really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,149 miles

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2000 Cadillac Catera electrical problems

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2000 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 032014


  • 55,592 miles


While traveling an 8 mile trip to my mothers traveling at a speed of 45 miles per hour the speedometer just stopped working and the steering seemed to tighten up a little bit the next time I drove the car the steering was hard to maneuver and its almost as if the power steering is not functioning properly. I had the power steering looked at and it is fine the oil light is now on 24/7 but the oil level is fine and was just recently changed. This car should have never been produced by Cadillac it is nothing but a disgrace to the name.

- Ellenton, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 132011


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Cadillac Catera. The contact stated he parked in his driveway and noticed that the odometer shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer stated that they had to replace the software in the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 90,000. The VIN number was not available.

- El Reno , OK, USA

problem #11

Jun 032008


  • miles
The car keeps on over heating, the oil light keeps on coming on because of the over heating and also the car does not always want to start I have to jump it off alot. It is not the battery because I have gotten it checked plenty of time. But when I jump it off the wires get really hot and start to melt so I take them off. Also the dashboard light don't work very well I have to bang on the dash board for them to even barley come on at night.. there need to be big time recalls on this car!!!

- Gulfport , MS, USA

problem #10

Mar 102009


  • miles


2000 Cadillac Catera. Stereo cuts off on its own and does not cut on sometimes. Trunk button does not work unless the car in on and in gear. Fuel button does not work unless car in on and in gear. Major electrical wire problems.

- Dobson, NC, USA

problem #9

May 262007


  • miles
I have had problem with my 2000 Catera every since I bough it, first the seat would not heat, put the key in and it would not turn, tires wore out in less than a year, driver side door is coming a part, glove compartment lock broken, belt broke car ran hot had to get a new radiator, check engine light on, secondary air injection hose failures, this car has been in the shop more times than out, junk, and G M does nothing to help, water pump went out, heater coil hose leaking, vaule cover gasket replace, all before 60,000 miles.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 112006

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer and gas hand both work intermittently..I was told by the bradshaw dealership that it is a known problem with Catera's...if this is the case then, I think the repairs should have been a part of the large recall on the automobile.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 042006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While listening to the radio or cd player..when changing from source to source (cd to radio or radio to cd) levels (bass and treble reset to normal)....when adjusting mirror settings, controls do not work and mirrors rotate all the way to the home position and have to moved manually.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #6

Jan 012005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Engine light comes on while driving, stop light goes off, if I drive about 10 miles it comes back on. Dealer has tried numerous corrections. None worked.

- French Lick, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 032006

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Constant problem since the purchase of vehicle. Such as steering problems, quivering on the road, burning smell, etc. As of Feb. 2006, car engine shut down on highway while driving 3 times. At the time there was a burning smell and the engine/coolant light had come on. Vehicle constant in shop for repair, approximately 3 times a month; causing problems for me. Engine sensor was changed in Feb. 2006; however, burning smell continued, leaks began to occur, water pump needed replacement, and the coolant light continued to be activated. A number of leaks were discovered, and they were repaired; however, problems continued to occur. Light were coming on and off, "onstar" light remained on, and cd player/stereo would stay on with engine off and no key in ignition with doors open, and the sunroof would open without touching the button. When taken to shop, result was that they did not find any problems with the car. After this event occurred, car created unusual noise when started and as engine continued to run. Now car will not start on its own, it needed a boost three times within one day. When taken to repair shop, marvin starr, reported to me tat corrosion is occurring with wires that leads to the battery. Plastic covering of wire is melting and worn away leaving the bare wire exposed. Overheating is occurring but the source is unknown. Battery, which was replaced in 2005, has now started wearing away. Company wants approximately $1000 in order for wires to be fixed; however, the problem is when they repair it the melting of the wires would still continue due to the over heating. Dangerous driving vehicle at moment; however, I need to get around and driving is a main part of my everyday activities.

- Markham, 00, USA

problem #4

Aug 012005

Catera 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Catera has had a power failure and electrical defects, gasket and seals were replaced. The crank sensor was replaced. The hot water valve was leaking and was replaced. The side light was out. The front pads and rotors were replaced. The tires were out of balance. The windshield wiper was replaced and the ignition had to be lubed. There was a short in the heating system and the moonroof did not work properly and when it was used it caused power failures..

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 292005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,351 miles


My engine light came on and dealer can't seem to resolve it. They have replaced the fuel tank, fuel filter, bg44K, module, and the car's computer system. To no avail. I now have a "check engine" light and "gas cap" light on.

- Kailua Kona, HI, USA

problem #2

Nov 162004

Catera 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Problem began in November. While driving experienced a full system failure. The car would slowly slow down, dashboard panel would illuminate, and then the vehicle would shut off. Both through the engine and electronically. Took vehicle to dealer, who did system checking. Diagnosed a need for a new battery and engine flush. Battery was replaced and engine flushed. After this repair, 5 miles down the road while traveling 60 mph, the same thing occurred. Back to dealer, who was shocked and unable to determine, but noted a crank shaft and a cam sensor that needed to be replaced. Had them replaced. Left dealership and again same thing. Called Cadillac and filed complaint. Back to dealership, this time catalytic convertor. Failed. Afterwards, this again happened. Took back to dealer, had no remedy. Had to buy another car because this car was inoperable.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 022004

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the car stalled without cause. When we attempted to stop the car due to the car stall the car spun out and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. This car has been subject to several stallouts while driving at various speeds since purchased in 2002. This vehicle also has problems with not starting when the car is completely filled with fuel. After being filled completely, the car will not start for several days. The vehicle also leaks antifreeze from the oil cooler at a rate of about 1 gallon per week. Cadillac acknowledges the problem but will not fix it.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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