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beaver_jd
03-07-2018, 01:29 AM
I would like to get an idea on how important keeping low millage on your car is to you. I have 88,000 miles and I feel that this car has high millage and I should not be spending much money on it. However I have been spending. I purchased a Corsa exhaust system, chromed the wheels and grill and other little things. The car runs like a top and have had minimal problem. What kind of millages do some of you have and again how important is it ?
John F.

James Landi
03-08-2018, 12:46 AM
Hi John,

You bring up a truly engaging problem. I have noted that some XLR owners want to drive their cars very occasionally and carefully, and some, on the other extreme, use them as sports cars-- that is, driving them hard, and driving them often.

Having just researched and purchased my first XLR, and having owned a Cadillac Allante for many years, I was very much aware that exotic cars with fewer miles demand a higher resale value, that high end exotic cars often have multiple owners, and that when a mechanical problem occurs, there are hard aches, especially because it's difficult to find expert, experienced technicians to fix issues. Added to these issues, there's the problem of parts replacements and out of stock GM parts.

I have noted that while this forum is replete with challenging mechanical problems, the consensus regarding the durability of XLRs is very positive (similar to the Allante)... and if you're following the "for sale " ads, some high mileage XLR's, some in excess of 150K, still pull over 10 k . I suppose that if you're feeling that every mile degrades your car's value, than it's best to sell the car and buy a disposable, soulless Toyota... Happy day, James

beaver_jd
03-08-2018, 01:23 AM
Hi John,

You bring up a truly engaging problem. I have noted that some XLR owners want to drive their cars very occasionally and carefully, and some, on the other extreme, use them as sports cars-- that is, driving them hard, and driving them often.

Having just researched and purchased my first XLR, and having owned a Cadillac Allante for many years, I was very much aware that exotic cars with fewer miles demand a higher resale value, that high end exotic cars often have multiple owners, and that when a mechanical problem occurs, there are hard aches, especially because it's difficult to find expert, experienced technicians to fix issues. Added to these issues, there's the problem of parts replacements and out of stock GM parts.

I have noted that while this forum is replete with challenging mechanical problems, the consensus regarding the durability of XLRs is very positive (similar to the Allante)... and if you're following the "for sale " ads, some high mileage XLR's, some in excess of 150K, still pull over 10 k . I suppose that if you're feeling that every mile degrades your car's value, than it's best to sell the car and buy a disposable, soulless Toyota... Happy day, James
James, I purchased this car to drive as much as I could all winter when I am down south and I do. Whether my car has 80,000 or 100,000 miles I don't think matters. Now I have a low miler toy at home and that truck I will drive occasionally.
John F.

Smoothran
03-08-2018, 11:39 AM
Mileage doesn't matter to me. I drive my XLR often and very fast. Driven from the midwest to west coast to east coast. Drove from Seattle to New York last November. It's made for the road and I love it. Folks here in upstate New York always compliment me and it. It sits outside in the snow for days at a time. When the snow melts, it fires right up with no issues. When the road is clear we roll. Car wash gets many ooohhhs and ahhhs. Never gets old. It's an 05 red. Bought it with 60,000 in 2016, have put 12,000 on it since and don't have any intention to ever sell it or trade it. Will be mine until I leave here. This summer I'll put another 10,000 plus miles on it. New grandbaby in Seattle, another in KC then back to New York. Only issue was to replace the fuel pump. It's been hauling ass ever since. Anyone not enjoying these cars during winter months are missing out. Heaters work like any other vehicle. The paint shines just as nice in cold weather. I do have a 4 wheel drive Silverado during snow. When the sun shines, my XLR comes out to play.

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Fireduck69
03-08-2018, 08:41 PM
I have about 186000 on my 07v. I drive it about 30000 a year but it gets put away for a few month durning PA snow season. I bought it in 2012 with the intention to drive and it loves being on the road. Sure Iíve had usual maintenance problems, brakes, wheel bearing, shocks, and recently a power steering pump but nothing unexpected.

Mark0polo
03-08-2018, 11:22 PM
I got my XLR last May and put 4,000 miles on it last year. After 4 new tires and those pricey new shocks, driving it makes me feel like Iím getting my moneyís worth. After a long icy, cold winter I am ready to drive a lot of miles this summer and enjoy the puzzled looks of Ďwhat kind of car is thatí and the Ďhey-nice car misterí!

beaver_jd
03-08-2018, 11:25 PM
I have about 186000 on my 07v. I drive it about 30000 a year but it gets put away for a few month durning PA snow season. I bought it in 2012 with the intention to drive and it loves being on the road. Sure Iíve had usual maintenance problems, brakes, wheel bearing, shocks, and recently a power steering pump but nothing unexpected.
It sounds to me like you have a great car. You have lots of miles and it's running like a top. Maybe a number of us feel these cars are more fragile than we think. I would be very hesitant to drive it on a long trip for fear of a breakdown.
John F.

beaver_jd
03-08-2018, 11:26 PM
I have about 186000 on my 07v. I drive it about 30000 a year but it gets put away for a few month durning PA snow season. I bought it in 2012 with the intention to drive and it loves being on the road. Sure Iíve had usual maintenance problems, brakes, wheel bearing, shocks, and recently a power steering pump but nothing unexpected.
It sounds to me like you have a great car. You have lots of miles and it's running like a top. Maybe a number of us feel these cars are more fragile than they really are. I would be very hesitant to drive it on a long trip for fear of a breakdown.
John F.

