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Cadillac Escalade



  • crlcrl Posts: 3
    and the Escalade isn't an overpriced, gussied up Chevy Tahoe!!!!
  • I have owned an escalade for a couple of months now and I could not be happier with it. I was also debating at the time between a navigator and escalade. I made the right choice with the is unbelievable....the ride is unparalleled to any other SUV. Even the Denali felt different in the handling department. The superior bose sound system is something to marvel at...the quality of sound is amazing. And for the next model Cadillac is offering the same rear styling doors that the denali has, but i prefer the original tailgate.

    Cadillac did one hell of a job with this SUV and all you haters out their just don't know....
  • It's too bad that the 2000 Cadillac could not get the benefits of GM's re-design. Better engine and brakes, just to mention a few improvements. I would wait for the new model.
  • The 2000 Tahoe is built on the new platform with 4 wheel discs & the new suspension, but for 10K to 15K more the Escalade/Denali has to wait until 2001. Does this make sense to anyone?What does this say about Cadillac as GM's technology leader? I'll give you this though, the Escalade/Denali are the best looking SUV's on the market. In fact the White Escalade is my favorite, or maybe its the Gold Denali, no it has to be a Black Caddie, ah well they all look GOOD!!!
  • sobosksobosk Posts: 3
    I really appreciate your help. I won't be able to wait until 2001, but I am plenty satisfied with the 2000 version. Great to hear good things about it. I am pretty sure that we are going to purchase the Escalade.
  • I really like the ride and looks of the Caddy, but I am confused by the impending changes. Does anyone have any solid info on what changes to expect with the 2001 model? I know the platform will be updated to the new Yukon one, but will the body panels and interior design change.

    I must agree with bordeauxml55 that the Caddy is by far the best looking SUV. By the way, do you own an ml55? I looked briefly at the ml430, but the styling and size are negatives to me.

    My hesitation in getting the Caddy is the outdated engineering and the uncertainty surrounding the new model. Also, when is the 2001 model expected to come out?
  • I presently own a 99 ML 430, & a Suburban as my SUV's. I love the looks of the Esc/Den, but am a little disappointed in their not being the technological leaders for the GM truck divisions. I am in no way implying that the present truck isn't a fine one, I simply hate to see the "Top of the line" vehicles have to wait in line for the upgrades. After I get the ML 55, most likely in Jan or Feb, my wife will either keep the ML 430 as her daily driver or trade it for a Denali/Escalade which she absolutely loves. I hope to convince her to wait until the new platform is released, hopefully in mid-year 2000.
  • The Caddy is by far the best looking SUV ever! It has a look that just turns heads everywhere it goes. I know because I have a white one and believe's hard not to notice the stares that this car gets. It's perfection inside and outside.
  • I couldn't agree with you more. It seems crazy that the Denali/Escalade are the last to get the changes and not the first. GM needs to take lessons from their luxury challengers and truly make Cadillac the brand of unrivaled engineering, design, and performance. Just look at how Mercedes introduces their top technologies in the S class or ML55 first. Then in subsequent model years, features like ESP, Brake Assist, Xenon lights, etc. are rolled down their product line.

    All the excitement and discussion on the ML site also caused me to seriously consider the 2000 ML430. I wish there was more info on this site to generate that same level of excitement. Hopefully, Caddy is veiling everything in secrecy because the changes will be worth the wait.
  • nancytnancyt Posts: 4
    I also don't understand why GM would not update the top of the line first. I really want an Escalade, and have seen the 2000 with the new panel doors. It looks great, but I still hate to buy a vehicle that will be redesigned next year. I'm waiting for the 2000 Yukon to show up as it has the new platform. I may lease that until Cadillac gets its act together. Does anyone know if the 2001 Escalade might come out in mid-2000? That might convince me to wait, eventhough I wanted an SUV for this ski season. Cadillac looks a bit silly saying "It's good to be the Cadillac." It seems this year it's better to be the Yukon.
  • As soon as the new Yukons/Tahoes get integrated into the market, GM will bring the "New Platform" Escalades & Denalis to the market. I'm leaning toward mid-year, say April or May. It's just a hunch, but we'll see.
  • skeet3skeet3 Posts: 1
    I am thinking of leasing a 1999 or 2000 Escalade. Any good hints or suggestions? Any extra's that are a must?
  • A dealer in the DC area told me that the new platform won't hit the streets until this time next year. The target date is September '00. I guess I will have to wait because the overhaul is supposed to be extensive.
  • Who knows when the Excalade II is coming out but GMC Yukon is not due to February 2000 so who knows. However, test reports on the new Yukon are quite promising.

