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Just purchased a new 2013 Escalade Lux and the first thing I noticed was how HARSH the ride was! Along with that I believe the wheels need rebalancing as the Escalade felt unsettled and vibrations are being felt thru the steering wheel and the rear end of the vehicle with every small crack or bump that is encountered. I attributed the ride to new shocks and springs hoping it would loosen up and soften out as I put miles on. I was reading about the magnetic ride control and how luxurious the ride is supposed to be but this Escalde rides more like a 1 ton dually. I traded a 2013 Yukon Denali with the ride being ALOT more "luxurious" with no vibrations what-so-ever. I took the Escalade for a short drive around the block before purchase and didn't notice anything but wasn't expecting anything like this.
Automobile(s): 2013 CTSV Coupe , 2012 Escalade, 2014 SRX
H.V., Pa/Town of Webb, NY
Re: Harsh ride new 2013 Escalde Lux
Make sure they Road Force Balance your wheels, and many times the dealer is not the best for this because most do not do enough wheel balancing full time, so find a high end wheel and tire shop if you still have an issue.
Hunter Road Force balancer made a huge difference all the tires were off quite a bit. There is still a vibration between 45 - 65 mph but not nearly as bad. Dealer said they would take care of any future vibrations but to drive it and see if the tires would settle in. Thinking that the Escalade sat for quite some time and possibly could be tire issues. Just let them know how it goes then bring it back in. The ride is still pretty hard though not what I expected.
Did your denali have 18" or 20" wheels on it and the Escky has 22"? That could be the difference...Although I personally don't thing there is a lot of difference between the 20's and 22's, when my dad hops in my Escalade Vs. his denali he thinks mine rides a lot rougher...could be cause mine is lowered as well but that may be the difference you are feeling...there is more tire on the 20's and therefore are a bit smotther.
The Denali had the 22's also. There is a MAJOR difference in ride quality between my Denali that I traded in and this Escalade with MRC. Oh boy not real pleased with how this Escalade rides down the road. The re-balancing of the tires made a difference and there is still a vibration I believe coming from the rear end. But, I just can't get over how much harder a ride this is. I've had an Escalade before and it didn't ride like this at all. The other thing I noticed is that it sits higher - lots of space between the tires and the fender.
When I make the next appt - shortly - then I will ask to drive another. But first I have a friend with a '13 Escalade I will borrow his for a cruise.
I've owned a ton of vehicles the majority of them being GM products, Vettes, Camaro's, Blazers, Caddys, Avalanches, the Denali and Escalades. What puzzles me is what would make a vehicle ride hard when new from the factory? It now has 700 miles on it and it has MRC and its an Escalade so the ride is supposed to be "luxurious" and smooth. Uhm, Yikes!
One question: Is there any way to adjust the MRC suspension on the Escalade?
I remember when I picked up my 2013 ESV Platinum, I noticed the ride was rough and harsh at first. The first problem was the tire air pressure at the dealership was set at 45 PSI!! 35 PSI is the recommended tire pressure. No wonder it rode like a wagon. Now that I have 6,000 miles on the clock, I feel the vehicle has settled and is riding smoother.
Automobile(s): None at the moment. Maybe some day an SRX!
Re: Harsh ride new 2013 Escalde Lux
Originally Posted by surburban99
I remember when I picked up my 2013 ESV Platinum, I noticed the ride was rough and harsh at first. The first problem was the tire air pressure at the dealership was set at 45 PSI!! No wonder it rode like a wagon. Now that I have 6,000 miles on the clock, I feel the vehicle has settled and is riding smoother.
I am glad to hear your Escalade is riding smoother now than when you first owned it. I hope you continue to enjoy your Cadillac ownership experience! If you ever have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact us via private message.
Checked the tire pressures all were at 32 psi. Now they are at 35 psi as per the door jam information and it rides worse. Checked to see if there was any ice or snow buildup inside the rims and they were all clear. In the morning up here in the north when its been cold which is just about every morning the ride is like riding with 4 square tires. Going to the dealer on Monday to check the tires out for balancing issues for the second time and for any flat spots.
Its a beautiful Escalade I love the way it looks, the engine, stereo, interior etc but the ride is certainly giving us headaches for sure. My friends 2013 Escalade rides "smooth as glass" at all speeds.