Cons: "Reliability is awful. Expensive to repair. RWD."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"Oh, where to start. Hard to believe but I've owned my 1998 Catera for 10 years. This is a very heavy, safe car. Driving dynamics are good. It is agile considering the weight of the car. Engine performance is good, gas mileage is so-so. Comfortable car inside.
Reliability is terrible. What can go wrong will go wrong. This car eats tires, brakes, and batteries. Electrical system is a mess. Numerous sensors had to be replaced at great cost. The last sensor that went out cost $850 to replace, mostly because half the engine had to be dismantled to get to it. Good luck finding a local garage able and willing to work on this car. It is not an easy car to work on or get parts for inexpensively.
Last straw for me...transmission went out. I am done putting anymore money into this car. Going to the salvage yard."
"This car is a beautiful, comfortable piece of junk. Looks great, but breaks down constantly with extremely high repair costs. If you ever even overhear a stranger saying they might buy a Catera, tell them DON'T DO IT! I finally got rid of mine- I couldn't even bring myself to sell it on my own because I felt too guilty to actually take money for it- I had to trade it in at the dealer for almost nothing, but frankly, that is what this car is worth."