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    Hello, names BURD. I own and operate a Firebird forum, I’m looking at an 04 XLR. it’s in great shape, I’ve always wanted one. I worked at the display house that had the GM account for years, I traveled for the auto shows and always wanted one. This one I’m looking at is silver /black interior, what scares me it has 98k on it. I was told PO did a 8k Maint on it. It appears stock, but has a Corsa exhaust on it. I’m going back this week to look at it closer. And hear it run. I would pay my GM mechanic to go over it, but you guys should know , is there anything I should I look for ? It’s around 14k, But I could get some off I think. Only damage is a frot lic plate holder was installed on the front bumper and the dr side leather seat covers and bottom foam looks like it need to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Hello, names BURD. I own and operate a Firebird forum, Iím looking at an 04 XLR. itís in great shape, Iíve always wanted one. I worked at the display house that had the GM account for years, I traveled for the auto shows and always wanted one. This one Iím looking at is silver /black interior, what scares me it has 98k on it. I was told PO did a 8k Maint on it. It appears stock, but has a Corsa exhaust on it. Iím going back this week to look at it closer. And hear it run. I would pay my GM mechanic to go over it, but you guys should know , is there anything I should I look for ? Itís around 14k, But I could get some off I think. Only damage is a frot lic plate holder was installed on the front bumper and the dr side leather seat covers and bottom foam looks like it need to be replaced.
    Welcome! Youíll find a lot of great wisdom and experience here.

    This is just me, but I wouldnít buy one of these without:

    1) a reasonably comprehensive and documented service history
    2) a thorough inspection by a qualified GM Tech and
    3) a really good used car warranty.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Hello, names BURD. I own and operate a Firebird forum, Iím looking at an 04 XLR. itís in great shape, Iíve always wanted one. I worked at the display house that had the GM account for years, I traveled for the auto shows and always wanted one. This one Iím looking at is silver /black interior, what scares me it has 98k on it. I was told PO did a 8k Maint on it. It appears stock, but has a Corsa exhaust on it. Iím going back this week to look at it closer. And hear it run. I would pay my GM mechanic to go over it, but you guys should know , is there anything I should I look for ? Itís around 14k, But I could get some off I think. Only damage is a frot lic plate holder was installed on the front bumper and the dr side leather seat covers and bottom foam looks like it need to be replaced.
    Do a search, there is lots of discussion on here about this subject, but first thing I would check is to see if the shocks have been replaced, they are due at that mileage and dealer would charge around $4000. Make sure the top works perfectly several times. Get as good a warranty as you can.

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    Thanks, will do on the inspection. My mechanic used to own an exclusive GM repair facility. I’ll have him go over this car. I’m going to call him in the am.
    Ill have to see what the 8k maintenance done was.
    Im bummed, a few of my buddy’s did Cadillac and I never grabbed press stuff or any literature on these cars. I’m starting all over. Lol
    i remember sitting in one out in Seattle that was around 108K. Dark grey metallic, and it had the gray wood trim in the interior.
    someone old me to get the last one if I get one. This is what the first?
    here, I just figured out how to add pics, I only have this one. What do you think. I want to get it up on a lift and see the bottom.
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    Read the owners manual (itís on here in the Tech Center), be sure you know how everything is supposed to work & that it does. You probably know Northstars are good for a LOT of miles, so donít worry about the miles on the engine.

    If you do any search on here, youíll see to check the ďbucketĒ in the trunk near the bumper on the driverís side. The brains for the top & suspension is in there, if there signs itís gotten wet run away.

    The Ď04ís (& 05ís) have a few different things than the later years, since we have later ones maybe someone else can chime in for Ď04ís.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Thanks, will do on the inspection. My mechanic used to own an exclusive GM repair facility. Iíll have him go over this car. Iím going to call him in the am.
    Ill have to see what the 8k maintenance done was.
    Im bummed, a few of my buddyís did Cadillac and I never grabbed press stuff or any literature on these cars. Iím starting all over. Lol
    i remember sitting in one out in Seattle that was around 108K. Dark grey metallic, and it had the gray wood trim in the interior.
    someone old me to get the last one if I get one. This is what the first?
    here, I just figured out how to add pics, I only have this one. What do you think. I want to get it up on a lift and see the bottom.
    Hey Burd Welcome to the forum and XLR World! If this is an 04 as you mentioned it has been modified from the original 04 look, the grill is mesh and that was on the new models and wheels too! I have an 05 and they looked the same as 04 hereís a few pictures, donít worry much about miles, we just turned over 100,500 this past weekend and still runs great! Although the 4.6 NorthStar is known for some oil leaks, also mine had Corsa Exhaust already installed on it when I purchased in 2011... you will love the sound and low drone while cruising in it, but be aware when you put you foot in it! GOOD LUCK






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    05 Grand Dad- I think the picture he posted was in reference to a V-Series he saw for sale in Seattle but didnít purchase.


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    Thatís the car, itís at a classic car place. I thought the grills were the other way around. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Thatís the car, itís at a classic car place. I thought the grills were the other way around. Lol.
    Nope mine is mostly original except the Corsa exhaust.... LOL


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    I haven’t had a chance to go back and look further. I’ll go and take some more pics.
    i sent that pic to my mechanic. He called me. Lol it’ll be an hour charge if he gets into it he said. I think it’s well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Thatís the car, itís at a classic car place. I thought the grills were the other way around. Lol.
    At a casual glance it looks like a XLR-V. The mesh grille was a V exclusive, as were those wheels. But there's no V badge and that lump on the trunk for the antenna suggests it's pre-06 and someone's gone to some effort and money to make a base XLR look like a V.

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    The picture you have posted; if it's the '04 you are looking at, has an aftermarket V type grille. Most likely an E&G grille. The wheels are V type wheels, most likely put on after 2006, as that is when the V models came out.


    Quote Originally Posted by Burd View Post
    Thanks, will do on the inspection. My mechanic used to own an exclusive GM repair facility. Iíll have him go over this car. Iím going to call him in the am.
    Ill have to see what the 8k maintenance done was.
    Im bummed, a few of my buddyís did Cadillac and I never grabbed press stuff or any literature on these cars. Iím starting all over. Lol
    i remember sitting in one out in Seattle that was around 108K. Dark grey metallic, and it had the gray wood trim in the interior.
    someone old me to get the last one if I get one. This is what the first?
    here, I just figured out how to add pics, I only have this one. What do you think. I want to get it up on a lift and see the bottom.


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    I’m Going to call tomorrow, I can’t stop out till Thursday. May mechanic told me about it’s really expensive parts and disco’d by Gm, but I hunt down stuff for my 78. That’s half the fun. It would sit in my garage most of the time anyway. I wonder what else has been swapped out. Wish I had a XLR guy to go by with me. Lol
    I was at cars and Coffee on Woodward, a guy came in with a sweet XLR for sale but it was a funky light purplish color. I didn’t look , I just didn’t like it.

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    Burd, check all the lights, especially headlights and tail lights. Make sure all the functions (turn, emergency, running, etc) work correctly, and have no cracks. They're very hard to find and VERY expensive if you do find them.
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