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    Re: 2004 xlr possible problems?

    It sounds like they are taking good care of you.
    I know some of those water leak specialist companies are really good since that is what they do.

    I haven't seen an XLR yet that was getting water in the trunk, and I see more of them than most dealers.
    It sounds to me like they are taking good care of your car and treating you right. It might be hard for them to get you "certified" coverage because the car has to be processed a certain way before the sale to be certified used.
    A GMPP contract may not be the absolute best but it should be fine.

    As far as the value of a car, to me... the car has value at 2 times, when you buy it and when you sell it. Okay well maybe 3 times... when you have an accident too.
    Otherwise you just own the thing and drive it around. If you plan to keep the thing for a short time then it matters how well it will hold its value, but if you plan to keep it forever it doesn't really matter.
    I usually keep cars for at least 6-10 years anyway so it is not really a big issue to me, but I know some people trade up every other year or even more often. If you do that then it is a good idea to research resale and depriciation, otherwise I'd say just enjoy the ride.

    XLRs still turn a lot of heads, especially when the top is in motion.

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    Re: 2004 xlr possible problems?

    Ewill, Thanks for the positive info. I am a 1000% car geek. I have many and I used to race a bit and am currently the Nat'l pres of the Rolls Royce Foundation. That all said I understand depreciation especially on Rolls and Bentley cars. I always buy them over 10-15 yrs old when there not worth 10% of new! My comment was more in the lines of vette values vs/ XLRs
    I am not worried about down time as much as way too many things going wrong with a 1st yr model! Though looking at the repair history much has been done. The biggest problem with these high tech cars is electronic failure and replacement electronic parts after 10 yrs. We have Rolls cars out there 10-12 yrs old and thers no way to repair them. Yet I can get parts for my 35 Bentley very easily! (No electronics!) I have also found that driving the cars every few days vs sitting in garages is the best medicine. Electronics like to be used! Not sit. When I judge at national meets you have had to drive your car at least 100mi that week before we let it on the field! You trailer it you better drive it or take it home! Thanks again Jim facinelli

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    Jim,

    I am an XLR specialist in my shop, if they come in I work on them, period.
    The only time I don't work on them is if they come in for routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. The only exception to that is if I am so busy that I can't get to them, but usually they reschedule unless it is an emergency. (sometimes I'll look quickly and order a part then tell them to come back if it is a simple thing like a trim item) I have many regular customers with every year XLR and some V's. I see all the problems that these cars have and by my count it isn't many.
    Sure the folding tops can be glitchy, but if you know how to read the data when they act up they can be fixed in less than half an hour by a simple sensor replacement.

    I have only heard once of a hydraulic line breaking and it was on this forum.
    Some issues I have done battle with for a while but once I figure them out it is nothing much to deal with. The hardest job I have had is probably a catalytic converter issue and even those aren't that hard to fix. (just expensive)
    I could rattle off everything I have ever fixed on an XLR but compared to other models it would be pretty short. Maybe repetitive, but short.

    I can't afford one, and they don't really suit my style but I can still appreciate that it is a great looking car and it seems to fit the market that Cadillac made it for fairly well.
    You are right, these cars do like to be driven. Some of the real problem cars I see are the ones with really low miles that don't get used much. Not to say they are falling apart, they just act up more when they don't get used regularly.

    I understand your point about values. I just don't see why it matters if you buy what you want and you like it, that makes it worth almost anything to me. It matters only what it is "worth" to the person that owns it, otherwise you are just worrying about what other people think of you and what you have and that to me is just silly.

    For example, I have a motorcyle that is aging... even though it is aging well.
    I don't care if it is worth $500 or $10,000, if I go out to get on it, it starts, and it takes me where I want to go that is all I need. Worrying about it's value everytime I see another bike on the road and comparing them side by side constantly is just a waste of my brain power. I have other things I'd rather expend my energy on.

    Not dissing anyone here, just stating my opinion.
    I know everyone understands that my opinion is limited by my personal views on things and I respect that others have different views, but that doesn't mean they necessarily make sense to me from my perspective.
    Thanks for tolerating my diatribes folks.

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    Re: 2004 xlr possible problems?

    ewill3rd, Thanks for your candor. I agree whole heartedly about the value things. Being a businessman though we always need to know values for banks. We usually need to give them net worth statement and they need a breakdown of car value's. This is really the only reason or for quick sale if someone gets in financial trouble.
    I have a question of you I asked on a new thread but no one has answered yet. When i walk uo to the car after my wife has driven it my auto sets do not move unless i push the number on the frivers seat. same with mt wife after I drive. I even tried aiming the fob at the door and pressing the open button 30 sec like i do to reprogram my 97 Seville. Where should I look? fop or a computer glitch? Thanks Jim

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    Re: 2004 xlr possible problems?

    Jim,
    I am not 100% sure but I think you need to check your personalization settings.
    Make sure the options to move the seat and steering wheel are set when you want them to be moved. I confess I work on so many I forget where they are in the menus.
    It is likely that this feature is deactivated for one driver, particularly since you mention that it works on one but not the other.
    Look through your personalization settings on the DIC and make sure that the remote recall settings are right for what you want them to do.

    I have another customer that was asking about this the other day.
    I am not sure if I still have one in the shop but I'll double check it tomorrow or Friday.

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    ewill, Bothe setting do not work. I meant they work evevrything else on the car but the seat, wheel mirrors etc. Those only work when We press the proper buttons on the drivers seat. We worked on it today a lot and still nothing. Thanks Jim

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    Re: 2004 xlr possible problems?

    I'll have to get my hands on one... remind me later.

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