Hard Working Luxury SUV
General Vehicle Information
This vehicle is primarily used for driving in inclement weather or for trips to the hardware store. Once used as a daily driver, this vehicle has been in our family since 2004 and can now be found hauling a boat or packed with trees and bushes.
Vehicle or Project Description
I purchased this 2004 Cadillac Escalade after my parent's lease ended. It had been trouble free and was in impeccable condition. At the time, I added on a 5-year bumper to bumper warranty.
It was mainly used as a second vehicle and would become my daily driver when the BMW or Porsche was having work done to it. The only real modification is the addition of 22" ACE alloy wheels and chrome front grill insert.
At the 85k mile mark, about three months before the warranty was set to expire, the transmission began to slip and quickly died. For $100 (deductible) I received a brand new (not rebuilt) 4L65E transmission. Now at 115k miles, it still runs strong with firm shifts.
While this Escalade has been very reliable it eventually suffered from rotted out brake lines which is common for the early to mid-2000's GM trucks and SUV's. While the parts cost less than $200 for a complete package or pre-bent, coated brake lines, the installation was quoted at over $3,000. Yes, those are crazy NY/NJ prices but still; ouch!
I ended up ordering the brake line package and set out to replace them myself. It was one of the hardest automotive projects I have ever taken on. I'd say it took 15-20 hours of work utilizing just a few wrenches and a 4-post lift. All of the lines were replaced without having to lift the body off of the chassis!
The only other issue that seems to come and go is a warning about the rear air suspension. Its pretty infrequent and the compressor still runs, so I haven't done anything about it. Maybe next year.