Cadillac Catera Models & History 1999

  • In addition to the sedan that “zigs” the 1999 Cetera lineup offered a Sport model option package that allowed the driver, as Cadillac claimed, “to zig with no fear.”
  • The Catera Sport sedan featured ZJ1 suspension that was setup for more aggressive handling and response.
  • The ZJ1 package included
    • stiffer front and rear springs
    • struts and shocks with increased compression and rebound performance
    • enhanced valving for the rear shocks
    • automatic leveling system
    • specific seven-spoke machined aluminum 16-inch wheels
    • Goodyear Eagle H-rated tires
  • The Catera Sport sedan’s exterior color choices were Ebony, Ivory, and Platinum while the interior was Ebony leather.
  • Other Sport model features included
    • next-generation dual front and side airbags
    • heated front and rear seats
    • Sport seats with extendabie thigh supports
    • gunmetal interior trim
    • matte grille
    • rear spoiler
    • specific rocker moldings
  • Both the Catera and Catera Sport sedans were powered by the 3.0-liter dual overhead cam V-6 mated to the 4L30-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
  • This V-6 featured sodium-filled valves to help the engine run cooler as well as triple-tipped spark plugs and a high-efficiency oil cooler to help extend engine life.
  • The 1999 Catera was also the first Cadillac to meet low emissions vehicle (LEV) standards, significantly reducing smog-causing exhaust emissions.
  • To meet the standards, Catera featured new powertrain control computers, an electronic throttle control and wide-range heated exhaust oxygen sensors.
  • Catera also received a new fuel tank and evaporative emission system to more efficiently recover vapors during refueling.

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