Cadillac Escalade - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Cadillac Escalade owners have reported a total of 1,368 problems for their cars built in the 21 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Cadillac Escalade. The 2007 Cadillac Escalade cars have the most problems reported (278 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Cadillac Escalade

  Common problems of Cadillac Escalade

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Cadillac Escalade cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (291 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (193 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Cadillac Escalade

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
291
  Electrical System
193
  Service Brakes
147
  Engine And Engine Cooling
108
  Power Train
86
  Equipment
76
  Structure
50
  Electronic Stability Control
47
  Steering
46
  Seats
46
   
  Suspension
45
  Other Fuel System
39
  Vehicle Speed Control
35
  Exterior Lighting
35
  Wheel
26
  Tire
21
  Gasoline Fuel System
16
  Visibility
16
  Seat Belt
14
  Unknown Or Other
9
  Parking Brake
7
  Latches/locks/linkage
7
  Air Brake
3
  Child Seat
2
  Traction Control System
2
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Cadillac Escalade of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Escalade model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Cadillac Escalade model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Escalade Model Years

Escalade
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 519,8561    
0.25
  2017 2923,2112    
0.62
  2016 5627,9613    
0.67
  2015 6328,1734    
0.56
  2014 158,7075    
0.34
  2013 1213,1936    
0.15
  2012 249,9357    
0.35
  2011 5215,2958    
0.42
  2010 3614,2119    
0.28
  2009 6316,24110    
0.39
  2008 15830,21211    
0.48
  2007 27860,78712    
0.38
  2006 3013,50013    
0.17
  2005 6532,18014    
0.14
  2004 10737,66415    
0.19
  2003 11637,51216    
0.19
  2002 14454,00417    
0.16
  2000 7133,65419    
0.11

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Cadillac Escalade is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Escalade
2
  2018 Escalade
3
  2017 Escalade
3
  2016 Escalade
12
  2015 Escalade
10
  2014 Escalade
5
  2013 Escalade
1
  2012 Escalade
4
  2011 Escalade
3
  2010 Escalade
1
  2009 Escalade
6
  2008 Escalade
8
  2007 Escalade
15
  2006 Escalade
4
  2005 Escalade
3
  2004 Escalade
8
  2003 Escalade
9
  2002 Escalade
9
  2000 Escalade
11
  1999 Escalade
5


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