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At least one XLR owner has put fake gold trim on his car, and another participant thought it looked good! had hoped that on this car, at least, owners and dealers would skip this stuff. What's next? Opera lamps? Vinyl roof coverings? Continental kit for the back? Skirts? Spinners? Whitewalls? Do you ever see gold trim on a Porsche, Mercedes, BMW? So much for changing Cadillac's image.
 

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You are entitled to your opinion until it insults another member's car. The one your referring to looks good, it's not over-done and it "customizes" his car to his tastes. I've seen tons of MB's and Beemers with gold trim added. :cheers
 

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! The XLR has been good-looking in any of the combinations I have seen posted here, and I enjoy seeing other owners' XLRs.

Although I have always preferred to allow Cadillac's designers to have the final say on styling of my vehicles, a factor that has always made Cadillacs a more desirable choice for me over many imports is the individual expression that has traditionally been afforded by them, compared to other marques. Had I wanted a "cookie-cutter" BMW, Mercedes or Lexus, I would have chosen one many times before. In the late sixties, there was an advertisement for Cadillac that stated that with twenty-one exterior colors, fourteen different interior combinations and eight available vinyl roof selections, chances are you may never see another Cadillac just like yours, or something to that effect. I don't see any harm in gold plating what small amount of chrome trim there is on the XLR if an owner desires, as long as it is done with high quality. Even Bill Mitchell used to customize his daily drivers, and after all, bold styling is what draws most XLR owners to the car. I also have seen many Mercedes, BMW's, Lexus and Jaguars with after-market gold trim. (Personally, I have never liked gold trim on any car, except maybe a few vintage cars, where it was original OEM equipment.) To each, his own. That's my 0.02!:)
 

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It's funny that you seem to have a problem with the gold color treatment because it it somehow "fake" when the process is really no different than chrome, it's just another color. Do you refer to chrome as "fake" silver? :nodno
 

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Gold Trim! Cool Wheels!

I am the "gold package guy" to whom you are referring, and feel apologies are unnecessary for adding a personal preference to our Xenon Blue XLR. Pics of our XLR are on the link to the left. I happen to like the look of mswaim's cool wheels too. :thumbs

I also own a Everest Green Mercedes ML-500. No gold package there. Nor does she have customization of any kind. Also not much personality. Nor does she turn any heads.

You are obviously a purist of some sort. Can we see a photo of your XLR?

Y'know, our character is defined by what we do or say when no one is looking (or knows who we are).

Note: No front license plate!

PS: Gracias, amigos.
 

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Speaking of turning heads, I was parked on Ocean Blvd. in Carmel yesterday. I was in town for a lunch meeting with friends and parked on the street which gets pretty crowded on a Sunday mid-day this time of year.

When I returned to my car, it was bracketed by a brand new 2004 Porsche 911 and a late model 2003-2004 Jag.

There was also a small crowd surrounding the car - they could have cared less about the Jag or the Porsche, they were too busy drooling over the XLR.

Even the regular crowd of business owners who I am know tell me they have yet to see another XLR on the streets (this in a town that sports every make/model of exotic and luxury car you can imagine).
 

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I am the "gold package guy" to whom you are referring, and feel apologies are unnecessary for adding a personal preference to our Xenon Blue XLR. Pics of our XLR are on the link to the left. I happen to like the look of mswaim's cool wheels too. :thumbs

I also own a Everest Green Mercedes ML-500. No gold package there. Nor does she have customization of any kind. Also not much personality. Nor does she turn any heads.

You are obviously a purist of some sort. Can we see a photo of your XLR?

Character is what we do or say when no one is looking (or knows who we are).

Note: No front license plate!

PS: Gracias, amigos.
I happen to like what you did with the vehicle. You didn't over do it and it gives it a little more elegance to the overall look. Opinions are like butt holes: everybody has them. Keep the car and the looK! :iagree
 

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I think it looks good, pretty understated. I am usually a "pureist", but I think your additions looke "classy" and are in line with what the engineers had in mind when they designed our car.
 

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I'm definitely not the gold trim guy, but I would have to say that from what I could see on the pictures it actually looked pretty good. It was not overdone and
gives your vehicle its own personalization. That what our cars are anyways. At least for most people who love their cars its an expression of ourselves.
I say it looks great!
 
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