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2010+ Buick Lacrosse Interior

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  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I like this and had it on Aurora but it was initiated by momentary contact of MEM button.
    In the owners manual, it describes some of the easy exit. It tells what happens if the seat is blocked. Clear it and re-initiate the Easy Exit.
    Just how are you supposed to do that it does not say.
    Do you have to close door, start engine, shutdown engine, open door?
    If so, that is just dumb! Mem button should be enabled to do that with momentary contact. Holding MEM button for 2-3 seconds could be used to initiate memorizing position to button 1 or 2.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    e_net_rider,
    Good morning. I spoke with NavDisk and the said the update disk should be available in the new few weeks. I would recommend checking back with NavDisk at 1877-NAV-DISK. I hope you have a great weekend!
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Has anyone tried or been successful using an M4A file?
    I burned a long one to CD and it won't play. I copied it to HDD and has same issue. Computer plays disk fine.

    M4A claims advantages over MP3.
  • bobinorbobinor Posts: 63
    Christina:
    Would you please look into why the 2011 CXS DIC does not have an Instantaneous Fuel Economy display as explained on page 5-25 of the owner manual? The scroll sequence skips from Average Fuel Economy to Average Vehicle Speed. Or is my CXS lacking and in need of dealer attention? Thanks.
  • cooterbfdcooterbfd Posts: 2,770
    Just an fyi, my 2010 is the same as yours. No instant fe.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    The reason I ask about NAV update is the very first time I used it sent me to a non-existant location. My wife wanted an Arby's sandwich. It took me to a location about 3 miles from where it actually existed.
    Learning the system, yesterday it would not recognize any of the streets in a subdivision my daughter lives in. She has lived there about 5 years.

    I also have issues with it's function. How often should I have to reboot system?
    Knowing the list is longer than what is displayed, it refuses to scroll sometimes. Also it sometimes will not respond at all when touching the screen.
  • Why is there no way to open the trunk without having the key fob on your person? I was doing some work in the garage today and wanted to put something in the trunk that I needed to have in it tomorrow and didn't want to forget. I couldn't open it and had to go into the house to find the fob. My prior Buick Regal GS had a button in the glove box that we used often when we didn't have the key fob. Why no such device on the 2011 LaCrosse? Or have I missed some secret means?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    You have not missed it. Some might say it is anti-theft.
    I personally have a peave about the fuel cap/door. Nothing to stop tampering with it. Theft and vandalism could be concerns, but even worse could be done. Wife is driving late. They pour a couple of gallons of water in tank. She drives, they follow, engine dies and before she can contact anyone they pop window and you can guess the rest.
    Some will say buy locking gas cap but what was the purpose of these key fobs then? You'd be forced to carry that extra key.
    We've got a system so smart that it won't lock your fob in yet it won't immediately autolock door when you get in. Weight on seat would tell it has occupant.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I stopped by service the other day to have key fob checked as suggested. Mechanic told me the fob remembers nothing, it is remembered onboard and identified by which fob is present.
    He told me there are things they can do that are not shown on option menus and that I have to make an appointment.

    Maybe they can turn the Inst Fuel back on?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    I see I'm not the only one to discover the bass quality of this system is terrible. Bass drum notes mostly sound very muffled like it was stuffed with pillows, very much lacking clean crispness. Other low notes such as low end of bass guitar also sound terrible much like a speaker cone is torn. Equalizer settings are all neutral. I've listened to same CD in Aurora with Bose system and it sounded fantastic. Even in my wife's KIA, it does not have the distortion although it may cutoff those very low frequencies.
    Note that since I hear it no matter which quadrant I direct the sound to it shows it is not an individual speaker. Maybe all of them are bad quality.

