: Looking to purchase! Need advice!!



Carguynate
01-31-13, 11:41 AM
Hey guys I'm new to the forum. I'm currently looking at several Escalades online
And trying to decide how to proceed. I looking to get out of my 03 Expedition, and have found several short and ESV's that interest me.

My main conundrum is about mileage. I'm looking at a 2004-2006 range, with mileage from 75k-177k miles and $12-18k price. There seems to be a great deal at
Cadillac of Knoxville. They have a 2005 ESV Platinum, with 177k miles. They have Serviced it for most of its life, and appears to be in great shape, tires, etc, and is
Priced under book at $12,900.

There are also a few locally near me that have lower miles, but don't have the
Service history, or have some aftermarket bits that I'm not too fond of.

My main concern is with buying a vehicle right at 100k that it will need quite a bit of maintenance, and that the higher miles may have already had the problem parts
Replaced.

Any thoughts? Would I take the risk of higher mileage, or stick with lower numbers and spend the extra initially in the purchase price? Thanks!!

90limited
01-31-13, 12:59 PM
Having just gone through this, I will give you my 2 cents...

- Front difs are a problem and seem to fail in the 80-100k mile range. Find one that has already been replaced.
- Gauge clusters are a problem on the earlier years. Again, find one that has already been replaced.
- The rear air shocks and or compressor are likely to fail around 80-100k miles. While not given, it is an expensive fix.
- The water pumps also are likely to fail in the 80-100k range. You can get a pump for well under $100 and they are easy to install if you can turn a wrench.
- Spark plugs need to be replaced @ 100k miles. Again, easy to do yourself if you are handy.

I shopped for months, but found a 2003 EXT with 90k miles in great condition for 13k. The gauge cluster and front dif had been done. As fate would have it, the water pump started weeping the second week I owned it. Had the pump shipped to the house from RockAuto and it took less than two hours to install... The airshocks leak and need to be replaced ($425 just for the two shocks) but I used this to get the price down. I would think that a car with 177k miles is going to have more expensive stuff start to wear out versus the stuff above, but that is just my opinion.... Good luck in the search.

the cadillac man
01-31-13, 12:59 PM
Hey guys I'm new to the forum. I'm currently looking at several Escalades online
And trying to decide how to proceed. I looking to get out of my 03 Expedition, and have found several short and ESV's that interest me.

My main conundrum is about mileage. I'm looking at a 2004-2006 range, with mileage from 75k-177k miles and $12-18k price. There seems to be a great deal at
Cadillac of Knoxville. They have a 2005 ESV Platinum, with 177k miles. They have Serviced it for most of its life, and appears to be in great shape, tires, etc, and is
Priced under book at $12,900.

There are also a few locally near me that have lower miles, but don't have the
Service history, or have some aftermarket bits that I'm not too fond of.

My main concern is with buying a vehicle right at 100k that it will need quite a bit of maintenance, and that the higher miles may have already had the problem parts
Replaced.

Any thoughts? Would I take the risk of higher mileage, or stick with lower numbers and spend the extra initially in the purchase price? Thanks!!

I have a 03 that when I got it had over 122,000 miles and the rainbow ford dealer in Lafollatte tn and I got a great deal at 13,099 i suggest test driving it and make sure everything works but for the miles the price sounds great

FYI I am about a hours drive from Knoxville so I am a local and I have been to Knoxville many times

Cadillac Cust Svc
01-31-13, 02:04 PM
Carguynate, please let me know if you would like the build sheet for any Escalade you're considering! Simply send me the last eight of its VIN anytime via email, and I can pass along that information to you. I'm reachable at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com and happy to explore any vehicle questions you have as well.

Welcome to the forum!

Katie
Cadillac Customer Service

Carguynate
02-01-13, 12:46 AM
thanks for the info!

Carguynate
02-01-13, 01:00 AM
How many miles do you have on it now? according to the guy at the dealership I spoke with today, they
just put brand new tires on it, a water pump, axle and wheel bearings, and something else i believe. What
really attracts me to it is the service history. Have any issues appeared from yours? Jarnigan Ford near
Morristown has a nice one, and also found one in Raleigh. 04 ESV, 105k, for $12,900.

