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World Class Car
2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By David Toth
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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This car blows the BMW's that I have been driving off the road. The XLR is fast, handles great, and extremely comfortable. I also love the bold design and I have been stopped many times by admirers of the car. Taking the XLR on road trips is a joy, allowing one to enjoy both the power and comfort of the car.


Favorite Features

The many conveniences the car offers, from the retractable hard top to the FOBs to the HUD to the Voice Recognition. It is one sharp and luxurious automobile.


Suggested Improvements

The retractable top seems to have some kinks in it.


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By Sharon
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I traded a 1993 red Corvette for my 2005 Xenon Blue XLR and I have no regrets. I get whistles, thumbs up, nice color, nice car comments from people ages 16 to 75. Truly a fun car to drive and own.


Favorite Features

Retractable hardtop, HUD and cruise control.


Suggested Improvements

None.


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By mmb
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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Really love the car, only top does not operate properly. Have to have serviced, but under warranty.


Favorite Features

cruise spacing


Suggested Improvements

Outside mirror need to be spaced closer to front of car. Gets in the way. Also back up sensors hard to see.


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Bought It Used, Saved Depreciation
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By qgsm33
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I looked hard at the Mercedes SLK55 and the SL500. I couldn't afford the SL500 (ouch). The regular SLKs (350, 280, etc) didn't have enough horsepower to really compare. The SLK55 was almost impossible to find used with fairly low miles. Although the SLK55 is a great car, it just seemed too small for me. My daughter said "you look like an elephant riding a peanut" (referring to the short wheel base and short overall car length). Mercedes made a big deal out of their hard top retracting in 19 seconds vs. 30 seconds for the Caddy. My only trouble on the Caddy has been the computer thinking the top isn't fully locked when you hit a hard bump. That has been fixed now via some reprogramming.


Favorite Features

The retractable hard top is killer. Only Mercedes and Lexus have something similar. The RF key fob is awesome. I never have to touch the key at all to handle locking, starting, etc, etc.


Suggested Improvements

Allow the retractable top to be run via the key fob from outside the car.


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A Great and Fun Car
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By Bill
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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This vehicle is not only fun to drive, but undoubtedly it gets the most looks of any car on the road.


Favorite Features

The adaptive cruise makes driving a pleasure. The top mechanism draws crowds.


Suggested Improvements

Voice recognition needs some assistance in recognition, although it is a good start.


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Amazed
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By Jetboy
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I truly expected to have some problems with this car being limited production and a new design with complicated electronics and top but to my amazement it has been totally trouble free for 16,000 miles now with hundreds of top down cycles. I was considering a Vette when I found this, much better choice for comfort while not giving up much in handling or performance.


Favorite Features

The styling.


Suggested Improvements

Add Bluetooth.


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XLR, Best of the Breed
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By GoVols
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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This is the most commented-on car I have had since I owned a 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 in the 70's. It has power, performance, comfort and (most of all) style. From its front angles it looks like the Batmobile. I am very happy with the car. The only problem is the touch screen for audio/mav/etc. is unreadable with the top down on a sunny day.


Favorite Features

The performance and sound.


Suggested Improvements

The touch screen.


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An Excellant Review
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By XL R Roadster
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I had always wanted a Corvette and had been looking at Corvettes. I took my Cadillac DeVille in for service and they were asking me when I was going to trade. I told them I was wanting something different. They told me about the XLR that was coming out. When they got one in they called me to look at it and I fell in love with it. It is so much fun to drive and really turns heads. I have a second car and I don't drive it every day. I took a trip to Lafayette, LA and it was a pleasure. It is totally a sports car. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car.


Favorite Features

I like the hard top convertable feature. The interior is beautiful. The navigation system is great.


Suggested Improvements

I think it meets the expectations of a sports car. It doesn't have a lot of room inside. If you want room you need to buy a full size car. This is a fun automobile.


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Needs more trunk space
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By Frank
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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Wow- Car gets the looks, I wish the wood grain would not scrach so easy. Fun to drive with top down. Radio needs better antenna, but sound is great.


Favorite Features

It looks like a James Bond car.


Suggested Improvements

Better antenna. Better trunk space, only when top is down.


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A Great Car - Fun to Drive
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By LeeRoyLRT
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2005 Cadillac XLR Convertible 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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This is one fine automobile. Quality inside and out. Very quite with great performance. Finally a true sports car with luxury. I love the crash avoidance system, yes you may call it cruise control, but on the way home from a trip and it senses vehicles in front of me in a torrential down pour and I am only going 47 mph and I can't see them. I think much more highly of this option than of normal cruise control. Go GM, especially Cadillac.


Favorite Features

Cruise control advoidance, hardtop convertible, fuel economy, and styling.


Suggested Improvements

DVD will play while vehicle moving.


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