Sunroof: The sunroof doesn't close flush. I was first made aware of this at an automatic car wash. When the dryer cycle started, it pushed the sunroof open and it was raining water and suds in the car.
I took it to the dealership and they checked it for leaks and couldn't find any. They stated that there were no adjustment procedures in the shop manual. Other new XL-7's on the lot had both flush closing and non-flush closing sunroofs. We are still afraid to use the dryer in the car wash. Unacceptable. I now manually push the sunroof up from inside the car.
Wonky electronics: Both heated seats malfunctioned and wouldn't stay on. The car had only been running a few minutes and they weren't overheated. Only letting the car sit for awhile cleared the fault. It hasn't returned.
Auto climate control isn't: Setting both knobs to Auto and adjusting the temperature *should* be enough to maintain a pleasant temperature but the windshield will still fog and the car doesn't seem to maintain the selected temperature.
With all the current economic troubles you can find a great deal on these. Overall, we are happy with the purchase. It handles well, has decent room for passengers and a smooth, powerful (252 hp) 3.6L V-6 and available all-wheel drive. It shares a lot of commonality with the GM Theta platform SUVs.
Some of our dislikes:
Poor fuel economy. Typically, 17 city and 20 highway. We knew this wasn't an economy car but expected to at least match the EPA numbers. Even on a long highway trip averaging 70 mph, we averaged 20 mpg according to the on board computer.
Center mounted window controls. A carry-over from its GM roots.
Practically zero visibility through the rear window. Backing up is an exercise in faith. The Limited version has a backup camera, but our Luxury does not.
I am going to install an aftermarket camera and backup sensor.
Very limited cargo area behind the 3rd row seats.
Low resale value.