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    ******CTS FAQ, DIY thread******

    I could tell you that I will put one together, but I would be lying. We just don't have the time. However, if you guys want to post links to worthwhile write-ups, instructions, do-it-yourselfs, etc, I will index them in the first post of this thread as you add them.

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    Re: ******CTS FAQ, DIY thread******

    Here are some posts; none of which I can take credit for writing but they may help others out there. Let's all try to get some more info into this thread; hopefully if we can get some good info in here it will be re-posted as a sticky and help a lot of other people out:

    Bluetooth add on How-to and information:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-8-onstar.html

    Seat Belt Pilling/fraying:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ng-solved.html

    Heated washer fluid system replacement with AT37GM:
    http://www.alphathermusa.com/GM-cars...placement.html

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    Adding a rear-view camera to a car that doesn't have one:

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ra-2008-a.html
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    Re: ******CTS FAQ, DIY thread******

    the 47 page steering vibration thread:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...n-freeway.html

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    the oil change rwd and awd threads could be included here to keep only one sticky
    title it "FAQ: how do do you own oil change and more!" or something like that...
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    DIY Transmission oil service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale002 View Post
    DIY Transmission oil service?
    There is none so far. I most likely will do it in a week or so...

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    Re: CTS Model Year Feature Changes - Comprehensive List

    This thread convinced me it's time to put some reference info together about major RPO's, options & packages on the 2008+ CTS Sedan together with model-year feature changes. Apologies in advance for any items I may have missed.
    Info provided here pertains specifically to major features / major feature changes to the 2nd Gen CTS 'Sedan', m-y's 2008 to 2011. Info for the CTS-V is not included. Neither are the "appearance packages" for the 2010 & 2011 CTS. Too soon to talk about the 2012 CTS, with production not yet begun as of this date.

    2008 Cadillac CTS (all new 2nd Gen CTS Sedan)
    - Production Start: June-July 2007
    - Manufacturing Location: Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing, Mich.
    *Engine (base, 3.6L): RPO code LY7 3.6L V6 VVT SFI with 263 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3100 rpm
    >>Engine (optional, 3.6L DI): RPO code LLT 3.6L V6 VVT SIDI with 304 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
    *Transmission (base, manual): RPO Code MN6 Aisin AY6 Transmission, 6-speed Manual
    >>Transmission (optional, auto): RPO code MXO 6L50 Hydra-Matic Transmission, 6-speed automatic for RWD (vehicle badge = CTS)
    >>Transmission (optional, auto): RPO code MX7 6L50 Hydra-Matic Transmission, 6-speed automatic for AWD (vehicle badge = CTS4)
    *Suspension (base, soft-FE1): RPO code FE1 - Comfort Suspension, 4-wheel independent - Includes 17" wheels w/ all-season tires and (JE5) standard braking system
    >>Suspension (optional, sport-FE2): RPO code FE2 - Sport Suspension, 4-wheel independent - Includes 18" painted wheels w/ all-season tires and (J55) performance braking system (AWD config only; on FE2 RWD config JE5 standard braking system is applied). FE2 suspension part of Y42 18" All-Season Tire Performance Package.
    >>Suspension (optional, performance-FE3): RPO code FE3 - Performance Handling Suspension, 4-wheel independent - Includes 18" polished (P63) wheels w/ summer performance tires, automatic rear-level control and (J55) performance braking system. FE3 suspension part of Y43 18" Summer Tire Performance Package.

