really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,875 miles

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problem #8

Jan 012019


  • 105,000 miles
GM has manufactured defects/design failures into numerous parts in my 2008 Cadillac Escalade ext. The door handles all broke off apparently because they used weak plastic parts. The engine is stalling and won't start (possibly due to cam shaft sensor and deffective cam shaft or fuel control module they did a recall on and never fixed on my car)...apparently the oil sensor goes 1st and then the cam shaft and oil pressure issues come next...but this is caused by a defective cam shaft in the 1st place...very dangerous and bound to leave you stranded or cause an accident! as for steering, the power rack & pinion is designed to start leaking requiring a new $450+ part plus labor to put in as there is no way to stop the power steering leakage...finally, the head lights go out and GM could not have made it any harder to replace them nor more expensive- requiring front bumper removal and usually a result of their defective waterproofing of the light and ballast! (I put 1/19 below but these problems have developed over the last year of so right around the 100,000 mile marker)

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 222019


  • 160,000 miles
While driving down the road, the engine started making a tapping noise.I took it to a shop for eval and got no help bc they couldnt replicate the noise??! went to a GMC dealer-same!!on way home ck engine light and traction control lights flashed 3 seconds. Went back to GMC- the noise was louder. They just told me I need a new engine!! this car has had so many repairs its awful!!

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 022012


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the manufacturer was unable to supply the part for NHTSA campaign number: 16V381000 (air bags) beyond a three year period. The dealer (capital Cadillac of atlanta, 2210 cobb pkwy SE, smyrna, ga 30080, (770) 884-7397) confirmed that the part was unavailable. In addition, the engine warning indicator kept randomly illuminating. In previous repairs, the dealer replaced the alternator assembly and replaced a cable for the service charging system due to a constant loss of power. The failure had not been diagnosed by the dealer; however, the contact had a diagnostic trouble code reader that produced a failure code. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 232018


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. While approaching an intersection, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated when attempting to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 172016


  • 135,000 miles
On three separate occasions the car has completely shut down while being driven. Twice while at highway speeds, the car lost all power, including power steering, power brakes, as I was trying to safely get over to the side of the highway, all the dash lights come back on, the radio comes on at top volume, the power comes back on. I have had it into an authorized Cadillac dealership. They had it for over a week and could never replicate it or find the issue. The third time it happened on a side street, not as bad as the highway, but still extremely dangerous. This is clearly an issue because I have read other reports of the exact same thing happening. The one I read was in 2008 which is the model year of this car. First time it happened was appx late Nov 2015, , then again in March 2016, and this last time on July 17, 2016.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #3

Oct 152014


  • miles
I will be driving and lose all power! it does it at different speeds. Its like someone turns the car off and back on. The weird thing is it will do it alot one day and then it doesnt do it for a couple of days. It always comes back on but in traffic it could be very dangerous. I have had it put on computers and it never has showed anything. And I was reading on recalls on the ignitions and thought it could be a part oif the recall

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 212015


  • 170,000 miles
My vehicle was parked completely off, when an alarm type of sound started ringing. I looked at my car and I see smoke inside by the dash board, I called my husband and he rushes outside and grabbed a tool. He opened up the hood and alot more smoke came out, he disconnected the battery with the tool and my uncle grabbed the hose and water down the engine part of the car. The fire went out and I right away contact me insurnace.the whole electrical fuse box is burn and im not sure what else is damage in the dash board.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 262013


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several minutes. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for diagnostic testing and the dealer advised that an unknown sensor and switch needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced both components but the repair did not remedy the stalling failure. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the failure but the manufacturer had yet to offer any assistance to the contact. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA