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#861 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [awf_axis]
Apr 25, 2006 (3:31 pm)
Interesting evaluation. I sat in an Escalade at a dealership but did not drive it. I agree with your observation about lack of side bolstering on the driver's seat. The extra firmness of the seat contributes to the problem of sliding sideways in corners, I'd think. Interestingly, a Cadillac spokesman mentioned the firmer "European" seats. I prefer softer seats. In contrast, Ford says that the '07 Expedition seats will be softer than before. You'd think that after 100 years the auto industry would have reached some sort of concensus on what constitutes a comfortable seat, but they have not.
#862 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [awf_axis]
Apr 27, 2006 (9:18 pm)
Great Report Dave. Really appreciate it.
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#864 of 1005 Re: thinking of trading in? [kirstie_h]
Apr 29, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Not likely. Can't pull a boat with a Yugo, not to mention carry the camping gear.
#865 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [awf_axis]
May 04, 2006 (7:47 pm)
I have just over 1000 miles on my 2007 Escalade Black/Black. Fully loaded with 22" wheels.
1) I'm starting to hear the NAV DVD constantly spin and find this annoying. Any fix for this or is this normal?
2) I do see the driver's side mirror shake on the highway. What exactly is the fix for this? I doubt my dealership would know.
3) How do I know if my HED lights are aimed to high? I went on a trip at night on a one lane highway and i had to keep my finger on the highbeam flash as 1 out of 3 cards would flash me and get mad at me when I didn't even have my high beams on! I'm not sure if having the 22" wheels makes the angle higher and as a result they need to be tilted down?
#866 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [auto007]
May 05, 2006 (4:47 am)
Congrats on the new car. I have the exact same one except I have 1200 miles on it now. Love it!
I saw the mirror issue mentioned somewhere and it's a known issue. I think the dealer fix is inserting a piece of foam somewhere. Your dealer should know about it.
Either I don't notice the DVD or it's not happening for me.
I get flashed too but I think it's because the car's so high it blinds people just like I used to be blinded when I had my E500. I suppose your dealer could check it out for you.
I love the car. Everyday I find a new little trick or gadget that I didn't know about.
#867 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [gap2006]
May 05, 2006 (5:36 am)
GAP, I was wondering if you had decided on the Caddy or not. I saw some of your comments on another forum. I suppose you saw my previous long evaluation above too?
Auto007, the DVD/NAV is something that I've noticed in both a 2005 Denali and the Caddy too. It's just that it is pulling data from the DVD while you are moving. Do you have a bunch of POI's active? Since the cabin is so much quieter, it's a bit more noticable, but other than when in a quandry, I keep the music going.
I am getting close to going to the dealer to resolve the things like the mirror, seats, etc. I just installed a leveling kit (short rear coil springs), which brought down the rear end by 1.5", making the vehicle level.
Last night, I put on the "GM Accessories" molded splash guards. Kind of gives the Escalade the Land Cruiser look. It will grow on me I guess.
When I first got mine, I also noticed the headlights were aimed too high. Usually, this is just one technicians "bad day", but to hear about 3 vehicles, I'm wondering.
I adjusted mine right away, and had to do it again when I lowered the rear end. Basically, the left level of the light beam should not go over the road at about 200 feet out. The factory settings were such that it would project indefinitely at about headlight hieght, which is wrong.
#868 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [awf_axis]
May 05, 2006 (7:22 am)
Dave, Yes that was a great review. I never had an SUV so I'm probably not noticing the things you are sensitive to yet. I was thinking about the mudguards myself. I will have them check the head lights now because I don't want to blind anyone and have them crash into me!
#869 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [gap2006]
May 05, 2006 (8:44 am)
Here's snapshot of the new flappers.
I got these from a GM dealership on EBAY. With shipping, it was cheaper than going local, and I got them in 3 days. The dealer in my area said it would be several days ust to get them in, and then a 35 mile trip to pick them up.
$125.90 shipping/insurance included.
If your interested, I'll give you the link.
#870 of 1005 Re: 2007 Escalade Update - Evaluation [awf_axis]
May 05, 2006 (9:56 am)
I like them!! Did you install them yourself? I'm not much of a mechanic.
The link would be appreciated. Thanks.