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Hi guys!

I've been seriously considering ordering a C6 this summer (after I know something about the 2007s). However, I've seen a few XLRs as spring makes some days warmer - and I"m thinking it might be a decent choice.

Would you buy another? Anyone have any comparison advice?

Thanks!

- Thinker

PS: I've shot a similar question over to the Corvetteforum too!
 

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We all know the Vette owners have a number of repeat buyers and since the car has been around over 50 years there certainly will be more repeat buyers than repeat XLR buyers since the car has only been out 3 model years. Having said that several of our members have re bought XLR's. Some have more than one. I for one have no complaints about the car and would buy again. I have owned 3 new vettes, 93-96 vintage. This car is not quite as fast but provides more luxury with sport. If you are 20-35 the Vette might be an exciting choice but if your 40+ the XLR won't loose its fun as fast as getting in and out of the vette.
 

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Buy the XLR!

I drove Corvettes for most of my adult life.. Had 7 of them. The XLR turns heads like the Corvette did in the 50's and it is far more comfortable for us middle aged guys :). Both cars are great but I have never had as much fun with a car as I am having with the XLR.. :rolleyes
 
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XLR, you think?

The biggest factor is you have a hardtop and convertible all in one car. Yes, the C06 is faster than the XLR but not the XLR-V, but then you can buy the Z06 to beat the V, where just trading horses here. It's a matter of taste, and if you want to be noticed, buy the XLR. I have a V and I get mobed everywhere I go.
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Thinker said:
Hi guys!

I've been seriously considering ordering a C6 this summer (after I know something about the 2007s). However, I've seen a few XLRs as spring makes some days warmer - and I"m thinking it might be a decent choice.

Would you buy another? Anyone have any comparison advice?

Thanks!

- Thinker

PS: I've shot a similar question over to the Corvetteforum too!
 

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The biggest factor is you have a hardtop and convertible all in one car. Yes, the C06 is faster than the XLR but not the XLR-V, but then you can buy the Z06 to beat the V, where just trading horses here. It's a matter of taste, and if you want to be noticed, buy the XLR. I have a V and I get mobed everywhere I go.
Bob
Bob, you know what`s happened on mine and after this post from Z06Modder I don`t know what to do. First I hope to get my car back this weekend and if this oil leaking problem is still there and I have the chance to get a new one I might go back to a Vette. Price range it would be a Z06 and after my 3 C5 Vette`s I know I will have a "very good car".
I`ve had a 98, a 01 and a 02 Vette all was trouble-free!!!!!!!!

I love the XLR, especially with the look of mine, Corsa, E&G mesh grille and maybe soon the V wheels (ya know) but I want a car what not have to go once a month for some troubles to the service department.

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Now hans,
Calm down. Once you've had that hardtop convertible I don't know if you could ever go back to a rag top or not be able to put your hardtop down. Give them a chance, they are working to please you and if they don't you get a brand new 06 XLR, no miles, smells real nice and you get platinum with shale interior. That would be your best deal. I think you forgotten how hard that ride is in the vette.
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harrysxlr said:
Bob, you know what`s happened on mine and after this post from Z06Modder I don`t know what to do. First I hope to get my car back this weekend and if this oil leaking problem is still there and I have the chance to get a new one I might go back to a Vette. Price range it would be a Z06 and after my 3 C5 Vette`s I know I will have a "very good car".
I`ve had a 98, a 01 and a 02 Vette all was trouble-free!!!!!!!!

I love the XLR, especially with the look of mine, Corsa, E&G mesh grille and maybe soon the V wheels (ya know) but I want a car what not have to go once a month for some troubles to the service department.

Hans
 

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your choice

hi thinker, just to jump in on the discussion, I had a c5 for 5 years and a c6 in 2005. only kept the c6 for 5 months. my wife has a new cadillac srx and we were at the cadillac showroom and saw the xlr. We really liked the car and felt it was a lot nicer car than the c6, plus, the way you're treated in a cadillac dealership vs a chevy dealership is not comparable. I had an opportunity to visit a corvette show last weekend with a group of people who own corvettes and the reception by other corvette owners was great. I even had a photo shoot done of my xlr at the show and boy, did that create attention. no doubt, the car draws attention where ever you take it. The c6 was a nice car also, just not as classie as the xlr. The problem with the corvette, they are everywhere. Do you want to be one of a large group or be a little above the frey. bought my 06 in jan. and love it. Mine is platinum with shale interior. Good luck and hope you make the right choice. :cheers
 

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XLR is about a million times nicer, poeple like it more on the road than one of the other 500 vettes you see every day...But I am one of the few poeple that would not buy an XLR all over again if I could as it is way too much a problem child...It feels like a ferrari where everything is so delicate and it always needs something...I just could never enjoy it be cause one thing after another happened Meaning its really home was the dealership bay and not my garage plus the depreciation is garbage but same with the vette...If you can find a ZO6, buy one...if not buy an XLR and hope that it doesnt give you problems.
 

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XLR is about a million times nicer, poeple like it more on the road than one of the other 500 vettes you see every day...But I am one of the few poeple that would not buy an XLR all over again if I could as it is way too much a problem child...It feels like a ferrari where everything is so delicate and it always needs something...I just could never enjoy it be cause one thing after another happened Meaning its really home was the dealership bay and not my garage plus the depreciation is garbage but same with the vette...If you can find a ZO6, buy one...if not buy an XLR and hope that it doesnt give you problems.
Is it really that high maintenance!?!?

I tend to drive German or Japanese higher end cars . Am I in for a nasty surprise?

Do you think the C6 would be less trouble? I'm not a huge motorhead. A C6 Vert would be fine. But that hard top would be slick!! I looked at an SLK350. LIked it - but can't get over the feeling that it is just way too small.
 

