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Old 12-19-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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This XLR caught my eye, and the more I look at it, the more I like it as a nice alternative 'beater'.. When they first came out I never liked them, but this one is kind of cool...would look nice next to the C5 in the garage.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2007-...#ht_500wt_1182

Oh, and a nice blank slate for modding!

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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I'd take one.....
Good wifey car too.....
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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Looks nice.... i would be completely sold if it was the V series. But still a sharp looking car.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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It's on the C6 platform and was built in the Bowling Green facility, right ? - -I guess theyv'e stopped building them but I think they're cool . . .
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:13 PM   #5
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I've been wanting one of these for awhile now. Just waiting for the right one at the right price.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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Well the color is right, that's for sure.


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Old 12-19-2012, 01:49 PM   #7
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Problem is the lame motor.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
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I can't get why newer cars all look like chopped streetrods. Wth is it with the 4' high doors, and no windows? Industry wide, it's like everyone has this fettish with chopping the tops, but at the same time, they make the car taller?

Personally, I'm just not into the look of this... jmho. I think I'd be in a Buick first.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:11 PM   #9
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I can't get why newer cars all look like chopped streetrods. Wth is it with the 4' high doors, and no windows? Industry wide, it's like everyone has this fettish with chopping the tops, but at the same time, they make the car taller?
I believe a lot of it has to do with stricter side impact safety requirements. They make the door higher so they can add better side impact airbags and have them function more effectively. Of course, this is exagerated on some cars such as the Camaro. I think the Camaro's case, it was more styling than safety.

Unfortunately the days of being able to stick your elbow out the window while driving are gone.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:21 PM   #10
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Car looks like it has been well taken care of. Not sure what used XLRs are going for these days though. Would be a nice second car for a DD.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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Problem is the lame motor.

Not only less performance, but serious problems too.

Try searching for Northstar problems. They are very susceptible to corrosion at the head bolts. That leads to a head gasket leak and overheating. There is no repair!

I had a 2000 SLS that had the problem, and my brother in law had a problem one too.

There are a lot of good priced Cadillacs out there, but when you figure in a new motor they aren't priced well any more.

If you do get it, make sure to keep up with coolant maintenance.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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Sharp looking car for sure
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:16 PM   #13
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What are you guys talking about........that car is down right fuglee!

And, they have the audacity to want nearly $34Grand for the thing with 54,000 miles on its head-gasket-blowing NorthStar. That's about 5 Grand more than KKB estimates a same-year C6 is worth.


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Old 12-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #14
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I've been wanting one of these for awhile now. Just waiting for the right one at the right price.
me too. they kind of grew on me. thought they were pretty odd looking initially, but the more i saw them, the more i grew to like them. they were priced way out of wack (in my opinion) even for a sporty cadillac which is what probably did them in in my opinion. someone really looking sporty could get the same (with the exception of the retractable hard roof) in a C6 for a lot less money. they certainly had all the bells and whistles though.
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Not only less performance, but serious problems too.

Try searching for Northstar problems. They are very susceptible to corrosion at the head bolts. That leads to a head gasket leak and overheating. There is no repair!

I had a 2000 SLS that had the problem, and my brother in law had a problem one too.

There are a lot of good priced Cadillacs out there, but when you figure in a new motor they aren't priced well any more.

If you do get it, make sure to keep up with coolant maintenance.
The Northstar engines do have issues with over heating. They are very complex engines that require a lot of coolant and water. I have a '99 Eldorado and had the motor rebuilt when my head gasket blew. I can find the contact info for the guy who did it if anyone wants it. He has his own gasket and seating bolts in a kit. The motor was done 4 years ago and it runs like a dream!!
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XLR is my second favorite Caddy of all time. The ETC being number one. I would love to have one
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #17
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Not only less performance, but serious problems too.

Try searching for Northstar problems. They are very susceptible to corrosion at the head bolts. That leads to a head gasket leak and overheating. There is no repair!

I had a 2000 SLS that had the problem, and my brother in law had a problem one too.

There are a lot of good priced Cadillacs out there, but when you figure in a new motor they aren't priced well any more.

If you do get it, make sure to keep up with coolant maintenance.
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The Northstar engines do have issues with over heating. They are very complex engines that require a lot of coolant and water. I have a '99 Eldorado and had the motor rebuilt when my head gasket blew. I can find the contact info for the guy who did it if anyone wants it. He has his own gasket and seating bolts in a kit. The motor was done 4 years ago and it runs like a dream!!
I have a 99 STS and my head gasket is fine and no overheating issues, but I think I'm starting to develop that leak between the top and bottom end. I thought it was the oil pan but it's not. One or two drip every other day or so.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:20 PM   #18
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wow, some interesting problems....and I bet parts are getting hard to find already...I wonder how many were made? I should google it.
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Nice car. Interesting about the Northstar issues though. Good luck.
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I have a neightbor that has a black one.
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