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

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1997 Cadillac Catera electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Contact complained about electrical problems. When the hazard lights were on, all the gauges started jumping around, when the headlight switch was pushed forward the headlights stayed on for about an hour or longer. Also, when the key was out of the ignition. After the vehicle was restarted and the control is pulled back the headlights functioned normally, the air condition controls did not work, and the O2 sensor did not respond. The spark plugs and wires havd been replaced.

- Murfeesboro, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 022003


  • miles
Consumer purchased vehicle on 3/9/03, and in April started to experience problems. Vehicle begun to smoke, she took it to the dealer, where she purchased it, and they could not tell her what was wrong. They sent the vehicle to a Cadillac dealership. Currently, vehicle has been cutting off while being driven, vehicle lost power and almost got into an accident because it cut off, and could not get out of oncoming traffic.

- Petersburg, VA, 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

Mar 272000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls at any speed and at any time. Dealer cannot find cause.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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