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Cadillac Escalade

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  • nbownbow Posts: 5
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  • heatwave3heatwave3 Posts: 462
    stacy: regarding your comments "Tell the manufacturers to make a SAFE, RELIABLE, AWD VAN with a LARGE TRUNK and lots of LUXURY to seat at least 6! So sick of hearing all you guys whining about "poussers"!"

    Actually GM maybe be ahead of the curve on your request. The design of the Denali, Denali XL and the Escalade recognize that there is a larger market for a powerful, well handling suv that is rarely going to go off-road than there is for a luxury suv with Hummer-like off-road qualities.

    Having owned various 4wd vehicles over 20 years, I came to quickly find that off-roading just was not a big enough part of my life to justify carrying around alot of extra hardware like 4wd lo that just never gets used. I couldn't be happier with the AWD setup in my Denali XL and am now convinced I would never want a vehicle without it (provided it has the power to compensate for the extra power needed).

    I think GM and Ford (with the AWD Mountaineer) have recogized what customer's really want and I think we will find a whole lot more vehicles being designed with AWD than with trick 4wd systems that can boast about crossing 4 ft ditches, articulating over 2 ft boulders, or racing a cheetah on an African Safari.

    The average American SUV owner just doesn't have a need for these capabilities and once consumer's realize the hype doesn't really match their needs, AWD will exceed 4wd systems with lots of bells and whistles that no one ever uses.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    GM is ahead of the curve even more, as this year they will introduce the first Full-size Vans (yep full-sized vans) with AWD.

    -mike
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    May 17, 2002 Watauga, N.C. -- General Motors Corp. is being sued by a man who says mold in his Cadillac sport-utility vehicle caused permanent injuries that left him suffering chronic depression and unable to work.

    http://www.auto.com/industry/iwire17_20020517.htm
  • dapetrundapetrun Posts: 15
    Can anyone offer their specific recomendation on a hood mounted bug/wind deflector for the 2002 Escalade? I'm looking for manufacturer and model that does NOT cause additional cabin air noise and provides some protection for stone chips on the windshield. I have numerous chips in the glass and I don't tailgate!
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550
    Escalade EXT is well-built, very luxurious

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  • I'm aware of the sticker info but wondered about actual mpg? It annoys me that it requires premium fuel and the poor mileage indicated is a double turn off. Otherwise I love the truck. I was offered 1% above invoice - is this normal or was it a great deal? Your comments would be appreciated! Thanks!
  • bolkerbolker Posts: 30
    Do you mean 1% over factory invoice or 1% over sticker and are calling that the invoice? 1% over factory invoice is an awesome deal. Just find out which "invoice" they are talking about.

    Ron
  • A Jacksonville FL dealer offered (in writing) 1% over factory invoice and pulled the actual invoice out of their files. Coupled with two separate $2000 incentives made it very appealing but I prefer digital instrumentation.
  • lambeth1lambeth1 Posts: 2
    I have been quoted $800/month tax inc. with $2,000 out of pocket for a 3 yr/ 36k lease has anyone had a better quote? I am in Fl.
  • bolkerbolker Posts: 30
    Boy it's a large laundry list. Instead of listing it all here, just follow this link.


    http://www.gm-trucks.com/ART_2003_previewmain.shtml


    Ron

  • joe_jensenjoe_jensen Posts: 27
    I've used Husky mud flaps on a 2001 Yukon XL and they were great. Anything comparible for Escalades?
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    I have read throug all these messages and I have seen one problem for squeaking rubber. Caddy must have really gotten this car right. I mean I read the MDX and RX boards and see tons more people complaining about problems there. This just makes me want my own escalade even more :)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    No offense but it's really just a rebadged version of the GMC trucks, which have been out for a few years, so the bugs should have been worked out in the previous years. Not that it isn't w/o merit but take that into consideration.

