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I had been debating over getting a new vette or something similar for a while now. Was interested in a new Z06, but my GF and I had such a bad experience at a dealer that I think I have soured on the idea. I am afriad that if the buying experience was that bad to begin with, what would the service experience be like. I also wished that the car had a removable top and maybe even the choice of an auto transmission.

I have liked the look of the XLR's since they came out and finally had a chance to look one over well last week at the car show in Dallas. Today I took some time and went down and drove one. Really liked the car and the way it drove (was a used 04), but I have two questions. I am 6'2 and had the seat back as far as it could go. There seemed to be a lot of squeeking from the seat rubbing the back of the car. Is this normal? Also, for someone my height or taller how is the car on longer trips? The leg room felt just a little small for me, but not to bad. I didn't drive the car long enough to tell if it would be a factor over a long drive.

Also, I would like to change out the grill using one of the aftermarket kits to match the V's mesh look. The GM rep at the Dallas car show said that you can not do that and have the advanced cruise control feature work. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance for any answers.

Jim :cheers
 

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You can put the mesh grill on the upper with no problem, but if you put one on the lower it will interfear with the ACC.

you can spray the panel behind the seat with silicon to get rid of that squeak when the seat is all the way back.
Can't help you with the height issue

BTW, nice collection of toys....especially the blond one!
 

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1_XLR said:
You can put the mesh grill on the upper with no problem, but if you put one on the lower it will interfear with the ACC.

you can spray the panel behind the seat with silicon to get rid of that squeak when the seat is all the way back.
Can't help you with the height issue

BTW, nice collection of toys....especially the blond one!

:D Thanks, the toys are fun, but the blond is really special. She is a great girl and soon to be more than just a GF.

Thanks again for the answers to my questions. I am sure that I will have several more before I make the deal. My goal would be to buy an XLR, change out the grill, rims, and most likely add the aftermarket option discussed around adding an ipod. I am also interested in aftermarket performance upgrades that might become available in the future. I reached out to 21st Century Muscle Cars (Lingenfelter) last week to see if they have any packages, but they do not have anything currently.
 
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An add on to 1_XLR would be, Robert Horry bought one in 04 and traded it back in, I think it was 3 weeks. He's 6' 8". I'm 6' and if I was 6' 2" I would be a little cramped.
There are no aftermarket muscle goodies to add on the XLR. Reason: the computer will not adjust to any adds ons and no one has conquered making a chip for this car. Your choice would be mine. Buy a XLR-v, now you have a gorilla in a tuxedo.
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:D Thanks, the toys are fun, but the blond is really special. She is a great girl and soon to be more than just a GF.

Thanks again for the answers to my questions. I am sure that I will have several more before I make the deal. My goal would be to buy an XLR, change out the grill, rims, and most likely add the aftermarket option discussed around adding an ipod. I am also interested in aftermarket performance upgrades that might become available in the future. I reached out to 21st Century Muscle Cars (Lingenfelter) last week to see if they have any packages, but they do not have anything currently.




 

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Welcome to the XLR world.

If you can live without ACC, you can put both upper and lower Strut Grilles on.

Looks awesome.

I don't like computers that apply brakes or throttle for me so the choice was easy.
I've had cruise control on my last 3 vehicles but never used them. It's simply a question of personal driving habits. I use my brain and both feet to make those decisions.
If adaptive cruise control is such a great idea, why don't they use it on race cars?
Ask Harry who drives his XLR with no speed limits in Germany and he'll give you the same answer.

Also, take a look at the Corsa Exhaust system, available for the XLR.
The sound is incredible and it boosts the HP of the engine.

Anyway, my thoughts.

Brooks
 

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Jim,

I'm 6' 3" and 250#'s on a good day. You will get used to the leg position in a day or two and then learn the dead pedal is your friend. I find the XLR very comfortable on long trips, good seat. If I had one nit to pick it would be having the ability to tellescope the sterring wheel a bit furhter away from me for long interstate drives but I adjusted to that. I'm not getting any squeaks from the seat back so maybe the silicone suggestion will fix that up.
 

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Jim - I am 6'2", 185. I do not feel cramped at all, although I have been in cars that offer a bit more leg room. I have plenty of headroom, can even wear a ballcap.

Yes, the seat does rub (leather on leather or plastic sound) when you back it up all the way.
 

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I plan on test driving one again soon to get a better feel for the car, but sounds like the people my size are happy.

I plan on making a move after some changes in the near future. I've decided to get out of boating for a while now that my schedule has made it almost impossible to find the time to go anymore. If anyone is into performance boats or knows someone that is drop me a message. I have a 31SS Sonic with fresh twin 502 EFI motors pushing near 1100 HP. Also will be selling the tow rig as well (2004 F250 4x4 CC loaded with sunroof, etc.).

Jim
 
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