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I have a 03 that when I got it had over 122,000 miles and the rainbow ford dealer in Lafollatte tn and I got a great deal at 13,099 i suggest test driving it and make sure everything works but for the miles the price sounds great

FYI I am about a hours drive from Knoxville so I am a local and I have been to Knoxville many times




How many miles do you have on it now? according to the guy at the dealership I spoke with today, they
just put brand new tires on it, a water pump, axle and wheel bearings, and something else i believe. What
really attracts me to it is the service history. Have any issues appeared from yours? Jarnigan Ford near
Morristown has a nice one, and also found one in Raleigh. 04 ESV, 105k, for $12,900.

the cadillac man
02-01-13, 01:55 AM
How many miles do you have on it now? according to the guy at the dealership I spoke with today, they
just put brand new tires on it, a water pump, axle and wheel bearings, and something else i believe. What
really attracts me to it is the service history. Have any issues appeared from yours? Jarnigan Ford near
Morristown has a nice one, and also found one in Raleigh. 04 ESV, 105k, for $12,900.

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How many miles do you have on it now? according to the guy at the dealership I spoke with today, they
just put brand new tires on it, a water pump, axle and wheel bearings, and something else i believe. What
really attracts me to it is the service history. Have any issues appeared from yours? Jarnigan Ford near
Morristown has a nice one, and also found one in Raleigh. 04 ESV, 105k, for $12,900.

Around 159,000 it had 122,000 roughly on it when I got it the only things I've had to replace was the PCM and belts along with the tensioners of course I have to replace the rear shocks and compressor (both can be got here www.arnottindustries.com or suncore's website but arnott is cheaper) I got my compressor from my local dealer since I didn't know the history of the compressor(also I am working on a improvement for the compressor air intake box I am in the design phase now the build and test phase is soon)
The odd thing was that the first owner was a rental place up in Kentucky same with the second owner and I am the third owner

As far as the service history have a gm dealer run the service history(they can do this with the vin) I did this on mine as soon as I got it(mainly to make sure the carfax was correct which it was)

By what you have told me it seems as most the major issues have been took care of so it sounds like it has been well kept up

What I suggest is ask to take it on a test drive(to see how it does(no messages or lights see note below) while you are on the test drive go to a gm dealer and have them pull the service history and (if) the ford dealer provides a carfax this will help you to make sure it checks out also while you are on the test drive(if you can) take a look under the hood and check out stuff under there(eg hoses belts and battery FYI most people put a smaller battery in before they trade them in(mine had too small of a battery for the load the truck demanded a 1000ca battery is best)

The resion I suggest going for a test drive is when I did in mine the service ride control message popped up on the drivers information screen(in the odometer below the speedometer) and I used that to get some (500 to be exact) knocked off the price(after downpayment I was out the door at 10,099 asking price was 13,599)

I hit 158.000 (roughly) miles and just changed the spark plugs and it does help(use gm plugs as they last longer) I noticed a improvement in response plus it glides down the road(it feels like your floating on air) I have made many trips to the smokies and to Jamestown (family)and I get amount 16.7 average mpg

If you need to know anymore and sorry if it sounds like I am rattling on but it's best to be informed then not and have gave some good advice also a few helpful tips
(Side note I also have service manuals and wiring diagrams for the escalade)

Carguynate
02-01-13, 05:02 AM
Around 159,000 it had 122,000 roughly on it when I got it the only things I've had to replace was the PCM and belts along with the tensioners of course I have to replace the rear shocks and compressor (both can be got here www.arnottindustries.com or suncore's website but arnott is cheaper) I got my compressor from my local dealer since I didn't know the history of the compressor(also I am working on a improvement for the compressor air intake box I am in the design phase now the build and test phase is soon)


The odd thing was that the first owner was a rental place up in Kentucky same with the second owner and I am the third owner

As far as the service history have a gm dealer run the service history(they can do this with the vin) I did this on mine as soon as I got it(mainly to make sure the carfax was correct which it was)

By what you have told me it seems as most the major issues have been took care of so it sounds like it has been well kept up


What I suggest is ask to take it on a test drive(to see how it does(no messages or lights see note below) while you are on the test drive go to a gm dealer and have them pull the service history and (if) the ford dealer provides a carfax this will help you to make sure it checks out also while you are on the test drive(if you can) take a look under the hood and check out stuff under there(eg hoses belts and battery FYI most people put a smaller battery in before they trade them in(mine had too small of a battery for the load the truck demanded a 1000ca battery is best)

