: annoying chimes and signals

10-07-12, 11:23 AM
I've had the vagon for a couple of months - a truly perfect car except for some annoying restrictions as to when you can perform some operations and performing fucntions automatically, which I could do myself. Not a big deal as I can deactivate some. I do wonder what it's trying to tell me when I leave the car and the horn beeps 3 times - turning heads. I just shrug my shoulders because I just don't know what it means. Also there's a continuous chime when the door is open and I sometimes want to sit in the car with a door open. I always have the fob in my pocket so it's not saying you're leaving the key in the car and the lights are off. What makes it more confusing is that it doesn't happen all the time and the horn may blow when a passenger exits. Sometimes the chime stops if I close and then reopen the door. The dealer said it's telling you the car is locking itself but it isn't. The owner's manual says nothing. I'd like to deactivate it, and can I stop the doors from automatically locking?

10-07-12, 11:35 AM
I thought the 3 horn beeps means you left your fob in the car after exiting but I have had the same problem when my fob was in my pocket and I got out and closed the door. I agree the door chime is annoying as I often want to rip music to the HD in my garage with the door open but need to close it as the continual chimes get annoying. I think you can change the auto lock but I actually like the feature

10-07-12, 01:07 PM
You sure your turning the fake key on the column off all the way? That would make it do what your talking about. I don't think think there is anyway to defeat the door open chime.

One thing that really bothered me with the 2012 was the way the interior lights would turn on after I shut off the engine while just sitting in the car, I'd pull up in front of someones house and turn off the key to listen to the radio and there the interior light was glaring on my head. Then it would slowly turn off and then about 5 minutes later it would come back on automatically as I was sitting there. That drove me bonkers. I felt like it was a interegation interior light or something allowing people to identify who was sitting in the car in the dark, I felt like ripping out the dome light.

10-07-12, 01:09 PM
Maybe when the fob battery gets weaker the car will know it's outside. What do the chimes mean?

10-07-12, 01:13 PM
That's true too, maybe he has a bad battery in the FOB, even though the car is new, the battery in the FOB could still be bad, ya never know may have been a battery that was on the shelf a while before it was installed in the FOB at the factory. Maybe try using your other FOB and see it the car still does it.

Crystal Red CTS-V
10-07-12, 01:21 PM
Both my V and Z06 can do this if I get out of the car with the FOB in my pocket and the signal from the FOB is strong enough to fool the receiver into thinking that the FOB is still in the car - beeping the horn three times. Whenever this happens and the door is opened again, the key chime will go off by default as the car thinks that the FOB is still in the car. Sometimes stepping back from the car while closing the door prevents this.

10-07-12, 01:50 PM
Food for thought. Try different fobs and fool with the ignition switch. Still wondering what the chimes are saying with the open door

10-07-12, 09:49 PM
Are you SURE your spare key isn't being left in the car?

Cadillac Cust Svc
10-08-12, 12:11 PM
Vagondr, how is the troubleshooting going? I see you received a lot of helpful suggestions yesterday, and I wanted to jump in to post the information I found on the subject in your owners manual (page 2-15).

"Delayed Locking
With this feature, you can delay the
actual locking of the doors.
When the power door lock switch is
pressed when the key is not in the
ignition and the driver door is
opened, a chime will sound three
times indicating that delayed locking
is active.
When all the doors are closed, the
doors will lock automatically after
five seconds. If a door is reopened
before five seconds have elapsed,
the five second timer will reset itself
once all the doors are closed again.
You can press the door lock switch
again or the lock button on the RKE
transmitter to override this feature
and lock the doors immediately.

Automatic Door Locks
For vehicles with an automatic
transmission, the doors will lock
automatically when all doors are
closed, the ignition is on, and the
shift lever is moved out of P (Park).
The doors will automatically unlock
when the vehicle is stopped and the
shift lever is moved into P (Park).
For vehicles with a manual
transmission, the doors will lock
automatically after the vehicle
speed reaches 8 km/h (5 mph). The
doors will automatically unlock when
the key is turned off and removed
from the ignition.
Use the manual or power door locks
to unlock the doors if someone
needs to exit, and to lock the doors
The power door locks can be
programmed through the Driver
Information Center (DIC). See
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5‑45."

If you're continuing to have frustrations, please let us know!

Cadillac Customer Service

10-08-12, 01:23 PM
Yea. I dont understand why it chimes soooo much when in accessory mode. You have to turn the car to ON and leave it there but that drains the battery quicker.

10-08-12, 10:33 PM
^^^^ - Hey mods - the bot is back!


10-08-12, 11:30 PM
Pretty sure this is how Skynet gets started. :lol:

10-09-12, 08:24 PM
I did some experimenting. I conclude that the honking says the fob is in the car when the door is closed and the chime gives the same message when the door is opened unless it's a driver door ajar warning. The chime doesn't sound for any but the driver door. Neither the horn or chime sound, most of the time, if no fob is present. Problem - sometimes it do and sometimes it don't. I often exit with the fob in my pocket and the horn sounds and I can make it sound if I hold it near the window. I think it's too sensitive with a fresh battery so I'll try to stand back when closing the door. I like the car turning heads but not by honking at people. What is a bit confusing is that the honking is only sometimes initiated when I close the door while seated in the car with the fob and I had it started honking once when a passenger exited with me and fob 10 feet away. I store a door key in a small vault behind the license plate and a fob, without a battery which is stored separately, buried deep under a spare tire kit, so I can always operate the car without depending on OnStar. Unless it has some chip I don't imagine that disabled fob could have an effect, as I repeat it has no battery. I was hoping never having to dig it out. It is rare for the horn sounding with no active fob present anyhow. I'd like more control of the headlights, interior lighting, door locking and unlocking, nav screen movement and these audible signals, but these are minor annoyances. At least the car doesn't drive itself and I pick the gears. When I start her up(twisting the headlight lever to disable the auto headlights and running lights of course) and the gauges jump, those Corsa muffs roar - all is well.

Cadillac Cust Svc
10-10-12, 10:55 AM
Vagondr, thank you for the follow up. I'm documenting your experimenting observations, feedback, and am on hand if you would like me to call a dealer to gather additional information for you at any point in the process.


Cadillac Customer Service

10-10-12, 06:55 PM

Skip to 1:40 :) reminds me of that

10-10-12, 09:36 PM
Damn. He didn't close the door so we could hear the horn. Great video. I thought I saw them all but that's one I missed.