The Truth About Cars » Cadillac Catera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Cadillac Catera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com TTAC AMA: I Own A Catera And An X-Type http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/ttac-ama-catera-x-type/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/ttac-ama-catera-x-type/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930450 This week’s AMA is a double-header, courtesy of reader Mark, who might be the only person who will cop to owning both a Cadillac Catera and a Jaguar X-Type. Hello there!   Many among us would question a man’s motive for buying a 1997 Cadillac Catera.  Internet lore speaks of the horrors wrought upon aspirational Boomers […]

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This week’s AMA is a double-header, courtesy of reader Mark, who might be the only person who will cop to owning both a Cadillac Catera and a Jaguar X-Type.

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Many among us would question a man’s motive for buying a 1997 Cadillac Catera.  Internet lore speaks of the horrors wrought upon aspirational Boomers by the Catera’s forebear, the Cimarron.  Dancing cartoon ducks and Cindy Crawford couldn’t draw attention away from the lowly badge-engineered, Lumina doppelgänger, awful-in-a-dealer-install-Landau-top profile.  No amount of praise for road manners and “initial quality” could mask the Catera’s premature tensioner failures and long list of gremlins that no doubt put serious miles on tow trucks well into the early 2000s.  
 
What, then, do we think when this man doubles down and puts his hard-earned cash toward a 2004 Jaguar X-Type?  Surely he must be bereft of his faculties!  One Pokemon short of catching them all.  Maybe it was those sensual British curves wrapped over Ford Mondeo hard points that captivated him.  Perhaps he dismissed all those “ten worst” lists featuring both of his cars as so much haterade poured over all the near-luxury those low-information plebs would never attain in their lifetime.  Maybe he’s a cat person and couldn’t do without a Leaper on his hood.  
 
Be it a case of one flew over the Cuckoo’s nest, or one man’s quest to prove the Greater Fool theory has a terminal threshold, this is my story and it only ends when the cars stop moving under their own power.  Ask me anything.  

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From The NY Daily News, A Masterpiece Of Passive Aggression http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/from-the-ny-daily-news-a-masterpiece-of-passive-aggression/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/from-the-ny-daily-news-a-masterpiece-of-passive-aggression/#comments Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:30:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=500835 We’ve made it pretty plain that the floor is definitely open here at TTAC for reader contributions of all types. Most of all, we’d like you to contribute cash via Paypal, or buy something from Derek’s Amazon wishlist, but if pressed we will also accept Sunday Stories, reader-ride reviews, editorials, and all sorts of other […]

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We’ve made it pretty plain that the floor is definitely open here at TTAC for reader contributions of all types. Most of all, we’d like you to contribute cash via Paypal, or buy something from Derek’s Amazon wishlist, but if pressed we will also accept Sunday Stories, reader-ride reviews, editorials, and all sorts of other features.

It’s possible, however, that you don’t want to write for TTAC at all. You want to write for a major automotive publication or the “wheels” section of a newspaper. If that’s the case, you’ll need to learn how to slam the holy hell out of a manufacturer without appearing to have done so. One of the most frequent ways in which this happens is the “First Paragraph Of The C/D First Drive” technique. It goes like so:

The last generation of this car, the KLF-1000000, was noisy, slow, overpriced, underpowered, smelled bad on the inside, and killed one of our road test crew when the airbag module spontaneously deployed and fired several “caltrops” into his aorta. However, the new KLF-1000001 romps through the quarter-mile in a robust 7.3 seconds, cures cancer at a distance, and comes with never-before-seen nude photos of Katy Perry in the owners manual.

Absolutely flabbergasted by this, you’ll reach into your basement archives to find the test of the KLF-1000000 from five years ago, and it will read

The last generation of this car, the KLF-999999, leaked nuclear waste into swimming pools, actively recruited children into Joseph Kony’s army, and, when ordered with the special Recaro seats, raped approximately one in 1.2 female purchasers. However, the new KLF-1000000 romps through the quarter-mile in a robust 19.3 seconds, is projected to obtain 73 EPA rolling-down-a-hill-in-neutral MPG, and will be instrumental in the election of our country’s first female president, Hillary Clinton.

It’s an unwritten rule of the PR endless party: you get one chance to copiously shit all over a car, and that’s when it’s being replaced. If you do it before then, welcome to the blacklist, we’ve got fun and games. Get it?

