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Hey guys,

I got a chance to check out a pair of XLRs at our local dealership (Burlingame, CA) last night, and I was very very impressed by the car.

Everything seems just about perfect with it ('cept it needs more power!), and I'm pretty much ready to sell my 700hp Corvette Z06 and my old BMW M Roadster and take the plunge on an XLR.

But I'm wondering how much everyone is paying for them? For those that had a deposit down, did you pay MSRP? $1k over? $5k over? Etc...

This dealer is asking $20k over MSRP (ROFL!) which is of course why they still have theirs and haven't sold them. I went and test drove a Corvette Z06 at this dealer about a year ago, they wouldn't come to a price that was 'reasonable' in my book (I'm a TOTAL cheapass and cutthroat negotiator), and now I drive back up in a beautiful blue 2002 Z06. They obviously blew the sale on this one, maybe they'll cut a deal on an XLR.

But before I start negotiating, I'd like to know exactly what everyone here who has taken delivery or even ordered the car is paying for theirs across the country. My Corvette came by way of Virginia, and I don't mind having the car shipped across country for $1k if I can save $5k on the deal.

I also purchased a BMW Z4 the first week they hit the streets, and was able to get $1700 off MSRP. I know that it'll be hard to get a screamin' deal on an XLR, but they said it was impossible on the Z4 also. (Said Z4 is deceased, it went over a cliff, down 150 feet, rolled three times with the top down and landed on a tree. My GF who was driving at the time walked away with NO injuries to speak of. She was of course not at fault).

Thanks. :]
 

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Many dealers are still doing MSRP because it brings in business later on. Those dealers usually have long (6+ month) lines for XLRs. In many cases like this you can choose color/option, as well. I chose this path and am patiently waiting for the XLR.

Other dealers are letting the market set the price. As an XLR comes in, they take the highest bid or set a price above MSRP. The first person to agree to the MSPR + $X,000 price, who is on their list, gets the XLR. The choice of color/option is limited in this case.

I'm sure there are some variations on the above. So, I think your trade-off is price (MSRP is on the low end) versus availability. Given the small supply of the car, it may be a while before you see anything else.

BTW, eBay might be a good place to get a rough idea of the going rate/price of the XLR. You can look at which ones actually sold and at what price.

Also, if you have not yet responded to the "XLR Poll" thread in this section, please do so. Hopefully everyone can get an accurate idea of number of owners versus perspective owners in this forum.
 

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Yep, already checked ebay, just wanted to get a show of hands from everyone in the Forum.

Ebay average price seems to be about $79,100. $3k over MSRP? I could do that. :)
 

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Sounds pretty reasonable, a dealer in Baltimore that got an XLR in was 5K over MSRP. My dealer in PA sold at MSRP to me 6 months ago and says that will continue to sell at list only. I quess that remains to be seen based on the competition.
 

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Just got a response from someone who sold a black one on ebay for $76k. I'd go for that in a second! (If it were satin nickel)
 

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I finally paid msrp + 5K.

Dealer would have liked 10K but I was a repeat buyer and family has bought several cars there.

I understand the dealers were restricted as to how many XLR's they could get the first year (mine could get only 3) and their up-front expense for tools, training, etc. was pretty steep ($30-50K range) so I suspect they were trying to make that up the first year!

I put my deposit down Mar 29th and received my car Nov 14th.
 

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Ebay average price seems to be about $79,100. $3k over MSRP? I could do that.
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Yup, $79k-$82k is the going price.

Here is a little tip that may help you.

Start to bid on several of them in the next few weeks. You will have guys contact you that have them and want to sell now.

I have several 6 figure deals on ebay and NONE occured during the actual auction. It would occur after the auction ended.

Point is they know you are serious if for example you bid $78k and don't hit the reserve. There may be a dealer lurking that says he would sell for $78k and then contact you.

I would say this is the best way to get the best price and get the car.....RIGHT NOW.

Good luck!!
 

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At the risk of being killed by people who have been waiting, I had been looking on the GM website to find a dealer who had an XLR in stock, so I could get a close-up look. Last Saturday, to my surprise, a dealer about 20 miles away showed up with one in stock (in the color I like the best). When I got there I found that they not only had it there, but it was available for sale. I fell in love with it, and my wife made me buy it (at sticker price). The owner of the dealership doesn't feel that it is right to charge over MSRP for a car. I don't want to drive it in the Cleveland winter, so the dealership has graciously agreed to keep it warm (and locked) on their showroom floor until spring.
 

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From one who is waiting - Congratulations! You are very lucky. Finding a dealer who hadn't already sold his pre-order is a rarity. Finging a dealer who hadn't already sold his pre-order and it was the color combo that you wanted is at least 12x more of a rarity.

