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2003 Cadillac Escalade repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (20%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (7%)

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2003 Cadillac Escalade repair cost distribution

$2500+ (20%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (30%)

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2003 Cadillac Escalade

Engine not specified

Cadillac Escalade in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

98000 mi

US $90
Check engine light came on. Code P0161 O2 sensor heater malfunction Sensor 2 bank 2. Replaced the O2 sensor after the catalytic on the passenger side. Cleared the code. Check engine has been off for over a week. 
Cadillac Escalade in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

156400 mi

US $200
Whining noise Rattling noise.catalytic converter. 

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2003 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUV, ext.

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

Cadillac Escalade in Washington, United States
- Jul 2008
Jun 2008

48000 mi

US $4695
Front differential failed had to be replaced out of warranty by 2,000 miles 
Jul 2008

52000 mi
Climate control not working correctly. Constantly clicking. Replaced under the extended warranty we purchased due to earlier problems 

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2003 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUV

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

Cadillac Escalade in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2015
Aug 2010

25691 mi

US $45
Replaced intermediate steering shaft, I'm an ASE Certified Master tech. Typical clunking in GMT 800 series trucks when turning wheel. I used a Dorman product instead of GM because it's cheaper in price and better made with never a comeback 
Sep 2010

26301 mi

US $788
Goodyear Wrangler tire developed vibration in front end at low and highway speed, getting worse and causing the vehicle to pull to one side. Upon inspection found broken belt in one tire. Replaced all 4 with Michelins 
Cadillac Escalade in Texas, United States
Jan 2013 - Apr 2017
Feb 2013

53000 mi

US $3139
Side Bearing on the front differential were bad. Car was making a speed-sensitive "rumble or roar" on local street and highway. Required replacement of inner differential bearings. Dlr advised that neoprene gaskets on the intake manifold had failed and were causing check engine light. Need to replace the gaskets to seal the intake manifold. Vehicle A/C would blow warm when stopped at light on in traffic. Dlr advised is was because the A/C fan clutch was weak and was disengaging the fan so no airflow over A/C coil. High-pitch "whistle" coming from engine compartment turned out to be bad bearing in the alternator. Dlr advised needed to be replaced. 
Aug 2015

69900 mi

US $2400
Compressor failure. Replaced both from & rear units. 
Dec 2016

86000 mi

US $1600
Full brake job 4 wheel with rotors, calipers and shoes. Wiper motor failed. Wipers would not shut off and cycled through speeds rAndomly. 
Cadillac Escalade in Louisiana, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Apr 2011

72000 mi

US $212
repair transfer case 

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2003 Cadillac Escalade Repair Histories

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