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    american cars have daytime running lights?

    Hey quick question

    I picked my car i am going to buy from the US
    2007 CTS White diamond, beige interior, luxury package in VA

    In canada we have to have Day time runnign lights and my old CTS did

    Do all your US CTS's Have DRL?

    I bet they do, but this will help me a ton.

    I think its just the little pilote light in the headlight cluster and the turn indicators below the fog lights are always on

    Thanks a mil!

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    Yes they do. The DRLs are the same lights as the turn signals right above the fog lights.

    The difference between US and Canadian cars is that with a US car, if you turn the parking lights on, the DRLs turn off. With a Canadian car, the DRLs stay on.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    plus you can always add more DRL lights...I plan on putting Mercedes Benz DRL between the head lamps and the Fog Lights give it more of an eyebrow look ;D

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    perfect thanks jon! Is it hard to make the DRLs stay on with the parking lights? I think i like that look

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    i used to run my DRLS and Fogs at the same time.... everybody told me that was akward

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    What does Canada consider DRL's? Yes, the US '07 CTS's run with the "Parking lights" on at all times, which are the amber turn signals. My 2000 Blazer had the headlights on at all times, I would consider that DRL's...

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    The DRL's are amber and function as a turn signal too. They are ON while the shifter is any thin other than Park. That is if the headlights are off. If the headlights are On, whether manual during the day or auto/manual at night. Then the DRLs will be off. In both cases, they will function as a turn signal as well.

    During the day, they blink off for a turn signal. During the night, they blink on.

    Now, the previous owner could of disabled it. If that is the case, then check on the sticky with the FAQ. Just do the opposite of the procedure.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by UberCaddy View Post
    What does Canada consider DRL's? Yes, the US '07 CTS's run with the "Parking lights" on at all times, which are the amber turn signals. My 2000 Blazer had the headlights on at all times, I would consider that DRL's...
    Parking lights are the small triangle lamps and side markers. The amber turn signals above the fog lights are not part of the parking lights.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    American headlights are NOT on at all times that the engine runs.

    Virginia has very strict inspection laws, and you pay a higher price for a car from Virginia.

    Make sure you don't have to pay an importation fee, and the canadian authorities might require a modification to the lighting system.

    Good luck, they are great cars.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    there is minor importation fee of 200$ for RIV and im pretty sure with the Amber lights you guys are talking about that will be considered DRLS for canada. I should be okay

    thanks

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    This is a copy and paste from the 2006 owners manual...

    Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
    Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for
    others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
    DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions,
    but they can be especially helpful in the short periods
    after dawn and before sunset. Fully functional daytime
    running lamps are required on all vehicles first sold
    in Canada.
    The DRL system will make the turn signal lamps come
    on when the following conditions are met:
    • It is still daylight and the ignition is in ON or START,
    • the exterior lamp control is in off or AUTO with
    the headlamps off, and
    • an automatic transmission is not in PARK (P) or the
    parking brake is not set on a manual transmission.
    When DRL are on, only your front turn signal lamps will
    be on. No other exterior lamps will be on when the
    DRL are being used. Your instrument panel won’t be lit
    up either.

    When the exterior lamp control is in AUTO and it’s dark
    enough outside, the DRL will turn off and the low-beam
    headlamps will turn on. When it’s bright enough outside,
    the low-beam headlamps will go off, and the DRL will turn
    back on. If you start your vehicle in a dark garage, the
    automatic headlamp system will come on immediately.
    Once you leave the garage, it will take about one minute
    for the automatic headlamp system to change to DRL if it
    is light outside. During that delay, your instrument panel
    cluster may not be as bright as usual. Make sure your
    instrument panel brightness lever is in the full bright
    position. See Instrument Panel Brightness on page 3-20.
    If it’s dark enough outside and the exterior lamp control
    is off, a Headlamps Suggested message will appear
    on the Driver’s Information Center (DIC) display.
    This message informs the driver that turning on the
    exterior lamps is recommended even though the DRL
    are still illuminated. Turning the exterior lamp control to
    AUTO or to the low-beam headlamp position will turn off
    the DRL and cancel the Headlamps Suggested
    message. If the parking lamps or the fog lamps were
    turned on instead, the DRL will still turn off and the
    Headlamps Suggested message will be displayed. You
    can turn it off by pressing the OK button if you have
    the Navigation audio system or the CLR button if
    you have the Base audio system.
    To operate your vehicle with the DRL off, turn the
    exterior lamp control off. Then turn on the fog lamps
    or parking lamps, and the DRL will turn off. The
    Headlamps Suggested message will appear on the
    DIC display. This will work regardless of gear position
    and whether or not the parking brake is set.
    As with any vehicle, you should turn on the regular
    headlamp system when you need it.

