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Well crap, we figured it would happen one day, but just weren’t expecting this day to be it. It rained on our XLR.

We never take the XLR out of its nice garage if we suspect the weather will be anything but great. Today was no exception – high 70’s F, bright sun peeking between fluffy white clouds, good forecast, clean radar images. There we were zipping along a major highway, top down and enjoying channel 60 Soul Street on XM, and lo and behold an ugly little cloud appears out of nowhere and proceeds to dump on us.

There were no exits in close proximity, so it was off onto the paved shoulder of the road to raise the top. We got our usual amount of extreme gawkers, but we must say we’re not used to them tearing by at 70+ mph watching us instead of the road. That made us nervous.

Once our rain barrier was in place we needed to re-enter the flow of heavy traffic. Kicked the accelerator, the back sat down, the front went up, our bodies were pressed into the seats and in a matter of seconds we had neatly merged (can only imagine what it would have been like to do that in a “V”).

Then we were faced with a very practical problem. Where the hell was the windshield wiper control and how does it work – it had never been used before! Actually, as we sped along we were impressed with the way the water was rolling off the windshield and how good the visibility was even before we managed to engage the wipers. Yes, we can now confirm to all who may have wondered – the XLR does indeed have windshield wipers and they do work.

Sooo, our next activity with the car will be to give it a thorough cleaning and bring it back to its normal pristine condition. And hopefully we’ll be able to go another 1 ½ years before we have to use those wipers again.


Best regards,
Ed and Sandra
 

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While it hasn't been a year and a half for us I had the same problem yesterday trying to figure out how to make the wipers work... fortunately having driven about 500 rental cars gave me good ideas about it!

Of course we are coming into love bug season here, the x will be staying at home safe in his garage!
 

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I found it helpful to read the owner's manual. It didn't take me:flag too long after I learned to skip the 75% of it written to satisfy GM's lawyers. Now, if only I could master the navigation disc.

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bumbleent,

Actually, we did read every word of the XLR manual including the junk intended to provide GM some basis for defense if someone does something stupid. However, the memory cells didn't retain from 1 1/2 years ago the wiper operation details :lol. Actually, we were laughing at ourselves when we shared that little tid bit. Also, it didn't help that our other vehicles which we use in all weather, including the Escalade, have the control on the left side of the steering wheel and only a twist of the end of the stalk puts the wipers into operation.

As an aside, we've often wondered how many people have had unpleasant experiences with rain sensing wipers and car washes.

As far as the navigation system, we don't like the one on our '05 XLR compared to that on our '06 Escalade, and consequently rarely try to use it.

:cheers

Very best regards,
Ed and Sandra

P.S. We were thinking some more about wiper settings for automatic rain sensing and would guess for all cars with that feature it only operates if the ignition is on. Is that the case? If so, it would prevent having problems with car washes and for that matter a car simply being parked outside if it started to rain.
 

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P.S. We were thinking some more about wiper settings for automatic rain sensing and would guess for all cars with that feature it only operates if the ignition is on. Is that the case? If so, it would prevent having problems with car washes and for that matter a car simply being parked outside if it started to rain.

Even though I never intentionally take mine out in the rain, I leave it set to Auto.
Never a problem at the wash with the ignition off, but occasionally on a bright sunny day I get a swipe across the windsheild.
 

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"Then we were faced with a very practical problem. Where the hell was the windshield wiper control and how does it work – it had never been used before! Actually, as we sped along we were impressed with the way the water was rolling off the windshield and how good the visibility was even before we managed to engage the wipers. Yes, we can now confirm to all who may have wondered – the XLR does indeed have windshield wipers and they do work."

Ed and Sandra,
Took ours out Friday on a trip up to Virginia and got caught in that intense rainstorm. First time out for me...you guys are correct. The rain would just bead up and roll off the front and side windows. Heck, the back window never seemed to get wet and I was only going 70mph! The wipers do work very well. :)

:rant The only problem with the XLR in the rain is when you park................and when you come back to the car and hit the remote to open the trunk...all the beaded up water dumps into the trunk when the trunklid goes up. Cadillac engineering needs to consider this as I can't be the only one who has experienced this. My computer bag was soaked. Are there any factory fixes for this? If not I guess I will have to take the Escalade when it rains.

I still love this car....it's a keeper:flag
 
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I don't get much rain out in California, but I did find out that if you just start the trunk up about a foot or two and stop it, it will dump off without going in the trunk.
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"Then we were faced with a very practical problem. Where the hell was the windshield wiper control and how does it work – it had never been used before! Actually, as we sped along we were impressed with the way the water was rolling off the windshield and how good the visibility was even before we managed to engage the wipers. Yes, we can now confirm to all who may have wondered – the XLR does indeed have windshield wipers and they do work."

Ed and Sandra,
Took ours out Friday on a trip up to Virginia and got caught in that intense rainstorm. First time out for me...you guys are correct. The rain would just bead up and roll off the front and side windows. Heck, the back window never seemed to get wet and I was only going 70mph! The wipers do work very well. :)

:rant The only problem with the XLR in the rain is when you park................and when you come back to the car and hit the remote to open the trunk...all the beaded up water dumps into the trunk when the trunklid goes up. Cadillac engineering needs to consider this as I can't be the only one who has experienced this. My computer bag was soaked. Are there any factory fixes for this? If not I guess I will have to take the Escalade when it rains.

I still love this car....it's a keeper:flag
 

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You press any of the controls that start the opening process( fob, inside switch,or the trunklid switch) or the "close" button inside th lid. You need to let it get half way up before pressing or gravity will close it.

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