Produced between 2003 and 2009, the Cadillac XLR was offered as Caddy’s high-tech luxury roadster flagship model. Produced alongside the Chevrolet Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and based on the same GM Y-body platform, the XLR offered a number of fascinating features, including the first production application of Cadillac’s radar-based adaptive cruise control. The two-door also featured LED tail lamps, which, unfortunately for owners, can be very pricey to replace.
As outlined in a new report from Jalopnik, the Cadillac XLR tail lamps are going for thousands of dollars on the web right now. We did a little poking around, and confirmed that, yes indeed, these parts are very expensive. Individual taillamp assemblies are going for anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000 on eBay, while online parts suppliers ranged as high as $3,500.
According to the Jalopnik report, the high price is down to a number of things. For starters, GM is no longer producing these parts, which limits availability. What’s more, the design incorporates printed circuit boards and LED strips, which can become fragile over time and fail. The design also presents numerous challenges with regard to repairs. Add it all up, and the result is some very high-dollar tail lamps.
That said, there are other options out there. One company we found on eBay is offering a repair service for $550 per light, with customers shipping the broken unit in for a fix, which is then repaired and shipped back.
Of course, that’s still a lot of money for such a relatively simple part. The problem is made worse by the fact that if a taillamp does fail, the whole car is subsequently illegal to drive.
Another possibility is digging into the internals of the light and fixing it yourself, but again, the LED design is more complicated than a traditional incandescent setup.
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