Cadillac XLR Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Cadillac XLR

Cadillac XLR Problems

Steering Wheel Position Sensor May Fail

The steering wheel position sensor may fail, resulting in the service stability message being displayed.

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

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Cadillac XLR Questions

how can I fix my trunk closing cable from leaking fluid? there is a hole in it (1 answer)

above the passenger door is a mechanical mechanism that has wore a hole in the trunk closing cable (bad design) that is leaking fluid when closing the trunk. Is there a fix for this or does this cable have to be replace?

have had my behicle into a cadillac dealer for a check ride control warning on my information center. I was told that all four shocks are leaking and need to be replaced, at a cost of $5000! All 4 shocks going out at the same time? (2 answers)

Firestone has quoted about half that.....only thing is that they would not be able to get the warning message off the information center.

fuel pump replacement (1 answer)

being told that there are two fuel pumps for my car....one is available, the other on national back order. we are 233rd on a list to get one...how long will that take?

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Cadillac XLR Recalls

Turn Signal and Daytime Running Light May Burn Out Prematurely

The daytime running lights (DRL), turn signal, and parking lamps all share the same light bulb, which may burn out prematurely from vibration in a loose socket or from air entering the bulb. If this were to occur, awareness of the driver's presence would be reduced and driver's intentions may not be known, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the socket and bulb in both lamps free of charge. The recall began July 31, 2006. The GM recall number is 06013.

The Engine May Not Return to Idle in Very Cold Climates

In temperatures between -22 and -40 degrees F, and if one of the accelerator pedal return springs breaks, the engine may not return to idle within three seconds as required. If this were to happen, more braking effort may be needed to stop the vehicle. Dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assembly. The recall began March 8, 2005. The GM recall number is 05018.

Rear Brake Lines May Be Too Close to the Exhaust

On certain vehicles, the rear brake lines may be close, or come into contact with the exhaust manifold. This could heat the lines and boil the brake fluid; the lines could also wear from contact. If the brake fluid boils, or leaks, effectiveness of the rear brakes would be reduced and a crash could occur.

Dealers will inspect the left engine exhaust manifold clip for alignment and placement on the body mounted stud. If it's correct, they will reposition the clip on the brake lines and reinstall the clip on the stud. Dealers will ensure that both rear brake lines have the proper clearance to the left exhaust pipe and the machining tab on the rear differential housing will be removed. The brake lines in the affected areas will be inspected for damage and will be replaced if there are signs of wear-through on the nylon overcoating. The recall began January 18, 2005. The GM recall number is 04086.

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Cadillac XLR Reviews

The car's a blast to drive. Two things wrong: a) the suspension (especially the rear) is just not up to the car's potential, it wobbles and pitches at even the slightest bump in the road while cornering, and b) the coolant will simply not stay in the engine, it keeps belching gobs of coolant every time I turn the engine off. Yup, I've tried new coolant caps but to no avail. Other than that it's...
It's the most awsome peice of crap I've ever owned. I love driving it and turning heads, getting stopped and asked about it. But there's always something going wrong. A hydraulic tube got pinched and leaked over the shoulder of my passenger seat and the top wouldn't retract. Got that fixed (thank god the warranty covered it!), and 6 months later, the cruise control stopped working. The BRAKE li...
I have had a blast with this car. Great

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