Cadzilla
03-09-2018, 08:11 PM
Iíve put about 12k miles on my 2008 ĎVí in the last 4 years. It had 50k when I acquired it. I live in Palm Springs where everything is 10 min. away, so itís difficult to add miles. I drive it daily and gave it a good round trip run from Palm Springs to Seattle a yr. & a half ago without a single problem. It was a very gratifying driving experience & my Cadzilla was the subject of conversation at nearly every stop.
Other than the normal replacement of aging parts, there has had only one recurring problem. Sometimes the passenger window does not track correctly after returning the top to the up/closed position. This results in having to lower the window in order to open the door.
Meanwhile, Iím enjoying the hell out of owning & driving this wonderful car.

Fireduck69
03-09-2018, 08:36 PM
It sounds to me like you have a great car. You have lots of miles and it's running like a top. Maybe a number of us feel these cars are more fragile than they really are. I would be very hesitant to drive it on a long trip for fear of a breakdown.
John F.

I commute 133 miles each way most days and drive it all summer. Never had a problem.

Cadzilla
03-09-2018, 08:57 PM
I commute 133 miles each way most days and drive it all summer. Never had a problem.

I agree, and I donít consider our XLR-Vís to be at all fragile. I figure if the engine builder has enough pride & confidence to sign his completed engine, I will share his confidence. It has served me well for 4 years.
BTW, my first XLR (2007 base model) was black like yours ĎVí. It was hard to give it up that stealthy color. My 2008 ĎVí is a Crystal Red Tint example & might purty, though.
Happy driving!

beaver_jd
03-09-2018, 10:51 PM
Iíve put about 12k miles on my 2008 ĎVí in the last 4 years. It had 50k when I acquired it. I live in Palm Springs where everything is 10 min. away, so itís difficult to add miles. I drive it daily and gave it a good round trip run from Palm Springs to Seattle a yr. & a half ago without a single problem. It was a very gratifying driving experience & my Cadzilla was the subject of conversation at nearly every stop.
Other than the normal replacement of aging parts, there has had only one recurring problem. Sometimes the passenger window does not track correctly after returning the top to the up/closed position. This results in having to lower the window in order to open the door.
Meanwhile, Iím enjoying the hell out of owning & driving this wonderful car.
My car is in Palm Springs as well. I am surprised I have never seen you cruising around as Palm Springs is a small area.
John F.

Cadzilla
03-09-2018, 11:51 PM
My car is in Palm Springs as well. I am surprised I have never seen you cruising around as Palm Springs is a small area.
John F.

Hola, John! My ĎVí is Crystal Metalic Red Tint with a personal rear plate that reads ĎCadsilaí. Someone beat me to Cadzila with a ĎZí. Iíll keep an eye out for you. Jim F.

Cadzilla
03-10-2018, 12:01 AM
My car is in Palm Springs as well. I am surprised I have never seen you cruising around as Palm Springs is a small area.
John F.

Ah, I noticed youíre a Snowbird from up north. Welcome, eh? How long do you winter in PSP?
Jim F.

beaver_jd
03-10-2018, 02:55 AM
Ah, I noticed youíre a Snowbird from up north. Welcome, eh? How long do you winter in PSP?
Jim F.
Jim F. We are Snowbirds and come to the Desert in Oct, go home at the end of Nov and return sometime in Jan for the balance of the winter. We travel in a motorhome and have an RV lot at Outdoor Resorts which actually borders on Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage. Where in Palm Springs are you located ?
John F.

BillyTeagle
03-10-2018, 08:22 AM
I had an '07 and sold it in '11. Missed it so much I bought an '06 in December. I thought I would drive occasionally on weekends but it's too much fun to drive not to enjoy. It's now my daily driver.

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XLRATING
03-10-2018, 10:47 AM
I had an '07 and sold it in '11. Missed it so much I bought an '06 in December. I thought I would drive occasionally on weekends but it's too much fun to drive not to enjoy. It's now my daily driver.

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They ARE addictive! We expressed our addiction by having 2 at the same time, a base & a V. We do actually try to keep the miles down on the V, though it gets put for plenty of exercise because to us, itís more harmful to let it sit. No holds barred on the base, though weíve only put 1u5k miles on it since we got it in 2010.