The resion I suggest going for a test drive is when I did in mine the service ride control message popped up on the drivers information screen(in the odometer below the speedometer) and I used that to get some (500 to be exact) knocked off the price(after downpayment I was out the door at 10,099 asking price was 13,599)

I hit 158.000 (roughly) miles and just changed the spark plugs and it does help(use gm plugs as they last longer) I noticed a improvement in response plus it glides down the road(it feels like your floating on air) I have made many trips to the smokies and to Jamestown (family)and I get amount 16.7 average mpg

If you need to know anymore and sorry if it sounds like I am rattling on but it's best to be informed then not and have gave some good advice also a few helpful tips
(Side note I also have service manuals and wiring diagrams for the escalade)

haha thanks a bunch. You're not rattling on. I appreciate the info. My the main thing I'm torn about is the
gamble on the high mileage 177k one. Otherwise it seems like such a great deal at a good price. I spoke
cadillac of Knoxville today and he is suppose to be researching more of the history and getting back with
me. I don't want to jump too fast without researching all my options. I drove an Escalade locally that was
severely overpriced, but had been purchased new by the used dealer's owner, and the ride control message was showing on the screen. Does that mean a full compressor in your case? Thanks again for the info.
Much appreciated.

jnrsesv
02-01-13, 07:37 AM
Nate,

I will chime in as well, since I had purchased a high miler as well. We purchased our Platinum with 122,000 on the clock, we know are closing in on 170k 2 years later. We (the wife and I) are the 3rd owners.

Beware that there is the 100,000 mile maintenace service schedule 1 due at that mileage. Which has fluids drained and filled, plugs, main serpentine belt and a few other things involved. IIRC the bill came to about $2,200.00 which the PO had taken care off at the local dealer where the vehicle had rolled out of in 2005.

I have every receipt since day one. Other than the routine oil changes there were not many. A rear brake light bulb ($90.00), 3 wiper blades ($140.00) and a new cigar lighter. All service from the 2 POs were done at the Cadillac dealer here in town.

Since our ownership other than a new set of Michelins, I have replaced the following:

Rear air compressor
Rear shocks
Lucas in diffs
Battery
Driver front wheel bearing
Steering wheel control light bulbs
Gauge stepper motors
Front and Rear ceramic pads
and most recently
Water pump
Idler pulley (my choice)
Tensioner pulley (my choice)
AC serpentine belt (seperate from the main serpentine)

If you can DIY (as I do) you will save big bucks. I was very leery about purchasing a high miler, but we very happy with this vehicle and would do it all over again. I should state that we found ourselves like you, a couple of lower mileage vehicles with some receipts if any or this local, southern -zero- salt, every receipt, well maintained 120k (at the time).

Good luck

the cadillac man
02-01-13, 10:54 AM
haha thanks a bunch. You're not rattling on. I appreciate the info. My the main thing I'm torn about is the
gamble on the high mileage 177k one. Otherwise it seems like such a great deal at a good price. I spoke
cadillac of Knoxville today and he is suppose to be researching more of the history and getting back with
me. I don't want to jump too fast without researching all my options. I drove an Escalade locally that was
severely overpriced, but had been purchased new by the used dealer's owner, and the ride control message was showing on the screen. Does that mean a full compressor in your case? Thanks again for the info.
Much appreciated.

I am going to guess you don't know just how reliable gm's truck power trains are my uncle worked at gm so I know more then most think I do(the transmission that is in the escalade is the 4l65E used in heavy duty trucks(google the model)

The service ride control message does mean that the shock compressor(the active shock damping system goes into passive mode)has thrown a code(you can use this to chew down the price)

I know its a gamble on the mileage but I have seen some with a lot more mileage(which most people without the knowledge of gm's rock solid power trains tend to pass up) but I have took a gamble on two(99 Chrysler Concorde 105,000 miles and of course my truck) the truck has been the better deal for me(due to the all wheel drive)

The main thing is getting the best deal

jd_mpmt
02-01-13, 11:43 AM
My ESV had about 111k when I bought it at $15k last year....With about 125k on it now and with a few minor issues (see post on beeping noise) we love it...I replaced all fluids with AMSOIL after purchase and new rear air shocks and compressor from ARNOTT. I also pull a 36 foot travel trailer and it hauls/rides better than my E350 I had been using.

