Cadillac Catera Models & History 1998

Catera 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 applied 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


Catera 1998
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 horsepower 200 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Fuel supply Variable Dual-Ram induction system


Catera 1998

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


Catera 1998


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 rear disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system
Body construction integral body-frame
Fuel tank 18.0 gal



Catera 1998

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