1st Generation (2004—2009) XLR Problems

XLR owners with a 2004—2009 model year have the most problems with the lights (25%), cooling system (16%), and the engine (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Running Lights Lenses Melted 1 complaints at an average of 20,505 miles in the 2004 Cadillac XLR.
  2. Oil Leak 1 complaints at an average of 28,340 miles in the 2006 Cadillac XLR.
  3. Power Steering Leak 1 complaints at an average of 28,340 miles in the 2006 Cadillac XLR.

What XLR Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 1 1 627 0.49
2008 0 1 587 0.0
2007 0 1 547 0.0
2006 7 1 479 5.06
2005 0 3 380 0.0
2004 4 5 415 5.29

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