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Well decided this morning to call the local Caddy dealer on a 04 XLR black that I saw on the floor when I was servicing my DTS. Decided to reduce my stable so I traded the 05 Mustang GT with 1300 miles that I picked up last November and my 02 DTS. Now I have the XLR and my 91 Deville spring time. The wife has the mini van and 57 Chevy with 36,000 original miles. So far I'm getting familiar with all the features. Any words of wisdom or tricks or short comings I should be aware of?
 

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Well decided this morning to call the local Caddy dealer on a 04 XLR black that I saw on the floor when I was servicing my DTS. Decided to reduce my stable so I traded the 05 Mustang GT with 1300 miles that I picked up last November and my 02 DTS. Now I have the XLR and my 91 Deville spring time. The wife has the mini van and 57 Chevy with 36,000 original miles. So far I'm getting familiar with all the features. Any words of wisdom or tricks or short comings I should be aware of?
Congrats, wonderfull car, enjoy

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Suggest you just scan through the various threads on this website. Much more information than the Owner's Manual.

If you can't find something on the website, ask the question here - someone will be able to help.
 

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One trick that I love....

Manual doesn't mention that turning off the traction control with the driver-side button on the center console, is only 1/2 removing it.
:yesnod

To turn off the traction control COMPLETELY, hold the button down when stopped for 8 seconds, until you hear the "beep beep" and the DIC will say "traction control/stabilitrak off".

Now you can do donuts and other responsible things like fishtailing when taking off to enter a highway from a right angled stop.....
:reddevil

I'm not certain, but I think the tranny gets more agressive in this mode, holding lower gears longer & going to redline easier.
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Also, I think the magnetic ride control firms up a little too--bumps seem more pronounced with Stabilitrak off/handling seems firmer, tires squeal when pushed more...
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I NEVER turn it off in the rain, or on twisty roads with leaves on them, etc.
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Traction control can save your life, but the XLR does NOT feel like a 320 HP car with the traction control on!

Lotsa luck with your new toy--you may not want to turn "everything" off until you get used to the car for a while. Don't wrap it around a tree!!!
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--Bob
 
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