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Hey guys! I just rolled over to 160,000 miles on my 2004 Escalade. I was wondering if anyone else has high miles in their truck and if so did you encounter any problems? I haven't had a single problem and its been running strong. How many miles do these trucks go for until they burn out? Keep on riding! :)
 

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i got an 02 with 178,000 and the only problems i really have had are normal wear and tear of a vehicle brakes and things like that nothing major tho
 

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heck you have a lot more miles in your truck just be prepared to replace certain parts i had the PCM fail and my truck has 140,000 something miles on it and still like a rock and rides like your on air:D and no i ain't given it up except maybe another newer escalade.
 

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I recently donated my 99 tahoe with 251200 on the clock. Blew the head gasket and it wasnt worth the time or money to repair. Like the cadillac man said, just be prepared to replace certain parts. the engines and trannys are a solid work horse and will last a lot longer that 250 if given the proper maintenance and care.
 

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I recently donated my 99 tahoe with 251200 on the clock. Blew the head gasket and it wasnt worth the time or money to repair. Like the cadillac man said, just be prepared to replace certain parts. the engines and trannys are a solid work horse and will last a lot longer that 250 if given the proper maintenance and care.
Heck my uncle had a gmc van with over 320,000 miles on it before he quit driving it so if you take proper care of your truck you will be surprised how many miles you can get on it.
 

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A guy at work has an 05 EXT with 305000..still running smooth. My uncle has an 05 EXT as well..200000 last week. Both are maticulously maintained.
 

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i got an 02 with 178,000 and the only problems i really have had are normal wear and tear of a vehicle brakes and things like that nothing major tho
I have an 02 Escalade and it’s still running strong at 350,000 miles. As long as you always change oil and filters and fix things on time, it’ll never do you wrong.
 

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I have an 02 Escalade and it’s still running strong at 350,000 miles. As long as you always change oil and filters and fix things on time, it’ll never do you wrong.
350,000 miles!!! I heard that the LS engine is built to last and it seem so in your case. The main issue with the engine is just replacing leaky gaskets, however the the engine internals are usually trouble free if there is no excessive wear from running the engine in low/burnt oil conditions.

The LS engines are designed to run a long time if you keep it properly lubricated and fix leaks quickly. The same concept apply to the differentials and transfercase as well.
 

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Yea mine has all same engine and transmission parts. The only thing that I know of that’s had to be replaced is the combo switch/turning signal. I’ve never had to fix anything on engine or transmission. And still runs great!!!
 

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Yea mine has all same engine and transmission parts. The only thing that I know of that’s had to be replaced is the combo switch/turning signal. I’ve never had to fix anything on engine or transmission. And still runs great!!!
How many miles did it have when you first bought it?
 

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Yea mine has all same engine and transmission parts. The only thing that I know of that’s had to be replaced is the combo switch/turning signal. I’ve never had to fix anything on engine or transmission. And still runs great!!!
How many miles did it have when you first bought it?
I’m 17, my parents are the second owners of the car and I’m the third. They first bought it with roughly 50,000 miles on it. We’ve just gotten really lucky over the years.
 

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I’m 17, my parents are the second owners of the car and I’m the third. They first bought it with roughly 50,000 miles on it. We’ve just gotten really lucky over the years.
Well, since you are only now 17 years old with the engine having 350k miles; the engine may have had some repair before you acquired it. You was very young when your parents bought the Escalade with only 50k miles on it so you would not really have known(or cared I believe) if your parents did replace some gaskets over the years before you took possession.

I bet that your parents did have to perform some repair on the engine in 300k miles of ownership no matter what anyone may have claimed.
 

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My gearbox blew up 3 times. The last time was under warranty from the 2nd rebuild. The transmission builder scrapped the whole thing and gave me a new one. He suspected that the valve body had a crack in it. My instructions to the trans builder? I want the thing bullet proof. It now has all the good gear as used in drag racing. I don't ever want another issue with the bloody thing.
Engine has been perfect. I agree with all the comments. LQ9 is probably the best most reliable engine i've ever had.
 

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Hey guys! I just rolled over to 160,000 miles on my 2004 Escalade. I was wondering if anyone else has high miles in their truck and if so did you encounter any problems? I haven't had a single problem and its been running strong. How many miles do these trucks go for until they burn out? Keep on riding! :)
 

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On my '07' I have a 170,000 miles, it's a great car, I've had 1 door hangle come off, the right-hand mirror will not retract, the rear glass door shocks are shot, and bugs in the air ride. All pretty typical problems... I can't afford a new one so I'll run what I brung and keep this one going as long as I can.
 

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I have a 2000 Escalade and I just rolled 276,000. If anyone can help me find the where the ground wire attached for the 4X4 I would appreciate it. I have an intermittent "Service 4X4" Light coming on and I am pretty sure it is a loose ground. I just cant seem to find where it attached to the frame. Other than that the truck is still running great.
 

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2005 ESV with 207K, 2nd owner, picked it up at ~50K miles years ago. Just replaced the transmission for the 3rd time (125K and 207K). And the rear main seal for the first time. It was leaking like the Valdez. Persistent EVAP CEL issue. Otherwise, normal wear and tear. Shocks need to be replaced but I'm not sure it's worth it now.

A lesson I leard from my prior Suburban 4x4. These are heavy trucks and can be hard on brakes. If/when when you have to replace the warped front rotors, go to drilled ones. Really helps with the brake cooling and not expensive.
 

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2005 ESV with 207K, 2nd owner, picked it up at ~50K miles years ago. Just replaced the transmission for the 3rd time (125K and 207K). And the rear main seal for the first time. It was leaking like the Valdez. Persistent EVAP CEL issue. Otherwise, normal wear and tear. Shocks need to be replaced but I'm not sure it's worth it now.

A lesson I leard from my prior Suburban 4x4. These are heavy trucks and can be hard on brakes. If/when when you have to replace the warped front rotors, go to drilled ones. Really helps with the brake cooling and not expensive.
I bought my 2006 Escalade AWD with around 206k miles I believe and it needed a lot of work to bring it back to proper working order. Hell, I still have a couple little repairs left to make it perfect like a weeping power steering hose. Buying a used Escalade is not for the faint of heart.

Good tip with the drilled rotors. I personally went with high carbon rotors(Duralast Gold) to better dissipate the heat to prevent warping the rotors with non-fading ferro-carbon pads(Hawk LTS). Best combination to gain stronger braking performance on stock sized rotors.

The set-up has been going well for about three years now and at 228k miles(installed at around 206k miles) the pads still have plenty of meat left on them. The rotors are starting show some rust thru the black coating though.
 

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I've been happy thus far with the Power Stop Z36 rotor/pad kit. Amazon had a sale which made the Z36 cheaper than the Z23 kit at the time. Also did the power stop parking brake at the same time. Had an issue with fitment of the parking brake shoes (I initially tried using the parking shoes with the stock rotors, and decided to parts cannon the whole thing with new rotors/pads), and they sent out a new set no questions asked, and provided a return label to ship the old ones back. I'll definitely use Power Stop in the future.
 
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