    Individual extra-cost Options/Packages:
    6DP69 - CTS 3.6L SIDI.. vehicle model code includes 304 HP (LLT) 3.6L V6 VVT SIDI high-feature engine
    B19 - Wood Trim Package.. Sapele wood on instrument panel, center console and door trim
    B20 - Wood Trim Package.. Sapele wood on steering wheel and shift knob
    C3U - Sunroof.. Power, Ultraview
    MX0 - 6 Speed Automatic Transmission (RWD)
    MX7 - 6 Speed Automatic Transmission (AWD)
    P63 - Wheels, 18" x 8".. Aluminum with high-polished finish - Standard wheel on Y43 (FE3) package; available optionally (at extra charge) when vehicle ordered with Y42 (FE2) Package + LLT engine
    UAV - Audio system with HDD-based Navigation, AM/FM stereo, XM Radio capable, CD/DVD/DVD-A/DVD-V player, MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound 10-speaker system, Radio Data System (RDS), 40GB Hard Drive Device (HDD), USB connector, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, 8" pop-up hi-def touch screen, Nav/Infotainment Voice Recognition, XM NavTraffic & XM NavWeather capable
    U2S - Audio system, AM/FM stereo, XM Radio capable, CD/DVD/DVD-A player, MP3 playback, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound 10-speaker system, Radio Data System (RDS), 40GB Hard Drive Device (HDD), USB connector, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack
    Y40 - Luxury Level One Package (aka Sight & Sound Package in Canada) - Includes in-dash 6-disc CD changer, MP3 playback, theft-deterrent system with audible/visible alarm, Rainsense wipers, interior ambient accent lighting and 17" x 8" machined finish aluminum wheels
    Y41 - Luxury Level Two Package (aka Comfort & Convenience Package in Canada) - Includes heated and ventilated front seats, split-folding rear seatbacks, power tilt and telescopic steering column, universal home remote, ultrasonic rear parking assist and keyless access system with remote vehicle starter system
    Y42 - 18" All-Season Tire Performance Package - Includes sport suspension (FE2), limited-slip differential, 18" x 8" premium multi-coat painted aluminum wheels, P235/50R18 V-rated all-season tires, fog lights and Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with adaptive forward lighting system and headlight washers, (performance braking system included with AWD automatic transmission only), (performance cooling system included with automatic transmission only)
    Y43 - 18" Summer Tire Performance Package - Includes performance handling suspension (FE3), automatic rear-level control, performance braking system, speed-sensitive steering, limited-slip differential, 18" x 8" high-polished aluminum wheels, P235/55ZR18 Y-rated summer performance tires, fog lights and Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with adaptive forward lighting system and headlight washers (performance cooling system included with automatic transmission only)

    Misc. Info:
    1. Bluetooth integration was not available/not included on early to mid-year build 2008 CTS's. Bluetooth was finally introduced on the vehicle beginning with mid-April 2008 CTS production.
    2. The 2008 CTS did not get 'active head restraints' (front seats) until late-December 2007 vehicle production. 2008 m-y CTS's built prior to late December 2007 were equipped with non-active head restraints.
    3. GM had quality/supply issues with the B20 Wood Trim Package from start of 2008 production (June/July 2007) until approx. October 2007. As a result many early build 2008 CTS's are equipped with the B19 Wood Trim Package but not the B20 Wood Trim Package.
    4. Link to RPO code list for 2008 CTS: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...illac-cts.html
    5. 2008 CTS sales brochures:
    > USA version (abridged) - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2781...2-am-445k?da=y
    > Canada version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2781...m-3-7-meg?da=y


    2009 Cadillac CTS
    Deletions/Adds/Changes/Misc. Info:
    1. Color deletions & adds
    2. Deletion of Heated Washer Fluid System (rpo XA7)
    3. Factory removal of rear footwell ambient lighting at beginning of m-y production
    4. Factory removal of front footwell ambient lighting in late m-y production
    5. Reverse tilt-down sideview mirror feature/option removed in vehicle personalization
    6. Engine cover changed from original 2008 painted version (silver color) to non-painted all-black version in late m-y production
    7. Bluetooth integration offered as standard feature (all CTS equipment iterations)
    8. Original 2008 all-black GPS roof antenna replaced with painted 'shark fin' design antenna
    9. 2009 CTS sales brochures:
    > USA version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2306...m-3-8-meg?da=y
    > Canada version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2306...m-4-2-meg?da=y


    2010 Cadillac CTS
    Deletions/Adds/Changes/Misc. Info:
    1. Color deletions & adds
    2. Deletion of Rainsense Wipers (rpo CE1 in Y40 package) and Headlamp Washer System (rpo CE4 in Y42 & Y43 packages)
    3. Deletion of Limited Slip Differential (rpo G80) on Y42 (FE2) Package. [Note: rpo G80 only available with Y43 (FE3) Package]
    4. Deletion of (J55) Performance Brakes and (V03) Performance Cooling System on Y42 (FE2) Package combined with AWD. [Note: rpo's J55 & V03 only available with Y43 (FE3) Package]
    5. Underhood appearance package deleted as a factory-applied item; made available as an accessory item from dealer
    6. Ground-effects design rocker panels added
    7. Deletion of rpo code LY7 base engine (3.6L V6 VVT SFI)
    8. Addition of rpo code LF1 base engine (3.0L V6 SIDI DOHC VVT)
    9. Re-design of optional LLT 3.6L V6 VVT SIDI engine (eg. change from original 2 accessory belt engine design to 1 belt; '07-'09 timing chain issue(s) apparently addressed; fuel economy improvements)
    10. Hydra-Matic 6L45 6-speed auto transmission paired with new LF1 3.0L DI engine; Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed auto transmission remains paired with LLT 3.6L DI engine
    11. Change to style/config of 18" inch wheels on Y42 (FE2) package (i.e. change from original '08/'09 9-spoke wheel to new 14-spoke wheel) - wheel style/config change impacts the package standard (P75) 18" painted wheel as well as the optional (P63) 18" polished wheel
    12. Deletion of (P63) high-polished finish 18" x 8" aluminum wheels with (QUR) P235/50ZR18 Y-rated performance summer tires on Y43 (FE3) Package
    13. Addition of (PJ2) high-polished finish 19" x 8.5" aluminum wheels with (Q0M) P245/45ZR19 Y-rated performance summer tires on Y43 (FE3) Package
    14. Addition of "daytime" flash-to-pass capability on vehicles equipped with optional Xenon HID headlamps (Y42 & Y43 Packages)
    15. Reverse tilt-down sideview mirror feature/option added once again to vehicle personalization
    16. 2010 CTS sales brochures:
    > USA version (abridged) - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2856...0-am-184k?da=y
    > Canada version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2856...m-4-3-meg?da=y