    Section 3, pages 17 and 18

    KOT

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingoftypos View Post
    This is a copy and paste from the 2006 owners manual...

    Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
    Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for
    others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
    DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions,
    but they can be especially helpful in the short periods
    after dawn and before sunset. Fully functional daytime
    running lamps are required on all vehicles first sold
    in Canada.
    The DRL system will make the turn signal lamps come
    on when the following conditions are met:
    • It is still daylight and the ignition is in ON or START,
    • the exterior lamp control is in off or AUTO with
    the headlamps off, and
    • an automatic transmission is not in PARK (P) or the
    parking brake is not set on a manual transmission.
    When DRL are on, only your front turn signal lamps will
    be on. No other exterior lamps will be on when the
    DRL are being used. Your instrument panel won’t be lit
    up either.

    When the exterior lamp control is in AUTO and it’s dark
    enough outside, the DRL will turn off and the low-beam
    headlamps will turn on. When it’s bright enough outside,
    the low-beam headlamps will go off, and the DRL will turn
    back on. If you start your vehicle in a dark garage, the
    automatic headlamp system will come on immediately.
    Once you leave the garage, it will take about one minute
    for the automatic headlamp system to change to DRL if it
    is light outside. During that delay, your instrument panel
    cluster may not be as bright as usual. Make sure your
    instrument panel brightness lever is in the full bright
    position. See Instrument Panel Brightness on page 3-20.
    If it’s dark enough outside and the exterior lamp control
    is off, a Headlamps Suggested message will appear
    on the Driver’s Information Center (DIC) display.
    This message informs the driver that turning on the
    exterior lamps is recommended even though the DRL
    are still illuminated. Turning the exterior lamp control to
    AUTO or to the low-beam headlamp position will turn off
    the DRL and cancel the Headlamps Suggested
    message. If the parking lamps or the fog lamps were
    turned on instead, the DRL will still turn off and the
    Headlamps Suggested message will be displayed. You
    can turn it off by pressing the OK button if you have
    the Navigation audio system or the CLR button if
    you have the Base audio system.
    To operate your vehicle with the DRL off, turn the
    exterior lamp control off. Then turn on the fog lamps
    or parking lamps, and the DRL will turn off. The
    Headlamps Suggested message will appear on the
    DIC display. This will work regardless of gear position
    and whether or not the parking brake is set.
    As with any vehicle, you should turn on the regular
    headlamp system when you need it.

    Section 3, pages 17 and 18

    KOT
    Exactly as I said in post # 2.

    And

    "To operate your vehicle with the DRL off, turn the
    exterior lamp control off. Then turn on the fog lamps
    or parking lamps, and the DRL will turn off."

    That does not work on Canadian cars, the DRLs will stay on.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    I just checked Cadillac of Canada's webtsite, and the owners manual says the exact same thing. So are you sure they don't turn off if the procedure is done?

    http://www.gm.ca/media/owners/manual...nual_en_CA.pdf

    It just wouldn't make sense to leave the amber DRL if there are foglights on. Again, because foglights can be considered DRLs on other cars as well.

    KOT

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    Shmiddy, I thought of something else, but first a comment on Canadian style running lamps. I see alot of canadian cars here; they are notable for the headlamps being on during the daytime. I can't remember if the taillights are also on. KOT's cut and paste notes that only the front ambers are on for DRL. If Canada requires taillights as well, you're going to need a mod.

    Mainly I wanted to ask you to reconsider your choice of a CTS without either the 17' wheel sport package or the 18" performance package.
    The luxury package stand-alone leaves out some important features that I find irreplaceable.

    Y41 3.6 V6 Luxury Package : Memory seat adjuster, Compass in ISRV mirror, 10-way power seats w/ lumbar, Heated front seats, Universal home remote, Theft-deterrent alarm system.

    Y42 17" Wheel sport package : 4 whl independent suspension, StabiliTrak stability control, P225/50/R17 W-rated tires, 17" Machine finished wheels, Limited slip differential, High intensity headlamps.

    The price difference after all these years isn't that great. Just want to make you sure you don't settle for less than you really want. And I'm all but certain that you will have to pay VA sales tax and some other tack-ons even though you're Canadian. You may not have figured that in.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    That does not work on Canadian cars, the DRLs will stay on.
    He's buying an American car and taking it to Canada, so how Canadian cars work in that regard is irrevelent.

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    Re: american cars have daytime running lights?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Rolls-Royce View Post
    He's buying an American car and taking it to Canada, so how Canadian cars work in that regard is irrevelent.
    It is relevant and I can tell you because I've imported 3 US cars into Canada. A US vehicle being brought into Canada has to go through a process called federal inspection. If you run into an ******* they can try to give you crap for being able to turn the DRLs off. That's why sometimes you have to get the manufacturer to turn the DRLs on before going through the inspection.

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