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    Vcim

    Is there any blue tooth vcim's that won't work in my 08? Seems to be a wide price variance on popular auction sites. For plug and play stay away from new?

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    Re: Vcim

    unless you get either lucky or have some very nice friends at a dealership you will lose your onstar system to gain the bluetooth

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    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-escalade-ext-esv-forum-2007/191111-who-knows-where-find-part-20783877-a.html
    i know it's a long thread but there's a lot of good information in it
    part numbers, diy info, etc
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    Re: Vcim

    From my experience in doing this to my 2008 CTS, if you don't care about OnStar, then any VCIM with the same ports will be fine. You would just lose OnStar. If you want to retain it you would need a used VCIM. Otherwise the if you buy a brand new one it must first be installed in a newer vehicle (where Bluetooth was factory-installed) to be "activated" and then it will be possible for the dealer to program it to your own vehicle.

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    Re: Vcim

    yeah... getting onstar to work is possible but very tricky and almost nobody that can do it for you will be willing to
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    I'm not concerned with having onstar, just frustrated that 2008 Cadillac does not have Bluetooth and my old 2006 dodge pick up truck does!!

    Is there an external antenna required for most vcim's or is it built into the box?

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    Re: Vcim

    it's built into the box ... the box either has a bluetooth antenna port or it doesn't
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    Re: Vcim

    It has a separate antenna that you will need to purchase if it does not come with it. At least this was the case on my CTS VCIM bluetooth upgrade, and someone here installed a CTS VCIM in their Escalade so that tells me you will need it as well.

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    Re: Vcim

    often the antenna comes with the VCIM as a package deal ... but it is a separate part technically
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    Found a couple for a reasonable price, one is a LG out of a sonic, pic only shows one coax plug, no antenna visible or included, another one a Continental out of a camero, has 3 coax with external antenna in one of them, either one will work?

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    Re: Vcim

    I am 99% sure the Continental one does not have Bluetooth. All the Bluetooth ones I've seen are LG and have one coax plug excluding the antenna port. The Continental one I removed from my CTS that was not Bluetooth sounds exactly like the one you described.

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    This continental is advertised as having Bluetooth, it comes with the antenna, anybody have any experience with these?

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    Re: Vcim

    Hm. So it must be the other way around, the LG one from the Sonic probably does not have Bluetooth. There should be a Bluetooth logo on the sticker on the Continental one (although the external antenna is a clear indication). Can you post a pic of the VCIM with its ports visible?

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    Well I bought the continental, it has a Bluetooth logo on the sticker and a antenna, even with the antenna plugged in there is still 2 open coax connectors. It was installed in a 2010 camero. Once it shows up I will report if it works.

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    Well I did the swap tonight, everything went smooth, took 15 minutes tops, lots of good info on here had me prepared. Turns out my original vcim is a continental as well. All the plugs matched up, there were no left over plugs or cables, both the blue and purple antennae cables plugged in. Fit the bracket perfectly.
    But......
    When I press the voice button on my steering wheel and say "Onstar" it replies "onstar call" then voice recognition shuts off.
    I will do some more research but I think it is not looking good. Anybody have any hints?

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    Re: Vcim

    Not if you get a used unit from a 2010 part#20829984 and mylink will work also

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