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We are looking for a large luxury SUV and the '15/'16 Escalade is high on the list. We drove two new 2015's both with 22's and they both had significant vibrations at speeds from 30-70 mph, the salesman said due to the vehicle's heavy weight the tires flat spot very easily and both vehicles may need new tires even though they were brand new and only have been on the lot for +/- 2 mos. Are you guys currently having or have had issues with this?

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We are looking for a large luxury SUV and the '15/'16 Escalade is high on the list. We drove two new 2015's both with 22's and they both had significant vibrations at speeds from 30-70 mph, the salesman said due to the vehicle's heavy weight the tires flat spot very easily and both vehicles may need new tires even though they were brand new and only have been on the lot for +/- 2 mos. Are you guys currently having or have had issues with this?

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I currently do not have any vibrations on my SUV. However, there are some here in the forum that does have vibration issues.
 

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I currently do not have any vibrations on my SUV. However, there are some here in the forum that does have vibration issues.
I'm glad yours is smooth. Do you have 22's and are they Bridgestone's (these were on the one's we drove)? Thanks
 

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What do you currently drive? The ride is all relative. This is a truck. Like it or not. It has a solid rear axle, a 420 hp pushrod V8 engine that is slightly cammed and weighs more than that creepy guy in the corner at the local bowling alley.
If you expect the R&D of a BMW, keep shopping. If you are willing to accept some of the shortfalls, then take another test-drive.
 

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What do you currently drive? The ride is all relative. This is a truck. Like it or not. It has a solid rear axle, a 420 hp pushrod V8 engine that is slightly cammed and weighs more than that creepy guy in the corner at the local bowling alley.
If you expect the R&D of a BMW, keep shopping. If you are willing to accept some of the shortfalls, then take another test-drive.
We have several, foreign and domestic. It's not the vehicle/escalade, but an issue with some of the tires permanently flat spotting; if all escalades rode like this they wouldn't sell any. I do wish GM would step up to a fully independent rear suspension at one point in the near future though. Our friends Suburban is quite smooth at all speeds. We will certainly do another test drive once the dealer calls us back that everything is good, as they are correcting the tire issue on the last vehicle we drove.
 

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Have you done a road force wheel balance? That can solve some of the vibrational issues.
 

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On 2013, My wife and I has been test drive both 2013 Suburban LTZ vs 2013 Escalade. Suburban ran softer and smoother. We end up got 2013 GL550. This year we plan to buy Escalade again, We did test run 2015 Suburban LTZ vs 2015 Escalade again. Suburban ran softer and smoother again. I do not know WHY!. We should see and feel the $15K - $20K from Escalade over Suburban. We can see and feel $15K of Exterior and interior design on Escalade, but not on the soft/smooth drive. I do not know why.
If the current 2015 Escalade owners has time, could you go test drive Suburban LTZ ... Just for fun. May be you can tell us something on the smooth drive issue. We love to see why the LTZ run softer and smoother. Must be something on this car that make the car run smoother (i.e Wheel Size, Engine Size ...)
 

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Update: We drove another Escalade last evening and it was much better than the last but certainly not worthy of an $86k vehicle...I guess tyresmoker is right, its still a truck no matter all the glitz :(
 

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Update: We drove another Escalade last evening and it was much better than the last but certainly not worthy of an $86k vehicle...I guess tyresmoker is right, its still a truck no matter all the glitz :(
I have a 2015i Premium.....it IS a truck....it will NEVER ride as smooth as my previous Mercedes GL for a variety of reasons: 1. 22in low profile tires WILL transmit more "rode rumble" 2. body on truck frame will not be the same as the MB's that use SUV body on basically the S class frame! ..resulting in more of the "rode rumble" being felt in the vehicle. But I knew all of that going in.....the Escalade is the most luxurious, best riding truck body vehicle I have ever ridden in.
 

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Remember that the GL has airmatic suspension which is better for a luxurious ride but poor in towing.
 

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I have a 2015i Premium.....it IS a truck....it will NEVER ride as smooth as my previous Mercedes GL for a variety of reasons: 1. 22in low profile tires WILL transmit more "rode rumble" 2. body on truck frame will not be the same as the MB's that use SUV body on basically the S class frame! ..resulting in more of the "rode rumble" being felt in the vehicle. But I knew all of that going in.....the Escalade is the most luxurious, best riding truck body vehicle I have ever ridden in.
The GL is not on the S-Class platform. It shares a platform with the ML and the not-for-the-US market RL class. All built in Alabama. A quick glance at the specs (wheelbase and track) will verify the two vehicles are not dimensionally equivalent.
 

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The GL is not on the S-Class platform. It shares a platform with the ML and the not-for-the-US market RL class. All built in Alabama. A quick glance at the specs (wheelbase and track) will verify the two vehicles are not dimensionally equivalent.
MB calls the GL as the S-class of their SUV though like you said it is not on the same platform.
 

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The GL is not on the S-Class platform. It shares a platform with the ML and the not-for-the-US market RL class. All built in Alabama. A quick glance at the specs (wheelbase and track) will verify the two vehicles are not dimensionally equivalent.
You are correct....poor choice of words on my part, as the GL's are not "body on frame" vehicles but are in fact "unibody" architecture as are there cars ( S class being the largest, exlcuding the Maybach )....and that, along with the air suspension WILL make the ride of that vehicle more "smooth" and "car like" than that of our Escalades ( body on frame )
 

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The GL will be called GLS by 2016 or 2017. I guess they MB is calling it the S-Class of their SUVs. Strange.
 

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The GL will be called GLS by 2016 or 2017. I guess they MB is calling it the S-Class of their SUVs. Strange.
It's in line with their car nomenclature. The G for G wagen heritage. L for luxury.
 

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Same problem to me went to the dealer 3 times with no luck they are consulting a GM specialist to find out the reason.
Lot a vibration I guess it happen with the V4 torque transfer module and the size of the tires 22" . Im thinking to apply a lemon law if the issue is not been resolved .. This for me is unacceptable. Dealer was really helpful thought, but Im tired to bring the car to the dealer and try to find a solution here.
The manager has no clue was going on ... ANY SUGESTION will be welcome.
 
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