7.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,703 miles

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1997 Cadillac Catera lights problems

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1997 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 102004

Catera

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Misaligned headlamps and foglamps.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 131999

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,666 miles
The aiming mechanism on both headlights on my 1997 Cadillac Catera failed and left me with the headlights aimed at the ground and unable to re-aim the headlights. This is extremely common on these headlights, and there is no fix from GM except to buy entire replacement headlight assemblies at $500 each. The replacement units are made entirely differently (and do not fail) so it obvious GM knows the original design was defective.

- Salem, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 022004

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,253 miles
Head light aimers broke, can not adjust head lamps. Plastic parts broke inside head lamp capsule.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 292003

Catera

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The 97-99 Cadillac Catera in my opionion has a bad headlight design. My 6 year old car has broken headlight adjustors. This makes it basically impossible to aim (adjust) the headlights. Replacment headlights are available from the parts department, but the cost about $340 per headlight. This is an excessive cost to consumer to repair. My understanding is this is a very common failure on this car. Headlight assemblies should last the lifetime of the vehicle, not just several years. I consider it a saftey hazard that the headlamps cannot be adjusted.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112002

Catera

  • miles
Engine failed going abouy 70 miles an hour timing belt broke, causing complete engine failure, dealer stated that this is a common problem car repaired but still has problems, dealer caused additonal problems when making repair broke bolt in engine cost to repair 800 dealer refuse to repair oil leak on valve cover gasket again dealer refuses to repair all though covered under warrenty. Cadillac refuses to acknowledge problems given the run around on customer service line car was out for 5 weeks at dealer, car has severe vibrations when idled due to repair new dealer unable to determine problem or make repair, headlamps also failed at about 50,000 miles replacement cost $1,000 to many problems to list

- Jackson, MI, USA

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problem #2

Mar 042002

(reported on)

Catera

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at night with headlights on, headlight lens provided poor visibility due to turning yellow. Headlight lens cover is made of plastic. Problem is getting worse. Has contacted dealer who is unable to exchange lens cover from plastic to glass.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 281999

(reported on)

Catera

  • miles
Headlights take longer then necessary to come on, delaying the consumer for departure, dealer unable to resolve.

- Studio City, CA, USA

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