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Cadillac XLR Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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

Cadillac XLR Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, January 18, 2005

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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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Drive Train, March 8, 2005

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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.

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Electrical & Lights, July 31, 2006

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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.

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Suspension & Steering, August 25, 2004

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The washer for the control arm ball stud may have been made of the wrong material, and may fracture and fall out, or become loose. The control arm may separate from the steering knuckle due to disengagement of the tapered stud, causing the vehicle to drop at that corner. In extreme situations, the wheel may separate completely from the vehicle. Either condition would impair handling and increase the chances of a crash. Dealers will inspect the torque on the ball stud joints on all front and rear lower control arms. If the torque is not to specification, the ball stud, knuckle, and nut will be replaced. If the torque is to specification, the dealers will replace only the ball stud nut and washer. The recall began August 24, 2004. The GM recall number is 04043.

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Cadillac XLR Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2004 Cadillac XLR, Pompano Beach, FL

Recently my car top doesn't works(open&closes) after then i found out there was a leak fluid from some of these hydrolic lines from the back on the top of passenger side,my thought perhaf...

ls1taco, 2004 Cadillac XLR, House Springs, MO

my 04 xlr top wont go up.i push the button the trunk goes through its cycle raises all the way up.the roof section twitches like it wants to move but doesnt.u can hear the pump running the whole ti...

DerrickXLR, 2004 Cadillac XLR, Passaic, NJ

I have a aftermarket top and bottom mesh grille and aftermarket exhaust system only from the catback. Caddy dealer fills the problem is due to the mesh grill not getting enough airflow i don't...

demonstratum, 2004 Cadillac XLR, Mount Airy, NC

It appears to be acting like it is low in fluid. Can anyone tell me what the reservoir looks like and how do I add fluid if it is low? It is supposed to be in the left rear storage area, but I don&...

XX-MAN, 2004 Cadillac XLR, District Heights, MD


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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 great. I'm going to rebuild that rear suspension, surely no one builds a performance car with that type of unstable and twitchy rear end.

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 light constantly goes on and off and says I'm low on brake fluid (had it checked, and it's not). It's always saying to service the stabilitrack. The Traction Control light comes on and off more often than I change my panties. Finally... The seat and stearing wheel no longer automatically adjust to my setting when I turn the car off and on or between drivers 1 & 2. It's a lovehate relationship. It's a blast to drive, though. I will probably get myself killed in it, but I'm OK with that.

I have had a blast with this car.

just looking at this car makes u want to drive and own one

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