"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."
"This is by far the best Luxury SUV on the market. Its biggest downfall is MPG but it has a true 6.0 liter V8 and Im getting 16 mpg average not great but not bad. It has a lot of room and can tow anything you can think of. I have over 66k in mileage and had no mechanical issues. I would like better MPG so the 2009 Hybrid looks like the answer....."
"I JUST BOUGHT MY ESCALADE AN 04 WITH 35000 IT HAS THE SUNROOF AND NAV OPTIONS.
THE INTERIOR IS THE BEST OF ANY SUV THAT I HAVE OWNED NICE REAL LEATHER SEATS AND AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF ADJUSTMENTS AND HAS THE BEST RIDE AS WELL. WAS VERY SUPRIZED OF THE GAS MILEAGE I SEEM TO GET BETWEEN 15 AND 17 MOST OF THE TIME. THE ONLY DOWN SIDE IS THE HANDING IT SEEMS SLUGGISH PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE WEIGHT BUT THERE IS NO FEED BACK THAT YOU GET FROM THE ROAD SEEMS VERY FLOATY. BUT THE REST OF THE PACKAGE MAKES UP FOR THAT. PLUS WILL HAVE A GOOD RESALE VALUE PROBABLY THE BEST OF ANY FULL SIZE DOMESTIC SUV RIGHT NOW."
"My 2003 Escalade is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It is not great on gas mileage, but considering the safety and the maintenance that is not even an issue with me. I would buy another one in a heartbeat. Just don't know if the newer ones are as good as this one. I have 75,000 miles on it and it is perfect, inside, out and mechnically!"
"I love my 2005 Escalade. I owed a VW-Toureug prior to the Escalade, but the VW was worse on gas. I avg around 12 MPG with a V6 vs the Escalade which has a V8, and get 13MPG. I will never own another VW, for as long as I live. I love everything about the Escalade, from its spacious interior, the the DVD player for the kids the the standary XM Radio. This is a GREAT SUV."
"I have owned tons of SUVS and this is by far the best!!! Loved it so much that we have a his and hers truck. Mine is red his is black. When we bought my truck it had 120000 miles on it and it is still going perfectly after 25000 miles and two years later. I would recommend this truck to anyone."
"Bought my '05 new and 2 1/2 years later I still think it is the nicest and most refined vehicle on the road!! No issues except some minor warranty work in the first 200 miles!! Dealership has been wonderful and the service prices are very reasonable. You definately get what you pay for with this beautiful SUV!!"
"I love my 02'. Looks, styling are sweet. Very comfortable & great for long trips or bad weather handling. Plenty of power, comfort & all the room I need. This is a very reliable vehicle... now have 78K miles with no issues. Sound system is great! Gas mileage is so so... but this is one heavy boat... hence the need for 345 ponies. All in all, I very happy with my purchase."
"we have owned an '02 escalade for five years and never had a single problem... it has treated us very well and all we do is routine maint. on it, never needed a repair in the five and a half years we have owned it! i highly recommend this suv to anyone thinking about buying one!"
"I purchased this SUV new in 2002, never had one minute problem with the vehicle! This is a large /heavy vehicle and the gas mileage is about 15.5 on hwy. LOVE THIS VEHICLE! Still looks like brand new with 36,000 original miles......."