Cadillac Catera Models & History 1998

  • In its sophomore year, the Catera received several upgrades.
  • The entry-luxury sedan continued to be powered by the 3-liter dual overhead cam V-6 mated to the 4L30-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
  • New standard features included an upgrade to the Bosch ABS/ASP 5.3 anti-lock brake and traction control system.
    • The previous system controlled engine output to keep the engine from overpowering the tires on slippery roads.
    • The enhanced system added brake control to the two rear wheels.
    • If one wheel slipped, the system appled the brake to that wheel, transferring drive torque to the wheel that had more traction.
  • Other new features included three additional exterior colors: Sky, Cocoa, and Platinum, as well as the radio that now featured Theftlock as a security measure.
  • Power outlets were modified to better accommodate cell phones and other accessories. and the outlets retained power with the key off.
  • Also new in the event of an accident that activated front airbags the interior lights came on and the doors unlocked automatically 15 seconds after deployment.
  • In addition, a new airbag warning label was applied to the passenger visor.
  • Catera now offered OnStar in-vehicle communications system as optional equipment.
  • Also new on the option list was a Bose entertainment system that included an in-dash, single slot CD player, radio data system (RDS), weather band, and Theftlock theft deterrent system.
  • The PDS function received Digital data in the form of traffic reports or emergency broadcasts that could be monitored any time. even breaking into a CD or cassette in play.
Model Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
VR5 R69 4-door Sedan 5 29995 3770 N/A


Engine type 54-degree, dual overhead cam V-6
Block Cast iron
Cylinder heads aluminum
Displacement 181 cu. in (3.0 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.40 x 3.40 in
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Brake horesepower 200 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Fuel supply Variable Dual-Ram induction system
Wheelbase 107.4 in
Overall length 194.0 in
Height 56.3 in
Width 70.3 in
Front tread 59.3 in
Rear tread 59.8 in
Standard Tires Goodyear Eagle RS-a P225/55HR16


Transmission 4L30-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
Steering Recirculating ball, speed sensitive
Front suspension MacPherson strut, lower control arms w/hydro bushing, coil spring, and stabilizer bar, gas preloaded dampers
Rear suspension Multi-link, coil spring and stabilizer bar, gas preloaded dampers
Brakes dual circuit front and rar disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body construction integral body-frame
Fuel tank 18.0 gal


Heated seats $400
Bose sound system $973
Electric Sunroof $995
Power rear sunshade $295
Five-Spoke Chrome Wheels $795