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Just got a 2011 CTS coupe and I'm snowed by the radio/nav system. The little CTS/CTS-V Navigation System booklet leaves a lot to be desired--at least by me.
I don't understand how to clear out the previous owner's XM channels, I don't understand how to deal with the six presets, or even how to select one or the other of them.
I only see six possible channel selections on the screen, and if I switch to FM or AM and want to make one of them a push-button selection, I give up an XM selection? I don't
believe that. But I can't believe I'm the only dummy out there. Has someone put together an instruction book for us dummies?
 

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Nope.

We read the manual or (don't take this personally) we had enough sense to play with it and make it work. There are ways to add different "favorites" to create up t about 30 different stations available. You can set an AM station next to an FM station next to a XM station. When you are on a station you want to have a button for, just press the button and hold it in until you hear the beep. That is any station on any frequency. You have to drill down to get more channels available. I can only recommend reading the manual while sitting in your car and playing.
 

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I had the same issue and confusion. I've never seen an electronic preset that didn't change with the band setting before so that you had 6 presets within each band, but apparently that's how this system works. Not the best of designs.
 

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Personally, I like the fact I can have an XM station right next to an FM station like I do. I have the XM Hockey station right next to the local FM sports radio station. That way they are grouped together.
 

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Of course I have been playing with it. I was hoping to get there a bit faster.
Does anyone know, at least, how to clear everything so as to start clean?

Thanx for your input. --doug
 

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Ok, I just got my 2012 CTS coupe Saturday, and this is what I figured out. I do not have the navigation system, so these steps may be different.

Hit the "config" button, then the button for "fav". Here, you can select how many "favorite" screens you want to use. I have mine set to 2.

Press the "Fav" button that is above the two seek buttons. Get to page 1 of your favorites.

Tune in to the station that you want to be "button 1" of "favorites page 1". Press and hold button 1 until it beeps.

Tune in to whatever you want for button two. Press and hold button 2.

Do this until you fill up your first page of favorites. Press that "fav" button again to get to page 2 and fill that up. Keep in mind that you can put any station next to each other. Button 1 can be an FM station, button 2 and XM and 3 can be AM. This is the biggest difference from any previous radio that I had. I wasn't used to mixing sources for favorites, but this radio can handle it.

Also, keep in mind that if you adjust the bass/treble for FM, it does not stay for AM or XM. You need to set it for each source.

I haven't figured out the hard drive yet. I just got a few (1200) songs on it. Now I have to figure out playlists and such for that....
 
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