    2011 Cadillac CTS
    Deletions/Adds/Changes/Misc. Info:
    1. Color deletions & adds
    2. New design front fender vents
    3. Addition of (rpo UVC) rearview camera to Y40 Level One Luxury Package
    4. Addition/availability of (rpo FE5) 19" All-Season Tire Package. Includes (PJ2) 19" x 8.5" polished wheels, (Q2B) P245/45R19 all-season blackwall tires and (KB7) steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
    5. 'Cadillac' script added to trunk lid-mounted chrome accent piece
    6. Seat belt latch plate pieces changed to much larger, heavier design (from Chevy/GMC Truck parts bin?)
    7. Interior rear view mirror changed to smaller size design with fewer buttons; mirror incorporates small video screen for rearview camera view on Y40 Package-equipped cars (that are not equipped with optional (UAV) Nav/Infotainment System)
    8. Heated steering wheel added to (PDW) Performance Luxury Package
    9. 2011 CTS sales brochures:
    > USA version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2856...m-3-4-meg?da=y
    > Canada version - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2856...m-4-0-meg?da=y
    > CTS Sedan Select Specifications (USA) - http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2856...m-1-1-meg?da=y

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    RAB,
    Again, Excellent work and thanks for continually working on it. One edit that I suggest concerns the Reverse/Tilt-Down passenger and driver side mirrors on the 2009 m-y. My CTS is a 2009 m-y built in Aug 2008. It has this feature and it is able to be turned on/off in the DIC custom settings. Maybe this was deleted later in the m-y builds?

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    Addendum "Re: CTS Model Year Feature Changes - Comprehensive List"

    Quote Originally Posted by somedaycts View Post
    Bluetooth is not standard on all iterations until 2012 M.Y. Previous to 2012 M.Y. it was packaged with the Y44 seating package (leather seats with power passenger and driver memory). If the car does not have Y44, it does not have Bluetooth.
    Quote Originally Posted by 928S View Post
    Heated Washer Fluid System (RPO XA7) was deleted after September 2008; factory installed in CTS 2008MY 53,305 units, CTS 2009MY 18,517 units (source: GM/DOT/NHTSA recall document).

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    Quote Originally Posted by somedaycts View Post
    Bluetooth is not standard on all iterations until 2012 M.Y. Previous to 2012 M.Y. it was packaged with the Y44 seating package (leather seats with power passenger and driver memory). If the car does not have Y44, it does not have Bluetooth.
    somedaycts, thanks. Apologies for the error re Bluetooth application/availability (i.e. on vehicles built for the US). Your info is helpful in a couple of ways, as I've realized now that I left out Y44 Seating Package info entirely in my original option/feature listings.
    Actually I gave zero thought to the Y44 Package because of where I live! Every 2008+ CTS (every iteration) built for Canada comes standard with the Y44 Seating Package (and therefore Bluetooth since late m-y 2008).
    As info.. all 2008+ CTS's built for Canada also get the (ZAA) Compact Spare Tire as standard equipment, as opposed to it being an option in the US.

    Information is included below for the Y44 Seating Package:

    Y44 (m-y '08) - Seating Package - Includes leather seating surfaces, 8-way power passenger seat, 2-way power driver and front passenger lumbar control, Memory Package, heated front seats, and heated washer fluid system. [Info taken from '08 CTS sales brochure/USA]

    Y44 (m-y's '09 & '10) - Seating Package - Includes leather seating surfaces, 8-way power passenger seat, 2-way power driver and front passenger lumbar control, Memory Package, heated front seats, Universal Home Remote, and (UPF) Bluetooth phone [Info from GM online order guide]

    Y44 (m-y '11) - Seating Package - Includes leather seating surfaces, 8-way power passenger seat, 2-way power driver and front passenger lumbar control, Memory Package, heated front seats, Universal Home Remote, trunk convenience net, (BNK) Underhood Appearance Package and (UPF) Bluetooth for phone [Info from GM online order guide]

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