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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,337 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Cadillac Escalade brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 282007

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The ABS control module fails when it is wet. The ABS control module was replaced once at the cost of $1,300. The mechanic stated that this was a rampant failure among this vehicle. While driving in the rain, the contact drove over a puddle. Since that time, the ABS control module has not worked. General Motors has yet to respond. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. Updated 02-25-08

- Grosse Point Wood, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 282007

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
On 08/27/2007 my stability control system light was on in the dash board of my veicle, approached traffic light tried to stop and the brakes would not work, then the vehicle accelarated on its own. For the grace of god I was able to avoid an accident due to the traffic being light. I had my 2002 Cadillac Escalade towed to the nearest Cadillac service shop(ken dixon, waldorf md) in the area at the time. Dealer advised an issue with the ABS and the stability control uni adv cost of repair $2600 or more, advised by dealer no recall on either of these issues. To date nothing has been done, the dealer still has the vehicle and has yet to return any of my calls in reference to my claim. Items of issue service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock- control unit/module-components-sensors vehicle speed control -linkage suspension which involves the stability control (asc)

- Upper , MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 112006

Escalade 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2002 Cadillac Escalade that has experienced slow-speed braking problems from the first date of purchase. Initially I thought that it may be the brake shoes or rotors, however, I have had the brake shoes and rotors replaced on the front and back of the vehicle. The problems with the braking have persisted. The ABS is triggered when driven at low speeds usually under 15 miles per hour when the conditions do not warrant it. Consequently, I have almost wrecked due to the defective operation of the brakes and I am afraid to drive the vehicle and concerned with the safety of my wife and three small children. I have been told by a dealership that potentially the problem with the braking system involves the front, wheel speed sensor mounting surface on the bearing. Supposedly rust or corrosion could detrimentally affect the peak-to-peak output voltage. The wheel bearing hub assembly sensor problem causes false wheel speed readings which sends erroneous wheel speed readings to the vehicleż's computer. The computer interprets this reading as a need for the computer to continue activating the ABS to prevent wheel lockup. However, if ABS is still triggering at very low speeds, it prevents the wheels from coming to a complete stop because it continually releases and applies the brakes at very low speeds (under 15 miles an hour). This type of defect could have near fatal outcomes especially in a hilly and mountainous terrain like that of West Virginia. Due to this pre-existing material defect in the vehicle which affects an extremely integral part of the operation, rendering it undriveable; I expect General Motors/Cadillac to fix this problem at no cost to me, the consumer. It would be extremely negligent to have notice about a manufacturing defect and ignore your duty of care to remedy this problem, especially in light of the low cost remedy available to recall and fix it. Sincerely, nelson R. staples iv.

- Beckley, WV, USA

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