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    Question maybe a newbie...

    Found an '04, 13k miles, black raven/ebony, with an asking price of $49k from a TX cadi dealer (is that good or to good to be true?). Hopefully with cash they'll come down a bit since I have a limit I dont want to go over. Are the transmissions good in the '04 XLRs (was ejected out of a TL-S during a flip due to the transmission locking up on the highway, seatbelt recall came into play). Does the XLR hold up after a few years? Does anyone have any idea if someone will offer an aftermarket supercharger for the XLR? And how much power do you think the '04s can handle? I'm not much into power anymore, but if a "sup'd up" civic pulls up next to me I kindof want the peace of mind he'll be smelling my exhaust... what can you expect, i'm only 23 Thats about it for now...
    Thanks for the help,
    Sickle

    P.S. I noticed people mentioning $20k over sticker is bad... I was charged $10k over for my current car (IS300) 2wks into sales in the States.

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    Re: maybe a newbie...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sickle View Post
    Found an '04, 13k miles, black raven/ebony, with an asking price of $49k from a TX cadi dealer (is that good or to good to be true?). Hopefully with cash they'll come down a bit since I have a limit I dont want to go over. Are the transmissions good in the '04 XLRs (was ejected out of a TL-S during a flip due to the transmission locking up on the highway, seatbelt recall came into play). Does the XLR hold up after a few years? Does anyone have any idea if someone will offer an aftermarket supercharger for the XLR? And how much power do you think the '04s can handle? I'm not much into power anymore, but if a "sup'd up" civic pulls up next to me I kindof want the peace of mind he'll be smelling my exhaust... what can you expect, i'm only 23 Thats about it for now...
    Thanks for the help,
    Sickle

    P.S. I noticed people mentioning $20k over sticker is bad... I was charged $10k over for my current car (IS300) 2wks into sales in the States.
    I would think they would be happy to get $47 but if they are throwing in the extended 7 year, 100,000 mile GM warranty and it is extremely clean $49 would not be too bad. I doubt if a supercharger is coming but Volant has a new cold air intake that should be ready anytime now. That and a Corsa exhaust should get you a bit more go go power. I haven't heard of any transmission problems, some of the '04's had excessive console heat so try to take an extended test drive to check that out.

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    Re: maybe a newbie...

    Is the dealer in Dallas?

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    Re: maybe a newbie...

    Looks like it could be Sewell Hummer in Plano. I have been dealing with Sewell in Dallas since 1980. They are "Good"

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    Re: maybe a newbie...

    If youre into satellite radio, its hard to fit an XM tuner to the car. There isn't really a good place for the antenna; the '05 XLR has the antenna built into the side mirrors.

    There's some issues with diff noises when going in reverse or making a parking turn or U-turn. Do a search and you'll see some of the easy fixes, which I believe involve switching to GM synthetic gear oil.

    Check for oil leaks. Rare issue but they've been seen on a handful of them.

    Enjoy the ride.

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    Smile Re: maybe a newbie...

    I'm new to the XLR Forum. I just traded my "05" STS V-8 with nav today for a 05 XLR 6,552 miles for $ 48,000. Sewell in Dallas.

    So, I will be watching for any updates.

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    Re: maybe a newbie...

    I haven't had any problems thus-far with '04 transmissions. They come filled with Dexron 6, which discolors VERY quickly though. One of the XLR's that come in has been severely abused, and the transmission slips occassionally at the top of first, but it has 20k VERY HARD miles on it, and the tranny fluid looks like very dirty engine oil. The customer still doesn't want to do anything about it.

    Rear ends have been an issue, though. I've had a TON of abnormal noises on turns, especially during parking lot maneuvers. A few of them have been fixed with a fluid drain/refill, but I have had to put limited slip clutches in a couple of the more audible cars.

    I have not seen any problems with longevity so far, but the highest-mileage XLR we have come in only has 36k on it

    As far as power, I agree that the stock XLR's aren't quite as quick as they should be. As mentioned above, though, a good CAI and exhaust will help. I don't know of an aftermarket blower kit available right now, but the high compression of the N/A Northstar isn't going to be too FI-friendly.

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