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Has anyone had a problem with their Navigation system after getting their windows tinted?

I was thinking of getting the windows in Caddy tinted and found this warning in the Navigation Manual:

Notice: Do not apply after-market glass tinting to

the vehicle’s windows. Glass tinting will interfere

with the system’s ability to receive GPS signals and

cause the system to malfunction. You might have

to replace the window to correct the problem.

This would not be covered by your warranty.

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....I was thinking of getting the windows in Caddy tinted and found this warning in the Navigation Manual:

Notice: Do not apply after-market glass tinting to

the vehicle’s windows. Glass tinting will interfere

with the system’s ability to receive GPS signals and

cause the system to malfunction. You might have

to replace the window to correct the problem.

This would not be covered by your warranty.

If that is the manual for a factory installed Nav system, I would not tint the rear window.

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Jim

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Use your cell phone.

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The metallic tints are the problem

http://www.universal...Automotive.html

NO Transmission Interference!

Some metallised window films can distort

Radio, Mobile Phone and GPS navigational signals in your vehicle. 3M Black is

manufactured without metal and therefore will not interfere with Radio, Mobil

Phone and GPS navigation signals

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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If you have a 2004 STS... I am not 100 % sure...but...I think the antenna for the NAV system is under the dash pad on the passengers side.

That being said...and if that is true...as long as you "DO NOT" use a tint that has metal in it, I don't see where you would have a problem.

As you can see in my sig pic...

I have all windows tinted (except the windshield) on my 2006 DTS and have never had a problem with my NAV system working correctly.

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Excellent information...Thank-you.

In case the guys at the tinting place aren't as knowledgeable as they should be about their tint, is it obvious to see when looking at a tint sample whether it has metal in it?

Not trying to be a smart alack ... but if they don't know enough to know the difference... go to another place.

It is your money that you are spending... you deserve competence from whoever you spend it with.

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My 2003 STS has factory navigation and a fairly deep tint.

My tint is not metallic, and the nav unit works fine.

Having said that, the dvd is pretty out of date, missing lots of street names.

My old Magellan hand held unit is far more accurate at choosing routes and adapting

to route changes.

Does anyone know (sorry if its off topic) if a newer GM dvd disc will work on the 2003 STS

system?

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My 2003 STS has factory navigation and a fairly deep tint.

My tint is not metallic, and the nav unit works fine.

Having said that, the dvd is pretty out of date, missing lots of street names.

My old Magellan hand held unit is far more accurate at choosing routes and adapting

to route changes.

Does anyone know (sorry if its off topic) if a newer GM dvd disc will work on the 2003 STS

system?

Ted,

I checked at http://www.gmnavdisc.com/ and they do not show anything older than 2005.

I do not know if the 2005 disk will work in your 2003 or not.

I would just call them at 877-628-3472

Sorry, I do not know any more.

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