"we bought our 2002 caddy with 70,000 miles.
12-15-09 it now has 98,000. It is the best winter rig we have had. the AWD is great. we needed new brakes so i upgraded to crossdrilled rotors and no complaints there. things we replaced are the water pump it was only like 100 bucks i did it my self it was really easy. basic up keep fuel filter like 20 bucks,transmisson filter like 28 bucks, oil changes, all of this is easy just takes a little time and getting dirty wich most escalde owners wont do.oh the rear tail gate the shocks wore out they were 65 bucks online.i also upgraded the headlights to hid that was only 120 bucks. but now were wanting to trade it in for a van or yukon xl wife wants van.but we owe 16,000 still and trade in is like 11,000 we had more kids and the bench seat is fine but would rather be able to reach the 3rd row easy not open the rear hatch.
ya gas millage is bad 12mpgs city we live in a small town so its all city.but the power is GREAT!!!! the AWD is great. we get winter for 4-5 months."
"Do your routine maintenance on these vehicles and they will last a long time. I have owned three...'02 EXT, '04 EXT and '05 Escalade. Common problem is the release seal under the water pump, tends to rust out and leak a little antifreeze. Water pump is easy to replace for even novice mechanics. These vehicles will eat expensive tires if not rotated and balanced every 6-10K miles. Belts should be done ~100K."
"Regardless of fuel prices, this is an excellent vehicle, made to the highest standards. I haven't had a single problem and the dealer support is the best I've seen for vehicles in this price range. If you can afford the gas, you can't go wrong."