2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Very reliable mechanically. Electronics...not so

2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (6.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Very reliable mechanically. Electronics...not so much. Gets very expensive!
By carguy2021 on


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


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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