How to remedy when a previous owner has not maintained a vehicle....

Asked by Feb 05, 2016 at 12:45 PM about the 2003 Cadillac Escalade 4 Dr STD AWD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Cadillac Escalade With 140K miles.  I purchased it almost 2
years ago with over 117k miles.  Recently we have had the starter,
alternator, and battery replaced after it just died while my wife was driving
with the kids.  In the time we have owned it, the shocks and part air ride
suspension has been replaced.  It seems like the previous owners did not
keep up on the maintenance since the 100k maintenance was not done
when we bought it.  Also, I think that it sat for a while prior to us buying it.  
Is there anything that we can do to make up for the poor maintenance and
time sitting?  I use it to pull a pop-up camper and it tows great.  I want to
know what I can do to keep it going.....  Any help would be appreciated.

4 Answers

47,915

All you can do is keep up with the maintenance now. Fluid changes, tuneup and filter changes. 117,000 miles of neglect cannot be remedied other than by repairs to things that go wrong.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thank you. Is there anything I should specifically be worried about or have a mechanic specifically check, besides asking them to take a look at everything... ?

223,975

I think you have a good handle on the situation. Take care of the fluid changes as F_O_R suggests and keep on top of repairs.

47,915

Replacing the brake fluid is a good idea although it is rarely done.

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