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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1997 Cadillac Catera electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 092001


  • miles


Car would not start. Had to jump start. Dealer replaced alternator and battery. Battery was previously replaced 06/03/99. Oil light above oil pressire gauge came on while driving, and oil pressure gauge moved up and down erratically. Dealer found no problem. Battery cover and was burnt/was brittle and had a white ashey look to it. Engine produces a lot of heat. Dealer replaced cover and tray. Temperature gauge reads higher than normal. Dealership recalibrated ipc for temp gauge. Temp gauge still reads the same as before. Ticking sounds from left and right sides of dash when heat is on. Dealer replaced fan motor twice. Ticking sounds still there and now there is no heat. Disc brake pad indicator lamp did not illuminate when pads needed replacing. Had to have front brake job and replace sensors for indicator lamp. Dealership said sensors got damaged when pads were worn down past the sensors.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Dec 201999


  • miles
The consumer saw the crack separate as the window began to buldge, the buldging window was under sterr which was a defect of the car. The vehicle pulls to the right and experiences tire wear, possible suspension or tire related (no tire make/model information given. Battery leaking.

- North Palm, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 281998


  • miles
This is a seriously unsafe vehicle. No safety defect (s) mentioned in summary.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 011997


  • miles
Battery replacement 2 months after purchase; tensioner pulley disintegrated; fog lights have been replaced twice

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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