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Cadillac Escalade

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  • cdg19cdg19 Posts: 15
    I suppose Caddilac will come out with a truck next just like the Navigator truck
  • bostnwhalrbostnwhalr Posts: 128
    Have all you Escalade fans heard that the new Escalade is not coming out for at least another year? You're stuck with the old one while GMC and Chevy get the updated and vastly improved new one.

    What is GM/Cadillac thinking? Of course, I guess we should expect this from the division that forgot how to count back in December 1998.
  • no_body_74no_body_74 Posts: 5
    I think you better check your sources. Cadillac is coming out with a completely redesigned Escalade in 2000. They have not shown it an auto show yet because they are working to differentiate it from the Denali and other GM SUV. I think they are going to try to have a different exterior shape as well as a more "Cadillac" interior with the electronic climate control and stereo unit that Cadillac is famous for.
  • greenml430greenml430 Posts: 21
    I understand the "New Platform" Escalade will be a Mid-Year release & most likely marketed as a 2001 model. Cadillac however is working feverishly to bring it in earlier. The Navigator is killing both the Denali & Escalade together in total sales & GM needs to build a fire under the engerneering team redesigning this VERY profitable SUV. The sooner it arrives, if done well, the better.
  • bostnwhalrbostnwhalr Posts: 128
    My "source" is the June 1999 issue of Automobile magazine. They said that it is coming out next year as a 2001 model. The new Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon are out this fall.

    As greenml430 has said, hopefully Cadillac is taking the time to truly differentiate the Escalade from its lesser cousins. At least Ford was wise enough to equip the Navigator with an exclusive engine at 300hp. Perhaps GM is thinking along the same lines....
  • revgslickrevgslick Posts: 5
    Let me be the first to bring a contrarion point of view.
    A) PPl who are spending 10k more for a navigator over an expedition are either buying an XLT Expy or are getting raped by the dealer. If you are to comparably equip a navigator and an Expedition E/B the difference sums up to $4-$5k. With this you get different leather, 2nd row buckets, 300hp DOHC engine, better warranty etc.
    B). I test drove a Denali, Escalade, Land Cruiser, Expedition, Navigator and LX470.
    The two entrants from Toyota were just awesome pieces of machinery but the price difference for a decent looking Land Cruiser/LX470 is astonishing compared to the Ford/GM luxo-utes so they were off the list.
    I liked the Denali and the tu-tone leather, didn't even think about the escalade because the major difference (onstar) can be had on the denali.
    The Expedition just didn't lust me as much as the Navigator.
    So now I was down to the Navigator or Denali. My decision was the Navigator because of the more powerful engine (300hp) vs. (255). I need to tow a boat so the tow capacity issue was a must. Also, the Denali didn't have a third seat so it couldn't fit the bill. Also, I managed to save 2k on the navigator compared to the denalis because the dealers wouldn't budge off of MSRP.
    With the 2k I went and upgraded my speakers in the Nav and also had an Alpine CVA-1000 TV screen installed. I am very happy with the deal but to each his own. Just thought I would let you know what I picked and why.
  • bonnie_rickbonnie_rick Posts: 115
    Road Test: Cadillac Escalade, coming soon to the front page of www.edmunds.com

    Bonnie Rick
    Town Hall Community Manager, Edmunds.com
  • s_cole00s_cole00 Posts: 3
    I enjoyed Edmond's review of the Caddy SUV. I own a '96 Tahoe. I really like the vehicle. I felt silly buying it when there's only me and the Mrs., but then we have a 20' boat to tow and had numerous mishapps trying to haul it in and out of unimproved launch ramps with our '81 Buick Century wagon. Hauling everything from firewood to furniture was easier too. My RC boat racing hobby takes me to many off road ponds as well. There's actually room to sleep in the back when rain starts soaking my tent at a camp site. The big truck makes freeway driving in the snow almost a joy. The vehicle laughs off snow drifts that would spin-out a car.

    I actually wanted a vehicle based on a chassis that was around a long time. My hope was that bugs would all be worked out and I could expect a machine that wouldn't spend time at the dealer. So far this has been true. The vehicle has not been back under the warranty.

