Cadillac Catera - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Cadillac Catera owners have reported a total of 474 problems for their cars built in the 7 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Cadillac Catera. The 1997 Cadillac Catera cars have the most problems reported (163 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Cadillac Catera

Model Year Number of Problems
  2003 Catera
3
  2002 Catera
2
  2001 Catera
31
  2000 Catera
69
  1999 Catera
81
  1998 Catera
125
  1997 Catera
163

  Common problems of Cadillac Catera

The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for Cadillac Catera cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (156 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (77 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Cadillac Catera

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
156
  Electrical System
77
  Air Bag
34
  Suspension
30
  Tire
26
  Steering
20
  Service Brakes
18
  Power Train
16
  Vehicle Speed Control
16
  Exterior Lighting
16
   
  Seats
14
  Structure
12
  Gasoline Fuel System
12
  Equipment
7
  Visibility
6
  Latches/locks/linkage
5
  Seat Belt
3
  Unknown Or Other
3
  Wheel
2
  Interior Lighting
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Cadillac Catera of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Catera model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Cadillac Catera model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Catera Model Years

Catera
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2001 3111,56817    
0.16
  2000 6915,12318    
0.25

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Cadillac Catera is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2001 Catera
3
  2000 Catera
7
  1999 Catera
8
  1998 Catera
11
  1997 Catera
7


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