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Has anyone figured out how to program the memory seats so that they automatically return to the position that is associated with the key fob that is in the car, without having to push the memory seat button on the door?

When you shut the car off and open the door, the seats automatically move to the exit position. Likewise, when you get in the car and turn it on, they should return to the memory position. This is standard procedure on most luxury cars. I know I'm gonna catch grief for being picky about having to push a button... but, hey, when you gotta do it every time you get in the car, what an inconvenience!

Has anyone figured out how to make this feature work or does the CTS just not support that?
 

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Well on the STS that is a setting in the personalization menu. You have to turn on "start button memory recall". Haven't played with the 08 yet but see if there is something like that.
 

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I'm having the same problem and so is gm_eng. From reading the manual, it does not appear that there is an automatic memory seat recall. You have to push either the unlock button of the fob or the appropriate door button. I sure hope I am wrong, but this appears to be a terrible design. My gen 1 CTS had better memory seat recall capabilities.
 

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I sent an email to a high level manager this mornig describing the memory seats. Heard back about a half an hour later that they would get a specialist to help me and thanked me for being one of the first customers to buy a new CTS. I'll let you know what help I get.
 

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If you look on page 3-78 of the Owners manual, it tells you how to change the options so that when the car is unlocked using the fob it recalls the seats position. It is Off by default and you have to go in and change it to on. For those who don't want to go looking through the owners manual...

1. Turn the ignition on.
To avoid excessive drain on the battery, it is recommended that the headlamps are turned off.

2. Press the customization button to enter the feature settings menu.

Press the customization button until Advanced Features Press V To Enter appears on the DIC display. Press
the set/reset button once to access the advanced feature menu.

Press the customization button until Memory Seat
Recall appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button once to access the settings for this feature.

Then press the menu up/down button to scroll through
the following settings:

Off (default): No remote memory seat recall will occur.

On: The driver’s seat and outside mirrors will automatically move to the stored driving position when the unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry(RKE) or keyless access transmitter is pressed. The steering column will also move on vehicles with the power tilt and telescopic steering feature.

No Change: No change will be made to this feature. The current setting will remain.

To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

Hope this solves your problem.:thumbsup:
 

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lusterblade,

We know they will go back to the programmed positions when you press the button on the fob or the door. Having to press a button on a "keyless entry" system then requires using the "key" so it's not "keyless." On most other luxury cars and the Corvette, you can leave the fob in your pocket or purse, open the door, and the system recognizes which fob was used for access and moves the seats and mirrors the positions that were programmed using that fob.

I do appreciate you taking the time to try to help us. Now if we could at least get the exit position programming to work.
 

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We can get the memory seat positions to work when you press the fob unlock button, or press the associated memory button on the door. The question is can you get them to work without having to press a button at all (my the car recognizing which fob is in the car). gm_eng and I both own C6 Corvettes and this is how their keyless ignition/memory seats work. Having to press a button to get memory seat positions recalled is pretty lame.
 

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This is probably a technical limitation. If there are two fobs present, the vehicle couldn't necessarily determine which should be used for the seat memory, so maybe they decided not to assume either. Makes sense to me, but an inconvenience nonetheless.
 

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Actually, there is supposed to be a number of antenna's in the car that can detect not only which key fob is in the car, but also which seat that fob is located. Sooo... if there are two key fobs in the car, the driver seat should go to the position indicated by the key fob that is in the pocket of the driver.
 

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I'm starting to think maybe I had built up to many expectations for this car before I got it. With the lack of Bluetooth compatibility and now this likely lack of memory seat feature... I'm a bit disappointed with the vehicle. Doesnt quite have all the bells and whistles I was thinking it was gonna have. Dont get me wrong... still an amazing car... but maybe I had set the bar a bit high in my mind while I was waiting for it!
 

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Interesting discussion.

Regarding the C6 and two fobs in the car. If my wife has her fob and opens the passenger door before I open the driver's door, it sets the driver's seat to her positions and I have to push the button on the driver's door to change to my settings. If I get my door open first, it goes to mine.

The rest of the CTS is so amazing that I still would have bought it, even if I knew I would have to push the button to move the seat to my settings. Doesn't bother my wife at all.
 

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My STS has the feature you desire available but I don't like it. I'd rather have the seat at the last exit position with the wheel swung out of the way when I get in.
 

