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    Rented an XLR- Review

    Hertz "prestige" collection in Phoenix Az had a brand new XLR for rent yesterday. Being the Cadillac buff that I have now become I had to rent it ( $165 per day ! ). So as the XLR is waiting in the parking lot let me give a cliff notes version of my experience;

    One of the best driving sports cars in the world. When simply crusing in the XLR I felt ride quailty on par with my '05 STS. Very smooth and very tight. However, when I punched the gas , WOW, what power ! The same engine I have in my STS & SRX goes much faster and sounds ( growels) nicely in the XLR. Performance handeling is awesome and the jaw drop factor from passerby's is fun to see.

    Negatives- why on earth did Cadillac make the shifting to manual a tap to the left as compared with the STS&SRX where you tap the stick to the right. When I first pulled out of Hertz I did not know I was in manual as my hand slapped the stick to the left simply by resting my hand on it and making a turn. Also, and perhaps something was turned off in the rental, but the XLR did not have a dash indicator that I was in manuel ! That had to be a mistake and something wrong . XLR owners , does the XLR tell you what gear your in? This one did not and it was akward.



    Other then that what a fantastic sports car that one can dirve everyday. :coolgleam

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    Quote Originally Posted by DG2
    Hertz "prestige" collection in Phoenix Az had a brand new XLR for rent yesterday. Being the Cadillac buff that I have now become I had to rent it ( $165 per day ! ). So as the XLR is waiting in the parking lot let me give a cliff notes version of my experience;

    One of the best driving sports cars in the world. When simply crusing in the XLR I felt ride quailty on par with my '05 STS. Very smooth and very tight. However, when I punched the gas , WOW, what power ! The same engine I have in my STS & SRX goes much faster and sounds ( growels) nicely in the XLR. Performance handeling is awesome and the jaw drop factor from passerby's is fun to see.

    Negatives- why on earth did Cadillac make the shifting to manual a tap to the left as compared with the STS&SRX where you tap the stick to the right. When I first pulled out of Hertz I did not know I was in manual as my hand slapped the stick to the left simply by resting my hand on it and making a turn. Also, and perhaps something was turned off in the rental, but the XLR did not have a dash indicator that I was in manuel ! That had to be a mistake and something wrong . XLR owners , does the XLR tell you what gear your in? This one did not and it was akward.



    Other then that what a fantastic sports car that one can dirve everyday. :coolgleam
    Hi DG2,
    yes, you are right, the XLR is a wonderfull car.
    With the manual-mode, some automakers have it on the left, some an the right but you`ll get very fast used too.
    The gear you got in, is showing on my XLR in the HUD, didn`t it shows up there?

    Harry

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    Having the Steptronic to the LEFT is the way it SHOULD be. Having it on the right makes for a farther reach and unnatural resting position for your hand. This is why I like BMW's Steptronic trannies so much, because you put them in "D" and then slap it to the right where the "+" and "-" are (they are vertical) to do your up and down shifts. I utterly hated the fact my Volkswagen had it all the way on the right, and to boot it was slow.

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me
    Having the Steptronic to the LEFT is the way it SHOULD be. Having it on the right makes for a farther reach and unnatural resting position for your hand. This is why I like BMW's Steptronic trannies so much, because you put them in "D" and then slap it to the right where the "+" and "-" are (they are vertical) to do your up and down shifts. I utterly hated the fact my Volkswagen had it all the way on the right, and to boot it was slow.
    You know, your right. After I got back in the XLR and tried the shifting again I felt that the shift lever should be leaning left, closer to the hand. But, the HUD was not working and it did not tell me the gear number. I still would vote for Cadillac putting the gear indicator in the dash the same way as on the SRX/STS.

    One major problem with this XLR - I WANT ONE !!!

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    This is a good idea. I'll have to check into it for my next out-of-town trip. I assume these premium cars are only available at limited Hertz locations.

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    Glad I'm not alone! During my test drive I too had the same "problem" or annoyance. Upon every left turn the shifter moved left. I compensated by lightening up on the touch. Let that be the WORST problem!

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    Re: Rented an XLR- Review

    while turning, you should have both hands on the wheel.. come on now kids, basic car driving 101. in fact, your hand should only be on the shifter and not on the wheel when you are shifting. problem solved.

    ./end of rant

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