    I have enhanced the vehicle slightly to deal with some of the minor short-commings. A set of heavier Bilstein shocks to stop wind wander and firm up the ride. A set of Stainless Steel gas slotted disc's for the rear brakes. Carbon fiber pads for the front. This baby WILL STOP! This setup pulls up the pedal slop too.

    The ultimate cruelty was that I purchased a 99 Civic Si to use for my long work commute and spare the gas and the wear and tear on my Tahoe, but when I got the insurance bill I found that I could have driven the Tahoe for even money. The Si cost 2.5 times what the Tahoe does to insure and that's at least the fuel cost difference.
  • nancytnancyt Posts: 4
    I'm so glad to find this discussion. I have a 98 STS and wouldn't trade it for anything. However I have been tearing out my hair shopping for an SUV. I was disappointed to see the drop-down tailgate on the Escalade. Loading & unloading way too difficult. On the GMC website I see the 2000 Yukon will have a liftgate option, but my Cadillac dealer says the 2000 Escalade will be unchanged. Some of the comments I'm reading here about a new platform are giving me hope. I'd like to stay with GM for the Onstar system. Maybe 2000 is too early to buy if big changes are coming later?
  • jarrettwjarrettw Posts: 14
    Nancy, have you thought about the GMC Denali? You can get the doors with it and also the Onstar system
  • mjordan23mjordan23 Posts: 1
    Do you think 'brand names' are worth the expensive price? I mean from ck, to tommy hilfiger, adidas, jordan, abercrombie and fitch, eddie bauer, gap, fubu, r.l. polo, nike, roxy quiksilver, etc. etc. you could spend a million dollars on ten shirts. it is rediculous.!!!
  • meredithmeredith Posts: 578
    Some of my "Pickups" conferee's...

    have been getting downright rude lately! I will not permit this rudeness to begin here. Please reread your Participants Agreement. Obscene, rude and uncivil behavior will NOT be tolerated!

