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mickeytee

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If you care anything about the value of your XLR please read this. A mechanic on you tube known as the "wizard" is doing a series on the XLR. He sort of praises the car. He bought a basiclly junk one and is going to repair it. Well i watched because i wanted to see how he handled the shocks leaking and the top not working. Instead he decided to fix the head bolt/gasket issue. Problem is that is not an issue.A few people have reported problems but most can be traced to broken radiators or failed cooling fans that cause the car to over heat. Any aluminum head car that over heats will have issues. He makes it sound like ALL XLR have head bolt issues. he is sponsored by a company that sells, you guessed it studs to replace the headbolts. They are a great product and i used them back when the northstar had issues in the 90's. He also talks about the main bearing bolts breaking. They do not unless you are removing them . why would you remove them except you have a failed motor. They dont break under normal conditions. I can give you a list if cars that bolts break when you dont remove them PROPERLY .He mentioned j and j auto parts has 30 something used engines. Its because no one needs them. To someone looking to buy a first time XLR and sees this video , they are going to think along with the problems the car does have they will be needing to spend thousands to replace a motor thats going to fail. If you care, go to the video, post comments about your car so that people reading wont think these cars engines are prone to fail. Oh and the top repair i wanted to see, well its being put off because i suspect he does not know how. to repair it. I like this guy and love Hoovie who made the wizard who he is but he is bringing down our car values by misrepresenting issues for the sake of his channel
 
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Gord

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Wizard.....I did take the time to skim through his video and a fair amount of time reading the comments there.

IMHO he's bought a XLR with a bad engine... -for himself- or for resale. He's used his YouTube status probably to get free parts and probably even a spare engine in return for the mention and links. It sure does seem obvious or at least that's how I (and some other YT commenters) interpret it.

Someone in the comments under the video mentioned how blatant 'the whole thing being an ad' was and that he was leaving. Wizard's reply: "see ya." :( I don't find that very tasteful or proper. Minus a point for the self-proclaimed Wizard.

Michael, while I fully understand the issue with the early NorthStar engines, I don't have personal experience to back anything I might write in his video's comments - though I sure can agree to comments by someone like yourself who does have the first-hand experience.

If perhaps you do decide to make your professional opinion known there, by all means, do let me (us) know as I'll be more than happy to stand behind your words - I think we all should.

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mickeytee

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Wizard.....I did take the time to skim through his video and a fair amount of time reading the comments there.

IMHO he's bought a XLR with a bad engine... -for himself- or for resale. He's used his YouTube status probably to get free parts and probably even a spare engine in return for the mention and links. It sure does seem obvious or at least that's how I (and some other YT commenters) interpret it.

Someone in the comments under the video mentioned how blatant 'the whole thing being an ad' was and that he was leaving. Wizard's reply: "see ya." :( I don't find that very tasteful or proper. Minus a point for the self-proclaimed Wizard.

Michael, while I fully understand the issue with the early NorthStar engines, I don't have personal experience to back anything I might write in his video's comments - though I sure can agree to comments by someone like yourself who does have the first-hand experience.

If perhaps you do decide to make your professional opinion known there, by all means, do let me (us) know as I'll be more than happy to stand behind your words - I think we all should.

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The fact you have had no experience with the issue means you have had no problem. Thats what people need to know. Keeping your oil changed and coolant replaced even though factory says lifetime will keep your car safe and your engine problem free. Yes they do seep a liitle oil but its not an issue unless its up top on the cam actuators
 

RDwilkerson

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I take most advise with a grain of salt; it is better to do the research before getting started so that you do not buy parts that will not be needed. Being a new bee have found some absoulte crap done to mine. Mostly lack of maintenance simple things like changing the cabin filter, air filters spark plugs and distorting the air diffuser becase they could not know how to connect the rubber sleave. But the one that take it prize is the roof lift pistons. What I really miss is the Chiltons manuels they could make you a master mechanic with the exacting pictures and instructions.
 

JohnnyBfromPeoria

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I've been watching the Car Wizard for quite a while and I respect what he has to say. He repeatedly says during this series that the later Northstar engines (including all XLRs) had the head bolt issues resolved with the coarse thread head bolts and that the engines are quite reliable. The video series IS sponsored, but he makes that clear. He also makes clear that he doesn't even have to do this modification, but because the engines and the parts are available, he's doing it for the channel and for peace of mind. You'd have to actually watch the videos he's published in this series to get his subtleties. In every one of his videos I've seen, he's a businessman, but he's also an honest mechanic, one I would use if I needed to. He'd likely ask an XLR owner why in the world you would want him to do this series of modifications to your Northstar if you didn't need to. If somebody gave me a spare 4.6 and another company gave me the head stud and main stud parts kits, I'd do it, too.

On another note, it was interesting to me that Northstar Performance is still (claiming) developing both a flashable tune as well as alternate camshafts in the near future. Now that would be something.

John B.
 

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