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2005 XLR 1200 miles, problems i've had so far after 2 months ownership,

XM radio, sounds like its coming through in mono, it's alot softer and crapier sound than the FM. dealer is 0-3 is fix attempts.

Panels behind the seats squeeked badly when seat was all the way back because they were loose, mostly repaired after 2 attempts

Seat coolers don't work, cool slightly on cooler days after being on 15 minutes. Don't cool at all on hot days. Dealer is currently 0-1 in repair attempts.

Left front quarter panel out of alignment, dealer mostly repaired it.

Seat bolster on driver side gave out, maybe it's pinching off the seat coolers?

Nav disc is constantly "checking disc" for 20 minutes at a time, still waiting on replacement after a month

If anyone can offer advice or similar experience, I'd appreciate it.
 

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Purchased my 2005 new. After approximately 4,700 miles, none of the problems you mentioned. Actually, extremely few problems overall.
 

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XM radio

I havent run into the problems you are talking about on my 04 with 16,000 miles.
The XM radio or Sirius will not sound as good as a CD or even FM due to the extreme compression utilized in the encoding system at the uplink. Probably will get better as better software is developed.
 

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I put 32K miles on my 04XLR and had just as many issues....not really what I consider alot.....none the same as yours except the XM does not have the volume of the other bands or CD. I have 3k on my XLR-V now and have had it in the shop once. Probably not the responses you're looking for....but just be patient, they'll work out the bugs!:thumbs


oh, and don't expect tooo much out of the seat coolers:nodno
 

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New Avitar

1_XLR

The new Avitar is great.

I need to change mine (unfortunately). Will get around to it.

My 04 I had almost two years. Experienced a hiccup with the top in the first couple of months. Once fixed, we never had a single problem.
 
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I found that if you get some liquid soap and smear it on the back of the seat where it's hitting it will be squiky free for at least 6 months, maybe longer
 

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aviator said:
1_XLR

The new Avitar is great.

I need to change mine (unfortunately). Will get around to it.

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Thanks!
I found it on another web site....it's my car that someone shot at the west coast meet a few weeks ago:thumbs
 

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Seat coolers don't work, cool slightly on cooler days after being on 15 minutes. Don't cool at all on hot days. Dealer is currently 0-1 in repair attempts.
My understanding is that the seat coolers use a peltzier-style system.

Basically, its like a small heat-exchanger...

http://www.peltier-info.com/

The problem is that unless the surrounding air in the cabin is cool, the seats won't cool.

One way to test this is to close the top, run the AC and cool the cabin, and then see if the seats cool... this has typically shown them to work fine when I do this test.

Regardless - I wish I could cool my seats on a hot day with the top down... :(
 

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Run the AC

I'm sure I read this elswhere on this forum, when I was complaining about how little the seat coolers work.:cuss

It was recommended that I run the AC while sitting in traffic with the seat coolers on--it definitely works better in the humid 99 degree Manhattan "bumper to bumper" driving.:rolleyes

Other than squeaky brake rotors, fixed thanks to this site (I brought in the service # from XLR Forum.com) my only other issue was an oxygen sensor which made her run really rough (fixed on the 2nd try) and the fact that XM doesn't work in Westchester, NY (where I live) on the 04's because the B pillars block the signal when you turn (fixed in 05' 2 antenae in the mirrors) what can you do about a design flaw?:banghead

EVERYTHING on the XLR takes 2 to 3 visits, because the technicians never seen it before, and has to guess completely about how to fix it. They actually appreciate it when you print out the emails from this site and bring it to them!
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Overall, for the amount of features in the XLR, the cars actually work pretty well. My wife likes to compare our prior leased, Jeep Liberty Ltd--broken window motor, broken A/C (twice) and alarm went off every time you used 1 of the 2 keys to unlock the door instead of the remote. Every time I'd complain, she'd say "PLEASE, compared to the XLR, the Jeep is perfect". All I know is that the 2 Jeeps I had prior to Daimler's taking over, had zero problems period (I only owned them 2 years or less).

My Suburban and H3 Hummer have had nothing other than wear-item maintenance, with one exception--a leaky A/C switch on the Suburban AFTER 5 years--ONLY service besides oil and tire rotation, filters. My H3 has had Zero service calls other than an oil change and tire rotation in 10,000 miles.

For some reason that I don't know, flaws in Japanese cars don't count. To a man (and woman, including my mother) EVERY Jap car owner magically forgets that they did brakes every 20,000 miles, the battery failed during the first year, the tires scrub every 15,000 miles, etc. I guess its guilt from supporting other countries' economies instead of the USA.

I kiss the ground I walk on in this country, and you won't see me buying/leasing any foreign cars (well, maybe a Lotus, :skep , the Brits have been very cool to us....).
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Whew, sorry about the sermon--hope this helps!

--Bob (Dadonator)
 

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While the heat exchanger may be working, most of the cooling effect is transferred by the air that passes thru the perforations in the seat cover. To check this, after a couple of minutes put your hand on any perforated part of the seat that has NOT been covered with your body. You'll feel the cooling. But, obviously, if your body is covering the perforations, there'lll be little air passing thru, thus most of the cool air will be under the leather. In addition, that area of the leather is receivung "heat" from your body, so it doesn't feel cool. Want to verify this? Just lean forward while you're driving so that your back is not blocking the perforations. Do that for a couple of minutes and you'll notice a seat back that is cooler than it was before.
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Seat Cooling

Cooled Seat Temp
The cooled seat is made possible by a ceramic disc that is located in the lower section of the seat. When this disc is negatively charged the disc will freeze, this process takes about 6-8 minutes. A blower fan will disperse the cooled air throughout the duct work of the seating area then eminating through the perforations.

(See Photo Below)

On Cool/Low the temp is appox. 7-8 degrees below the air temp that is circulating around the seat.

On Cool/High the temp is appox 15 degrees below the air temp that is
circulating around the seat.

www.Cadillac-XLR.com

Thank you
Allen
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OK. while mine works fine and gets my butt cool in no time, my radio doesn't automatically adjust in volume. You'd think they could get some of this stuff right.
 

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For the issues with the XM radio, have you checked the DSP settings? If you have "Talk" selected, then it does sound very flat when listening to music.

The "Driver Seat" or "Both Seat" settings work very well for me with music stations or CD.

The DSP setting changes for each source, so you have to set it for every stayions, CD, etc.
 

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Dadonator said:
Other than squeaky brake rotors, fixed thanks to this site (I brought in the service # from XLR Forum.com) ....

--Bob (Dadonator)
Bob - What service # for squeaky brakes? I don't recall seeing anything on that and a search of this forum didn't reveal anything.

Bill
 

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i had a great new problem with my xlr went to close the top today and it read top motor over heating so i went to look at the hydralic pump in the trunk and the whole bay was filled with water, shorted out wires sensors messed up all loads of fun
 

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As beautiful and quick as the XLR is,they seem to be an electronics nightmare.
It seems like every thread here addresses an electronics problem.
Maybe they should recall them all.:smash
 
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Jack, not only electronic, how about the rear end noise, supercharger valves sticking, leaking radiators, bad battery's...........and I could go on.


jackewells said:
As beautiful and quick as the XLR is,they seem to be an electronics nightmare.
It seems like every thread here addresses an electronics problem.
Maybe they should recall them all.:smash
 
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