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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,011 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Cadillac Escalade brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 162014

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 170,230 miles


Driving low speed and brake pedal went to the floor. No warning lights. Difficult to stop car. Selected lower gear and managed to stop car with what braking power remained. Had just gotten off freeway, could have been a serious accident. Brake fluid visible at rear of vehicle. Took car to GM dealer and they advised a rear steel brake line had corroded and had a hole. Stated all brake lines needed replacing along with brake calipers due to corrosion. They would have to raise body from chassis for access. Bill would be $3000 to $4000. They would gladly take this car in trade for a new GM vehicle. This car had all new brakes installed at GM dealer in 2013 and there was no mention of corroded brake lines.

- Ediso Island, SC, USA

problem #7

Nov 042014


  • 78,780 miles
Severe leak(corrosion) in brake line at center pillar. Line is inboard of chassis beam, adjacent to fuel tank. Note this is the fourth brake line failure experienced on this vehicle. (mass car) had similar total failure on another brake line near the current failure. Dealer also found two other corrosion caused leakage at regular maint insp. All repairs made by Cadillac dealer.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #6

Sep 082014


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact had to apply the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. An independent mechanic stated that the brake lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 122011

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


ABS not working.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 102013

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
This Escalade should be included in your action number PE05020. The vehicle activated ABS on slow braking as described in the above action number. This occurred multiple times until I figured out what was happening. GMC garage discovered trouble code and repaired wheel speed censors as per protocol and problem has resolved. GM takes no responsibility for this issue. This is a known issue and all vehicles with the same identical parts should be covered.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 162013

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
While traveling 35 mph in traffic I incurred a loss of braking power. Upon closer inspection I noticed a brake line leak due to rust. Brake lines had rusted through causing a loss of brake fluid.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 232012

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,077 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and depressing the brakes, the brakes failed and traveled to the floorboard abnormally. The contact immediately shifted the vehicle into neutral and applied the emergency brake. The vehicle eventually came to a stop. The contact stated that the stability control and brake warning lights were illuminated immediately following the failure. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was later towed to an independent mechanic. After diagnosis, they advised him that all of the brake lines were severely rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for all the brake lines on the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 48,077. The current mileage was approximately 48,275. Updated 01/29/13 updated 1/30/2013

- Crownsville, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 042008

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph the steering wheel locked and the brakes failed. The contact shifted into reverse in order to get the vehicle to stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was informed that the steering pump needed to be replaced. Three years later failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 166,000. Updated 11/16/12 the consumer stated the failure recurred at 166,000 miles. Updated 11/20/2012

- San Rafael, CA, USA

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