Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; I have recently purchased a 2007 CTS, within the last 5 days, and the car while incredible, does not have ...
I have recently purchased a 2007 CTS, within the last 5 days, and the car while incredible, does not have NAV. I looked into an aftermarket NAV but U will lose the system information center on the stereo. Does anyone know where I can find a factory NAV DVD System to install of if I even can do that?
It's true. I had the Pioneer F900BT but dold it and purchased the Alpine INA-W900 for a more "seamless" factory look... No external knob, all screen, and a flat black finish with no badging. Search " aftermarket radio, retain DIC,AVIC F700BT, and mjs0202." mjs0202 did an excellent write up that is spot on and easy to follow. The best part is that you retain your steering wheel control, factory chimes, onstar, DIC, everything. The best part is that it may take some patience and a steady hand, but it only cost $15 beside the price of the head unit you go with. Good luck
I would have to say that you should be able to control iPods with about any aftermarket NAV unit. you can with the Alpine INA-W900 for sure.
just give a little effort in to searching. give crutchfield a call
mjs0202's guide for doing his own radio: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-2006-cts.html i read the whole thread but im still a little confused, id like to see an actual tutorial from someone thats done it front to back. you know tools list, parts list, usual install time?
i used the faqs to fab the unit, pretty good write up, also pretty straight forward.. i followed MJs write up aswell, with some slight modifications but very similiar.. as for tools, pretty much to remove you need a flathead screw driver, rachet set, mainly 10mm and 8mm, and a torx set to remove face plate and metal housiing.. to fab the metal and plastic a dremel is a great tool, i dremeled the plastic plate then filed to size, for the metal housing i used a milling machine much faster, easier, and precise then a dremel, but not to many people own a milling machine so a dremel is fine.. for wiring some rca cables, electrical tape, wire cutters/strippers, and voltage meter doesnt hurt.. pm me if u need anymore help
Thanks Gaetano04!! also another question. i have a bose radio it has a tape deck and a 6CD changer, in most of the guys pictures i looked at they made their cuts right below the F keys, but mine jumps right into a tape player.
is the fabrication still possible? i have a feeling the guts wont look like anything in the FAQ
It really isn't that hard to do. I was scared and put it off for a while. I bought a spare center dash console off of ebay and chopped that up, took about a day. 1 tip is to cut the hole smaller than you need, then you can file away the excess to the exact fit. you won't have any gap surrounding the new unit. Installing the unit in the car took about an 1 hour. I had a hiccup with audio, but replaced the RCA cables and everything is golden. So total, it was about 1.5 hours.
MJS' write up is perfect and I followed it to the letter and am very happy with my new unit. I think the only important pages are like 6,7,8. Gaetano was a big help as well. you will also need the wiring diagrams that can be found on the FAQ page.
I have never seen the CD/tape unit from a CTS, but if you post a pic, it might be easier to tell where to start cutting.
Again, I know it's scary, but once you're done, you won't believe how easy it was.