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    Why buy an Escalade?

    First off I could care less about the name or what people think. I drive what I like, because I chose it not because of what someone else thinks. We have never really had a "luxury" vehicle, although every vehicle we have ever owned we have boughten in its top trim level. (Always GM vehicles: Suburban, tahoe, grand prix, bonnevilles)

    But I think its time for something different.


    I was just wondering how different the escalade is compared to the other GM trucks. Right now we've got a 1999 Suburban SLT top model in 1999. Its been a very nice and reliable truck for us and I don't see getting rid of it anytime soon. Had very few problems with it in the 10 years we've had it.

    But I would like a new vehicle for myself. I like the look of the escalades. And seem like they would be a step up from the suburban.


    I'm looking at an 02-06 model year. Budget not decided yet but most of what I can afford is already at or beyond 100k miles. I know the 03+ has an upgraded interior and the newer ones have nav, but I see a lot of 02's in my budget with decent mileage.


    Just curious what makes the escalade so much better, couldn't really find any good comparison.

    I've seen people talk about air ride? Are these just air struts with an Electronic leveling pump, instead of gas-charged or is there more to it.

    What more does the escalade have over a top model suburban or tahoe?

    Also, any common problems?

    Would you recommend the 5.3 2WD or the 6.0 AWD?

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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    test drive a yukon denali and an escalade that are as closely optioned as possible
    make note of the differences on paper (what can be optioned in the denali to make it like an escalade, etc)

    after your test drives you can then compare the things that don't show on paper
    like how you liked the looks of the exterior and interior and the feel of the interior, the ride and handling, etc
    then you can take the difference in cost between the two (which basically comes down to all the stuff on the escalade that you can't get in the denali)
    compare the dollar amount difference to those things that you can't get the same
    (interior and exterior design/styling, lights/lamps, and other things that aren't available)

    then you can make a decision: is this stuff worth this extra money?
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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    Had a mechanic friend tell me not to get the Escalade because of all the problems and electronic gizmos going wrong and the 6.0 getting bad gas mileage.

    But to me it seems like its pretty much a more luxurious suburban/tahoe, so shouldn't be that difference maintenance wise. Aside from air ride and the AWD transfer case. (Not sure what else, I have yet to drive one).

    I've got a 1999 Tahoe now, that I've put a lot of money and work into. Its got 216k but although the drivetrain is rock solid, its got a lot of little stupid problems and figured if I could upgrade to an escalade with less miles, I might just do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northstar125
    Had a mechanic friend tell me not to get the Escalade because of all the problems and electronic gizmos going wrong and the 6.0 getting bad gas mileage.

    But to me it seems like its pretty much a more luxurious suburban/tahoe, so shouldn't be that difference maintenance wise. Aside from air ride and the AWD transfer case. (Not sure what else, I have yet to drive one).

    I've got a 1999 Tahoe now, that I've put a lot of money and work into. Its got 216k but although the drivetrain is rock solid, its got a lot of little stupid problems and figured if I could upgrade to an escalade with less miles, I might just do it.
    Your mechanic apparently knows nothing about a escalade (not knocking him but its true) as they are built on the same lines as the Chevy and gmc counterparts the only differences are hid low beams(03-06) better ride and much better seats(certain years and trims have heated and cooled seats)
    But the body panels and frame along with the power-train(except the 6.0 has 345 hp) are the same as the Chevy and gmc counterparts
    The all wheel drive is great in the winter(no forgetting to engage it) and on long trips I average 15-16.7 mpg(that's great for a full size body on frame suv)

    I will admit that have had to replace a few things(PCM, radio, and soon the rear air shocks and compressor) but it wouldn't keep me from getting one(ps the air shock system is also on the Chevy and gmc counterparts in the same years)

    I suggest you test drive one and see for yourself

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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    I owned a 2006 Sierra Z71 SLT crew cab and a 2004 Yukon Denali. I was in the market like you were. I looked at several 02 models and they were less expensive in most cases. I didn't want to get another Denali and I didn't want to go Lincoln or some other brand. I got an 04 Escalade Saturday and I'm happy with my purchase. I like the OEM HID light, easy double din fitment, and how the console looks....just to name a few things.

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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    I have owned a Tahoe, Suburban, and now an Escalade. The 6.0 and AWD is the break over for me plus the smoothness. My Suburban was the 8.1 Big Block 4 x 4. It didn't perform nearly as well as the Escalade...amongst all of the others the Cadillac is smoother, quieter and more responsive. I am older than most of the guys on this Forum (60) and I enjoy my comforts. Yukon Denali = Escalade = Yukon Denali ...they are the same with different badging.

    In summary...if I could get the Lq9 6.0 in any of the others it wouldn't matter but the Cadillac with the power is a game changer for me.

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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    Why buy an Escalade?? Its simple to me, its a Cadillac!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrHolland
    Why buy an Escalade?? Its simple to me, its a Cadillac!!!
    Simply put its the standard of the world is another reason
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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    also, wasn't Magneride an option that was available on the Escalades of this generation that wasn't available for it's siblings
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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    4 Wheel Stabilitrack, Smoother ride, better sound system, more powerful powertrain, wood grain interior, Nice little Clock! lol.
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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    ^^^^^^ + people see you in a escalade they think ur a boss!!!!!!!!!!!!! i average 20mpg hwy and 18.4 city on 6.0. with a intake being my only engine mod. then i got a hypertech max power unit tune

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    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept
    also, wasn't Magneride an option that was available on the Escalades of this generation that wasn't available for it's siblings
    In 04 it was

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigirb2002
    ^^^^^^ + people see you in a escalade they think ur a boss!!!!!!!!!!!!! i average 20mpg hwy and 18.4 city on 6.0. with a intake being my only engine mod. then i got a hypertech max power unit tune
    So true I have had people switch lanes to get out my way when I go through town(some think I am the FBI)

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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    why would anyone think you're the FBI

    FBI never drives Cadillac ... Chevy or maybe GMC ... but almost never Cadillac
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    Re: Why buy an Escalade?

    In my opinion the Escalade handles much better than it's "lesser" counterparts as well. I have a few same generation Suburbans we use at work, and they feel very wonky and top heavy when turning corners. My Escalade had much less body roll and handles more like carlike than they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RippyPartsDept
    why would anyone think you're the FBI

    FBI never drives Cadillac ... Chevy or maybe GMC ... but almost never Cadillac
    My uncle did(no he isn't a drug dealer) I guess it was because my truck is black and he had never seen it before
    But you are right they drive gmc or Chevy(the pres has a caddy though that is built on a escalade frame(the beast is not a true car)

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiMan
    In my opinion the Escalade handles much better than it's "lesser" counterparts as well. I have a few same generation Suburbans we use at work, and they feel very wonky and top heavy when turning corners. My Escalade had much less body roll and handles more like carlike than they do.
    Try driving a hummer h2 after driving your escalade(not bad but nowhere near as stable) the reason the caddy handles as great as it does is because of the suspension system

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