: Just bought 2008 XLR-V



Woodstock
03-09-10, 07:51 AM
On Saturday morning in Erie, PA, I bought a Certified pre-owned 2008 XLR-V Alpine Edition with 166 miles on it. I then spent the weekend driving 1500 miles back home.

This is my favorite two-seater convertible, so far, after owning a 1994 Honda del Sol, a 1997 Plymouth Prowler, and a 1998 Jaguar XK8. (Does a 1964 Lincoln convertible with suicide doors count as a two-seater? Two very wide bench seats? :-)# And I haven't even been able to put the top down, yet, what with sunny but cold weather up north, then warm and wet weather in Texas. Looking forward to going topless in the hill country south and west of Austin this coming weekend, probably taking a spin out through Dripping Springs and Wimberly.

Thanks to everyone on this board for helpful advice during my search and research process!

--woodstock

P.S. Now I need to find some sunglasses to match the car. :-)#

whisler151
03-09-10, 01:10 PM
Congrats! Beautiful car.

I was hoping this was Harry_Wild telling us he finally bought one. :canttalk:

Harry_Wild
03-11-10, 01:43 AM
Woodstock,

Congratulations of the purchase. I still waiting for the car to come up on the auction. It been forever. I still waiting.

Did you get a good deal? How did you find it?

What is your impressions of the car now that you have own it for a week or so?

Woodstock
03-15-10, 04:56 PM
whisler151, many thanks. The Alpine White looks even better in person than it does in the pictures. And I love the cashmere interior -- what else would you want in a convertible in Texas, after all?!


Woodstock,

Congratulations of the purchase. I still waiting for the car to come up on the auction. It been forever. I still waiting.

Did you get a good deal? How did you find it?

What is your impressions of the car now that you have own it for a week or so?

Harry,

Thanks -- and best of luck with your continued search!

My impressions of the car, now that I've driven it 1500 miles from Erie back home to Austin, and have gone on some top-down cruises around Hill Country south and west of Austin in 80 degree weather, are that it was the exact right car for me to buy, and I did the right thing by spending extra money on the -V model. I am not a open-the-hood, wrench-it kind of guy like many on here, so I am also quite happy that I got a late-model version of the car, hopefully with all the kinks already worked out. If I start having issues with the car, I'm sure y'all will know quickly. :-)#

I found the car by looking across EBay, AutoTrader and cars.com nearly every day for quite a few months. Once I found several dealers with the combo I wanted, I made calls and found out warranty in-service dates. Then, I called every dealer and made low offers. Interacting with the sales reps at the various dealers gave me additional information, and I ended up making an offer and buying from Roth Cadillac. The experience was a pleasant one, all the way around, even though it is evident that Roth isn't used to selling cars to buyers in Texas.

Did I get the absolute best price? Probably not -- I'm sure I left a grand or more on the table, give or take. But the 166 miles on the odometer, with a full five years left on Certified pre-owned warranty, made up for that, in my mind. Although I was able to knock about 10% off their asking price. And I'm pleased as can be with the purchase. In fact, now it's time to start blasting the forums with many silly/stupid questions about care and feeding for the car.

Happy Spring Driving, y'all!
--woodstock

Harry_Wild
03-17-10, 02:13 AM
Dam, I already jealous of you with your new XLR V! White is a very exclusive edition like in the 800 total number range. You seem to have done a great job in getting the car you love and at a price that is reasonable. And since it is a pre-certified car; everything is covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles more(100,000+1,500+166)? Just like a new car warranty! Actually it really is a new car! Good job on the pre-certified warranty because the XLR-V is very expensive to repair especially the hardtop section.

Are you going to buy a windscreen for it too?
I saw a glass one on Ebay but it is pricey like $350 but claims you can install it yourself.

Woodstock, I know it must be great to drive it and admire it too!

Now you are the "MAN"!