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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not yet an owner..but want to be one!

Hey everyone!

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!
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Hey everyone!

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!
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Charels:

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


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Charles,
I'm over there at Corvetteforum also, I think there are several of us. I just picked up an 05 XLR and love it. Apparently there were some issues with some 04's, but no basic design changes between the years. Like our Corvettes, quality issues can vary car to car. I was able to run a complete service history on my car before I purchased it and it had no issues, only regular maintenance. I looked at another with less mileage and it had the radiator and rear end replaced already plus some other unusual parts, so it really varies.
Hopefully everyone understands, although based on the Y platform the cars are designed to perform totally differently. Is there any way you can keep both? The XLR is very nice, but it is different from the Corvette.
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I couldn't be happier with my '05

I bought a used 2005 in Feb of this year. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I have owned many convertibles over the years, and prior to my xlr, I bought a vintage 1969 Cadillac Deville convertible that I restored and enjoyed. After three years of keeping that thing running, I decided I wanted a hardtop convertible that was more reliable. I began shopping on eBay, and I found many used low mileage xlrs within a couple miles of my home.

I've noticed here that the 04 owners complain of some problems, which sounds like normal first-model year stuff. My 05 had just 4000 miles on it when I bought it and I've put about a thousand miles a month on it with absolutely no problems.

I have several friends with Corvettes, and the XLR certainly has some similarities. However, I find the XLR suspension to be softer, the transmission smoother, and the Northstar V8 a little less aggressive than my friend's Corvette. Don't get me wrong - these are all positive qualities in my opinion.

The Corvette is much stiffer, and more powerful. The XLR is a car you can drive 10 hours and a day and enjoy every mile from a performance and comfort standpoint.

The retractable hardtop is the deal closer for me. You get a hardtop car, and a sexy open top two seater at the same time.
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Thanks, thanks and thanks guys!

XLR: That's alot of info to take in! You're right about several things though, the carfax and the warranty should be in place. I found a GREAT XLR for sale and it's black and has 12,500mi...it's an 04 though, they claim no warranty, however, I can purchase one. I told them that it has to be a GMPP or i'm not interested...no reply yet, but to be fair, it was late last night that I replied to them. I'm definitely going to take alot of your advice and see what I can come up with!

b_p: Ahh! A fellow Vette owner! Yeah it seems that the XLR attracts Vette owners, probably because they're built off the C6 platform . I don't mind the loss in power, personally...i'm sick of the riceboys trying to pull up next to me and cause trouble. It gets very annoying, very quickly. Wish I could keep both! I'm only 29, I have a good job, but it doesn't support a sports car AND a luxury car of these standards, so one has to go...since the Vette will NEVER be known as a DD, that honor will go to the beautiful XLR.

db: Wow, VERY nice! Yeah, there are a bunch of problems with every car of every year, that's a fact that i'm at peace with...I was just wondering if anything stood out between the 04 and 05 model years. I figured there had to be some differences. As far as the retractable hardtop goes...I'm in love with it for that reason alone. It was the deal-breaker for me as well.

Thanks again for the words, guys! Any links or details that I can look at to compare the 04-06 model years? Where there any main or minor details that are missing between those years beside color combinations? I wanna make sure that i'm not getting taken for a ride...well....the wrong ride, anyways .
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...Thanks again for the words, guys! Any links or details that I can look at to compare the 04-06 model years? Where there any main or minor details that are missing between those years beside color combinations? I wanna make sure that i'm not getting taken for a ride...well....the wrong ride, anyways .
Not really any changes between these years, do lots of reading here, and lots of research before you write the big check.

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There were several upgrades by the 06 model year. The telephone was changed to digital instead of analog, the xm radio antenna was moved into the rear view mirrors (instead of the bump on the trunk) and they changed to adaptive headlights. Many of the problems from the 04 and early 05 had been fixed by 06.
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Thanks, thanks and thanks guys!

XLR: That's alot of info to take in! You're right about several things though, the carfax and the warranty should be in place. I found a GREAT XLR for sale and it's black and has 12,500mi...it's an 04 though, they claim no warranty, however, I can purchase one. I told them that it has to be a GMPP or i'm not interested...no reply yet, but to be fair, it was late last night that I replied to them. I'm definitely going to take alot of your advice and see what I can come up with!

b_p: Ahh! A fellow Vette owner! Yeah it seems that the XLR attracts Vette owners, probably because they're built off the C6 platform . I don't mind the loss in power, personally...i'm sick of the riceboys trying to pull up next to me and cause trouble. It gets very annoying, very quickly. Wish I could keep both! I'm only 29, I have a good job, but it doesn't support a sports car AND a luxury car of these standards, so one has to go...since the Vette will NEVER be known as a DD, that honor will go to the beautiful XLR.

db: Wow, VERY nice! Yeah, there are a bunch of problems with every car of every year, that's a fact that i'm at peace with...I was just wondering if anything stood out between the 04 and 05 model years. I figured there had to be some differences. As far as the retractable hardtop goes...I'm in love with it for that reason alone. It was the deal-breaker for me as well.

Thanks again for the words, guys! Any links or details that I can look at to compare the 04-06 model years? Where there any main or minor details that are missing between those years beside color combinations? I wanna make sure that i'm not getting taken for a ride...well....the wrong ride, anyways .
At the end of the day it will be your decision.

I submit that there is essentially no difference between the 2004, 2005 XLRs.

Further if the ones you are looking at have been under warranty then the recalls are/should be up to date.

In 2006 there are obvious differences between the XLR-V and the XLR.
The "V" has a spercharger and more hp, wider rear tires, and loses the ACC which is part of the cruise control to keep you from running into things like the rear of the car in front of you. It had to be deleted because as I understand the intercooler got in the way of the location they mount it in.

My personal position is that a well kept 2004 is evry bit as good as the later years and does represent a EXTREMELY GOOD value for 2nd or 3rd purchasers.

A dealer who has XLR Certified mechanics can do the pre buy check and give you all o fhte information that the members here hae suggested. Just be sure you have the warranty on ANY purchase you make.

We are here for you so just "Write the Check" on the one you pick and start having osme fun.

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... the xm radio antenna was moved into the rear view mirrors (instead of the bump on the trunk)
That's what that is, I thought it was a truncated vertical stabilizer, or a dwarf fin.
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