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Date: 1 Sep 1997 23:31:21 GMT
From: (poppy)
Subject: Re: Cadillac Catera - A Fine Euro-Sedan

In article <5ueqn2$28n$>, says... > >poppy <> wrote: >: I just purchased a Catera after 4 months of testing cars. I test drove >BMW, >: Mercedes, Saab, Infiniti, Audi, and the Catera. What a great car and excellent >: value. You should test drive one and decide for yourself. You will be >: surprised. Cadillac has a real winner in the Catera. > > >I think Catera is a good car but the stupid GM change the exterio style >and it looks like another low end GM car. That's the very bad move. Your right about the rear end having Chrysler lights. Aerodynamics are taking the overall design of the cars in the same direction. But yes they could have worked a little harder on the design of the rear lights. Also the cup holders are a little lame but functional. I like "understated" styles which the Catera fits. The overall quality is excellent. I look at it from the positive view point. The Cimmaron was a bad move. They did a great deal of right things with the Catera. I think they get an "A" for effort and an "A+" for what they actually delivered. I did a lot of research. For me my conclusion of "Top of the Line Euro-Sedan" is the correct context. So correct, I bought one over Mercedes C-280, Saab 9000 Aero, BMW 3 & 5 series, etc, and the list goes on. If the Mercedes E-420 or the BMW 7 series had been within my budget, I probably would have still bought the Catera over the BMW, not over the Mercedes. I just could not do the $49K. It seems BMW, I have owned one in the past, is lessing the quality of some of their interior items. It is still an overall fine vehicle, but seems to be slipping in interior quality. Cadillac did an excellent job on the Catera's interior. Except for the cup holders! Try one for a test drive and let me know what you think. You'll need to take it where you can take it up over 120 mph. Also try some winding narrow mountain roads or passes. The computer limits the car to 125 mph so it stay's within the capabilities of the tires. You will be surprised. Oh I forgot, as you may know, it has been available in Europe for the past 5 years as the Opel Omega MV6. The 3.0 liter V6 delivers 200 horsepower. You get power when you need it. And the price is a bargain. I did my homework. It is a top Euro-Sedan even with the bad rear end light design.Over 80% of the car was engineered and built in Europe. Many of the components in the Catera can be found in the more expensive models from Saab, BMW, etc. Thanks for the input. I need to zig........... poppy

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