Our 2008 Cadillac CTS Has No Blue Teeth
June 13, 2008
With the July 1st hands-free mobile-phoning law just around the corner here in California, I thought I'd get acquainted with our 2008 Cadillac CTS Bluetooth pairing procedure. I exhausted all the intuitive hands-on paths within minutes and called (with a headset) back to the Mothership to ask if our CTS was even Bluetooth capable. "Nope, don't think so, but you should RTM and make sure before you post on it."
I consulted the manual and found nothing. The words Bluetooth or Phone or Telephone, aren't even listed in the index. Oh great, this is going to require some further research. It's casual Friday for cryin' out loud, and I've got so many amusing emails to forward to all my Contacts before lunch.
So I grabbed the car's window sticker and headed over to my desk to determine if our car should have it. Our car has three options: Premium Luxury Collection, 18" All-Season Tire Performance Package, and Crystal Red Premium Paint.
I punched up 2008 Cadillac CTS standard and optional equipment at Edmunds.com and right there, within the CTS PDQ Premium Luxury Collection (w/ Man) info it clearly states "Bluetooth cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system." The problem is our CTS doesn't have a manual transmission. For some reason the CTS PDQ Premium Luxury Collection (w/ auto) option does not include Bluetooth.
Could it be GM figured only those drivers who would need their right hands for shifting would require hands-free Bluetooth connectivity?
To make certain all my bases were covered, I ventured on over to the General Motors site and found a tutorial on how to pair a Bluetooth enabled phone with the 2008 CTS. You can read it here, but suffice to say I only got to step 6 (of 28 total) before I was rejected. When I said, "HANDS FREE," the car responded, "Enterstreet -- Invalid Command."
Turns out our CTS is without blue teeth, unlike this guy.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 6872 miles