Hi -- new to the Forum -- wanted to share a dead battery experience that occurred a few days ago. We bought a 2009 Escalade from the local Cadillac dealer, about a month ago -- one owner, 66,500 miles and in perfect condition. So, we take our first road trip a few days ago, driving about 125 miles for a short getaway. After dining out one evening, we return to our hotel and the Escalade literally dies in the parking lot -- total blackout, no power on anything. I suspected the battery but had no experience with any car I've ever owned that suffered "sudden death". Long story short, we had the vehicle towed to a local Caddy dealer -- dead battery, and it leaked, so one of the cables was ruined due to the acid. Never saw any indication in the dash that there was an electrical problem, pending or otherwise. New battery and cable -- labor and parts.... $700. The battery in the Escalade was about three years old -- Delco like the new one. The tow truck driver says he replaces his car battery every two years, whether it needs it or not -- we're in Arizona, so the heat shortens battery life significantly.
I writing this post to see if there have been similar experiences with other Escalade owners. Could this battery and bad cable problem have stopped me dead in the middle of the highway? I guess I'll be watching the battery closely on dealer service visits. I think I could have bought two, maybe three batteries for the expense of this problem.