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Old 11-07-2012, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think my CD Player / Head Unit is Toast. Opinions?

So after dealing with all this stuff on getting the car fixed the day I take the car to the dealer on the way there, I noticed that for some reason I can't get any signal on XM, FM, or AM. What signal I do get is very poor. Also, when I use my turn signals, the audio is full of static.

From there I put in a CD and the same bad audio quality persisted. I faded / balanced the speakers to see if I could pinpoint it, but it was equal on all corners & sub.

The dealer told me to take it to an audio shop for diagnosis. If the unit is toast is there a good aftermarket replacement you would recommend? I'm not going for the loudest car on the block. The stock Monsoon system is more than enough for me, but if a better head unit exists, I want it in the car instead of a replacement.

Thanks all.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, first you'll need to confirm that the issue is in your head unit and not the amp (although I'm guessing it IS the head unit).

Problem with replacing the head unit is cost. You can get decent radio/CD units reasonably cheaply, but you'll need to also add integration electronics so you can retain the chimes, turn signals sounds etc, as well as OnStar, and steering wheel controls. Depending on the units you get, that can be another $150. You'll also need something that can convert your new head unit audio signals to work with the Monsoon amp (or replace THAT too)!

Lots of threads on changing out the head unit here and on the kappaperf and Solstice forums (fora). If you haven't been scared off by the above, go search for them to see what folks have done and what parts they bought to do it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks! I'm not a big fan at all of working on audio systems, so I'd rather let a pro handle it.

EDIT: 1,000th post! I'd like to thank my Mom, friends, and family to help me get here today.
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Easiest (and cheapest) is to just plug in a replacement stock deck. I haven't seen much about unreliability with them so you may just be unlucky. You can pick up a stock one for not much money.
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I've seen maybe 2 (at most 3) head unit failures reported in all the years I've been on these fora. But all, besides yours, have been the faceplate display going wonky (a technical term). Makes it pretty reliable in my book.

Note, however, if you replace the HU with a used one, you'll need to get the dealer to reset it to work in your car (anti-theft). A new one will reset itself on first use.
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Hmm good idea on the used unit! I think I may still consider aftermarket, as I asked the wife if she wanted to sell the car the other day and she replied with a quick "No." So I guess we will be keeping it for a little longer.
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Koobie - see Ebay - there is a ton of good used units from about $40 on up. Just make sure to get the right part number for your car.
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I've read that some guys use the Cobalt one and it works fine. Since I have an 07, I wonder, could I get a newer one and would the USB capabilities work or would I need to do anything additional?

Thanks for the help.
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I have an early 2007 and I bought a USB head unit from SourceOne while they still had them. Since they were new just plugged it in and all worked fine. Buying used you will need it flashed but thats all you should need. There are several people one here that have done it with the Cobalt radio also. Maybe one of them will chime in also.
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I've read that some guys use the Cobalt one and it works fine. Since I have an 07, I wonder, could I get a newer one and would the USB capabilities work or would I need to do anything additional?

Thanks for the help.
E Bay has them starting at 75 dollars...remember, u must take the dash apart to install the radio...about 22 screws
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Yeah I found the DIY. Looks like a fun Saturday but pretty straightforward
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Did you take it to a Audio Shop to find out what was wrong with it? I hope it was not the wonky (a technical term).
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I have not. Honestly, I have been studying for the CPA lately, so my time has been somewhat limited. I'll check back in when I have an update on what is going on.
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