It's little known on this side of the pond, but if you were paying close attention to the buff books some 30 years ago, you were made aware of a six-cylinder four-door family sedan that used the...
Well, from one Automotive Engineer to another, this problem could have been solved by optimizing the design. I assume that somebody with a calculator was involved here!Reasons were cracking manifolds due to heat and vibration. (Cyl 6&8) after top speed rides. Maybe OK for countries with speed limit.
Ok, but why didn't they in that case cancel the four and six cylinder engines too ? They also very often seem to have cracked exhaust manifolds. And we have a 120km/h speed limit.Reasons were cracking manifolds due to heat and vibration. (Cyl 6&8) after top speed rides. Maybe OK for countries with speed limit.
I'm not really knocking the Catera. Just the idea of yet another v6 automatic 4 door sedan in the GM line up that was notable for really two things, being rwd and a Cadillac badge. Just think of the reaction if it had had more oomph, a manual trans option, some styling cues from the Irmscher and a badge that said Nova SS, GSX or Pontiac Lemans.I like the Catera, I had one many years ago. Yes, the 3.0-V6 sucks, it was the reason to finally get rid (part out) the car.
BTW, Opel build a prototype (or a few - dunno) Omega B (Catera) with a V8 engine, they wanted to bring it for production. For whatever reason, they never got the cooling under control, although a lot of similar sized cars have a V8 without problems.