Cadillac XLR Forum banner
1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I sold my 2004 Xeon blue about 2 years ago. Recently I have been looking for another Convertible....Looked at the Lexus, Infinity and the Benz SL 500 & SL550. The Lexus and Infinity are both fine cars with excellent track records for reliability. They just don't turn my head when it comes to looks. The SL series a very nice, but they seem to be more costly to maintain than the XLR. Frankly none of them better looking than the XLR. I am contemplating another. Looking at 2006 Vintage. Do you think the 2006 would be more trouble free than the 2004? Looking for opinions.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,102 Posts
While a 2006 would most likely be more reliable than a 2004, --due in large part to the upgrades incorporated into the Folding Tops, the majority of the parts are interchangeable between all years.

Some are becoming scarce - or non-existent. That's something you have to take into account with a low production, expensive-to-maintain automobile that isn't getting any younger. Some are trouble-free; others, not-so-much. Having access to a certified GM tech to service one is another important consideration.

The 2006 offered a couple of nice upgrades, (Adaptive Forward Lighting, for one) over prior model years.

I would purchase the latest model you can afford to increase the reliability factor. Note how few problems are posted regarding 2007-2009 model years.

As long as they're on the road, the XLR will turn heads. They have a timeless, esthetically pleasing to the eye exterior design to them.

CC :seeya
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
I have a black '09. It's a fine machine. A fellow drove in to the store I work at with his new ATS and although it's an entry level Caddy it had much more to offer than my XLR. For instance, to charge your iphone just set the phone in the induction area and bingo, wireless charging. I'm fond of the ELR to be honest.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,102 Posts
This was part of the reason I sold my XLR and purchased an XTS: More built-in convenience features.

I enjoy downloading directions into CUE from my iPad. It's convenient to say the name of an artist and have their music start playing. I like to be able to remotely start the car, (and have warm seats) from my office before leaving on a cold evening. The reconfigurable dash displays and multiple HUD info options are a nice touch. CUE is fine; --not perfect, but nowhere near as bad as many would lead you to believe.

While some upgrades were made to the XLR during it's production, it's showing its age technically. Visually, it's stunning. After seven years of satisfying ownership, it was time for me to move on, and I haven't regretted the decision at all.

While not impossible to upgrade the infotainment system, it is expensive, and very limited. Spare parts availability can be troublesome. Used, driver's side headlights in good condition are difficult to find; new ones are not available in the supply system.

For many, having the latest and greatest techno-features is not important; it all comes down to personal tastes and their lifestyle situation. It's nice to have options, --especially where Cadillacs are concerned. I'll always have a soft spot for the XLR, just not soft enough to want to own one again. I greatly enjoy (learning) and helping XLR owners whenever possible though.

CC :seeya
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
During Christmas vacation I visited my sister's family and they live in a difficult to find township. So although my XLR has navigation I took the C7 Corvette because of it's newest electronics. Both cars are equally as beautiful, but the latest nav and Pandora/via paired iphone won.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
So yesterday I decide to look at my spark plugs, (got 50,000 miles.) I remove the engine cover and am amazed at the cleanliness of the engine. The cover works.
The spark plugs are the easiest things to get to. They reside right in the middle of the head, recessed deep within a well like an old Chrysler Hemi. I remove the first one of the plugs and it looks so clean and nice that I put it back, button everything up, read in the manual that they are good for 100,000miles, and although they are cheap enough to replace, my axiom is to let well enough alone. My Caddy already runs very well.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top