: reasons not to buy an 02?



luxy60
03-19-06, 11:16 AM
I'm in the market for a used Escalade and financially I'm looking at 02's, possibly an '03. There appears to be quite a few 02's on the market with reasonable mileage 40 - 70K. Are there are issues, problems, features, options specific to the 02's that one should be aware of when looking? Any significant differences, changes or improvements from 2002 to the 03 or 04 models?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Luxy

Swine
03-19-06, 12:53 PM
Not sure about 03- to 04.... But I just researched 02 to 03, and went with an 03. The list of available options caught my eye...

On (or available) the 03 that are not available on the 02: HID headlights, newer instrument panel, Tri-Zone a/c (Front, passenger, and rear all with own fan and temp settings), 2nd row bucket seats instead of bench, XM, entertainment system, supposably better mpg and handling with an improved stabletack system, could be marketing bs, I don't know...supposably a little lighter, too.

As far as is one or the other more trouble free- beats me?

Steelhead Jess
03-19-06, 01:32 PM
An `03 will book higher, so if I was looking at an `02 and an `03 with the same milage and same asking price, of course I'd go with the `03 (aaa..duh!)

But, other than the items listed above and a different steering wheel, not a big difference between an `02 and an `03.

You're going to find a lot of happy `02 owners in here (myself included).

Hope this helps. You're going to be VERY happy with either one.

Boombotz
03-19-06, 01:54 PM
At the time of my purchase I had to decide on 02 or 03.

02 advantages. Has a air filter for A/C. Has locks on glove box and center console. Also a cleaner looking dash, Everything seems to have a purpose, no stupid useless compartments. 02 steering wheel is better looking then the 03. The 04+ has the best steering wheel. The 02 came with a chrome exhaust tip. My 03 didn't.

03+ advantages. Has HID headlights, Has turn signal arrows on side mirrors, and had a option for factory Navigation, which was the reason I purchased the 03 over the 02.

Many here will say 02 is better then 03. But I am glad I chose the 03 over the 02.

Falkolade
03-19-06, 02:43 PM
there is not one reason i can think of to buy an 03 over an 02... ok thats a litlle extreme i know hah... but anyhow i like the 02 the best, and its the one you see most celebs and such in, and too me has the most complete look on the interior... and i love the guages on the 02...

if i had to pick i would pick an 02, unless i had an amazing deal on an 03 or newer... but thats just me...

Synergetic
03-19-06, 02:55 PM
No reasons.
Buy an 02! They're my favorite design of all years.

And Falkolade is right. Most of the celebrities are rolling around in their 2002's.

ldc3000
03-19-06, 03:52 PM
The reason alot of celebs have the '02 is because they jumped on them when they first came out and invested alot of money on extras. I mean if you are going to buy the vehicle and gut the interior then it makes no difference what year you have because there were no sigificant body change until the '07.

Synergetic
03-19-06, 09:21 PM
The reason alot of celebs have the '02 is because they jumped on them when they first came out and invested alot of money on extras. I mean if you are going to buy the vehicle and gut the interior then it makes no difference what year you have because there were no sigificant body change until the '07.

Wrong. But okay... :)

05 Cadillac Escalade
03-19-06, 11:39 PM
Wrong. But okay... :)

Haha! Well you just shut him down. :rofl:

Thanks.

jrs05caddyext
03-20-06, 12:25 AM
Loved the 2002 EXt I had. Go for it

hcvone
03-20-06, 07:50 AM
Buy the newest model you can afford, that way it will be worth more at trade in time. I got an 03' rather than an 02' because I wanted factory HID lighting, would not own a car without it, and there were no 02's around with the options I wanted at the time.