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I currently have the stock radio with the Bowes speaker setup and 6 disk player. Can I get a newer factory radio that will play mp3 format and have an input for an ipod? Will it plug in to my factory plugs?
 

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I've looked into this already for my 06 and you do have to buy a few things. I'm not sure what they are called exactly but you will need an adapter if you want to use your steering wheel controls, and you'll need another adapter to connect to the antenna, and yet another one so that you don't loose your door chimes. I hope this helps.
 

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WOW... I was hoping it was going to be a plug and play thing.
 

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yea like Shanester said if you replace the factory headunit with a aftermarket one Ie sony,pioneer, kenwood etc youll need a few things. need a headunit install kit, the data bus interface( small box that keeps your door chimes an such) antenna adapter. Then the other part if you want to keep the steering wheel mounted controls you need a unit made by PAC. If you got any questions just let me know =)
 

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The adapter for the door chimes was $40 now the one that allows you to retain usage of steering wheel buttons is a bit closer to $100 if I recall correctly. I haven't installed this one. The one for door chimes was pretty easy, just a bunch of wiring. If you have done a couple of radios in the past then rest easy.
 

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I think it is plug and play but it sure is a lot of crap to hook up. That's the only reason I haven't done it yet. You know...damned laziness.
 

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The adapter for the door chimes was $40 now the one that allows you to retain usage of steering wheel buttons is a bit closer to $100 if I recall correctly. I haven't installed this one. The one for door chimes was pretty easy, just a bunch of wiring. If you have done a couple of radios in the past then rest easy.
my doors still chime and i bought a $20 install kit....i would look on crutchfield and see what it says you will...

different years will more than likely require dif things...

Only thing I didnt spring for was the onstar controller....I have 2 cell phones with me at any given time...
 

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Scratch the factory and go aftermarket. My wife's 05 with Bose had some problems playing cd's recently. It worked fine even after I removed the dime from inside, 4yr old boy, over a year ago.
 

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jmaz268 your lucky right around your year is when they started getting hectic with the data box interfaces, because they added the onstar package an then bose packages as options.
 

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yeah i was quoted 200 bucks for the damn onstar one.....i told em where they could their onstar lol.

But I'm sure there is more involved with the Bose system due to the factory amp..

Gut it all and run new wires lol.....would be easier
 

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haha yea its bad, it would almost be easier to gut it an rewire it all your self, but then if you get shorts or ground something out by accident you could be wire chasing for a very long time...
 

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OH ya, I forgot about the onstar. I do not use it but it might be nice when i go to sell it.
 

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yeah i was quoted 200 bucks for the damn onstar one.....i told em where they could their onstar lol.

But I'm sure there is more involved with the Bose system due to the factory amp..

Gut it all and run new wires lol.....would be easier
There are two different bose. The one that requires a special $$$ harness is typically found in some Avalanche and Trailblazer SS models.
 

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if you get a new one i'll buy your stocker!!
I will let you know. I am going to try to get to a local radio shop and see what they have to say about it.
 
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