    I hate to insult anyone's intelligence here, but I'd say its a no brainer to wait for the 2001 EscII or better yet, go get a 2000 Yukon II in a few months. Anyone paying full boat for a 2000 Escalade will be met with serious depreciation otherwise. You gotta think that GM will either just fade out the 2000 Escalade very soon due to lack of demand or slap some serious rebates on it in order to move sheet metal.
  • I agree about rebates, Cadillac is already spending big bucks on their advertising campaign - "ON STAR". A $2000 rebate on top of getting it at INVOICE might be a good incentive.
  • I need a new car, can't really wait for the new Escalade II, so, should I get a 99 demo or 2000? I've been offered a 99 demo w/ 5K miles for 40K. Is this a good deal?
  • I don't think so. You could get the 2000 for ~43k.
    I think you could get them lower lower on the demo, especially with 5k miles. Here are Edmunds 99 figures.
    Invoice - $42,131
    Shipping - $650
    Holdback - 1376

    Good luck
  • Is the only good reason to buy a Cadillac over the Denali the badging on the outside? Or is there a better experence inside, such as the different kind of leather?
  • There are a few Caddilac perks. The leather is indeed softer on the Escalade, the warranty is a major difference as well, the Escalade has an additional year & I believe you get aloaner when in for service automatically. There are other slight differences also; colors, nicer wood in the Escalade, etc.
  • I drove a 99 Escallade and was not impressed. I was impressed with the dealership. You can tell they make a LOT of profit on each unit. They keep calling and sending note, good sales procedure but it shows me that there is a level of unsold inventory that should show some lowering of price. I prefer the Lincon Navigator because of all the comfort features they designed. It also appears to me that the Ford company has some style even though it is the same vehicle as the Expedition It has style, not just a couple of emblems and some wood trim. I feel both vehicles are too large for daily driving and now looking at the BMW X5.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788

    Escalade owners are really kidding themselves, to think they have "the" premium SUV, especially now that the totally new 2000 Chevy Tahoe is about to debut. Every one of the Escalade's direct SUV rivals offers a superior vehicle. The Escalade was obsolete the day it entered the market.

    I have no problem with Cadillac entering the SUV market. My problem is that the Escalade does not represent state-of-the-art engineering (or anything) that Cadillac is supposed to represent. It is nothing but classic old-school Cadillac marketing. "OnStar" and "upgraded" leather is not enough. It still has the lousy brakes and old engineering from the last generation GM SUVs.

    Cadillac needs to bring to market a SUV that showcases their talent and technological expertise. I know they're working on it, but until they introduce such a vehicle, the Escalade will remain an embarrassment (and the butt of many jokes) for GM.

    This is not just my opinion. Just about every magazine that has tested the Escalade has, at the very least hinted -- if not outright blasted GM -- that Cadillac could do better.

  • gtp9gtp9 Posts: 5
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    The 2001 Escalade will (again) be based upon the Tahoe platform. Hopefully Cadillac will have had enough time to "truly" distinguish the Escalade from its lesser GM siblings.

    I know Caddy is also working on a cross-over SUV, somewhat along the lines of the Lexus RX300 & BMW's X5. However, judging by GM's track record, I still don't expect any of the future Cadillac SUVs to be much of a match for the best from Europe or Japan.

  • ...then put a caddy grille on it. That is all you're gonna see.
  • gtp9gtp9 Posts: 5
    the 2000 escalade i feel is the besting looking one! and the interior is the top notch! i really would like a pic of the 2001! any idea where to get 1! also like i said before when is it coming. by the way who would want a tahoe when u could get an escalade! that is like getting a "se" grandprix to a "gtp" grandprix
  • Just to start off, the GTP is the top model grandprix. That's that gtp9 was talking about. But now to move on, I feel that Cadillac does need to keep the looks of the escalade the same or close to what they are now. The front end is the best characteristic of the SUV and that's why I will never get a navigator or lexus. The cadillac turns heads, and that is an important characteristic to me.
  • Can anyone who has bought a Escalade in Canada comment on the pricing and the deal you struck? I'm looking at an escalade and have been offered around $60000 can. Which still seems rather steep.
    Thanks in Advance.
  • I have owned an driven several GM trucks for many years and they are some of the best built and performing trucks on the market. The Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW all look like beefed up caravans. They have now style to them. The Escalade is pound for pound the best looking truck on the market and I blew the doors of the Mercedes truck at the light the other day. Cadillac needed a truck quickly to compete with the navigator, but the escalade will soon be rolling of it own power-plant with some type of northstar technology, and soon all of you that have been doggin American trucks and GM will be singing another tune. My father worked for GM for over 35 years and always supported American products, if you did the same you would see the American companies making it a priority to respond to your needs and wants and start making even better vehicles then they have know
  • If anyone has an Escalade or Danali, I have brand new rims and tires for sale. 17 inch Firestone high performance tires mounted on Niche' Bella Cadillac rims. Please respond if interested
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