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    Yes cracking dashes suck. However no other "import" demands the respect, boasts the power and looks as stunning as the escalade. I too have some complaints about the vehicle but honestly they are not big enough to stop me from purchasing future Cadillacs. I think there are more "trolls" on this thread than GM employees. I think that's why they are so quick to judge, simply because they know Cadillac will continue to sale these vehicles no matter what.

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    Also for those of you who don't know, Hannity's main goal in life is to bash the brand. Seriously get a life man ! He doesn't own a caddy yet constantly trolls this forum.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by lee88 View Post
    Yes cracking dashes suck. However no other "import" demands the respect, boasts the power and looks as stunning as the escalade. I too have some complaints about the vehicle but honestly they are not big enough to stop me from purchasing future Cadillacs. I think there are more "trolls" on this thread than GM employees. I think that's why they are so quick to judge, simply because they know Cadillac will continue to sale these vehicles no matter what.

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    Also for those of you who don't know, Hannity's main goal in life is to bash the brand. Seriously get a life man ! He doesn't own a caddy yet constantly trolls this forum.
    It's a nice truck and I really do enjoy mine but it is not worth anywhere near what they ask when you compare the competition. Your opinions are your own and I respect that. I do not necessarily agree and think there are many trucks out there that are just as powerful or more, better looking and much better appointed. Fit and finish is shameful on the Escalade for it's price point and all you have to do is look at the paint. I'm not going to get into it that much as it gets discussed to death but a cracked dash on a 4 year old luxury vehicle is UNACCEPTABLE. Period.
    I think hannity's perspective is needed. Even if you don't agree with him, he should be able to speak freely here. He did have an Escalade so that does qualify him to have an opinion but he got rid of it because of his problems with the vehicle. It's a forum, not a corporate think tank. People come to share ideas and opinions and I don't know why you are a 'troll' if you sayanything negative about the brand...especially if it's true. Isn't it more productive to get problems heard rather than just looking the other way? Seems to me, the only people who would want to do that are ones whose livelyhood depend on it or people in serious denial.
    I am part of a lot of different car forums as I own or have owned many different brands of vehicles and I have NEVER been on one that has so many members so vehemently opposed to negative talk about the brand. You go on ANY other forum and owners are constantly bitching about their cars and what they hate about them and what they'd like to see changed. The comments are light and everyone gives their two cents but it doesn't get nasty and intimidating like it does here. Here you say anything and you're a 'troll' and people take Caddy bashing personal... very strange.
    Why would you even care if someone bashes the brand of vehicle you drive? And how can you take that personally? Seems to me, if you get upset when someone says something bad about a cadillac or Gm in general, maybe you are the one who needs to get a life...unless you are protecting your paycheck...that's different.
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    I agree hannity has a place here since he is a previous owner. Perhaps some of us are too blinded by the badge on the front of the car to be willing to call out its flaws.
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    I think it's fine to complain and point out its flaws, I've done it many times before. However some people do it constantly and not in hopes that GM fixes the problem but to stir up drama. Hannity's comments are always the same. Negative. I just don't understand why anyone who hates something so much continues to stick around. It actually reminds me of someone who goes around bashing their ex. They do it so much and convince themselves into thinking they hate them when in reality they're are infatuated with them. Lol yup that's it! Hannity has a love for cadillac that he can't admit and instead talks trash all day for attention lmao

    Anywho back to topic- I work in the medical field and am in no way tied to GM but I back them up because I feel one way about the whole thing. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT DON'T BUY IT simple as that. No one forces you to buy the product. I have complaints as well many in fact, but I take the good with the bad.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    This isnt from cheap plastic. It's from the windshield adhesive sticking from the dash to the defrost grille vent (piece that cracks) which doesnt allow the plastic to expand/contract correctly. Someone on the line wasnt paying close attention during assembly.

    My 2007 EXT does not have the problem but my wifes 2007 ESV does. I removed it and found the adhesive was holding it in place. You can spend the $250 for a new piece (caddillac price) or simply super glue it back together and pop it back in. No tools required (for the grille) as it clips in. The a-pillas covers have to come out and you can use spray adhesive to attach the fabric back and remove the bubbles while they are out.

    I'm *pretty sure* the escalade/tahoe/suburbam etc all use the same defroster grille...but havent been able to compare them. The sensor in the center is the DRL sensor.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikU19 View Post
    This isnt from cheap plastic. It's from the windshield adhesive sticking from the dash to the defrost grille vent (piece that cracks) which doesnt allow the plastic to expand/contract correctly. Someone on the line wasnt paying close attention during assembly.

    My 2007 EXT does not have the problem but my wifes 2007 ESV does. I removed it and found the adhesive was holding it in place. You can spend the $250 for a new piece (caddillac price) or simply super glue it back together and pop it back in. No tools required (for the grille) as it clips in. The a-pillas covers have to come out and you can use spray adhesive to attach the fabric back and remove the bubbles while they are out.

    I'm *pretty sure* the escalade/tahoe/suburbam etc all use the same defroster grille...but havent been able to compare them. The sensor in the center is the DRL sensor.
    You are probably right about the reason for it breaking. My point, however, is that the plastic that they use is cheap and brittle. If the stepped up to a better grade of more pliable material, it would not crack. There is material that they use for dashboards that you couldn't crack if you tried. The majority of the Escalade Dash is of better quality than the tahoe/yukon and therefore the problem is not as widespread as with those trucks. But I think for the few extra bucks, at this pricepoint, GM should've upped their game to make sure that a crack just does not happen.

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    Has anyone had their dash leather covered to match factory seats and stitching? I'd so what was the cost? I would consider this as a prevention method.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    I keep my dash constantly oiled like crazy to prevent the hot sun from cracking it. I was thinking about this in the morning. You have to vote with your pocket book. Whoever likes the escalade buys it whoever doesn't buys what they like. It it worth the price? Depends on what you paid for it.

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    I've got an 07 escalade ext. same problem. Cadillac quality!!!

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    I agree that this should definitely NOT be happening to a truck that retails at over 68k... but it's really not that noticeable. I have had multiple people in my truck who are very nit picky and call out every defect they seem to find in my "luxury" vehicle and no one has even caught this yet. Mines an 07. Im hoping the quality of the 2014 line improves over the past several years because I aim to get one of those a year or two after release.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    is it only in the 07 and 08? if that is the case then it could be due to it sitting for a long time in used car lots. of course there is not longer a warranty and they cannot warranty a used as is vehicle. if purchased new and cared for, I don't think it will crack as mentioned.

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    Mine is an 07. I bought it in 09. And it already had 25k miles so it definitely didn't sit anywhere for that long.

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    Re: Dash Cracking...has this happened to anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by evois View Post
    is it only in the 07 and 08? if that is the case then it could be due to it sitting for a long time in used car lots. of course there is not longer a warranty and they cannot warranty a used as is vehicle. if purchased new and cared for, I don't think it will crack as mentioned.

    and it has dash cracking? I apply protectant all the time and did not notice any change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evois
    is it only in the 07 and 08? if that is the case then it could be due to it sitting for a long time in used car lots. of course there is not longer a warranty and they cannot warranty a used as is vehicle. if purchased new and cared for, I don't think it will crack as mentioned.
    Yea all 07 and 08's must have sat in a used car lot. Who would buy a 07 or 08 back in 2007-2008? Yea unheard of! Lol by the way it's not the care that damages the dash panel, it's gm's engineers not taking their heads out of BMW and Mercedes trunk I guess you can say.

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    let's see the new Standard of the World cut no corners .

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