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    Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    I just came back from test-driving an ESV Platinum edition and an AWD Escalade. I especially liked the cooled seats on the ESV. The ESV had a smoother ride, even with its 20" wheels. The smaller Escalade was nice too.

    I have a Lexus RX330 now. I really don't need anything bigger. But....

    Anyone switch from a Lexus?

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    do you know what the differences between the platinum edition and the regular are?? i know the wheels are different and i tihnk it has more wood trim. i also saw the speaker covers are a little different. do you know of any other differences??

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    the Platinum is based on the ESV---so longer wheel base = smoother ride
    the platinum has different wood trim (its darker)
    the platinum also has a black steering wheel
    the platinum has different speedometer
    the platinum has different mats

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    The Platinum edition also has "everything" standard--heated & cooled seats and cupholders in the first and second row. Standard are also the navigation system and DVD player in the second and third row. For $70K it should have all the "goodies."

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    it has a different speedo?? does anyone have a pic of that??

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    directly from cadillac.com
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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Ormond
    I just came back from test-driving an ESV Platinum edition and an AWD Escalade. I especially liked the cooled seats on the ESV. The ESV had a smoother ride, even with its 20" wheels. The smaller Escalade was nice too.

    I have a Lexus RX330 now. I really don't need anything bigger. But....

    Anyone switch from a Lexus?

    Hi, I switched from a 2000 Land Cruiser to the 2002 Escalade. Not a Lexus...wait, yes it is, it's the LX470 w/o the inflated sticker price and the great service.

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    I have a 2002 RX300 Lexus and just bought a 2004 Escalade...absolutely love it. Was going to trade the Lexus but they didn't quite meet what I needed to get so have it advertised at wholesale basically just to get out of that payment. It takes some getting used to driving such a big vehicle compared to the Lexus but it's definitely a step up.

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    I am looking at trading my Lexus GS400 for one. But nothing compares to the GS400 that I have seen. I do like the escalade better than most others, when it comes to SUV's

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    Arrow ESV Platinum Made in Mexico

    One thing that I didn't like about the Caddy, is its lack of airbags. Only two?

    I also noticed that the final assembly plant is in Mexico! What's up with that?

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    Re: ESV Platinum Made in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by Ormond
    One thing that I didn't like about the Caddy, is its lack of airbags. Only two?

    I also noticed that the final assembly plant is in Mexico! What's up with that?
    there's more than 2, isn't there?? to me it doesn't matter. i don't plan on wrecking

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    I was online, and I noticed that all the ESVs are assembled in Mexico.

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    Re: Test Drove the ESV Platinum Edition

    I traded a Lexus RX330 for a 2004 Escalade.

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    Re: ESV Platinum Made in Mexico

    Quote Originally Posted by Ormond
    One thing that I didn't like about the Caddy, is its lack of airbags. Only two?

    I also noticed that the final assembly plant is in Mexico! What's up with that?
    Hey now. stop spreading bad rumors! The Escalade has side air bags too. You can see the demo on cadillac.com

    As for it being built in Mexico... there's tons of things that are build internationaly. Look at Nike, they build their shoes in China. Hewlett Packard (computers/servers) also has theirs in China. There are also some top designer fashion labels that "assemble" their clothes in Mexico. The labor is cheaper, but that doesnt mean that they will not pass quality tests. Thats what warranty is for anyways!

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