hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,667 miles

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1998 Cadillac Catera electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #3

May 302007

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


I own a 1998 Catera. While driving at 45 mph on a curved road the engine and power cut off. I lost power steering and had to struggle to stop. The car on the side of the road. It happened in a matter of seconds. I had the car towed to the caddy dealer, and they said the crack sensor went bad. I reviewed the internet and saw this was a common problem. I was not hurt, but I was very concerned. If my son was driving I believe we both would not be hear and no one would know why we crashed head on. This was the second time I had trouble with this car. The first time the car started to sputter and smoke came out from under the hood. I pulled over and had it towed. The valve cover was leaking into the spark plug hole and burning the rubber boot. It got so hot the plug melted, causing the smoke to come out. Also, I found out it was a common problem. This car needed some immediate attention before someone was seriously hurt or killed. I wa trying to get rid of the car. It drove it to the dealer, who told me they didn't want to help.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 102005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Car over heating, smoking, steaming. Took to mechanic, was told that engine blew, later to find out oil cooler went. Also just found out my transmissions needs over hauled, no warning, no leaks. Heat regulator has been replaced twice, ignition coil has been replaced, all wires have to be replaced. Engine has and still does run too hot, causing continuous problems with engine parts. Etc. I purchased the car in 2001, purchased extended warranty, that has since ware out. My sun roof does not work, my keyless entry does not work, here it is 2005 and the car only has or around 65,000 miles on it, when purchased only had 23,000, I only drive the car to work and back, and too run errands. Why am I having so many problems with it, I can't even get a dealer to take it as trade in.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #1

May 152000


  • miles
The key lock cylinder will not activate steering column. Nlm

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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