2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test


2008 Cadillac CTS: Audio Slave

April 13, 2009

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I quickly scanned all 86 (!) entries on the CTS (currently tied with the Smart for most blogged--though our former Fit Sport holds the record with 96), and found not one praising the CTS for the nifty pop-up touch screen. I love that its top edge is useful even when the screen is mostly retracted into the dash. Presets and audio controls are still accessed simply by touching the mini-screen. Cool. The problem is that the audio system gremlins persist.

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Here's what one might expect the settings to reflect for normal listening. As both Josh and Dan noted in previous entries, the front/rear fade settings (and now the tone adjustments)seem to have a mind of their own. Here's how I had to set them for a tolerable (though still not optimal) listening experience...

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Anything less than MAX treble sounded flat and anything less than nearly-MAX rear fade sounded like only the front speakers were working. I tried to "re-boot" the system, but the issues persisted all weekend.

Oh, and the turn signal issue has yet to be resolved, a year later.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 27,563 miles

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