This morning, Clarke Bowling of the New York Daily News took that unwritten rule and made it awesome. In his must-read article “From the Cimarron to the 2014 Cadillac ATS: How the compact Cadillac has changed”, Clarke puts up six photos of the Cimarron before reminding the readers how hard the Catera sucked. He also mentions the Euro-only Cadillac BLS, which was utterly savaged on these pages seven years ago. Please give Clarke a click on this and help him keep his job, which is probably not as secure today as it was yesterday. He leads the article with this fantastic image:

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Ooh, that’s great. Let’s see it again:

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Now with Photoshop!

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Brilliant. To be fair, Clarke isn’t responsible for that image; I am. But you get the idea. Give the man a click, show him some love. Some time in the next few weeks, Clarke will get the message from someone somewhere that we don’t talk about the Cimarron any more, or the Catera, or the God-damned BLS! We need to be on-message with the ATS. Don’t wait until after six f**kin’ picture of the Cimarron to talk about the ATS. And another petal of innocence will fall from the flower of automotive journalism.

You can say you knew it was going to happen.

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Junkyard Find: 1998 Cadillac Catera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1998-cadillac-catera-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1998-cadillac-catera-2/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494103 The Cadillac Catera, a rebadged Opel Omega that was supposed to entice car shoppers about 50 years younger than the typical (non-Escalade) Cadillac buyer of the time, disappeared from the streets of North America without leaving much of a trace. Sufficient Cateras remain, however, to ensure that examples will show up in wrecking yards from […]

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10 - 1998 Cadillac Catera Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Cadillac Catera, a rebadged Opel Omega that was supposed to entice car shoppers about 50 years younger than the typical (non-Escalade) Cadillac buyer of the time, disappeared from the streets of North America without leaving much of a trace. Sufficient Cateras remain, however, to ensure that examples will show up in wrecking yards from time to time; in this series, we’ve seen this ’97, this ’98, and now today’s find.
02 - 1998 Cadillac Catera Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinJust 77,582 miles on the clock— that’s just about new!
06 - 1998 Cadillac Catera Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWith a 200-horse twin-cam V6 under the hood and rear-wheel drive (but no manual transmission option), The General hoped to claw back some formerly Detroit-centric car shoppers who’d switched to BMWs in the 1980s.

“I’d been doing the BMW thing for a while. I just thought I’d see what else was out there.”
01 - 1998 Cadillac Catera Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinSadly for GM, their German-built Cadillac didn’t break any sales records. The interior does seem nice, though.

“Ziggy,” the Catera’s cartoon-duck mascot, didn’t help the car’s image as much as GM had hoped.
LeMons_South_Fall_2012_Winners-OrgChoiceThere’s a Catera racing in the 24 Hours of LeMons, and we always have high hopes for it. On paper, it should be able to compete with the BMW E30s and Alfa Milanos.
IMG_3553However, the Catera’s weak points (engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, electrical system, ECU, fuel system) have conspired to limit the car’s on-track time. Maybe its next race will be different!
14 - 1998 Cadillac Catera Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe good news for Catera racers is that parts are cheap and plentiful— you can find them in the junkyard or just buy a whole parts car on Craigslist for 300 bucks.

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Junkyard Find: 1997 Cadillac Catera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1997-cadillac-catera/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1997-cadillac-catera/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464432 After not seeing a single Catera on the street for several years, I ran into this ’98 Catera in a Denver wrecking yard over the winter. That’s the last time I’ll see one of those, I thought, but then a 24 Hours of LeMons team raced a Catera in South Carolina (as the ill-advised result […]

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After not seeing a single Catera on the street for several years, I ran into this ’98 Catera in a Denver wrecking yard over the winter. That’s the last time I’ll see one of those, I thought, but then a 24 Hours of LeMons team raced a Catera in South Carolina (as the ill-advised result of all my demands for a LeMons Catera). That Cadillac failed spectacularly, of course… and now here’s another Catera in a Denver junkyard!
The only remnant of the “Caddy That Zigs” campaign that survives today is the simplified Cadillac emblem. You know, because kids these days don’t have the attention span to take in a really complex emblem— they just like the ducks!
I prefer the version of Ziggy the Duck that was painted on the hood of the Team Douchebags That Zig race car.
This Catera made it to 139,347 miles, which comes to nearly 10,000 miles per year of life.
Because Broncos fans hate the Raiders, the Raider Nation decals on this no-doubt-imported-from-California Cadillac have been scratched out.
Where did GM find this leather that looks and feels so much like thick vinyl?
Car writers back in the late 1990s really wanted to like this car, but it just wasn’t happening. Opel products (other than the Chevette) have just never done well in North America.

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