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2000 Cadillac Catera Sedan

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Source: The Car Connection

Still zigging.

by Howard Walker

Forget the duck. Forget Cindy too. And forget anything you've heard about this being the Caddy that Zigs. For the year 2000, Cadillac's Catera has grown up, matured even. No more cutesy catch lines, no more thinking that its target buyers are MTV Gen-Xers. After all, when was the last time you saw a Catera with a surfboard on its roof or a pair of Rollerblades on the back seat? Or someone stepping out and saying, "Hey, Dewd!" to the valet parker?

You haven't. People who buy so-called near-luxury sedans - these are the ones in the $30-grand price range - don't buy fashion statements. If they want the world to think they're Everest climbers, they buy a sport-ute. They want quality, prestige, class, lively performance and crisp handling, plus all the comforts of home.

So, for 2000, Cadillac is relaunching the Catera. The cartoon duck has been ditched. Cindy Crawford in her micro-mini and leather boots has gone back to the cover of Cosmo. And those ads talking about the Caddy that Zigs have been zagged.

More important, the Catera itself has been given a welcome makeover. It now comes with a sexy, new look, a classier interior, and more of the features people want.

Cadillac is also going to be making much more of the Sport model, which quietly slipped into the Catera lineup last May without too many people knowing about it.

A modest evolution

OK, so the changes are more of the evolution rather than revolution variety. Revolution comes in a couple of years' time when the Catera gets a dramatic - and we mean dramatic - new look and a new, more potent propulsion. It'll also be built in the United States, instead of at GM's Opel plant in Germany, and designed by U.S. designers.

But that's way in the future. What will be available in November is a fresh-faced Catera that's worth close investigation.

Take the exterior. There's a new nose featuring a smaller, less-prominent grille, sleeker headlights with those ice-blue Xenon bulbs, and a shapelier hood. Step around to the rear and you'll instantly notice that the ugly, red-plastic, fake light bar across the trunk lid has been ditched.

Now, there are taillights on either side, which give the car a cleaner, less cluttered look. And, of course, no face-lift would be complete without a new set of alloy wheels, and the Catera gets a fresh set of 16-inchers.

For a more dramatic-looking Catera, simply tick the Sport box on the order form. You'll get the more aggressive-looking rocker moldings and the decklid spoiler from the last-generation Catera Sport. But up front, the grille comes with a sexier matte-silver chrome grille, while the four corners are supported by macho-looking 17-inch alloy rims shod with chunky 235/45-section Goodyear rubber.

Resculpted and resuscitated

Climb aboard Catera 2000, and you'll notice a change or two here as well. The whole fascia has had a redo, with the stereo and climate controls better positioned and the center armrest redesigned with two integrated cup holders. There are new-look door panels too, with standard, integrated side airbags.

As before, the Sport gets a pair of body-hugging leather bucket seats up front, but there's new brushed-silver trim around the instrument panel and shifter to give the interior a more high-tech look.

But one of the best new features of the 2000 Catera is one that's fairly easy to miss. Located just in front of the rearview mirror are three tiny buttons, which control the now-standard OnStar system. In case you've been living on Mars for the past couple of years, OnStar is GM's 24-hour mobile communications system that is making life so much easier for drivers. Locked your keys inside? Call OnStar. Need a reservation at TGIFridays? Call OnStar.

Smooth spinners

But the getting from point A to point B is still down to the Catera's smooth-spinning 200-horsepower, double-overhead-cam 3.0-liter V-6, which goes unchanged for 2000. Yep, it still feels a little sluggish away from the stoplight - standstill to 60 mph takes 8.5 seconds. But it spins enthusiastically enough, and once the revs rise, it feels lively and energetic. And as a highway cruiser, it's superb. It's quiet, sewing-machine smooth, and highly refined, even with triple digits on the clock. Remember, the car was developed on Germany's autobahns, so cruising I-75 is hardly a challenge.

To make the Catera more fun through the twisties, Cadillac - or rather, Opel - engineers have tweaked the suspension to give a more level ride and improved the steering to give better on-center feel. A recalibrated brake booster also improves pedal feel.

You might have heard that Cadillac has been working with the German tuning company Steinmetz to boost the power of the 3.0-liter V-6 from 200 ponies to 280, through supercharging. We drove a concept version of it recently, and it's a riot thanks to its scorching power. While Caddy is likely to build a hot Catera - the Australians already have an Omega with a Corvette LS1 V-8 under the hood - don't expect it to appear before the all-new Catera debuts.

For the time being, Cadillac is keeping mum on Catera pricing. Don't expect any changes; competition in this sector of the market is more cutthroat than Pepsi vs. Coke. With the arrival of the new Lincoln LS, Catera prices could even dip. That would mean $34,000 or so for the Catera and $37,000 for the Sport.

Certainly, the arrival of the 2000 Catera, and the departure of Cindy and the duck, can only improve the fortunes of Cadillac's entry-level sedan.

© 1999, The Car Connection

 

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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

1Extension of new-vehicle bumper-to-bumper warranty to 6 years/70,000 miles, whichever comes first (from new-vehicle delivery date and mileage). Download Details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection ² 172-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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