Neither one of us can use a XLR as a daily driver due to the nature of our jobs/what we commute through, which keeps the miles down. But from different people on this forum I have no doubt those Northstars can handle 150k no problem.

ChicagoDave
03-11-2018, 07:17 PM
They ARE addictive! We expressed our addiction by having 2 at the same time, a base & a V. We do actually try to keep the miles down on the V, though it gets put for plenty of exercise because to us, itís more harmful to let it sit. No holds barred on the base, though weíve only put 1u5k miles on it since we got it in 2010.

Neither one of us can use a XLR as a daily driver due to the nature of our jobs/what we commute through, which keeps the miles down. But from different people on this forum I have no doubt those Northstars can handle 150k no problem.

I totally agree, Amy - VERY addicting. I saw how happy you two were with having two XLR's - I did the same thing. :cool:

I used my base ('05) a LOT for the first few years. I try to keep the miles down on the V - but its TOO much fun, too. My base has over 211K on it now, and it still has a lot of get up and go (speaking of Northstars - my 2000 DTX is now at 260K - its my favorite to drive, after the XLR's).

My Northstars: 2000 DTX - 260K, 2005 XLR - 211K, 2007 SRX - 185K and 2007 XLR V - 60K

XLRATING
03-11-2018, 09:23 PM
I totally agree, Amy - VERY addicting. I saw how happy you two were with having two XLR's - I did the same thing. :cool:

I used my base ('05) a LOT for the first few years. I try to keep the miles down on the V - but its TOO much fun, too. My base has over 211K on it now, and it still has a lot of get up and go (speaking of Northstars - my 2000 DTX is now at 260K - its my favorite to drive, after the XLR's).

My Northstars: 2000 DTX - 260K, 2005 XLR - 211K, 2007 SRX - 185K and 2007 XLR V - 60K

Dave - I stand corrected - youíve shown the Northstars can handle 200k no problem!

Now if it would just stop raining & warm up so we could get just one of them out for fun...

p.s.: copycat! But weíre ok with that kind of copying :wave:

BeardBros
03-14-2018, 06:28 AM
I drive mine every chance I get. I had it out a couple weeks ago because we had enough rain to wash all the salt off the roads! I am a firm believer of not saving it for the next guy! It is a given that as mileage increases things will leak, wear out and break. That is part of owning anything that gets used on a daily basis.

James Landi
03-14-2018, 06:44 AM
We live in Camden,on the Maine coast, so when I purchased my 2007 in June, I insured her with Haggerty for a six month driving season. I put her in rented heated storage back in the middle of October, topped off the tank and added fuel stabilizer, purchased four tire pads for her to sleep upon, disconnected the battery, propped the hood so it's slightly open, and tucked her in with a cover. She's close by, but haven't seen her since. So she'll be asleep until April, and even that seems early since it has been snowing for 24 hours, blowing nearly 60 miles per hour. Hard to even conceive of spring and the top down on my XLR. Happy day, James

CL BRZ
04-06-2018, 01:54 PM
I donít drive mine much, but I wouldnít worry about the dependability. The NS engine is strong and reliable. We have two other Cadillacs in our collector fleet, and they have only had normal maintenance and some things just wear out over time and miles.
We call it ďThe BabyĒ because itís a small Cadillac, and it sure is fun to run around in during spring and fall. Just finished radiator, belts and hoses, so as soon as the cold rain stops, weíre ready!

XLRATING
04-07-2018, 08:31 AM
I drive mine every chance I get. I had it out a couple weeks ago because we had enough rain to wash all the salt off the roads! I am a firm believer of not saving it for the next guy! It is a given that as mileage increases things will leak, wear out and break. That is part of owning anything that gets used on a daily basis.

Things also need replacing on cars when they just sit (biggest example for XLRís would be the silicon sealant used as gaskets in the engine). So you might as well enjoy them & ďearnĒ the repairs!

Iíve also frequently read that because Northstars are high compression ďracingĒ engines, itís even woarse to let them sit &/or drive them like Miss Daisy. Iím happy to use that as an excuse to drive with a little WOT when I get a chance! :burnout:

beaver_jd
12-01-2018, 07:16 PM
I pulled my car out of storage on or about Oct 20th and drove it it for about a month before heading back home. It ran like a top and I changed the oil and flushed the rad. I will do the rear end in January. I found an 06 XLR at home identical to mine with 60,000'miles on it. I thought about buying it and selling my one in the Desert with 89,000 miles. It needed a bunch of work and the only bonus with this car was good headlights and no sun damage on rubber mouldings etc. With the positive postings on high Millage cars I decided to keep mine. I have had no problems, a couple of stupid gremlins every once in a while like low tire pressure etc. This is a great car and I shall keep it. My car has really been trouble free. If anything may add a "V".
John F.

Fireduck69
01-14-2019, 07:45 PM
Nice sunny day here in Central PA, took the 07v to work today. Put about 320 miles on it, also rolled over the 200,000 mile mark.
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