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Old 12-10-2006, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Help with '03 Malibu installation

Hi all ,, i've got an 03 Malibu and am looking to add sat. radio ,, i don't want to remove the oem radio and lose the functions that it has with the car , but would like to get a plug and play or something along those lines that can accent the oem radio. The budget is sorta tight so the cost is a small factor as well ,,, i've included a link to the radio thats in the car now ,, and i'll try to paste the pics with this note as well.

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Old 12-10-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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Basically you have a typical modern "GM Class 2 RDS radio"

There are a variety of after market aux adapters that will hook up to this, from PIE, PAC, and USA SPEC.

Once installed, they basically show up to the radio that you have XM1 and XM2 bands (Aux 1 and aux2) or CD changer with Disc 6 Track 1 = Aux1 and Track 2 = Aux 2.

The older revisions only hooked up with the 12pin connector (C2) and you had to splice the 12v and ground. Newer revisions have 2 connectors, the 24 pin one gets the 12v and ground from the radio header (C1) and require no splicing.

When I put my ipod in my 04 Colorado, I used the USA SPEC DF-GM. It worked well, however, I found it has some distortion during the first 10 seconds of turning on.

When I got my starmate4 the static bothered me and I wanted it to turn on and off with the key, so I got the PAC AAI-GM24. I love this unit. There is no distortion, and the PAC model offers adjustable gain on the aux inputs and provides a RAP power source which I relayed to turn the Starmate4 on and off.

The problem is even if you shop around an aux adapter is going to set you back at least 70 dollars, but if your going to go though the cost of putting in a fm modulator, you might as well just get the aux adapter.

Otherwise you'll have to use the plug and play unit's FM transmitter.
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