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This is our first post on the XLR Forum and we wanted to thank those who make it possible and those who contribute the information we’ve very much enjoyed reading. There’s a photo of our 2005 XLR now in the Gallery and we’ll try to add some better ones later. We must say we are quite puzzled about how to make a picture, such as the one in the Gallery, appear as an avatar beneath a user’s name when posting. If it’s described anywhere in the forum instructions, it’s totally escaping us.

We’ve had our XLR less than two weeks and are still very much in a learning mode about it (currently have 160 miles on it). We will say a madman must have designed the method for setting “Home” on the navigation system or at least wrote the instructions for it. So far we’ve managed to “kill” the battery three times experimenting with the various systems on the car and setting the different modes of operation (No, we haven’t been operating the top without the engine running). Also, the front left turn indicator light bulb failed and has been replaced – we gather from the Cadillac service department that was not an easy thing to do.

It’s been a long time since we’ve owned a black car and we definitely had forgotten how challenging it can be to keep one looking immaculate. We are curious what the readers of this forum think is best as far as “dusting” the car when it’s well waxed – a lamb’s wool duster or some other device – specific product recommendations would be appreciated.

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Greetings and welcome to the forum. My car also lost a front light the first month, and the dealer spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to change it, including removing the front wheel. As for keeping that new look, I wax mine with Cherry Wet Wax and dust it every day (only when it is cool, never dust a hot car) with a California Duster. It works great and will not harm the finish. In fact, the dirtier the duster gets, the better it seems to work.

Enjoy your car - and ask questions, there are many owners here willing to help you.
 

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California Duster is a great investment. You also may want to consider using a polymer such as Zaino or Liquid Glass instead of wax. It looks great and doesn't build up in cracks and joints.
 

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Welcome to the forum. You will find much joy in owning an XLR. Funny that the left turn signal/running light went out on mine within the first two weeks too. Took them three days to get it fixed. I do notice that almost every GM car I see has a daytime running light out.

Have a great time and enjoy

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Rainey said:
Welcome to the forum. You will find much joy in owning an XLR. Funny that the left turn signal/running light went out on mine within the first two weeks too. Took them three days to get it fixed. I do notice that almost every GM car I see has a daytime running light out.

Have a great time and enjoy

Jason
my right front running light was working intermittently.
They told me there was a service bulletin out on it and fixed it in no time.
Something to do with the wire harness
 

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An Update

Thanks to those who offered a kind welcome to the forum – that was appreciated.

After another episode of having the battery die on us our dealership very kindly replaced it today with no hassle. The service manager confided to us that they had to jump start it several times when the car was still on the showroom floor and he attributed that to people wanting to see the top operate and the battery never being properly recharged which resulted in its early failure. According to the service manager the new battery is even better than the original and is guaranteed for a longer period (7 vs. 6 years).

The “California Duster” has been ordered.

We followed the advice given elsewhere on this forum about how best to clean the rear glass (lower the top half way) and it worked beautifully!

Now, could someone please tell us how to make a custom picture appear beneath a user’s name when a post is made on this forum? That would indeed be much appreciated.

Very best regards,
Ed and Sandra
 

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Ed and Sandra,

You're going to really fall in love with this car. I know every square inch of my car. This forum is a fantastic source of information, so you're at the right place.

I have 13,000 miles on my car, and I am still learning things. Have fun with it!
 

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Now, could someone please tell us how to make a custom picture appear beneath a user’s name when a post is made on this forum? That would indeed be much appreciated.
Ed and Sandra
Under "Quick Links" look for "Edit Avatar" or go HERE.

I think you need 50 posts or something like that in order to put your own personal one in, but you can select one of the standard ones to use until then.
 

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Hey the other XLR you know the Allante had a system that if a bulb blew it had a back up system so another bulb would come on until you could replace the blown one. And we think our new Allante's, I mean our XLR's are high tech!
Hey I had an Allante and loved it then just like I'm enjoying my XLR. I don't mind saying its a modern Allante. Hey they were something in there day 15 years ago.
 
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