Black88GTA
02-01-13, 02:45 PM
I bought my '03 earlier this year with 175k on it, zero service records, and a bit of obvious neglect. I only considered it because I got a good price on it (~6k) and I do my own work. Right off the bat I had to replace:

Rear air compressor
Rear air shocks (did front as well)
Front wheel bearing
Driver's seat cushion
One URPA sensor

Maintenance:
Battery
All four tires
Drain / fill F+R diffs, transmission, transfer case with Amsoil

Voluntary mods / improvements I've made (there are a few) aren't included in the list. Still need to change spark plugs and wires, fix the A/C, and do some other little things I ran out of time for last summer, but it runs rock solid now. I've taken it on several long road trips so far, and it has never skipped a beat.

wayne607607
02-01-13, 02:56 PM
bought my 04 with 140000 and all the above mentioned common problems had been fixed or I did them right away plus I had to do a cat converter
i'm happy considering the price and the vehicle's great ride and comfort my only gripe with high mileage is little things like worn control buttons does anyone know a source for decals?

also i hear a sound like a shock compressor running I only hear this in cold weather at start up - can't trace it down front and rear pumps are ok is there a compressor in driver's seat for lumbar or something like that I could be hearing?

DrumDawg
02-01-13, 03:08 PM
My 2004 ESV has 139,000 miles on it and has only needed a rear air compressor for the shock system ($850 to have the dealer do it.). I love my ESV.

the cadillac man
02-01-13, 03:43 PM
bought my 04 with 140000 and all the above mentioned common problems had been fixed or I did them right away plus I had to do a cat converter
i'm happy considering the price and the vehicle's great ride and comfort my only gripe with high mileage is little things like worn control buttons does anyone know a source for decals?

also i hear a sound like a shock compressor running I only hear this in cold weather at start up - can't trace it down front and rear pumps are ok is there a compressor in driver's seat for lumbar or something like that I could be hearing?

The air shock compressor is what you hear and it is under the drivers side rear fender

my99svt
02-01-13, 10:21 PM
Wow, I guess I got very lucky finding my 05' EXT with only 48K
on it for $19,000 just two years ago. It's up to 60K now and running
great. I did have a mechanic do all the fluids (tranny, front and rear
Fluids, radiator, and transfer case for $450) so I have complete faith in it.

Carguynate
02-02-13, 03:29 AM
thanks for all the advice. So far I have ruled out the Platinum with 177k simply due to the dealership, not
the vehicle. Terrible low ball offer on my trade in. I'm still on the hunt. I really wish I could buy outright
instead of trying to unload my trade, but it is what it is. It really does sound like the GM power trains are
very well made. I've typically been a Ford guy, not as a rule, but just a fan in general. However, the one
i'm in now was not a good one. I've had anything from a Mercedes to a Honda Element, and this one is the worst so far. Hoping to find the right Caddy!

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Nate,

I will chime in as well, since I had purchased a high miler as well. We purchased our Platinum with 122,000 on the clock, we know are closing in on 170k 2 years later. We (the wife and I) are the 3rd owners.

Beware that there is the 100,000 mile maintenace service schedule 1 due at that mileage. Which has fluids drained and filled, plugs, main serpentine belt and a few other things involved. IIRC the bill came to about $2,200.00 which the PO had taken care off at the local dealer where the vehicle had rolled out of in 2005.

I have every receipt since day one. Other than the routine oil changes there were not many. A rear brake light bulb ($90.00), 3 wiper blades ($140.00) and a new cigar lighter. All service from the 2 POs were done at the Cadillac dealer here in town.

Since our ownership other than a new set of Michelins, I have replaced the following:

Rear air compressor
Rear shocks
Lucas in diffs
Battery
Driver front wheel bearing
Steering wheel control light bulbs
Gauge stepper motors
Front and Rear ceramic pads
and most recently
Water pump
Idler pulley (my choice)
Tensioner pulley (my choice)
AC serpentine belt (seperate from the main serpentine)

If you can DIY (as I do) you will save big bucks. I was very leery about purchasing a high miler, but we very happy with this vehicle and would do it all over again. I should state that we found ourselves like you, a couple of lower mileage vehicles with some receipts if any or this local, southern -zero- salt, every receipt, well maintained 120k (at the time).

Good luck

Thanks for the info. Much appreciated! As I stated in an update post, I've eliminated the 177k mile
platinum just because of the dealer not wanting to work with me on trade. I'm still on the hunt though, and most of what I'm looking at has mileage between 100-140k. I almost feel its best to stray away from
those that are right at 100k, because owners trade to avoid that big 100k service cost. i'd rather find one
with this all completed. I haven't done my own work in a while just due to living in a town house, and don't have the best spot to work. I may have to change my mind though. Thanks again!