Looking on the GM website is an excellent hint for those who have not yet ordered an XLR.
 

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Well, I finally decided to pass on the XLR, at least for now.

This weekend I picked up a used Lexus SC430. Egyptian Sand w/Saddle Interior, 2003, under 8k miles, Maya TS 19" 2-piece wheels (12lbs lighter than stock per corner), for just about $50k.

I really really do like the XLR, but just couldn't justify the extra depreciation hit I'd take buying at $75-$80k. The extra tax, the extra insurance, the extra interest, and losing more money down the road.

I will certainly miss many of the XLR features such as the HUD, and adaptive cruise control.

The SC430 went immediately to the shop for it's first modifications already, I had remote start and remote power top control added which is very very trick. (Don't think I could do remote top on the XLR easily). It's very very nice to be able to just drive up with the top down, and walk away while the car raises the top and locks the doors without waiting that blasted 25 seconds! (Coming from a Z3 and a Z4 here, and the top was under 10 seconds!) Can also just walk towards the car and have the top down by the time I get in there, and the engine running if I want. :)

Next it's getting a Tein Flex coilover kit, 1" drop, and EDFC electronic controller for the suspension. (Not nearly as trick as the XLR magnetic suspension, but I'll have to slum it) ;)

After that the Blitz twin-supercharger kit is going on, should produce about 450rwhp according to others w/supercharger setups. Total should come in just a bit over $60k out the door, not too bad at all.

When the XLR-V comes out I'll have to consider it! But I would've wanted a bit more power than the XLR comes with stock and aftermarket superchargers won't be available for the XLR for a while, and at that point it's better to wait for the XLR-V.

Either way, the SC430, supercharged, with electronic suspension/etc should make a wonderful car for a few years.

The 700hp supercharged Z06 is now up for sale, http://www.dozer.com/z06 and I've just sold off my old BMW M Roadster.
 

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MSRP in DC

I am in Northern VA/DC. Ordered my XLR in Oct from local dealer at MSRP. Still waiting, but due to go into productiuon this week - should have it soon.

This dealer offered me a Xenon Blue back in Nov (someone who had ordered it turned it down). They had a policy of offering it to anyone on the list at MSRP, and then if none of those took it, they would add a premium, but don't know how much (or if they ever got that far).
 

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I went on GM net and about twenty came back offering deals up to 10K over MSRP and I told them to forget it .It took two days and I found one for MSRP in Marion Ohio and they had more on hand at the same deal, MSRP. I've had mine now for a week and it has 1600 miles. love it. :grouphug :lurk
 

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It had 12 miles and it now has 4800 miles. :party :party
Just put a paint protection kit on the hood, bumpber, headlights and mirrors. you can't see it from five feet away. great way to keep rock chips off. only cost $325.00. have also had the kits on my 98 vette, SSR chevy and honda. the honda I drove over 8000 miles down thru mexico and no chips. I used Lumar rather than 3M. Lumar is much clearer.
 

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Dozer,
I live in the bay area too and had some of the same experiences with dealers around here. I bought mine in LA for MSRP and the dealer was great. I found just the car I wanted and there were no "hidden" costs as you get with some car dealerships. I had previously put in an order over the Internet and was on a long waiting list (I couldn't wait that long), but it turns out Cadillac gave allocations to other dealers and some are willing to sell them at SRP. Here is the dealer I used and again, I can't recommend him enough. It's a fun drive from LA to the Bay area along the coast too :)

I worked with John Lauderbach.
Phone: 800-466-2773 10700 Studebaker Rd Downey CA 90241
Email: [email protected]
 

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DON'T DEAL WITH MASSEY!!!

While you might have had a good expericence with Massey Cadillac, I had the worst. There Texas store (Don Massey Cadillace) had two XLR's on ebay and they wanted 5K over MSRP. I called them and told them that I was willing to pay sticker and no more ONLY if they had a black on black car. (other colors were available from my local dealer). They called me back and said they had one on the way and it would arrive in no more than3 weeks. I then told them that I was only willing to pay sticker. They declined. Three days later they called me back and asked if I was willing to 2K over sticker. I Declined again. Two days later they called again and accept my offer. I thought GREAT! They faxed me a contract to purchase which I signed and faxed back with a 5K deposit charged to my credit card. Long story short the car never came. They sold it on ebay (they say by mistacke) for 3K over sticker. To add insult to injury, the refused to refund my money and wanted me to wait another 90 days until they got another. It took my attorney 3 weeks and a court order to get my money back!!! They are scammers!!!
 
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