slowly, but the vehicle acclerated and would not stop. Defect caused vehicle to run into a cement pole which resulted in vehicle stopping. Consumer hit pole to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles. Vehicle hit pole head-on, and airbags did not deploy. Consumer was injured in accident, consumer states vehicle accelerated as if the cruise control was turned on, Cadillac refused to accept responsibility of the air bag failing to deploy. Battery has been replaced 3 times. Brakes have been repaired. Consumer states key would not turn the igntion on numerious occasions.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 071999


  • miles
While driving at 30 mph on wet pavement, applied the brakes and vehicle slid and lost control, hitting a tree. Upon impact, driver's side/passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Aventura, FL, USA

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