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The Slade
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By Rex
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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This is a great vehicle. It sounds like a muscle car when started. The only thing that I don't like is where the heated seat warmer button is. This is because every time I lock the door or open the window, I accidentally hit the stupid heated seat button, and the next thing I know, my butt is on fire (or it feels like it). This is very frustrating. Other than that, the truck is very reliable and has very good performance. It also turns heads. I love the halogen lights as well. Overall this is a great vehicle!


Favorite Features

The halogen lights, AWD, and the 6.0 V8 engine.


Suggested Improvements

Move the heated seat button. Also, I would like to get better than 13 mpg,


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'03 Escalade
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By R & D
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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After my first week of owership I became very disappointed for about the next three months because it turned out that we wound up with an Escalade that had a lemon differential. Once the service department figured out what was wrong with the car and totally replaced the differential with a brand new one, my truck started spending more time with us instead of in the shop. Although it was fun driving all the different "new lenders" they gave us to drive while the car was in the shop.


Favorite Features

The passing power that this vehicle has while towing a very heavy boat and trailer is great.


Suggested Improvements

It needs a better Navigation system, more like the ones in Lexus or Nissan.


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We still love our Escalade!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Dar
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2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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We have been very happy with our Escalade. At about 70,000 the transmission went out and our extended warranty took care of. They did a repair and not a replacement. Other than that this has been a great truck. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a newer one next year.


Favorite Features

The Escalade looks good and has plenty of room.


Suggested Improvements

The console display needs to be turned towards the driver. It would be better if it was centered. Also the console box opens towards driver. Since a truck that big usually has passengers it should open in the front. I think the Escalades now have a power rear door. The door is very heavy to shut and huge to open.


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My first American made vehicle
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By msjanuary
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I love the performance of the 2003 Cadillac Escalade as a whole. The gas mileage is tough, but it drives like a dream. I have owned Mercedes and Lexus and the comfort on this Escalade runs circles around those cars. I love how high it sits and the way it handles through mountains. I generally keep vehicles for three years, but I will keep this an extra year then buy the new model. It is super.


Suggested Improvements

Improve the gas mileage.


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What an SUV, What an SUV
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By I gotta Escalade
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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The Cadillac Escalade is a very nice SUV even eith gas prices rising. I bought a 2003 White Diamond Escalade and it draws attention when people see it going down the road. It enables me to carry all of my family at once and be comfortable. It also enables me (the driver) to be comfortable and have fun. Truly it is a good, stylish luxury vehicle.


Favorite Features

The color, seating capacity, CD player, DVD player, sunroof / moonfroof, OnStar, and navigation system.


Suggested Improvements

Make the floor deeper or the seats higher on the 3rd row.


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Love my Escalade AWD
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Happy Customer
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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I just baught a used 2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD. I love it. I have owned many cars and SUVs, from Lexus, Mercedes and many others. Not only does my Escalade look cool but it drives as good as it looks. I did put on 22" rims. Only problem with the wheels is the Escalade attracts alot of attention. Sometimes it can be unwanted attention but I wouldn't change a thing.


Favorite Features

Style and comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is bad but not unexpected. It is a very large vehicle and has lots and lots of power.


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My 2003 Escalade
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By John Gentile
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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The only thing that has gone wrong for me is the front seat has poped off twice. The bottom of the seat material pops away from frame of seat and makes a loud noise every time. I do not care about the milage. I think it is fine for the weight of the car. I love my Escalade. I think Cadillac has got it right. It handles like a dream and turns on a dime. I love the interior but the clock is a little loud. I had a blowout on the freeway while on vacation with my family. The stability Track worked perfect and did not pull stopping straight as an arrow.


Favorite Features

1) The 345 HP engine when I pass I pass in a hurry. All other SUV's of this size take forever to pass a semi-Truck. 2) XM Radio 3 )On Star 4) the stability Track would not be without it again. 5) Navagation System 6) Bose Stero System


Suggested Improvements

OnStar phone needs to be improved as the automated operator will sometime say the wrong number. Trim and fit I found to be good. The interior looks a lot like other GM trucks, it should be more unique to Cadillac.


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Best money ever spent
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By gohoney
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2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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We have thoroughly enjoyed this vehicle so far. The kids have enjoyed it and we are already ready for an ESV.


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Kudos to Designer of the Escalade!
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By Michele736
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2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)


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Really like this truck. Is comfortable, has great visibility, like the interior for the most part. Exterior looks great! That counts for something~right! Very easy to park, brake & back up. Like the reverse chimes, they are not annoying(like in the Jag). Would prefer that the fake wood was real (very very cheap~who dropped the ball on that detail? Demote him!) The interior is definitely more cheaply stylized than it should be. It is still a Cadillac after all. Way too noisy for my taste. But the soundproofing is very good. Just hate slinking through neighborhoods like a redneck. Exhaust is too loud, this thing should purr or at least make it an option.


Favorite Features

345HP engine! Lots of power. Handling is really confident. Adjustable foot pedals & seat! Easy to get into and out of. Entertainment system keeps the kids occupied. Safety features. OnStar. Great service department at DeVoe Cadillac! And of course.....Its looks! It's beautiful!


Suggested Improvements

Class up interior~NO fake metal woodgrain! Use stainless steel/burl oak or leather. Needs power liftgate. Can't even reach the strap to pull it down if my hands are full. Auto up windows. Quieter muffler. Proximity warning on front bumper. More airbags/side crash window curtains.


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BEST CAR FOR ME
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By shibby da dib
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2003 Cadillac Escalade Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


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this car was amazing to drive, fun for my kids, in fact i bought my twin sons them for there sweet 16


Favorite Features

T.V.s in back seat, Custon job from west coast customs


Suggested Improvements

better gas milage


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