2nd Generation (2002—2006) Escalade Problems

This generations ranks 29th out of 42 Cadillac generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (35%), drivetrain (14%), and the engine (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 77,114 miles in the 2006 Cadillac Escalade.
  2. Electrical Short That Is Undetectable 2 complaints at an average of 121,900 miles in the 2002 Cadillac Escalade.
  3. Wouldnt Shift Into Gear 1 complaints at an average of 321 miles in the 2004 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 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 1 2 558 2.1
2005 3 4 526 0.53
2004 4 4 583 2.3
2003 3 6 577 1.31
2002 3 3 459 1.38

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