Black88GTA
02-02-13, 03:54 AM
thanks for all the advice. So far I have ruled out the Platinum with 177k simply due to the dealership, not
the vehicle. Terrible low ball offer on my trade in. I'm still on the hunt. I really wish I could buy outright
instead of trying to unload my trade, but it is what it is. It really does sound like the GM power trains are
very well made. I've typically been a Ford guy, not as a rule, but just a fan in general. However, the one
i'm in now was not a good one. I've had anything from a Mercedes to a Honda Element, and this one is the worst so far. Hoping to find the right Caddy!

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Thanks for the info. Much appreciated! As I stated in an update post, I've eliminated the 177k mile
platinum just because of the dealer not wanting to work with me on trade. I'm still on the hunt though, and most of what I'm looking at has mileage between 100-140k. I almost feel its best to stray away from
those that are right at 100k, because owners trade to avoid that big 100k service cost. i'd rather find one
with this all completed. I haven't done my own work in a while just due to living in a town house, and don't have the best spot to work. I may have to change my mind though. Thanks again!

All of the dealerships will lowball you on the trade in, that's what they do, and how they make their money. You'd do much better selling it private party. Also, you're assuming that the 100k mile service has been done - the car will not explode if it doesn't get done, it just will deteriorate and not really perform as well as it should. I would never assume it's been done unless you've got service records in-hand saying so. Good luck finding a good one!

the cadillac man
02-02-13, 04:29 AM
thanks for all the advice. So far I have ruled out the Platinum with 177k simply due to the dealership, not
the vehicle. Terrible low ball offer on my trade in. I'm still on the hunt. I really wish I could buy outright
instead of trying to unload my trade, but it is what it is. It really does sound like the GM power trains are
very well made. I've typically been a Ford guy, not as a rule, but just a fan in general. However, the one
i'm in now was not a good one. I've had anything from a Mercedes to a Honda Element, and this one is the worst so far. Hoping to find the right Caddy!

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Thanks for the info. Much appreciated! As I stated in an update post, I've eliminated the 177k mile
platinum just because of the dealer not wanting to work with me on trade. I'm still on the hunt though, and most of what I'm looking at has mileage between 100-140k. I almost feel its best to stray away from
those that are right at 100k, because owners trade to avoid that big 100k service cost. i'd rather find one
with this all completed. I haven't done my own work in a while just due to living in a town house, and don't have the best spot to work. I may have to change my mind though. Thanks again!

Get the blue book value of the vehicle you are driving now(I know how you feel though I got done dirty by carmax they offered my 1000 for my previous car which was a 99 Chrysler Concorde lxi and I just left(very pissed) I knew the blue book was around 3 grand I let my dad trade it for his hummer h2 at the Knoxville Toyota dealer they offered close to 3 grand for it)

FYI most people just lease a car or truck and then when the lease is up they either can buy it or get a newer one
But getting a truck with 100k or more miles isn't a high cost thing

My tip for you is do NOT mention a trade in till you get the price right on the one you want(I learned the dealer ups the payments on the one you get to cover them)

Also keep in mind if you get one with the 6.0 it has 340hp

caddysuv
02-04-13, 08:56 PM
I picked up mine 2 yrs ago w/89k for $20k.

Similar to others on the forum, I've had to replace the following:

Entire air ride system: all 4 shocks, steering sensor, compressor, computer module. ~$1500 in new and used parts and some bloody hands
Front wheel hub @105k (common issue)
Front differential @115k. ~$1000 for parts and a sore back
New tie rods @105k
Steering wheel lightbulbs
Upgraded front brakes and rotors to BAER Alumnasport
New gapless spark plugs @110k

A great vehicle but make sure to get it at the right price because you'll need the money for repairs @ 100k

Carguynate
02-07-13, 11:06 AM
Well, I went shopping Tuesday in Knoxville. I think I may end up in a Tahoe or Surburban. I found a couple that are well maintained one owner trucks. I had a great trade offer as well. I would love to sell mine
Private party (that's how I did my last SUV) but it has some issues, and I can't sell it to an individual. Front diff and some starting problems. Basically looking to unload it at the dealer, where they will ship it to
Auction. Going to look and drive one again this afternoon.

the cadillac man
02-07-13, 01:02 PM
Well, I went shopping Tuesday in Knoxville. I think I may end up in a Tahoe or Surburban. I found a couple that are well maintained one owner trucks. I had a great trade offer as well. I would love to sell mine
Private party (that's how I did my last SUV) but it has some issues, and I can't sell it to an individual. Front diff and some starting problems. Basically looking to unload it at the dealer, where they will ship it to
Auction. Going to look and drive one again this afternoon.

