Last post on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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Cadillac XLR-V, Cadillac XLR, Coupe, Convertible
Sep 17, 2006 (9:51 pm)
A new Cadillac XLR vs. Mercedes-Benz SL topic has been opened. You may notice that the most recent posts comparing these two vehicles have been moved there.
Jun 25, 2007 (9:16 am)
So, back from a week in SoCal: Santa Monica, Westwood, Pacific Pallisades, Malibu and San Diego. I saw 'em all: Bentleys, Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghini, Porsches, Mercedes of all shapes and sizes, BMW-a-gogo, Vipers, Vettes and Prius'! Even a Qvale Mangusta! But not one XLR! Not one!
What's up with that? Where are y'all?
Feb 03, 2009 (9:47 am)
Say hello to the Allante...
#199 of 202 XLR,S THE UNEXPECTED!
Jun 06, 2009 (9:02 pm)
when i read i or 2 sentences in negitivity on this car it TELLS! me a bored 19yr
old out of beer saw an xlrv and decided he dont like them! GREAT!!!!!!
keep ,it that way and rich carbuffs like me will show n go each time i drive it!
oh you will have too look hard i dont drive it daily!!!99% of all folks who get
close enough gawk in awww(kind of shock n aww)quote ex president!!!!!!!!!!
so roll on kids its past your beertime i mean bedtime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GREG BERLIN RENO NV.
#201 of 202 XLR,S ARE THE ULTIMATE!!!
Mar 21, 2009 (11:24 pm)
MOST LOVE IT,few dont i go with those who do its a six star car its a topdog
anad clubs have spawned up so dont critize a great value$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
GREG BERLIN RENO NV. PROUD OWNER N CHIEF
#202 of 202 XLR: Right Car for the Right Driver
Jun 12, 2009 (11:44 am)
With prices for used XLRs dropping every month, there's never been a better time to own one. Over-priced when new, these awesome vehicles are so unique, most drivers have no clue they're Cadillacs. Mine has started more conversations at gas pumps than every car I've owned combined.
The '04s had a few bugs, but if repaired with the upgraded parts, will be as reliable as every subsequent year. Things to watch for are bad radiators, (replaced with upgraded "V" parts) problematic roof sensors, and melted DRL headlamp bezels (they're all over eBay.) Having up-to-date software in the car is a must.
Driving this car is sheer delight. While it handles well, (tweaked on Germany's famed "Ring") it isn't a Corvette, but then it doesn't pretend to be. An easy and inexpensive upgrade for non-V's is a rear-mounted stabilizer bar.
Top-down driving gives this car a dual personality. It looks great as a coupe or roadster The fast-acting magnetic suspension is never harsh, and the seats comfortable, especially on hot days when the cooling option is enabled. The stereo is excellent, with 10 speakers surrounding the cockpit, including both sides of the headrests. The nav system could be better, but does an adequate job. The car has been a pleasure to drive on the two long-distance trips I've taken in it.
The voice-command feature eliminates the need to take my eyes of the road to look for the right switch, button or select a destination on the nav system.
The HUD, radar cruise control and keyless entry are features I wish my other cars had.
Over the 6 years of its production, there weren't too many upgrades, but then how much more can be added to an already extensive list of standard features?. A heated steering wheel, second gen magnetic suspension, XM antennas in the side mirrors, movable headlights and a leather dash came out later. The last year's model has a different front and rear fascia, with chrome heat extractors on the rear of the front quarter panels. Different colors were available each year. The supercharged "V" series model was available in '06 for those who need more power.
Ownership has its price. Without a warranty of some kind, these are awfully expensive to repair. Headlights are $1000 each! But for the few who own one, (and only around 15,000 were produced) the experience is worth the price. Are there better vehicles? Sure. But if you want to drive something unique and rare, the XLR might just be for you.