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Actually, what I want it to do is leave the seats in the exit position (if I could get that to work), and then automatically (based on which fob is detected) move the seats/wheel/mirrors to the proper position when I start the car. This is how the C6 works and it is great. This was also how the memory feature worked on the Gen 1 CTS. The Gen 2 is a step backwards in this regards.

While on the memory feature, it is also disappointing that it does not recall the climate controls and radio preferences. The Gen 1 CTS did. The entire memory feature on the Gen 2 is a disappointment. This is the only thing that has disappointed me about the car, but why they went backwards on this baffles me.
 

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Actually, what I want it to do is leave the seats in the exit position (if I could get that to work), and then automatically (based on which fob is detected) move the seats/wheel/mirrors to the proper position when I start the car. This is how the C6 works and it is great. This was also how the memory feature worked on the Gen 1 CTS. The Gen 2 is a step backwards in this regards.

While on the memory feature, it is also disappointing that it does not recall the climate controls and radio preferences. The Gen 1 CTS did. The entire memory feature on the Gen 2 is a disappointment. This is the only thing that has disappointed me about the car, but why they went backwards on this baffles me.
My STS does exactly what you wish, which is the way I have it set. You bought the wrong car.
 

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Perhaps there will be a way to retroactively enable this car to accomplish exactly what has been described here??? Certainly this will be available in the future, right????

I hate to nit pick on this, but this was a big disappointment for me.
 

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And this kind of thing is exactly why I am watching and waiting before I buy one. I really do want all the kinks worked out and if I have to wait until next year's model or whatever I will do that. I can probably get another year out the ol' Blazer anyway. I have driven less than 6K miles in the last 10 months.
 

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And this kind of thing is exactly why I am watching and waiting before I buy one. I really do want all the kinks worked out and if I have to wait until next year's model or whatever I will do that. I can probably get another year out the ol' Blazer anyway. I have driven less than 6K miles in the last 10 months.
PanAnna,

Your comments are somewhat off-putting here. If you're prepared to watch and wait before buying a new CTS because of something as relatively minor as this... and if you're prepared to actually wait until next year's model (which is some 11 months away) for all the kinks to get worked out... then why were you so adamant in having to see RIGHT AWAY the new CTS in "Black Cherry" in other thread(s) some weeks ago, even before the '08 cars had started hitting dealerships?

I am confident the entire Driver 1 / Driver 2 "Memory" issue (relative to seat & mirror positions, audio system & HVAC preferences) will get properly sorted out over the next little while. The fix will no doubt be accomplished by a quick & simple upload of revised software at the dealership. Who knows, the software mod / upload could possibly get accomplished wirelessly via OnStar.

Similarly, I expect the same sort of action to be made available within the next couple of months to enable Bluetooth integration on the '08 CTS. The necessary hardware is already there on the car to allow Verizon / OnStar cell phones to operate hands free in a system-integrated manner, so it follows that an upload of software alone could enable Bluetooth. If it turns out that new hardware is in fact needed to enable Bluetooth functionality, it would probably be in the form of a small plug-in module, to be added at the dealership.

Seems to me to be a bit of an over-reaction by some regarding this issue.
I haven't even received my car yet, and this issue doesn't phase me in the least. In my work I quite regularly address much more critical issues on multi-million dollar equipment with a simple upload of revised software.
There are almost always a few little bugs with anything new. I suppose I am disappointed though that this fundamental item wasn't caught by the multitude of folk who were provided vehicles for evaluation ahead of regular production launch.

Rab.
 

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I'm over it now, too. I just press the button on the door after I get in and close the door. As the seat moves forward, I reach for the ignition switch. I'm still curious to see if I hear back from the GM executive who wrote me to say he'd have a specialist help me with it. Like RAB, I'm thinking it should be a software change. As far as the bluetooth, everything may be in the car already, except, maybe, the bluetooth receiver.
 

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I'm over it now, too. I just press the button on the door after I get in and close the door. As the seat moves forward, I reach for the ignition switch. I'm still curious to see if I hear back from the GM executive who wrote me to say he'd have a specialist help me with it. Like RAB, I'm thinking it should be a software change. As far as the bluetooth, everything may be in the car already, except, maybe, the bluetooth receiver.
I just placed an order last week for an 08. So do you have to hit a bunch of buttons for all the memory settings (one for the seats, one for the steering wheel, one for the mirrors, etc) or does one button do it all? If it's just one button, I have no problem doing that. If it's 8 buttons, that would be annoying. Thanks.
 
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