Try using yahoo autos that is how I found mine but I wouldn't be so quick to give up on getting a Cadillac man as they are a higher class then a Tahoe or a suburban(plus I have service manuals that cover these trucks)
One advantage getting a Cadillac is if you get the all wheel drive it has a h.o. 6.0 with 345hp you don't get that many horses in a Chevy
Not to mention you can tow more and the seats are more comfortable in a Cadillac then in a Chevy
Another plus is the audio system is better in the Cadillacs then in the Chevys
Also you can go to any gm dealer to get parts and service

Black88GTA
02-07-13, 10:57 PM
Well, I went shopping Tuesday in Knoxville. I think I may end up in a Tahoe or Surburban. I found a couple that are well maintained one owner trucks. I had a great trade offer as well. I would love to sell mine
Private party (that's how I did my last SUV) but it has some issues, and I can't sell it to an individual. Front diff and some starting problems. Basically looking to unload it at the dealer, where they will ship it to
Auction. Going to look and drive one again this afternoon.

I briefly considered a Suburban of similar vintage. I couldn't get over the terrible interior / dash, overall lack of features, and the relatively low-output motors compared to the Cadillac.
You could absolutely sell your truck to an individual, btw. These are not hard to work on, and there are many people out there with the time / know-how to do the repairs in their driveway in an afternoon. I (and at least some others here) do all of my own work on my cars, and I'm far from a pro mechanic. A front diff replacement and troubleshooting a starter aren't really all that difficult. Of course, you'd have to sell it far under "book" value for there to be any interest.

the cadillac man
02-07-13, 11:19 PM
I briefly considered a Suburban of similar vintage. I couldn't get over the terrible interior / dash, overall lack of features, and the relatively low-output motors compared to the Cadillac.
You could absolutely sell your truck to an individual, btw. These are not hard to work on, and there are many people out there with the time / know-how to do the repairs in their driveway in an afternoon. I (and at least some others here) do all of my own work on my cars, and I'm far from a pro mechanic. A front diff replacement and troubleshooting a starter aren't really all that difficult. Of course, you'd have to sell it far under "book" value for there to be any interest.

I agree I had looked at a gmc Yukon before I got my escalade and I am glad I got the cadillac over the gmc(not knocking gmc but the interior looks turned me off it was a 98) also the resale may be better in winter due to the demand of the four wheel drive

mikedyk43
02-08-13, 01:20 AM
I briefly considered a Suburban of similar vintage. I couldn't get over the terrible interior / dash, overall lack of features, and the relatively low-output motors compared to the Cadillac.
You could absolutely sell your truck to an individual, btw. These are not hard to work on, and there are many people out there with the time / know-how to do the repairs in their driveway in an afternoon. I (and at least some others here) do all of my own work on my cars, and I'm far from a pro mechanic. A front diff replacement and troubleshooting a starter aren't really all that difficult. Of course, you'd have to sell it far under "book" value for there to be any interest.

I have to agree with this^^^ selling a car to a dealer with known problems doesn't mean that the next buyer won't get screwed. If you sell it private party and are honest about the problems you are aware of, potential buyers will be a lot more likely to trust that there aren't hidden problems and be more willing to pay you what your vehicle is actually worth. There is also that bonus of not feeling guilty about pawning off your vehicle on some unsuspecting fool...

the cadillac man
02-08-13, 02:15 AM
I have to agree with this^^^ selling a car to a dealer with known problems doesn't mean that the next buyer won't get screwed. If you sell it private party and are honest about the problems you are aware of, potential buyers will be a lot more likely to trust that there aren't hidden problems and be more willing to pay you what your vehicle is actually worth. There is also that bonus of not feeling guilty about pawning off your vehicle on some unsuspecting fool...

I also agree(odd how it messed up when I put the 98 up)

Carguynate
02-17-13, 04:29 AM
Well I finally made a purchase this week. I was able to trade the Expedition for a pretty fair price. Ended up with a 2005 Escalade ESV Platinum with right at 119k on the clock. So far I love it. I have extra keys and key fobs on order already. Once that's taken care of ill be good to go. Will post photos shortly.

