I'm a member of CorvetteForum.com and i'm looking to sell my 2000 Corvette and pick myself up a beautiful XLR! I've been in love with black XLR's for a long while now and i'm looking to get my hands on one!
...so in lieu of that, I turn to you guys to see what you all think of a 2004 or a 2005 XLR...are there any notable differences? Heated seats vs no heated seats? Safety recalls? Overall opinions? Onstar issues? Anything else?
I can afford an '04 or an '05 by the looks of it...but want to hear what you all have to say and what you all think before I pull the trigger!
Thanks in advance!
First Welcome to the XLR Forum!!! I know you will enjoy this forum as much if not more than you enjoy the corvette forum. Many of the XLR owners have had Corvettes so you are not alone.
Which model year to buy---Well the opinions vary but many think the 2005 is better than the 2004.
In my case I have one of the first 2004's and haven't had many issues come up over the 5-6 years. Others however have had their share of issues.
In the end, my car and most others are covered by one of the warranties. So the 2004 is as new and mechanically perfect as the 2009. The "Wear Parts" are on you. (Tires, Brakes Wipers--etc.)
the next cnsideration is where you buy it and wear you have it serviced. In other words is the dealer experienced with the XLR and is he certified to work on it. Many dealers are not. so problems come up because they are learning on your dime.
Overall I think you will need to consider;
1. Is the car you are buying Cadillac Certified ??
2. Does it have a clean CarFax Report i/e no wrecks--etc.
3. Have you reviewed a copy of the car's Cadillac Service History??
4. Overall condition is up to par.
5. Brakes and tires are new.
In summary I obviously can't speak for everyone here but I do think the overall majority will agree you do want a warranty with the car going forward!!!
The electronics and other mechanicals are expensive as they are in most all cars today and you will be far better off if the warranty covers issues as opposed to you having to dig into your own pocket.
There is a TON of information on this site so please don't be shy. Ask all the questions you want to and read all of the information that is available.
Again Welcome to the Forum
Jerry aka XLR I FL
Mark aka mswaim
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