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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,530 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.

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2002 Cadillac Escalade brakes problems

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2002 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 262012


  • miles


The vehicle would exhibit an abnormal humming. In addition, the contact stated that there was an unusual increase in braking distance and time. The vehicle would sporadically slide to a stop when applying the brakes. (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock)

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 162010


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal humming. In addition, the contact stated that there was an unusual increase in braking distance and time. The vehicle would sporadically slide to a stop when applying the brakes. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 115,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- New Brighten, MN, USA

problem #8

Jun 112010

(reported on)


  • miles
2002 Cadillac Escalade. Consumer states issues with brakes the consumer stated her vehicle should have been included in the recall. The ABS activated while driving at very low speeds and the vehicle would not stop. The consumer stated she was involved in an accident due to unwanted activation of the ABS and also the bearing sensor was replaced.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 192007

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. While driving 3 mph, the ABS activated when the brakes were depressed. The stopping distance increased. As of December 3, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The contact felt that his vehicle should be included in the recall for the service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock (NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000). The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 38,000.

- Cook Rapids, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 042006

Escalade 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Braking system on our 2002 Cadillac Escalade reverts to anti-lock mode at low speed 5 mph or less. This has caused a very dangerous situation with the vehicle failing to stop and rolling through stop signs and red lights. The only way to avoid this, is to begin stopping well in advance of desired stopping point and hoping it stops. I will be bringing in to be repaired however I would believe there should be a recall as this situation will if it hasn't already led to a death.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 202006


  • miles
At slow speeds (<5 mph) the ABS system engages during the course of normal braking. This results in the car being unable to stop within expected stopping distance and led me to bump into a car stopped at an intersection. The problem cannot be linked to worn brake pads as these were replacaed only 4 months previously. Dealer has been notified.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 142006

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


ABS brakes/brake system: Bought a pre-owned Cadillac Escalade 2002, after it reached about 75000 miles, ABS system makes a loud grinding noise when U press the brakes, extremely loud, brought the truck to a Cadillac dealership claimed they didn't find anything wrong.....something needs to be recalled with these trucks in regards to the ABS systems.....never made that sound before when I had owned it for about a year, after a year started to make a horrible unsafe loud noise when U press the brakes....feel very unsafe in the vehicle..... also the truck accelerated once without my foot on the gas......truck was in park so the truck didn't move--just accelerated like it wanted to race. Noticed an electrical problem that started in the truck at around 80,000 miles---not all sensored areas are lit, 1/2 are, 1/2 are not, drivers heated seat stopped working also.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #3

Feb 172005

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
ABS system activated at slow speeds (<10mph). Resulted in braking chatter, brake pedal coming up and being hard to depress. The extended stopping distance caused driver to use emergency braking to avoid collisions with vehicles at lights and intersections. Initially fixed as worn brake pads. Problem persisted. Returned to dealer, had ABS sensors replaced. Problem recurred (worse) within 8 mos, dealer informed me that ABS sensors had not detected problem. Brakes worn. Would not verify ABS issue until brakes replaced.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012004

Escalade 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the ABS system activated at low speeds. This resulted in extended stopping distances, and there was no way to control when the vehicle will stop. The brake pedal came up and was very hard to depress. The vehicle skidded when trying to use the brakes. The service dealer stated that it was the same issue as in the recall for other general motor vehicles, but this vehicle was not included in the recall. The service dealer stated they would have to clean the wheel speed sensors, and if that did not resolve the problem, they would have to replace the wheel speed sensors. The manufacturer stated that the contact's vehicle was not included in the recall, and the contact would have to repair the vehicle at her expense.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #1

May 192003


  • 1,300 miles
While driving there was pulsation and vibration when braking at any speed. ABS brake light stayed on at all times. Vehicle had been to the dealer four times. The stability lock tracking system was repaired four times in one year. Manufacturer had been informed.

- Florissant, MO, USA

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