2005 Cadillac XLR Consumer Review: Bought It Used, Saved Deprecia

2005 Cadillac XLR - Consumer Review

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Bought It Used, Saved Depreciation
By qgsm33 on


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


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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