Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 2007-2014 Discussion, 2007 Escalade ESV Bluetooth Help in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Hi everyone,
Just got my 2007 ESV and loving it and the contribution to my local gas station
I realized ...
If you install a new VCIM you will gain Bluetooth functionality, and if you purchase a VCIM with version 9.3 software, then you also get OnStar RemoteLink (if you subscribe) where you can start the car from anywhere with your phone as well as other things. Installing the new VCIM is pretty easy, you just remove the wood trim near the radio (cupholder area, radio surround, and long passenger side AC vent) and they just pop out, held in by clips. Then you unbolt the radio, remove it, and the VCIM is under where the radio sits.
You will not, however, be able to stream audio via Bluetooth to your car's radio. For that you would need an aftermarket Bluetooth unit. If you want to play your phone's music through the car's stereo, I suggest an iSimple module which adds factory-like iPhone connection to the radio for audio playback as well as charging. You can even operate it through the steering wheel controls. For a factory setup of this, you could upgrade the radio in your truck to a 2010+ unit with the USB integration.
I'd love to use my touch through the factory NAV but there are almost always an issue with those adapters...either they are very expensive or they are quirky and don't work right. I had one in my 05 and it was more trouble than good.
Things might have changed by now but i bet you have to jump through hoops and pay out your arse to get a good adapter to play itunes/MP3 through the factory NAV.
just installed a vcim i found on eBay for $300 easy swap easy sync works perfectly for calls. audio i pit in a lockpick and can control the ipod via touch screen imo easy as btooth & charges while playing. never really understood why youd need/want to start your car with the app when youd be out of sight of the car (assuming your keys remote start is out if range)
gmx550 install was easy - I placed it below the cup holder. it would not seem to fit anywhere else behind the radio/climate controls. so I ran the wire harness down behind all the metal brackets to make more room, and I taped up the holes in my cup holder so that if I were to spill a drink it would not go down onto the lockpick. drilled a hole in the center console and fished the ipod cable up through, so it is all hidden and I can easily get to my ipod if I want to disconnect for sync