1st Generation (1999—2000) Escalade Problems

This generations ranks 25th out of 42 Cadillac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (20%), body (20%), and the brakes (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Alarm System Goes Off by Itself 1 complaints at an average of 78,000 miles in the 1999 Cadillac Escalade.
  2. Water Leaks 1 complaints at an average of 5,000 miles in the 2000 Cadillac Escalade.
  3. Lighting Changes Between Day & Night Mode (at Night) 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 2000 Cadillac Escalade.

What Escalade Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 4 4 228 1.74
1999 1 5 85 0.97

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