Carguynate
02-17-13, 04:34 AM
103948

jnrsesv
02-17-13, 08:37 AM
Very nice, congrats!

the cadillac man
02-17-13, 11:55 AM
Well I finally made a purchase this week. I was able to trade the Expedition for a pretty fair price. Ended up with a 2005 Escalade ESV Platinum with right at 119k on the clock. So far I love it. I have extra keys and key fobs on order already. Once that's taken care of ill be good to go. Will post photos shortly.

Great looking truck Nate if you ever need any audio advice let me know
Also yours has less mileage then mine did when I got it

Carguynate
02-22-13, 04:37 AM
Thanks guys! Ok I've got a small issue. More a question of if I'm looking at it correctly. The right rear
Bucket seat appears to have a sliding mechanism to allow entry into the third row. However, when I tilt the seat it does not slide on the tracks, or even seem to "want" to. Am I correct? Does this in fact tilt and slide via some motion of the handle? Am I using the handle in the wrong way? Or does it not slide at all? I
Ah input from fellow ESV owners with the second row bucket seats. Thanks!

Carguynate
02-22-13, 04:53 AM
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Carguynate
02-22-13, 04:54 AM
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the cadillac man
02-22-13, 11:04 AM
Thanks guys! Ok I've got a small issue. More a question of if I'm looking at it correctly. The right rear
Bucket seat appears to have a sliding mechanism to allow entry into the third row. However, when I tilt the seat it does not slide on the tracks, or even seem to "want" to. Am I correct? Does this in fact tilt and slide via some motion of the handle? Am I using the handle in the wrong way? Or does it not slide at all? I
Ah input from fellow ESV owners with the second row bucket seats. Thanks!

Nate the second row buckets fold flat
First pull the seat bottom(via small strap)
Then the handle releases the seat back
The seats work the same regardless of the body style(base, esv)

Black88GTA
02-22-13, 12:47 PM
Nate the second row buckets fold flat
First pull the seat bottom(via small strap)
Then the handle releases the seat back
The seats work the same regardless of the body style(base, esv)

The seat has to be folded ALL THE WAY forward in order for it to disengage the lock allowing the back to be folded down. You may have to move the front seats up a bit in order to get it far enough forward to disengage.

Also, it's possible that the latch is sticking, especially if the PO never folded the seats. Mine was doing this when I got it. I had to spray a bit of lubricant on the latches and bang on them a bit with a hammer to free them up.

Mark Edward Morrison
02-22-13, 06:31 PM
Looking good Carguynate!! I know you will love it, I love my 04!!

the cadillac man
02-22-13, 08:06 PM
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Nate I am jealous you have heated and cooled seats also I recently hit 160,000 miles I know you will enjoy your lade they make great trip vehicles
If you need any audio advice let me know(since your close I may be able to install the audio equipment also(if you want))

djais1801
02-26-13, 09:50 AM
Looks to be in great shape! congrats... I begrudgingly got rid of my 03 diamond white ext last year, after replacing the front diff, manifold gasket, and rear shocks (arnott). it was in mint shape cosmetically..i bought it in 2010 w/ 90k on it for $15,000..
After coming to my senses, i actually almost bought it back, but the guy decided to keep her.
So i picked up a 2004 black ext yesterday w/ 99k on the clock for $12,000. The trans coolant lines have small leak, and a few bulbs are out on the dash, steering wheel, and that sensor on the dash under w/shield is broken.
After taking it to a 3rd party inspection, found that it had a new gm trans, new brakes all the way around, and front end was tight.
I have a friend that's a local Caddy tech, that does work at the dealer after hours...a great savings!!!

djais1801
03-11-13, 01:34 PM
damn...i saw MY old truck the other day...the guy lives near me...it looked sweet! never should've sold her:bonkers:

the cadillac man
03-11-13, 02:31 PM
damn...i saw MY old truck the other day...the guy lives near me...it looked sweet! never should've sold her:bonkers:

You will always regret it

djais1801
03-11-13, 02:53 PM
You will always regret it
"you don't know what you had til it's gone"...i feel like i have her younger sister now...cool...but not the same lol!

grayparatrooper
04-29-13, 02:02 AM
Very nice I'm looking at getting one as well.