    The only specs I've seen are what is on the window sticker. 384 watts, eleven speakers.
    Has anyone discovered more specs?
    I would like to know the frequency range of the amplifier. It might be putting out low notes the speakers just can't handle.
    Thus I'd like to know the specs on the speakers.
    The size of the speakers seems to indicate this is where the quality problem exists. Next to impossible to get really low notes out of speakers this size, Bose technology is best at doing that.
    Maybe issue can be fixed by speaker replacement. But some of the notes sound very low like they need my 16" speakers in home. Or the big ones you see at live performances.
    Knowing more about the specs might reveal another method such as installing cross-over, high & low pass filters, along with a speaker that can handle the bass notes. (sort of a sub-woofer thing)
  • gberpagberpa Posts: 44
    It could be your speakers or your preferences. To me, my Nav radio sounds great for a factory unit. I crank down the base 2-3 notches, up the mid range a bit and up the treble 1 or 2 notches and voila!. I also moved the sound center a bit right and rear of driver from a comment I saw elsewhere. My late 90s Pontiac Grand Prix, with the factory premium radio had bigger rear speakers as well as a fully adjustable equalizer, big pluses vs the LaCrosse. But, I'm still pleased overall with the newer technology and Sirius XM package.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Distortion is a preference?
    I was browsing through HK site earlier today. It appears their amps will go from 0 to 23KHz+.
    They have speakers for bass that will go from as low as 20Hz.
    They did not show this exact radio/amp so I plan on contacting them to see if I can get specs. At least on unit, but I suspect the speakers are not HK.
    At this point my suspicion is that the amp is covering the entire range with no low end cut-off, thus pushing low notes the speakers can not handle. Some of their units have an adjustable cut-off which is very different from working with the equalizer which will effect a entire band of frequencies. That is if you are decreasing the bass to overcome distortion on the low end, you are going about it the wrong way, in part because you are also decreasing the bass notes that the system might handle properly.
    The easiest fix would be if the amp has an adjustable cross-over with the low frequencies going to a separate output for sub-woofer. This assumes the amp is distortion free.
  • gberpagberpa Posts: 44
    edited November 2010
    I agree the programming leaves a lot on the table.
    I like the easy exit feature but, as you note, following the manual, unlocking the door with the fob button moves the seat back to last driver memory position and possibly a clunk on the head (for me) when you enter. The 'fix' I use is: configure to easy exit, configure to auto open when holder of fob approaches (either driver door only or all four depending on your preferences and type of neighborhood you're in), then don't follow the manual by pressing the button on the fob to unlock. What happens, when you approach the vehicle, it unlocks and the seat stays pretty close to the easy exit position (sometimes it moves slightly-don't know why). Then you have to push the seat memory 1 button making sure to hold until it stops the positioning cycle.
    This works with one driver and both fobs but I'm not sure for two separate users as spouse has yet to drive the car.
  • OK, good to know it's just something I have to get used to and be angry that I don't have an alternative to the fob for the trunk. I'll get over it.

    Doesn't bother me about the filler cap. Most vehicles don't include a locking cap these days. I liked the dual release levers inside my Honda for both the trunk and the fuel cap. I don't dwell on the myriad scenarios of potential vandalism. That seems to be a fatalistic approach to how we live our lives.I don't want to have to park my car only in covered and supervised spaces for fear it might be "keyed". That paranoia will keep you awake at night. I just want to understand how my car works.
  • I'm not a total audiophile but do have an appreciation (I think) for good-soundiing systems. I rate the HK system as very good and basically flat, out of the box. For car audio comparison I am recalling the experience in my recently-departed 2001 Regal GS with the "Monsoon" system, which did not have a mainstream home audio acknowledgment as HK, Bose, or Pioneer, which my 2010 Equinox has. (My wife drives the Chevy so I haven't done a listening comparison HK>Pio but that's a whole different cabin environment.)

    I am perfectly satisfied with the HK system. Some may prefer heavy bass or strident strings. I have only played with the EQ briefly but I have listened to one of my stalwart CDs, Eagles, Hell Freezes Over, and find it more similar to my home listening environment than the Monsoon system provided, even though the Monsoon had a very solid subwoofer . It just sounds more natural with the HK and I like it. Just a bit more tweeking might be in order before I settle on what I perceive as the best sound.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    If by auto unlock you mean that pulling the door handle unlocks, that is the way mine is configured. I would like clarification on that just to make sure I'm not missing something or we've discovered another odd behavior. Either manually opening or using FOB the seat automatically moves forward.
    If I'm quick about entering I can get in with the manual method before it moves too much for easy entry.
    But using this method of entry, it only goes to last used settings about 50% of time. The rest it goes to some deeply reclined position that reminds me of the factory setting it had when I first got in.
    Still need to check other FOB.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden is where I find the terrible distortion of bass on some tracks, where there are a lot of very low notes.
    No problem with it on home system, Pioneer with 16" woofers. No equalization cranked into either system.
    Are you running in stereo or surround? I can do both on home unit as well with 2, 3, or 5 speakers.
    Maybe an issue. Are the holes in the trunk liner under speakers plugged? On the Bose I had, each of the speakers was covered from the back side with thick acoustic padding so no extraneous noise could enter through the speaker cone.
    And from what I read at HK auto site it seems their speakers are supposed to be ported back into the vehicle as well, that is not using the trunk as part of the tuned cavity.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Is there some way to learn how much room remains on HDD that I might have missed?
    I am very interested in what format the music is recorded to HDD. I certainly hope it is lossless when pushing such to the HDD.

