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CCClarke last won the day on September 14 2015

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About CCClarke

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    2013 XTS Platinum, ex-2004 XLR
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    3.6L V6 VVT DI (LLT)

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    Astronomy, astro-photography, electronics, 3D CGI, engineering,kayaking, camping, exploring new places, craft beer, & Cadillacs!

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  1. Shale and Cashmere are two different shades; hence the different names. CCC
  2. Your Snap-on diagnostic tool isn't going to cut it for the XLR. Your best bet is to buy a (cheap) Tech 2 clone w/a pre-programmed 2MB PCMCIA car installed along with a CANDi interface module. The Tech 2 alone won't do squat, so a set of factory service manuals are required to decipher what the error codes (DTCs) mean and how the sub-systems operate. Manuals are available @ helminc.com. The 2004-2005 XLRs are not only the most numerous, (accounting for more than half of all produced) but the most prone to problems - especially with the folding top. By 2006, GM got the bugs out. A Tech
  3. Actually, the CT6 for the Chinese market IS built in China, and its softened-edges look is more Euro. The Chinese would levy import taxes on it there, making it cost-prohibitive to ship from the US. The new PHEV CT6 is also built there with small numbers to be exported, since GM expects the North American market to be weak for this car. Kind of interesting how imbalanced the trade equation is, right? (For now.) Since its (delayed) introduction last Spring, CT6 US sales are and have been anemic, despite a robust advertising campaign. Sales have yet to surpass the car it was intended t
  4. Thanks Chuck! Postscript: I've owned this vehicle for over a year and thought a quick follow-up was due. Pros: I still like it as much as when I bought it. It's whisper-quiet and luxurious. My old CTS-V could pass just about anything on the road- except a gas pump; this car is the opposite. I'm getting close to 28 mpg on average. The sound system delivers. Cons: CUE takes too long to initialize. Map destination entry is available about twenty seconds after ignition, voice command acceptance to motivate the system to locate songs takes about three to four minutes. --To be fa
  5. The old adage, "Be careful what you wish for" certainly applies to the XLR. As much as I've loved owning an XLR, (and for years have continued to support owners online in other forums) it isn't a vehicle I would recommend to prospective buyers for one reason: Lack of critical spare parts. And by critical, I mean without them, you can't drive on the road if they fail. If the front or rear end is damaged in an accident, insurance companies aren't enthusiastic about honoring claims when new parts aren't available. Specifically, GM has discontinued stocking headlight and tail light ass
  6. It would seem most likely that your well-known (I like reputable, personally) stereo shop wired your stereo in such a way that there's a constant drain on the electrical system. Drain a battery, and all sorts of symptoms are going to appear within a complex, automotive electrical system. That being said, it might have been a coincidence. You didn't mention the age of the battery. It may have been on it's last legs anyway, and a week by itself, (the vehicle always draws power) may have been more than it could bear. It wouldn't hurt to take the battery to an auto parts store and have it loa
  7. How did you test your battery? A voltmeter is insufficient. If you haven't load-tested it, jump-start your car and head to the nearest brand name auto parts store and ask them to load-test your battery. Better yet, if you can remove the battery and transport it in another vehicle, that would be ideal. From the symptoms you describe, the battery cannot hold a charge. If the charging system is operating correctly, the battery is highly suspect. CCC
  8. Life is too short to remain unhappy by choice. I've only endured one miserable job in my career, and left when the first good opportunity presented itself a year later. That ended up being the best all-around job I ever had. Fifteen years later, I made a major career change that opened up new opportunities that resulted in completely different positions. Each has been a challenge, and I've enjoyed them all. None of it would have happened if I hadn't taken that leap of faith. The bottom line is, if you don't try, you'll never know. You can always turn a wrench --like you said, if the
  9. Sometimes you know exactly what part needs to be replaced and have the ability to do the job yourself. Why not pay the same price the dealers pay when ordering parts? There are dealers who specialize in selling parts online and make their profit through volume. Here's a list of some of the sources I've used over the years. It pays to shop around and compare as some of these sources inflate shipping costs to increase their profit margin. http://www.gmpartsoutlet.net/ http://www.gmpartscenter.net/index.php?type=parts http://www.partswebsite.com/gm-car-parts/index.php?type=parts&start
  10. As someone interested in electric vehicles and Cadillacs in particular, I've followed the ELR's progress and owner comments closely since it arrived. The owner comment link in the above-mentioned post left me shaking my head in disbelief when I saw it was from Blastphemy. He's well known in the ELR community, but for the wrong reasons, unfortunately. The article ends with him liking the car after five months. What a difference nearly two years can make . . . Blasphemy never bought an ELR, he rented (leased) one. As an early adopter, he got soaked on the deal. Like the XLR, the ELR was
  11. While photos and verified model info are sparse at this time, Cadillac may indeed have a winner with the XT5. Based on the brisk sales pace of the SRX, customers are responding to Cadillac's CUV segment. I only hope the pricing is reasonable to give it a strong launch. CC
  12. Reading through this old post, you hit the nail on the head. --The XLR was killed by the price on its head. When new, (2004) they sold for $75k. Later, with the introduction of the Platinum (Leather dash pad, Alcatraz headliner, some badging, a chrome grill, and new exterior colors) the price went to $85k! And of course, the "V" model was $100k. You could buy a nice corvette for $75k and a really nice one for $100k! I always thought the base XLR was a $50k car (max.). I waited the traditional four years for it to drop 50% of its retail value, and got a great deal. After watchin
  13. If the valet switch located in the lockable glovebox is enabled, the top will not operate, nor will the rear deck lid latch release. I solved a similar problem once- the only way the rear deck lid would operate was if the Folding Top Control switch (located on the center console between the seats) was pressed. The local switches (to the left of the steering wheel, above the license plate and the fob didn't do squat. The culprit was a faulty Front Tonneau position sensor. CC
  14. I know this is an old, ( --and more importantly, unanswered) post so I'll close the loop. Every XLR is supposed to be equipped with a special tool used to manually open the Folding Top. It consists of an L-shaped wrench with an 8 mm Allen-style on the short end, and a T-15 on the other. If you don't have it, store the equivalent somewhere in the vehicle. You'll most likely need it during one of the worst days you own the car. . . 'Just say'in. . . For those who are unfamiliar with the XLR's header latch, it's a clamp that closes over a pin in the windshield header (there's another similar
  15. This is definitely a job requiring a Tech 2 to diagnose and/or correct. Unfortunately, you need a certified XLR tech at a dealership to work on it unless you have your own Tech 2 and a set of Service manuals. XLR Folding Top switches are fairly reliable, it's the potentiometers that determine moving component locations that aren't. The pots-potentiometers for my fellow geeks, (or position sensors) are responsible for 90% of the problems associated with the Folding Top. The position sensors (there are three) change their resistance when a component they're attached to moves. Each componen
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