The Most Common XLR Problem

We've pulled together a list of the problems XLR owners.

  1. XLR Roof Detatches

    The XLR roadster comes with a retractable roof system that is supposed to give owners the option of riding around with the top down. Unfortunately, a problem with the adhension of the roof means owners may suddenly find themselves riding ar…

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What XLR Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

XLR Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The XLR has 1 generation available in North American markets.

  1. 1st Generation XLR

    Years
    2004–2009
    Reliability
    25th out of 35
    PainRank
    2.47
    Complaints
    15
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XLR Key Numbers

  1. 15 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 937 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 5 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent XLR News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    The agency tasked with keeping our highways and roads safe has determined that a roof suddenly detatching from a car at 65mph doesn't warrant a recall.

    XLR owners have made so many complaints about the roof detatching from the frame that it sparked a federal investigation back in February of 2019.

    But during the course of that investigation, safety regulators discovered that most of the complaints happened more than 10 years after the cars were manufactured and that, along with what they're calling a "relatively low incident report rate", wasn't enough to issue a recall.

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into complaints about parts of the 2004-2005 XLR roof flying off.

    In some cases, the entire roof flies off while driving.

    NHTSA will look at degradation problems with the adhesive used to secure the outer roof panels to the roof frames. If they find a quality issue it's likely they'll issue a recall.