Common problems that occur with Cadillac Cateras include the tendency to develop oil and coolant leaks. This problem generally occurs around the valve cover gasket, thermostat seal or water pump. Leaks around the oil cooler are also common issues with this vehicle.
Another common issue with the Catera is a failure of the crankshaft position sensor, which can cause the vehicle to stall while driving or fail to start after cranking. This is most common when the engine is warm. The timing belt idler may also fail, resulting in engine damage. Certain 1997-2001 Catera models have been recalled to fix these issues.