2005 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac Escalade 2005

We are 104,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

2005 Cadillac Escalade repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (17%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

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

Other (10%)

Select a problem area

Need advice about a specific Cadillac Escalade problem?

Chart based on 30 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2005 Cadillac Escalade.

2005 Cadillac Escalade repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (22%)

Worried about potential repair costs? An extended warranty can provide peace of mind.

Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Cadillac Escalade

Engine not specified

Cadillac Escalade in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

88040 mi

C $2000
Maf Sensor failed. Map sensor failed 
Cadillac Escalade in Louisiana, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2011
Jan 2011

113000 mi

US $400
replace broken speedometer 
Mar 2011

117000 mi

US $400
replace running light and wiper blades 

Return to top

2005 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUV, ext.

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

Cadillac Escalade in Texas, United States
- Oct 2006
Oct 2006

32500 mi
Alternator (making whining noise)replaced under warranty 
Cadillac Escalade in Colorado, United States
Jun 2014 - Oct 2017
Oct 2015

229000 mi

US $220
Drivers side drive shaft seal replaced.  Oil cooler line gaskets leaking and replaced. 
Nov 2015

229600 mi

US $325
Power steering pump whining, replaced pump. Also Auto Transmission service. 
Nov 2016

242600 mi

US $300
drive output shaft seal from transfer case leaked. 
Aug 2017

252000 mi

US $400
Lifter tap in engine becoming more frequent and loud. Only suggestions were engine rebuild, using engine oil additives to hopefully quiet the tapping. 
Cadillac Escalade in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jan 2015
Sep 2013

68000 mi

US $458
Headlights would come on at random times when parked in the garage. 

Return to top

2005 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUV

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac Escalade in Georgia, United States
Oct 2017 - Sep 2018
Dec 2017

135000 mi

US $600
Water pump, thermostat and belts 
Mar 2018

195000 mi

US $400
[transmission] Cooler hose fittings leaking 

Return to top

2005 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUV

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

Cadillac Escalade in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Dec 2010
Mar 2009

102000 mi

US $85
Replaced oil pressure sending unit. 
Cadillac Escalade in Ohio, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2013
Jan 2010

US $785
Oil line to oil cooler leaking, requiring replacement. Mechanic indicated that this is a common problem with the style of oil lines used by GM. 
Mar 2010

57000 mi

US $470
Air bag sensor failed, requiring replacement. 
Jun 2010

60000 mi

US $660
Air bag trigger failed. Rear rotor dust shields are rusting away. Repair would be VERY costly. Will live with it. I will NEVER buy another GM car. 
Mar 2011

71000 mi

US $176
The passenger seat belt was stuck and could not be used. Had to be disassembled and reassembled to fix -- no parts costs, just labor. This is the second time that this problem has occurred.  
Jun 2011

75000 mi

US $1076
The dust shields on the rear discs disintegrated due to rust. Damage to the rear discs and pads resulted. The axle had to be dis-assembled. new shields installed, new pads, rotors turned. The service manager said that it was common. 
Oct 2011

77000 mi
The lights in the steering wheel-mounted controls are going out. I was told that the only solution was replacement of the steering wheel at $400+ dollars. No thanks - I'll live with it. Typical GM - problems with no solutions! 
Nov 2012

91000 mi

US $700
The water pump failed. The maintenance lead told me that this is a common occurrence for GM V8s this old and with this many miles/ 
Aug 2013

99000 mi
The lights in the steering wheel-mounted controls are going out. 
Cadillac Escalade in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2012

35740 mi

C $300
The speakers were faulty on the front passenger's side. Trying to isolate if the problem is the speaker(s) or the dash board radio. Work in progress. The front window vent is NOT defrosting properly. Frost forms on the top 1/4 of the front window. Not sure if venting is at fault or the " blower" is not functioning efficiently. I can see why GM went bankrupt. This SUV is garbage!!! 
Jun 2013

39060 mi

C $600
it was always blowing hot air no matter what setting you had. Overall, i can see why GM went bankrupt. 
Apr 2014

47220 mi

C $678
leaking transmission repaired. last time i ever buy a cadillac. Piece of junk. 
Mar 2018

86800 mi

C $1800
all shocks replaced. Piece of crap. 

Return to top

2005 Cadillac Escalade 4dr SUT

345-horsepower 6.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

Cadillac Escalade in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2013
Apr 2012

89200 mi

US $500
had to replace both front wheel hubs to correct ABS/Traction Control errors. 
Oct 2012

95800 mi

US $2000
It had been repaired 3 times prior to this about 1.5 years ago for the same issue. 3/4 sprag clutch burned out. This time we replaced the entire transmission with a rebuilt HD model. 
Cadillac Escalade in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

10000 mi
Vehicle often goes into stability control mode with loss of power for no reason, usually when you need the power like entering traffic. Only way around the problem is to press dash button to turn the stability system OFF, necessary EVERY trip. 

Return to top

See TrueDelta's information for all SUVs and SUTs.
See TrueDelta's information for all Cadillac models.

2005 Cadillac Escalade Repair Histories

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2005 Cadillac Escalade problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.