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I took delivery of my 2005 about 5 weeks ago and noticed then that there was a chemical odor in the rear luggage compartment.It smells somewhat like glue.
Over these weeks I have let the rear lid stand open a great deal thinking the odor would go away. Instead, the odor is now noticeable in the cabin of the car.
Has anyone had a similar problem and,if so, what did you do to correct it.
 

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That's a new one. Not seen a single post here on that, and I've been around this Forum for a very long time -- like two years.

Have you contacted your Cadillac Personal Assistant?
 
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NOPE! only one can a glue is un-accounted for at Bowling Green, KY.
Seriously, I would have your dealer tear it apart to find whatever a worker left in your XLR. There have been stranger things found in vehicles. Better yet, tell them to get you a new vehicle and that you don't want your vehicle torn apart.
Bob Hey! look what I found!

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I took delivery of my 2005 about 5 weeks ago and noticed then that there was a chemical odor in the rear luggage compartment.It smells somewhat like glue.
Over these weeks I have let the rear lid stand open a great deal thinking the odor would go away. Instead, the odor is now noticeable in the cabin of the car.
Has anyone had a similar problem and,if so, what did you do to correct it.
 

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Thanks for the advise.
When you say Cadillac Personal Assistant do you mean the dealer?...Jack
 

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I've found the same problem in my 05, has gone away after 3000 miles. thought I had broken a can of glue. what was it? :jester :flag
 

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Thanks for the hope...I have 2000 miles so will wait for 3000 and hopefully get as lucky as you did......Jack
 

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hey jack, my XLR is only 14 days old, so it may take a little longer. XLR pit crew is guys who make afew posts. mabey >>>>>>>> :jester :flag
 

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Rear Odor _ The Under Carriage & Exhaust

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Thanks for the hope...I have 2000 miles so will wait for 3000 and hopefully get as lucky as you did......Jack
The aroma you have mentioned is present on all XLR's but will vary from roadster to roadster. Depending on your driving the XLR's undercarriage and exhaust is coated with a laminated film. This film and adhesive residue will usually burn off with in a month or so and with in a few thousand miles. Thie symptom is noticed most of the time during a lot of stop & go driving, instead of long dives at higher speeds.

I have seen it burn off within a couple of weeks but usually burns away within a month or so, it is used to protect the components. The attached photo shows the very clean underside of the XLR allowing air to pass undisturbed like the wing of an airplane.

The only negative is that your underside (bottom) will keep increasing in heat after the roadster is pulled into the garage, causing the burning away of the residue to continue after you have exited the car. The reason of course is there is no air passing under the vehicle.


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Allen,

The second negative is the enclosures of the undercarriage, where the hot air from the engine gets trapped making a water bottle in the cup holder turn to warm water, and is also noticed in the trunk compartment. Don't put your significant others makeup case in the trunk or it will turn to soup.
As you might remember, I was the one that had the space age foil wropped over that area and wasn't the least bit happy with the result. I hoping my new V will get better air flow with the removal of the ACC. If no one is sitting in the passager seat, I turn on the AC for that seat and put my water bottle on it.
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The only negative is that your underside (bottom) will keep increasing in heat after the roadster is pulled into the garage, causing the burning away of the residue to continue after you have exited the car. The reason of course is there is no air passing under the vehicle.


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Thank you
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jackewells said:
Thanks for the advise.
When you say Cadillac Personal Assistant do you mean the dealer?...Jack
If you go the Cadillac Web site, you can get a (Corporate) Personal Assistant assigned who you will be able to contact via e-mail or phone. The can answer questions, do research, etc. People on this board have had mixed results with them, but my experience has been very positive.
 

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I know what the smell is.

jackewells said:
I took delivery of my 2005 about 5 weeks ago and noticed then that there was a chemical odor in the rear luggage compartment.It smells somewhat like glue.
Over these weeks I have let the rear lid stand open a great deal thinking the odor would go away. Instead, the odor is now noticeable in the cabin of the car.
Has anyone had a similar problem and,if so, what did you do to correct it.

My car had it also. The floor of the car is constructed of layers of laminated wood and aluminum. This is to give the roadster a very light, yet stiff floor and undercarriage. The glue smell is, well yes, glue. Lamination of those dissimilar materials requires glue. I believe the C6 vette has this as well.

The reason I believe the odor is the floor laminate glue rather than what Allen suggests? The smell was stronger after the car was sitting for a while with the windows up - not after being driven.

After a year, the smell is gone. It never really bothered me, so I can't remember how long it took to disappear.

Don't sweat this one. :D
 
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