Cadillac Catera History 2000

Cadillac Catera Models & History 2000

For 2000, Cadillac wanted to convince the buying public to purchase a Catera claiming it is a real Cadillac. “Great cars turn driving into a magical experience. In a single moment, you feel stimulated, even exhilarated by the ease with which even challenging maneuvers are accomplished. Yet thoroughly confident, thanks to the tremendous competence of the vehicle under your command. Perhaps you’ve never felt that way about driving before. If so, it’s time to put a little magic into your life. With the 2000 Catera from Cadillac. That’s right. Cadillac.”

2000 Catera

The badges said “Cadillac” but the car was just a German Opel.

Cadillac claimed that the 2000 Catera Sport was “an uncompromised sports sedan and a highly rewarding driver’s car.” Instead of a woodgrain trim, the dash was trimmed in brushed aluminum. The front seats were leather, heated, and had a 10-way manual adjustment (after all sports cars wouldn’t have power adjustments). The suspension was specially tuned and the wheels were 17″ with high-performance tires.

The stereo accommodated both cassettes and CDs as well as the “Weather Band” and “Radio Data System.” It also featured the Bose 8-speaker sound system. A trunk-mounted 12-disc CD changer was optional. Taking a page out of Buick, the automatic climate control allowed the driver and front passenger to select different temperatures.

Cadillac had long since abandoned the front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup, but with the Catera, the arrangement was back with 4-wheel independent suspension, rear automatic level control, Bosch ASR5 traction control, anti-lock braking, and large disc brakes at all four wheels.

The engine is a 3.0 liter, double overhead cam V6 producing 200 horsepower mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with a choice of Normal, Sport and Winter shift modes.


Engine type 54° 3.0L, 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement 3.0 liters
Bore & Stroke 86mm x 86mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Power 149 kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque 260 Nm @ 3600 rpm
Block Cast-iron
Cylinder heads Aluminum
Carburetion Fuel Injection
Throttle control Electronic
Spark plugs Triple-tipped 166,000 km
Coolant DEX-Cool up to 240,000 km
Recommended fuel Premium unleaded


  • Configuration : Front engine/rear wheel drive
  • Transmission : 4-speed automatic with Dexron III long-life fluid
  • Brake transmission : shift interlock
  • Shift mode : sport shift select
  • Start capability : third-gear
  • 1st gear ratio : 2.856:1
  • 2nd gear ratio : 1.62:1
  • 3rd gear ratio : 1.00:1
  • 4th gear ratio : 0.723:1
  • Final drive ratio : 3.90:1


Wheelbase 2720mm
Overall length 4882
Height 1433
Width 1786
Front Tread 1506
Rear Tread 1519
Standard Tires Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/55HR16
Front Suspension Fully independent MacPherson strut with coil springs
Rear Suspension Multi-link with coil springs and automatic rear level control
Front stabilizer bar 26 mm
Rear stabilizer bar 15 mm
Steering Recirculating ball speed-sensitive
Turning circle 10.2 m curb-to-curb
Turns 3.0 lock-to-lock
Traction control Full-range


  • Acceleration : 0-96 km/h: 8.5 seconds
  • Braking : 96-0 km/h40 m
  • Top speed : 200 km/h

2000 Catera


  • Oil : 5.8 Liter
  • Coolant : 10 Liter
  • Fuel : 61 Liter
  • Battery : 12 volt
  • Towing : 454 kg
  • Trunk : 410 Liter
  • Curb weight : 1710 kg


  • Wheelbase : 2730 mm
  • Length : 4882 mm
  • Width : 1786 mm
  • Height : 1432 mm
  • Front track : 1506 mm
  • Rear track : 1520 mm


  • Frontal air bags : Next Generation, driver and front passenger
  • Side impact air bags : Driver and front passenger, seat-mounted
  • Air conditioning : automatic, dual zone
  • Interior Filter : Air filtration system
  • Trunk net : Cargo convenience net
  • Console : Front floor with cupholders
  • Cruise control : electronic
  • Door locks : automatic power, programmable with lock-out protection
  • Safety doors : Rear door, child-security
  • Fuel filler door : power remote release
  • Glove compartment : air conditioned and illuminated
  • Interior lights : Illuminated entry system, courtesy light, map light, reading light, ashtray light
  • Instrumentation : analog cluster (speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, oil pressure, voltmeter; low-fuel, low engine coolant, low washer fluid, and low brake pad indicataors)
  • Entry system : remote keyless system with perimeter lighting and activation verification
  • Mirror : Inside rearview, auto-dimming electrochromic
  • Electric benefit : Retained accessory power
  • Safety belts : front/rear outboard 5-position shoulder height-adjustable; front seat pretensioners; lap/shoulder belts at all positions
  • Seatback : split-folding with pass-through
  • Driver seat : 8-way power
  • Passenger seat : 2-way power
  • Front seat type : Cloth bucket seats with manual lumbar adjusters
  • Seat heaters : Heated front and rear seating areas
  • Sunvisors : Left and right illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Steering wheel : leather-wrapped, tilt adjustable with sound system controls
  • Tether anchors : child-seat, 3-position rear seat
  • Trunk release : power remote
  • Windows : power, express up/down all windows, pinch guard and rear window lock-out


  • Antenna : Integrated Rear-window
  • Fog lights : standard
  • Glass : Tinted Solar-Ray
  • Headlights : Daytime Running Lights, automatic light control with Twilight Sentinel, activated by windshield wiper
  • Lights : front cornering
  • Mirrors : fold-away, power remote control, heated
  • Windshield wipers : variable intermittent


  • Deluxe Package : leather seating areas, power 8-way passenger seat adjuster, 3-person memory/personalization including driver seat, interior and exterior mirrors, audible/visible theft-deterrent system, and garage door opener.
  • Sport Package : manual adjusting Sport front bucket seats, leather seating areas, gray accent instrument panel, audible/visible theft-deterrent system, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, rear spoiler, 17″ x 7.5″ Sport aluminum wheels, P235/45R17 performance tires, Sport suspension with modified springs and dampers.
  • Preferred package : leather seating areas.
  • Sunroof : power, sliding glass panel with express open/close feature
  • Sunshade : power, rear window
  • Wheels : 16″ x 7″ chrome finished cast-aluminum


  • Ivory
  • Rain Forest
  • Platinum
  • Sapphire
  • Sand
  • Cranberry
  • Ebony
  • Sage


  • Neutral
  • Charcoal
  • Stone


2000 Cadillac Catera

2000 Cadillac Catera