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I ve had a lexus SC430 for 1 year and it did not have 1 time in the shop for anything but an oil change.

There is no maintenance on the XLR just crap keeps going wrong, Breaks squeal, Top not secured, Blinker light bulb out and everytime you have to take it in and drop it off because these little things just keep adding up and the craftsmanship is junk....I agree it is a nicer looking and better performing car than the sC430 but My lexus never had one rattle, squeal or one problem with the top ever and the craftsmanship was really reflecting the 60K tag
 

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I ve had a lexus SC430 for 1 year and it did not have 1 time in the shop for anything but an oil change.

There is no maintenance on the XLR just crap keeps going wrong, Breaks squeal, Top not secured, Blinker light bulb out and everytime you have to take it in and drop it off because these little things just keep adding up and the craftsmanship is junk....I agree it is a nicer looking and better performing car than the sC430 but My lexus never had one rattle, squeal or one problem with the top ever and the craftsmanship was really reflecting the 60K tag
Hmmm. so why did you dump the lexus? I'm moderately troubled to spend $60k on the lexus and not be able to get sattelite radio. Were you ever able to use the backseats for anything other than your clubs?
 
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Thinker, it's time you did just that.........Think. Your going to get pro and con on any car. Balls in your court now.
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Hmmm. so why did you dump the lexus? I'm moderately troubled to spend $60k on the lexus and not be able to get sattelite radio. Were you ever able to use the backseats for anything other than your clubs?
 

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It's all relative Thinker, but here's my two cents worth:

2004 XLR with 21,000 miles, in the shop half dozen times for the top failing to raise/lower. Within the first month or so it was in twice for burnt out running lights. Uneven tire wear and so-so performance. Finally GM bought it back.

2005 C6, 22,000 miles, two oil changes. Performance dyno tune and an aftermarket intake and I'm now running very consistent 0-60 times of 4.5 seconds. Oh, and the stock tires still have about half their tread. This morning, N/B on highway 152 I hit 165 mph for the second time, with the 3-4 shift hitting at 155 mph. As soon as weather permits I'll get to the track and confirm that the 12.7 /114 mph 1/4 mile my Gtech is measuring is accurate.

The XLR rides a bit softer, but not nearly as sure-footed or as nimble (or stable) in tight traffic or in the turns.

Bottom line - they are both great cars, just different with varying levels of problems. My XLR was not so great, but my C6 is flawless.

I have a deposit on a 2007 Z06, just waiting patiently, but not bored!
 

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I had a C6 (and before that a C5) It was a nice car but nothing to write home about. I had a very early one and got frustrated finding a Chevy dealer that knew how to work on it. It had lots of electrical issues, a lousy, knotchy shifter and the typical Vette orange peel. And, they made too many of them--about 38,000 in 05 !! But I love Vettes and will keep buying them. They are the true American sports car. My Vipers have been bullet proof by contrast and the fit/finish has been great and better than the Vette or Caddy. I had a deposit on a Z06 and gave it up to get a ltd edition LeMans SRT Viper. The Z is nice but with the mods it won't touch this Viper. And the Vipers hold their value--I know I have sold several. And, alas the Z is a Vette and few pay any attention to it.

The XLR is what it is. If anyone thinks it is some rocket ship they are delusional. Compared to the Vettes and Vipers it is downright prodding from a standing start but accelerates very nicely once it gets going. I think it is a wonderful sports car and a huge headturner--much more so than the Vette. But, I do think any Vette/XLR comparo is apples to oranges.
 

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Thinker, it's time you did just that.........Think. Your going to get pro and con on any car. Balls in your court now.
Bob
I Agree! However, I'm in the discovery mode.

As I see it - I have three cars I'm looking at.

1. The C6 Vert. THis was my primary target.

2. The XLR. This is brand new in my thinking.

3. THe MB CLK500 or 55. A very different car - but I might need a back seat.

My problem is that I AM comparing three very different cars.

Thanks!!!
 

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I've also owned a Viper in the past (96 GTS) and found it to be okay, but the cabin temp was always a bit hot and seating-to-shifter arrangement was awkward.

I don't buy cars to impress people, never have never will. I buy cars that are fun to drive and meets my needs at the time. In the last 15 years we have not owned any one car for more than 18 months. My wife just traded her Jag in and bought a full-dressed H2. The damn thing cost more than the XLR (and is world's apart on comfort) but at this point in time she wants it so why argue?

Buy the car you like, not the one you think others will like.
 

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I've also owned a Viper in the past (96 GTS) and found it to be okay, but the cabin temp was always a bit hot and seating-to-shifter arrangement was awkward.

I don't buy cars to impress people, never have never will. I buy cars that are fun to drive and meets my needs at the time. In the last 15 years we have not owned any one car for more than 18 months. My wife just traded her Jag in and bought a full-dressed H2. The damn thing cost more than the XLR (and is world's apart on comfort) but at this point in time she wants it so why argue?

Buy the car you like, not the one you think others will like.
A Viper's really not for me. The ride's too rough and the electronics are too lame. I like my toys! A Nav, HUD, bluetooth, ipod - I treasure all these gizmos. It is part of the car for me. Don't get me wrong - it is beautiful!! It just isn't for me.
 

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If you like gizmos a Viper is not for you, and I wasn't suggesting it was . It is all about brute force. My first one didn't have windows.
Now THAT'S truly fabulous! They are beautiful - but it really is about ooommppphhh. I do think the C6 w/the f55 suspension is a good mix of ooomph w/o the scrotum jarring :eek ride. I'm trying to find an XLR in my area. I'm anticipating it'll be tamer but still good. I haven't checked the 0-60 yet - but I'm guess it is fine.

- Thinker
 
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