Automobile(s): 10 EXT, 76 Coupe DeVille, 73 Coupe DeVille
Re: Any big problems with the XLR
There have been a few owners with top issues, seem to be earlier models. The batteries don't like to sit of extended periods is the most common gripe I have seen. Only problem I have had with mine is the push button did not release the drivers door one time, had to pull the emergency release. Only happened once and I don't know if I did something out so sequence or it was just a glitch.
I had problems with the top sensors early on (2004 model) - top would not retract. I had a computer fail once, which killed everything. I had a not-too-brilliant dealer service department put regular oil in instead of Mobil1 (same one that took a week to figure out computer problem was not a key fob!). I had a fuel transfer pump start to whine (and was replaced by a different dealer). Had a windshield stress crack - replaced by Insurance company - their cost almost $1600! Other than that great car! I love it!
biggest problem i've seen is with the onboard computer. trip mileage is sometimes completely unpredictable. when switching from primary driver to secondary driver it sometimes wipes out miles. other days it doesn't record miles at all. if you switch between personal trips and business trips it affects true mileage reports and you may not find anything at all! i've done this four times now to try to record a trip as business. they say this shouldn't occur but i have three different friends who have the same complaint!
i am experiencing some engine rumble on startup=engine light and the airbag light came on due to a loose wire under the driver seat.
but right now the head engineer and me are following this up very closely and I' am treating the N* with some anti carbon stuff, WOT's and octane boosters ( fuel in Bahrain is not superiour quality, but hey, I pay 12 dollars to fill up my tank) and I think a black inside of the exhaust and smooth startups lately proove us right!
I had one overheat situation once, and the guys installed a middle east spec radiator and cooling system for the car, even at 48C the car is ok now.
The NAV and info-tainment system was also completely replaced with the more reliable 2006 version.
Automobile(s): Just an XLR/V-series specialist GM technician at this point
Kansas City, MO
Re: Any big problems with the XLR
I just got done putting block half seals in an '06 with 3700 miles on it...not bad to do for me, but the owner was NOT happy...understandably so...
IMHO, if GM would have put a Gen3 engine in it, the car would be perfect. The most problems I've seen have been front cover and oil pan leaks, radiator leaks, P/S resevoirs on the early '04's before the redesign...mostly powertrain related issues. As far as the top, the problems I've had are few and far between. I have ONE car here in the area that's had a TON of problems with the top, but the rest have been nearly problem-free.
They're decent cars...I'm trying to find an '04 cheap at an auction so I can become an owner, and not just the one that has to fix them all
Folding top sensors
Timing cover seals
PS reserviors in early production
That's the bulk of the warranty stuff I see and it's not really common.
The most common are the top sensors, I can find those pretty quickly now but that wasn't always the case.
The radiators are rare but not so rare if that make sense.
A few campaigns in early production and lots of software updates for the PCM.
They don't like Lo Jack if it's not hooked up just so.
I do almost all the XLR work here and we have a lot of them that come in regularly for service. That is about all I have seen apart from some customers breaking stuff. We had one guy that left something in his trunk when he openend the top, it broke all kinds of stuff. Cost about $10,000 to fix. I could never prove he did it, but I could tell by looking at the parts what happened.
The brakes can be squeaky, but there's not a lot you can do about it.