I have always loved the Escalades. They are big, comfy, quick, safe, smooth, good looking, and spacious. They are a great car!!!!! There is one problem though. It's the chrome on the car. The Magnesium Chloride destroyed it!!!!!!!! We took it to trade it in and the vehicle runs great, probably one of the best running eight year old Escalades ever and it had 77000 miles on it when we took it to trade it in for a new one. The dealer offered us only $18000!!!!!! The vehicle had to be worth $25000 or more. I also have an issue with the radio. If you turn the radio knob to the right, the radio channel goes the opposite direction. Same if you turn it to the left. It also freezes and glitches a lot. The quality of materials could be better. The dashboard is plastic and so are the door panels. Overall, I absolutely adore this car and highly recommend it.
I have an 08 escalade that's awd with a 6.2 when putting it in drive and taking off or accelerating from a stop I hear a clunk in the front end. I already replaced the u-joints in the rear but I have not got into the front. This is my first awd vehicle. Also the guy at discount tire said that my front tires look like when I brake they the front tires are fighting directions because of the wear.
THE GOOD ... Looks of the Escalade are second to none (eye catcher) ..... Powerful 6.2 motor (love the sound when I turn it on) THE BAD ... Horrible fuel mileage (barely 11mpg), plastic door handles (c'mon really??), Rear windows go down half way (sucks for rear passengers), Rear passengers are always hitting their feet exiting (seat adjustment needed), 3rd row seating ever worse (passengers knees hit their chest) THE UGLY ... Plastic (fake) wood grain interior panels are quick to get scratched and LOOKS horrible!! Overall I like my Escalade, just wished I purchased an ESV instead. Full rear doors(windows roll ALL the way down) 3rdrow seating has more leg room plus you have cargo space
As the owner and driver I am somewhat content with my Escalade which I purchased for on my birthday for 34,500 in August 2012. Powerful engine, interior, steering wheel functions, gps, onstar, bose radio all thumbs up!! Glad I didn't purchase this truck for 80k I would've been upset !!!!!
Don't think its worth 80k using a lot of plastic parts
1) Need better fuel economy
2) Needs an Ipod or aux jack (Tahoe & suburban cost less money and have it.... clueless as to why an $80k vehicle doesn't have it.
3) Needs Metal door handles
4) Needs more leg room even if compromises truck space on base model.
5) $80k and fake wood grain?
I purchased my 2008 Escalade Platinum with just under 60k miles. Searched high and low for the most loaded and low mileage one I could find. I have now driven it nearly 20k miles, mostly back and forth from California to Arizona, and I absolutely love this truck. Its a dream to drive. True Cadillac luxury. Have not had one, single issue with it. Dealer even threw in 3 year 36k mile extended warranty as they were so confident in its reliability. In the past 6 years I have owned a Hummer H2, Yukon XL and a standard Yukon, and this Escalade is my pride and joy over those other vehicles. I would highly recommend the Escalade to anyone in the market for a used SUV.
Drivability, reliability, overall sound construction. Thumbs up from other motorists. Rear entertainment system with wireless headphones keep the kids occupied on long road trips. 6 CD/DVD player keeps plenty on entertainment on hand.
Motors in power running boards tend to be somewhat weak when they are coming up.