After clearing back-order, the Sapele Wood inserts arrived for my Wife’s ATS. She had an immediate negative reaction to the aluminum inserts the ATS arrived with, so I am glad Cadillac offers this type of customization. I captured some pics while installing Sapele wood inserts for the Cadillac ATS. Click on any of the pics to zoom in.
I started with the right rear door. The shots above shows the brushed aluminum insert the ATS Premium arrived with.
The inserts arrived nicely packaged in bubble wrap, and in a partitioned carton. Each insert has the fingers and retainers molded in to they are ready to slide / snap into the Cadillac once the previous items are removed.
This shot shows ‘behind the scenes, the inner panel ready for the insert.
Here is the new Sapele wood insert in place. Sapele comes from tropical Africa, and is in the same family as Mahogany.
The instructions with the tool show what I assume is a trim tool, with a warning NOT to use a pry tool. I used a kitchen spatula to get under the trim pieces, then a hard plastic ice scraper to lightly pry the pieces out. Each piece is tightly retained and takes quite a bit of pressure to get out; I broke part of my hard plastic tool along the way.
On most of the pieces, there are also shaped fingers that one has to take care not to pull straight out. So in other words, each piece wants to be pulled outward slightly, then slid to the side.
Once I had practiced on the rear doors I felt better about working on the more-visible front doors. These took a bit more pressure to snap into place, so I was glad to have the confidence from the rear doors for how they would go.
The wood trim piece in front of the passenger airbag is a really good place to exercise additional care, and it seems very fragile, but was one of the easier pieces to swap.
This small triangular piece I thought — “well, if I never get that out maybe she won’t notice”, but once I got my spatula under an edge and then the plastic tool it came right out, and with only one retainer was simple to install.
Overall this was not a tricky task, although it does take quite a bit of care. Slow and easy does it, but also a surprising amount of pressure is needed to ‘pop’ the retainers out, while being careful NOT to pop them complete out so that one can slide the fingers lose before they detach.
My Wife was right, the Sapele inserts look better than the Aluminum for this ATS.
Update: my Wife sent me this approval picture from her iPhone 5 — so successful install.
My Wife and I ran out to Tyler, Texas to look at a 2013 Cadillac ATS Premium 2L Turbo / Red / Sunroof for sale there. I did a quick walk-around with pics of the ATS and the RPO (Regular Production Order) codes below.
My Wife either wanted a new Prius, or was willing to consider a used Cadillac ATS, since they were in a similar price range. If an ATS, she wanted Premium, Red, Sunroof. This example had just over 5K miles as offered. It originally retailed for $53K in 2013, and includes all target options and the Driver Assist package.
2013 RPO codes are all shown here. The main ones of interest in this case are:
- Y43, Premium Package,
- Y66, Driver Assist
- FE3, Sport Suspension (Magnetic suspension)
- QFN – Tires, P225/40R18 front 88W and P255/35R18 rear 90W, blackwall
- R1Z – Wheels, 18″ x 8″ (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) front, 18″ x 9″ (45.7 cm x 22.9 cm) rear, polished aluminum
Here is info from the brochure in driver awareness and driver assist:
The all-new ATS connects you to some of the most advanced safety innovations available on a compact luxury sport sedan. Using strategically placed cameras, short-, mid- and long-range radar technology, and numerous other sensors, the ATS is ever-vigilant. The available Driver Awareness Package includes the Safety Alert Seat that pulses, giving you instant, tactile feedback to alert you of select dangers on the road; Forward Collision Alert; Lane Departure Warning; and RainSense windshield wipers. Going a step further, the available Driver Assist Package adds Front and Rear Automatic Braking, which works in concert with other advanced safety systems to apply the brakes and help avoid certain low-speed collisions; Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; a full-color Head-Up Display that projects customizable key driving, entertainment and safety features at eye level; and Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains your selected speed and a preset distance between you and the vehicle in front. This new high-tech approach to safety is yet another example of Cadillac leading you confidently down the road ahead.
After a quick test drive, we worked out the pricing, connected the bluetooth to her iphone for music, set the home destination, and we were off.
More info as we go, but we are now a 2 Cadillac family.