    My confusion is what exactly can be recorded, format?
    Owners manual says for MEM system (no HDD), "record from Audio CD's, MP3/WMA/AAC discs and USB storage devices."
    It does not say anything as to what exactly it will accept from "USB storage". Can we assume it will accept any of the four mentioned, "Audio CD, MP3/WMA/AAC"?
    With only 1.1GB of storage in that system you don't have much room if it copies Audio CD in native format.
    For those of us with HDD, 10GB of storage is available. But formats listed are a bit different. MP3/MP3-Pro/WMA/Audible.com/M4A, with no mention of "Audio CD". That is "Audible.com" likely uses a proprietary format for speech only to save room. Some claim MP3-Pro has some advantages over regular MP3 as to compression ratio. The last I delved into it that was at lower bit rates and it lost its edge around 128Kb/s. They may have come up with better CODEC (coder & decoder) since then. Under Windows, the Franhoffer CODEC has been stripped of its ability to do above 128Kb/s. Up to XP there was another Franhoffer that might have came with W9x, but by WME you had to manually install it and it allowed up to 320Kb/s. It will not install to XP and I have no experiece as to what Vista or 7 come with. The wisest thing to do is find another CODEC with full capabilities for MP3, if that is your favorite format.
    I prefer .ogg, although lossy as well it has much higher quality at a lower rate. It is suggested that you need to use at least 224Kb/s for MP3 to acheive true CD (stamped) quality. Ogg wil reach that at 160Kb/s. Alas it is not one of the listed, but I will continue to stream from
    http://live.urn1350.net:8080/urn_high.ogg
    http://ogg.smgradio.com/vr160.ogg
    http://ogg.smgradio.com/vc160.ogg
    because I like their rock and it is very high quality. Far higher than many of the pay sites that limit MP3 to 128Kb/s.
    I stream to my HDD (foobar2000) and then cut into usable segments. I'm trying to transcode some of it to M4A now. My first attempt, copied to vehicle HDD, would not play.
    It appears the best file type to use currently is M4A. From another site: The M4A file type is primarily associated with 'MPEG-4 Audio Layer'. Files in .M4A format are actually the audio layer of (non-video) MPEG 4 movies. M4A is slated to become the new standard for audio file compression. This format is also known as Apple Lossless, Apple Lossless Encoder, or ALE. It is a new codec designed to provide lossless encoding in less storage space.
    And there are claims that because the coding is the same between these you simply change the file extension. It is LOSSLESS!
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    So that would be a maybe on fixing my issue. Easy exit was originally off and I did not pay much attention before turning on. I do now have random movement as to where it stops at.

    You are correct about the CD issue. Were you running the engine at the time so it did not time out on ACC? You might try again if successful with another disk.
  • I don't have the nav pkg on my CXS so I don't have the rear view camera. It's on my Equinox and it's very cool. In spite of those shortcomings I have chosen to not have the exterior mirrors point down when I shift into reverse. I found it very distracting to be looking at the ground when backing out of my garage. I'd rather see if there was anything behind me (not trusting the audible warnings for objects behind the car?). This is probably a result of me doing it the way I have always done it and not taking advantage of the technologies to improve safety. Where I live and drive I rarely find myself having to parallel park so curbs are not a constant issue. The mirrors will stay "up" when I back up. Just glad I have the option. YMMV

    One other thing: I think I'm getting used to the blind spot caused by the right front pillar and mirror. It still is bothersome when making a right turn with the car headed up hill and turning onto a downhill street. I really have to careful then.
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