2005 Cadillac XLR Consumer Review: From a Cadillac Technican's Po

2005 Cadillac XLR - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (4.6L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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From a Cadillac Technican's Point of Veiw
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2005 Cadillac XLR 2dr Roadster (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


The 2005 Cadillac XLR has great perforance, with only a slight under steer at 130 mph. With the ground effects the chassis does a nice job sticking you to the road. The slap stick / shifter is pretty cool with the HUD system and the cruise control great. With this system, the XLR matches the speed of the slower car ahead of it until either you switch lanes or the slower car ahead of you speeds up, then your set speed on the cruise control returns to your set speed. How cool is that! The downfall is with the top down ther is very little room in the trunk, no place for those golf clubs to go with the roof down. I have seen a lot of folding top repairs already and miss aligned rear quarter glass misfits. Aftermarket wheels seem to mess up the ride.

Best Features

The cruise control rocks, handling is great, perforance is quick to respond, but I have been disapointed with the dead stop accleration. The Chevrolet Corvette seems to be faster.

Worst Features

Improve the folding top problems. There is no fuel filter to change. It is a huge repair to replace the fuel pump modules. Trade it in before it goes out of warranty, because this it is expensive to repair.
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