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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    LORD CADILLAC: You mentioned the XLR information was the way to go, but didn't know where to start... As a new XLR owner, this is the type of information I was looking for:

    How many of my car were made? So, straight facts on production numbers would be a key. How many of each year, each color offered, each interior/exterior combo, etc.
    04-05 XLR owners will want to know everything there is about the Headlight issue.
    A list of every recall that was issued on each year
    What are the common failure/problematic issues. What are tips of maintenance to help avoid any further issues.
    What similarities does the XLR have with other vehs? We know it shares the same platform as the C6, but let's get specific. What exactly is the same and what appears to be but is not? What parts are interchangeable?
    What are the tricks of the trade with this car? Meaning... hold this button and that button at the same time for 10 seconds and (x) will be reset.
    What does XLR even stand for? (Is it.. eXperimental Luxury Roadster?)
    What bolt pattern and offset are needed for aftermarket rims? How big of a rim can you go? How wide? How big of a tire can you stuff out back?
    Horsepower... tell me how I can make more! What other options do we have other than D3 Performance? Do they own the market? What are all the basic bolt-on options? Who can tune these cars?[/QUOTE]


    Nearly every question you pose has been answered in the various XLR forums. As you go through them, you'll see many of the same questions repeated because folks want a fast answer without doing any work themselves. Search is your friend. For any prospective owner I highly recommend reading EVERY online post before you purchase an XLR to make an informed decision. It's worth the time.

    The only engine swap I've seen for an XLR was a guy who gutted one and converted it into a dragster. Then destroyed it. So while you may see wistful owners talking about an engine swapout, it's just that --talk. Modifying this car invites all kinds of functionality issues since the Northstar is so integrated with the rest of the vehicle's systems. It's not impossible, just technically impractical and not financially feasible for all but a very few. If you want more horsepower, buy an XLR-V; don't waste your time and money on a base model.

    Basically, this car is too complex for the majority of DIY's. Without a Tech 2, you're pretty much stuck, unless you want to guess your way to a fix, and parts aren't cheap enough to do that.

    Due to the low production volume, system integration, N* powerplant, mods are few, and experts are rare. The LS engines have a long history of mods, and gurus to create them. Not likely for the XLR. D3 is it if you want any serious changes. Few owners want to let someone with no experience on the XLR experiment with their vehicles. Would you?

    I agree with your comment regarding demographics. Younger, less affluent buyers will snap these up, thinking they've gotten a great deal only to find out they can't afford the keep the vehicles maintained. Price of ownership is high --no matter what somone pays to get in. Headights and shocks are still $1k each.

    There's an oft-repeated myth that dealers charge more, when in fact, you're getting someone who's been trained on the vehicle and know what they're doing (most of the time, --but not always.) Take this car to an independent garage and just see what happens if you think you're gonna save a buck. In most cases, you're going to pay for the mechanic's training-- on your car! Unless it's something simple like exhaust, brakes, or wheels it isn't worth the frustration and hassle. Buy a shop manual and you'll get an inkling of what I mean. An alternator replacement costs a small fortune and requires lifting the engine!

    The numbers speak for themselves. Compare the number of XLR posts on this site to say, the '04 CTS-V. They post more in a week than the XLR section does in a year. And the XLR section will always have a higher question than answer rate.

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    This is the only article that has brought this much feed back. If you will look at the other questions on other articles, you will see that only a couple of people make a comment about it, but between 10 and 200 people have read it. I think it is like school, only one person raises their hand, while all of the others are scared to look bad saying something wrong.

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by alarmu12 View Post
    This is the only article that has brought this much feed back. If you will look at the other questions on other articles, you will see that only a couple of people make a comment about it, but between 10 and 200 people have read it. I think it is like school, only one person raises their hand, while all of the others are scared to look bad saying something wrong.
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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    This is the type of thing I'd be interested in as well. I recently joined when i was looking for info on a power module for the other caddy. A 1984 fleetwood formal with only 15 k. The XLR which is an 06 had more than that when I bought as it came off lease in Sept. 2009. Mine has been very good, and I love it. I drove an Allante for 20 years before the XLR And always liked it.

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    What I want from this forum...well, I am one of the less affluent folks who would rather do some serious preventative maintenance on this strange XLRV than pay a dealer to do the work. So, aside from oil changes and applying some mothers to all of those roof gasket parts (thankfully, you can stop the roof in any position), there must be some learnings from all of you that I can apply to keep this baby healthy.

    Also in agreement with other posts...needs to be a local owner's club in my no. Cal area.

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akira View Post
    Everyone is on Facebook - link over there, and that'll help. Also, just like LeTip, invite two friends...
    Hey FNG, why not invite all your XLR owner friends here?
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Hey FNG, why not invite all your XLR owner friends here?
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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    could not have said it better myself...Maybe Lindsay could be of help here..They have a great reputation, i would love to have them chime in and get involved...Anyway, i flew down to Florida sat. and bought an o4 silver with ebony int. to match my 06 CTS-V...I drove it 1,300miles back to Balto with about 3 pit stops along the way and i loved it...So, i now am a true XLR man....I am putting it up on my lift tomorrow Monday and taking a good look and the underside to see the similarities it has with the C5 vette i owned...
    A new radiator was put in last week and a new roof motor, sensors etc. etc. has been done in the last year. so hopefully the power steering and other problems don't pop up... seeya Greg O.

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    How about an XLR Club ???? Lets start one if they don,t exist

    XLR CLUB OF AMERICA - Just got a 2006 with 9,000 original miles (red) - would love to rally with it !! Maybe Vegas or ?

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    XLR.jpg Get attention it does. Everywere u go it turns heads. I picked up my 2005 crimson pearl in july. It's only been six months and I have waxed it 5 times. People cannot believe it is a 05. When the roof is down it is so exciting. I still cannot get over the ease in which it accelerates. Smooth as silk.......

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    The crimson red is IMO the best looking color....There are not too many XLR's in the Md. Va DC Pa area..I have only seen 2 in my life around here...My silver XLR with Ebony interior was all that was available..and I had to fly to Fl. to get it...

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    Like the silver...does not show dust.

    Saw my first XLR in Florida myself...most cars of that initial price, I never really paid attention to...but after sitting in it, I was instantly hooked.

    No local clubs in the Bay area either...have been invited to join a vette club lol

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    Re: We seriously need to get more XLR owners in here.. Any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnxlrv View Post
    Like the silver...does not show dust.

    Saw my first XLR in Florida myself...most cars of that initial price, I never really paid attention to...but after sitting in it, I was instantly hooked.

    No local clubs in the Bay area either...have been invited to join a vette club lol

    Your right about that.....The silver platinum looks clean even after driving in the rain. I do like that.. My black corvettte I would take to rallys and after driving only 12 miles I would have to feather dust it down.. Looked as if I hadn't washed it in weeks..lol Anyway I reside in Howard Co. between DC and Balto. and like I said I have only seen 2 in my life......

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