    Front Porch Philosopher
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  • vosakivosaki Posts: 5
    I guess the above posting is a joke. I haven't read everyone of the postings here, but at their worst, the posters are merely stating blunt opinions. Compared to what you just wrote, other comment seem mild.
    Stop trying to be a minor league censor.
  • vosakivosaki Posts: 5
    Can anyone explain the benefits of On Star. As I understand it, Cadillac provides it free, but after the first year, you pay $20 a month. That sound exactly like a cell phone contract. And its about the same price. But what you end up with is a brain damaged cell phone that can only be used to call a tow truck.
  • chevy10chevy10 Posts: 17
    Remember Vic, if you can afford a 45,000 dollar rig than you can afford another twenty bucks a month. On Star can also save your life. If the air bag is ever deploided then the on star communications will send an ambulence so if you hit a tree at one in the morning and no one is around there will be help on the way no matter where you are. Now if its your life were talking about i think its worth the extra twenty bucks a month.
  • nancytnancyt Posts: 4
    Vic, here's my poiint of view on Onstar. When I bought my STS I also thought it was just another toy, and since I don't use my cell phone while driving, I didn't buy it. After learning more about it, I did go back and have it installed. I drive several times a year from L.A. to the eastern Sierra alone. Sure, if something goes wrong out on 395 I can use a cell phone to call for help. However, on an unfamiliar stretch of hwy or way out where roadsigns and landmarks are few and far between, it isn't always easy to know your exact location. At least Onstar knows where the heck I am within 100 yds, even if I don't. I like knowing that a real live person is on the other end of my Onstar button. Also, as Chevy10 said, if the airbags deploy, they call the car. If no response, they send emergency vehicles. If my thinking isn't flawed, it also makes Lo-Jack somewhat redundant. If the security system is violated, they also call the car looking for a password. Without it, police are notified. In theory, my car could be stolen and recovered before I know it's missing. Locking keys in the car probably happens less with remote locking, but if it happens, you can call Onstar and they can unlock the door remotely. Of course there is the frivolous stuff too: finding a hotel in the next town, closest restaurant, atm etc. Maybe with guys the personal security thing isn't such a big deal, but for me personally, the peace of mind I have driving around alone as I do, is well worth the cost. True, I haven't needed it yet. I have only needed my earthquake insurance once also, but I was REALLY glad on 1-17-94 that I had paid the premiums all those years.! Just my opinion.
  • glenmarglenmar Posts: 1
    I have been looking at SUV's, specifically Escalade, Navigator, Tahoe and Yukon Denali - I understand that the Tahoe will have a new "truck" body for 2000, is it the Z71 body, and will it be put on the Escalade as well? No dealer will tell me, since I seem to be leaning to the escalade (2000), they keep pushing the 99 saying it will not be different???
    2nd question, has anyone heard when the new Denali is due out, I understand it will be VERY close in similarities to the Escalade?? Thanks for any Help...
  • jarrettwjarrettw Posts: 14
    What I have heard is the 2000 Tahoe will get the new body and chassis the trucks got last year. The Escalade won't be updated until 2001. Not sure how concrete this is. Hope this helps.
  • Tell you what, it doesn't matter to me when Cadillac comes out with the re-designed Escalade. I have one and the machine is a dream to me. The smooth ride alone blows the Navigator out of the water. Bigger isn't always better.
  • blake6blake6 Posts: 1
    IS the 2000 Denali getting the new truck chaises
  • carlccarlc Posts: 3
    From what I understand, the Denali and the Escalade won't get the updated platform until the 2001 model year.
  • I've had my fingers crossed for the new platform for this year. I really want an SUV for this winter and would love an Escalade, but it seems silly to buy one one year before the new platform comes out. I also didn't want to deal with a drop-down tailgate; too hard to reach over to load and unload. I had hoped for a liftgate, which the GM website says will be an option on the Yukon for 2000. My cadillac dealer says he has a 2000 Escalade in now with the "barn door" style doors. I'll keep hoping until October, then tear my hair out trying to decide what to do. I'm glad to hear from greyghst that the ride is really smooth. I'll have to drive one. I went with friends to test drive a Land Cruiser and it was fantastic. I would really like to see the Escalade measure up.
  • Bought an Escalade about two weeks ago. Love the truck but am having serious problems with alignment. At first the truck pulled badly to the left, with or without any braking input. A trip to the local Caddy store did not correct the problem (they said that they aligned the truck). A second trip resulted in a new set of wheels and tires, a second alignment and slightly less "Towards the median we go" pulling". The problem seems to be amplified by any crown on the roadway. Let me know if anyone else is experiencing these types of problems
  • I was at the local Cadilac dealer today. 1999 & 2000 models are on the lot. No change in pricing for 2000 (yet) ... based on the last price increase for the late 1999's. Can anyone tell me what numbers they are getting for residuals? I have been told 59% for 45K and 62% for 36K on a 3 year lease. How do these numbers compare.

    I have also seen notes of dealers selling at MSRP. Just wondering how that is now that we are closer to 2000, and with the 1999's on the lot. Locally, we have $1,500 rebate on 99 Escalade ... and $1,000 on Denali. 2000 Denali has On-Star as standard ... supposedly some sort of difference in the services offered between the Denali and Escalade (vanilla, vs. vanilla fudge)?
  • For all potential escalade buyers: why not buy a
    Denali and donate the extra do-re-mi to charity?
    Or better yet, send it to me. Of course, it you want to pay $$$ simply for a Cadillac badge on a
    GMC truck, then I guess that's your deal. Don't know if anyone else remembers the Cimmaron, but Caddy's continual badge engineering is pathetic.
  • Anyone have any news on the 2001 model. What changes are in store beyond the platform modification?
  • Im in the market for a new suv but not sure whats
    available in a 7 passenger I already have the durango.
  • sobosksobosk Posts: 3
    I am looking into buying an Escalade and have already taken a test drive. I was extremely impressed and am very interested. Can anyone give me some info. on their experiences with the Escalade? Pros., Cons. problems that I didn't see in the test drive? Also, how far were you able to haggle the price down to? Let me know ASAP. Thanks!
  • king1king1 Posts: 5
    Do not waste your time or $$ buy a Lexus Lx470..........
  • sobosksobosk Posts: 3
    King1

    There is not a chance I would by a Lexus. They are too overpriced and are basically a gussied up Toyota. Thanks anyway.
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