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Cadillac Catera Power Seats

The exquisite, leather-covered power bucket seats offered by Cadillac for their Catera (a re-badged Opel Omega; the same platform was also later used for the Pontiac GTO) are a great value for the streetrodder. From 1997-2001, about 95,000 were sold in the USA. The leather seats feature 6-way power (driver and passenger; some are heated) and are made by Recaro. These are some of the most comfortable seats I've ever sat in and are frequently sold on eBay for $350 a pair .

Really? Just $350 for a pair of such nice seats? Why are they so relatively inexpensive?

The passenger seat is a conventional power seat with conventional relays and wiring. Wire up +12V and a ground and you're good to go. But the driver's seat uses solid-state relays and is connected to the car's main computer. As a result, many people believe that the seat won't work unless it's installed in a Catera and hooked up to the car's main computer. They are wrong.

All you lose by not being conne…