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Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Cadillac Escalade ESV, SUV
#647 of 1005 Cadillac Escalade
Sep 01, 2003 (4:00 am)
I looked at the Cadillac Escalade for the first time yesterday. I've been thinking of changing to a larger SUV (currently a 2002 Mercedes ML500 w/3rd seat).
My first choice was the Lincoln Navigator because of the looks, auto tailgate and fold flat third seats. But, the darn sunvisors don't extend when pulled to the sides (very importantt feature to me).
Since there is a Cadillac dealer near my home (closer than a GMC dealer) I decided to check them out. I have to say I was impressed with them. I would prefer the Escalade ESV personally. And yes, it has the completely adjustable sunvisors.
My question is, do any of you have the Navigational system? The one that I looked at had everything but a nav system. Also, how is the air conditioning system? Is it ice cold and will blow your wig off?
I have not bought a GM product since my new 1981 Oldsmobile. What a disaster! (engine failure, electrical problems, suspension problems). Basically since then, I've stuck with the Japanese and currently, German cars. As a second car, I've had a couple of Jeep Grand Cherokees that I liked with decent reliability.
So, if any of you have comments on the air and nav system, it would be appreciated. Thanks, Mark156
#648 of 1005 What's going on?
Oct 25, 2003 (2:29 pm)
Almost two months go by and no one is talking on this thread? I see tons of Escalades driving around so surely someone has something to say about their SUV.
The Escalade must be running pretty smooth with no glitches. On the other sights, people nit pick on the smallest things....... or is GM paying everyone not to respond here......??????
#649 of 1005 re: what's going on?
Oct 25, 2003 (3:53 pm)
...or is GM paying everyone not to respond here......??????
You mean you didn't get your check??
Feel free to bring up issues that concern you. That's likely to get the ball rolling again.
Oct 25, 2003 (8:59 pm)
Tidester, I'm really thinking of buying one of these in the next couple of weeks and I would like people to talk about them. I hear so much about vehicles on other threads but this thread is asleep.
My concerns were about the navagational system and the air conditioning as stated in the posts above. Hopefully, someone will respond with info.
Happy Motoring. Mark156
#651 of 1005 re: Escalade
Oct 25, 2003 (9:05 pm)
I've never driven one but anyone I've ever heard talk about an Escalade has nothing but praise for them. Do some research on the nav system before you buy - some older systems lack features that you might want and I don't know what system Cadillac is using.
#652 of 1005 theories abound Mark156
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 25, 2003 (9:17 pm)
Some think that GM owners, esp. Caddy owners, are older and not net saavy. I think that's way off-base since I help a couple of 70 year olds with their domains now and then and they are plenty net capable. Plus lots of people like you don't fit the Caddy age stereotype.
Others posit that domestic owners don't talk about cars in general like owners of import makes. But that doesn't explain why the Wrangler board is often in the top ten around here.
How are Escalade sales doing anyway? Anyone seen any recent numbers? Are the incentives a major factor in your shopping?
#653 of 1005 Escalade sales
Oct 26, 2003 (7:25 am)
The Slade, EXT and ESV are on pace to sell about 60K units this year. It's the best selling luxury SUV.
The newest Cadillac models don't require heavy discounting to sell, although the Slade has had occasional incentives. I don't think there's anything now.
Nothing exists that is bigger and stronger - it even handles well for a big guy, thanks to Caddy's suspension tricks. Cadillacs perform well in the reliability surveys too.... if you want one of these, go for it.
#655 of 1005 Is it bias, or
Oct 29, 2003 (5:13 pm)
are Domestic autos really that bad? The list has so very few domestic names on it, it's truly sad.
#656 of 1005 dont even bother with Caddys..go w/ Japanese
Oct 31, 2003 (11:54 pm)
dont buy a Suburban/Yukon XL/Denali/Escalade
1. Pushrod engines - Instead of improving efficiency and gas mileage, they lower both of them because of their lack of overhead cams, Variable Valve Timing and/or Variable Induction System. plus they are too harsh and accelerate slowly
2. Poor crash tests - Silverado, which is based on Suburban or the other way around, got only a MARGINAL in crash tests scores
3. Lack of airbags and safety features - ONLY side airbags are available, nope..no side curtains here! also the Traction Control System and Stability Management System isn't as advanced as the Japanese
4. Poor build quality - why are u paying 50K for a Suburban with fake wood inside?? call it Escalade!..not worth it, believe me..ive had experience..also, the GM "parts bin" gives the same materials and plastics from the low-quality Suburban/Tahoe to the Escalade/Denali..NOT WORTH IT!
So why buy Japanese?
1. New Infiniti QX56 - the size of an Escalade with a sexier interior with the latest in safety, technological, and mechanical features..better gas mileage too..better overall resale value and much higher-quality at a couple-of-thousand dollars less
2. Toyota Sequoia - higher quality and STILL BUILT IN US..wow! was it a miracle or what? more safety features too
3. Nissan Pathfinder Armada - new and capable of everything
**remember this: even the 2004 Lincoln Navigator has more sophistication in it! It just needs a more powerful engine..