hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles

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2001 Cadillac Catera transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 102005

Catera 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


My vehicle's sport shifting indicator light came on about a week before the transmission failure. My car would refuse to shift out of first gear until I drove it for a few miles and/or turned the car off and restarted it. I was in a local town when the front end started to shudder and make noise. I took it to a auto transmission shop who stated the sending unit for the fluid failed and it had burned out the first gear. He stated that this was most likely a manufacture defect. I contacted GM headquarters and was refused any help in fixing the issue or resolving the issue. They stated that the problem was because it had not had a sufficient history with GM dealerships getting maintenance, and that I was the third owner. Keep in mind, this transmission went out after my owning the vehicle for only 9 mos, paid $14,000 for the car and only has 73,000 miles on it. I now am unable to drive my car until it is fixed, which I am quoted $1500 for a rebuild and a year warranty that I cannot afford at this time and having to drive a very unreliable and very unsafe vehicle in the meantime. I just want my car back.

- Allegan, MI, USA

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