Love my '08 truck. It turns heads even in Texas where trucks are dime a dozen.
Bought it used with 60k, driven 12k in 6 months, no complaints.
Pull a boat, take it off the pavement, rinse it off, go to dinner and have it valeted in front row next to all the "me too" luxury cars.
Love the comfort, full size rear seat, long bed, driving view, response, style, power, ability to open up 6 windows for convertible feel, versatility, and elegance.
Cool features like remote start, auto highbeams, auto windshield wipers (heard auto wipers are gone in '09?)
Holds it's own with the cowboy trucks on the highway and the executive parking lot I park in.
Unique, not on every corner.
Gets lots of looks.
Drive it easy, gas is OK.
I get 16 all around in Dallas, 19-20 highway.
To be perfect, would fix the radio's XM/Aux input (ipod)dependency, OnStar/Bluetooth phone dependency, prevent transmission from up shifting so fast and downshift faster when on throttle, GPS on HDD than DVD. Otherwise, perfect for me.
Have a 2008, bought new 26 months ago, worst investment, I've bought 4 Avalanche 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 all I have enjoyed, but this Cad is the pitts. It not bad during winter but I live in Texas and you know it get hot. When A/C is on this truck will not shift right (been in to dealership repeatly, even the Owner of Dealership took it for a week and GM refuses to to fix it, told me to live with it or they would trade me out with imtimidation as trade difference.(I have bought several CADS. FROM THIS DEALERSHIP) GM knows they have a problem with the shifting and throttle body. you press petal to floor and get it to jump into first gear-then you are getting on brakes and transmission locks up
This is the best truck that I have ever owned. The power, the ride, the look is too much! The heated seats, retracting side step, Nav, DVD all of which is very nice in a truck. Only problem that I have had is when you have the passenger air bag replaced (due to lite comming on and dealer said that it need to be replaced) they were unable to get the airbag flush with the dash. They have put 6 in and none of them will lay flush.
Heated seat, heated steering wheel, NAV, DVD, side bed storage bins, stero, backup camera is a big plus.
Front bumper sensors, Keyless start, option for 2 wheel drive.
Perfect .... No bed cover leaks ever..nothing has been better than my 2004 silverado SS for doing it all but this CADILLAC ESCALADE EXT. Yes they fixed everything in the 2009 model, telescoping steering wheel,side radar enhancement and a few other small details. BOSE sound is the BEST of the CLASS!!! RIDES like a dream,and handles well too. BIG TRUCK WITH BIGGER HORSEPOWER. Will pull anything you want and all wheel drive gets it done. Add a supercharger and look out, Have you got one fast and furious ride! This truck is almost perfect and I will have another one in a few years. DA KING has SPOKEN...LONG LIVE THE KING.
Heated and cooled seats and heated steering wheel and that sound system...wow!! And I am 6'2".260# and fit just fine in the back seat.
MORE HORSEPOWER.... CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH. ADD Headers and a supercharger and cat back exhaust and you will be one happy person!
I've had two Avalanches before buying a Ford Super Duty for the diesel engine...what a mistake! Don't know if it was the new '08 diesel 6.4L or what, but fuel economy was miserable, 12mpg in town, 16mpg on interstate with no towing. I also missed the versatility of the Avalanche: side cargo bins, heavy duty covers, waterproof rear bed, and the expandable bed size. Not only that, but the EXT adds significant comfort and features: NAV, DVD entertainment, heated/cooled seats, luxurious and beautiful interior, and great looks. Take it easy on the gas pedal and you'll be getting 15-16mpg in town, 20mpg on the interstate. Hauls tools, gear, toys, and projects with ease. The ultimate upgrade!
Expandable and covered bed, side cargo bins, DVD entertainment, NAV system, and great Raven Black looks ;-)
Telescoping steering wheel, adjustable engine mapping for fuel economy, and selectable 4WD.