    -mike
  • I am amazed. Certainly not my prior experience with Cadillac to have no problems. My last (and 3rd Cadillac) was a 1990, and it wasn't good,but it was better than its predessors. Nor is it what read on the other Cadillac boards even today. Perhaps I should give this truck a look.
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    I know but look at the mdx came out in 2k as a 2k1 the ml has been out since 98 and they still know thy're service advisors by name. I think it is notable at least. I know it's not a billy goat off road like Isuzu's, soobs, jeep, lr or hummers but it does seem like one of the best luxury utes there is. It will probably come down to the escalade and 2003 MDX unless the GX470 leases reasonably :)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Although it's getting a bad rap as the Ghetto Hoopty :( Funny thing is the Hummer H2 is built off the same platform! For onroad the Escalade is decent although like any SUV I'd have to question why not get an AWD Van or AWD mid-sized van (Safari has same interior room as a suburban) Oh that's right, image, forgot that! It's a great image vehicle though. (Country Clubs, Spas, Wall Street, etc)

    -mike
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    Ghetto Hoopty huh only if I put Jordans or Dub's and a quarter on it lol :) Know what I saw an axiom with duece dueces on it this week wonder how much off roading he is doing :P
  • Any news on how the Escalade measures up to the new H2 and Navigator? As for the Ghetto hoopty comments, the inner city is always on the leading edge of cultural trends. Whether its music, fashion, or automobiles many of the hottest products gain mainstream momentum after attaining their street credentials.

    The fact that Cadillac has resurged with this market segment is a boon to GM. 5 years ago it was all about Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus. Today, Cadillac, GMC, Hummer, etc have all vaulted into that mix. And as for aspirational targets, you can't see a rap video without a Bentley. Bentley's sales have increased 200% in the past several years and you better believe that professional athletes, entertainers, and ghetto superstars are responsible for that.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    They are built on the same chassis!

    -mike
  • baron87baron87 Posts: 93
    The H2 is built on a modified version of the Suburban platform which the Escalade ESV is built on.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    is the LWB version of the Escalade/Denali/Yukon/Avalanche

    -mike
  • But the Escalade has more HP, Torque, and features. They drive completely differently too. GM has the truck and SUV category covered on all bases.
  • Anyone know when the DVD in dash navigational system will be available on the Escalade? Will it be an item that can be retrofitted?
  • js237js237 Posts: 13
    I just purchased a new 02, silver sand, sunroof. I bought it at invoice ("dealer's cost"), got an addtional $2000 off from GM, and because we owned an Expediton we got an additional $1500 off. 0% finance for 5 years, 0 down, no payments untill Jan. 15th. So I paid $3,500 below dealer invoice.

    I surprised my wife and she loves it.
  • What are realistic prices for 02 or 03 models? Sounds like invoice is possible for the 02, how about the 03? The $2000 off from js237 - is that a standard GM discount for all models, just the 02, or what?

    Thanks.
  • The DVD Navigation is available on the 2003 Escalades and its over variant models like the EXT and ESV. However, I am not sure if they will put them at the beginning of the first roll off assembly on the 2003s as options or have them at a later date. They may be available first of the year but however, they are available.

    I also remember some posts ago you did not care much for the Escalade. You been liking them some time now or you like them but the SUV is not your cup of tea?

    J "CaddyLac"
  • Doesn't it seem that adding so many different variants to the Escalade takes away from the panache of the original? In my opinion, the ESV doesn't look nearly as attractive as the original, or as classy as the Denali XL. When the 2002 first came out, I thought that an XL sized Caddy was a good idea, but now that I've seen it, I'm not so sure. The interior will be a welcome spot, but outside I think it lacks effect that is achieved by the original. I have my doubts on the sales of this variant. If it was me, the Denali XL would be my choice long before the new ESV.

    At first, I didn't like the new gauge cluster for 2003. I was a fan of the so called 'racer-gauges' in the '02's. The steering wheel looked unproportioned. Now that I've been in one, I've changed my mind. The steering wheel is an improvment (on the Denali, it feels much thicker), I still miss the gauges and I am puzzled over the dissapearance of the onboard computer.
  • i'm doing a project for school and i have to know the EPA mileage (the mileage that is on the speedometer) for a new 2003 Cadillac Escalade.
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