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Very reliable mechanically. Electronics...not so much. Gets very expensive!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By carguy2021
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I had it from about 90k miles to 140k miles. You can't beat the interior comfort and ride quality. The engine performed flawlessly, as did the transmission. There was always a "growling" noise coming from somewhere in the transfer case. It was very annoying, but I never did anything about it other than change the differential fluids and trans/transfer case fluids. This did not make the noise go away. From time to time the "service ride control" message would appear...and then go away. The "service tire pressure monitor" message came on from time to time as well. I had to replace an abs wheel speed sensor at about 115k. Rear susp leveler compressor went bad. Front Heated seats broke.


Favorite Features

Size, comfort, fuel economy - almost 15 mpg in mixed driving. Usually 19 on hwy, up to as high as 21. Interior luxury is a real treat -- high quality leather. BOSE system rocks. Rear heated seats a nice treat.


Suggested Improvements

Fancy electronic systems (ride control, electric compressor leveler, tire pressure monitor system, stability control/abs, front heated seats, Navigation all gave me problems. These are all expensive to fix. Running board brackets break and cause board to rub and rust where they touch the body. Make sure you can afford the repairs or are prepared to put up with broken systems.


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By solomon
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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i had a 2000 Cadillac Escalade and now i bought a 2004 and i love it believe it or not i just bought it on 11-15- 2010 and i can't believe the great fuel economy 15.9 wow my focus that is new only gets 22 miles per gal for a 4 cyl that's realy awful i rather ride my escalade i love my used truck and highly recommend buying one and it is fun to drive oh got to run premium gas on 6.0 engines .


Favorite Features

my radio boss sound my nav and heated seats an sun roof the turn signals light up on mirros and back sensors


Suggested Improvements

nothing


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GM Let Down
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By johnj
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV Platinum Edition AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I purchased this vehicle with the understanding that it was Cadillac Certified with the extended warranty unfortunately the dealer ripped me off and there is no warranty. While Cadillac is a good product there are too many parts as pieces that can break. I have had the car in for warranty work 5 times in the last 10 months, nothing major but it will add up as soon as the original warranty runs out. The vehicle is still under the original warranty for another month but after that I am out of luck after that thanks to a dishonest dealer and GM customer service unwilling to do anything about it. Beside that I think it is a good vehicle but lacks a lot of features of the new models.


Favorite Features

Cooled Seats


Suggested Improvements

Honesty


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It's Just okay!
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By G41
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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Purchased the 2004 Caddy ESV in 2005 on a trade in of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade which was a lemon. The longer body style has improve for long hauling then the short body style. My 2004 Caddy does not have the DVD entertainment, but does have everything else i.e. navigation, satellite radio, CD player and a decent radio. Now that analog has become extinct OnStar and the other related emergency connections are useless. Vehicle has great "get up and go power!" Navigation CD is now outdated there is no new CD for the 2004 system to update, what a joke. Have not tried this vehicle off road, but in some of the heavy snow falls in the North East it out performed it self. It's just okay!


Favorite Features

Acceleration handles like that of a compact car. The outdated Navigation is still a great feature. Back-up warning is a must.


Suggested Improvements

Placement for the parking brake is bad. No locks for center console and glovebox. No light for the glovebox. Upgrade the interior with items that would be useful in 2009. Vehicle road noise. Increase storage and leg room for the second row passengers, seats to close to the front.


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It is better than I thought.
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By Paul
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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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The vehicle has a lot of power. When it engages, it sets you back in the seat and lets you know but it does it gently, not like my previous 1999 Suburban with a 5.7L. More plush over bumps, on turns, and acceleration. The ammenities are overwhelming compared to a Suburban, and it feels like you got what you paid for.


Favorite Features

My family and I really like the DVD, rear audio, and rear climate controls. I like the extra power, the AWD, 4wheel disc brakes with hydroboost, and the 345hp. It is amazing how well this large beast handles in and out of traffic and is a pleasure to drive long distances.


Suggested Improvements

I recommend that a power hatch be an option, and the access to the rear seats be improved by power as well. Also the trip computer info could be better seen in either a Heads Up Display or in the Radio/Navigation combo device. More horsepower is always better.


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