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Subject:  Re: 2003 Cad Escalade Date:  10/24/2012  2:38 PM
Author:  Milligram46 Number:  69560 of 73163

There is no reason a GMT900 platform vehicle should not give you 125K to 150K miles of trouble-free ownership with regular maintenance.

The only thing that would be suspect as you rack up the miles is all the seals and plastic bits are 10 years old. Ten years in a garage is a good thing. Radiator hoses, CV boots and AC system seals would be suspect failure points. Nothing against GM products, I would have the same concern on a BMW, Lexus, etc. etc.

Good thing the Escalade is AWD versus part-time 4WD. GMT900 from that era was notorious for 4WD engagement failures if they system wasn't cycled enough. It is right in the owner's manual on GM trucks of that era that you should engage the part-time 4WD system every 6 to 8 weeks for a few miles to circulate lubricants and move the gears around. Forget to do it and the system stops working right. You have AWD in the Escalade so that's a non-issue.

The core mechanicals, switch gear, etc. etc. should give you no issues. The L76 under the hood is thirsty, but a beast of an engine!
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