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#1194 of 1569 Re: RDS Radio [hcimpala]
Feb 05, 2006 (7:50 pm)
I have a 2001 Impala that has an RDS AM/FM/Cassette radio and I am looking to somehow upgrade to a CD player. I have been told that through a dealership I will have to pay an outrageous amount of money (naturally) but I have also been told that it is possible to install a CD player in the dash or a CD changer (my preference) without 'messing up' the RDS system. Of course, this wont come cheap or so I am told. Does anyone know how/where I can get the equipment/installation for this? I understand the money involved but most importantly I need a clean installation that will not affect the RDS. Or if you have any other ideas or advice it would be greatly appreciated!
If you prefer the factory radio that has CD and fits perfectly with your dash, then either buy the AM/FM/CD with RDS or AM/FM/CA/CD with RDS from a Chevy dealer or from a junk yard (cheaper that way). It is safer to buy an Impala radio.
The RDS function is a part of FM. So most, if not all mid-grade factory radios have them now. So there is no worry about messing up the RDS function as long as radio has FM and has RDS logo since some models (mostly base with simple display) does not have RDS decoder and display for it. If you like the way RDS works with your current Chevy radio, it is no brainer to get another Impala CD with RDS radio prior to new design (model year 06 has new style).
The most difficult thing is to take the old radio out. Once you know how to do it, the process of putting a replacement in is a breeze. You may want to talk with a technician in a Chevy dealership to get info on how to replace radio. They can do for you and charge you an arm and leg for it. For some vehicles (like Siverado or
Trailblazer), it is 5 minute job. I have not a chance to work on the old Impala, so I could not be helpful here. But normally, it is not that bad. Most GM radio uses 7mm and Philips screws to hold radio to bracket. So your tools needed for radio replacement are couple screwdrivers (Philip and Flat) and 7mm socket driver.
For your radio, there are 3 connectors in the back of radio: two black body connectors (Power, audio and data bus) and the Antenna connector (small metal socket that allows the antenna co-ax) lead-in to go in.
#1195 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ (and upgraded LT) Radio Problems [ibaswimmer]
Feb 07, 2006 (10:34 pm)
I bought a 06 Impala LTZ with a Bose package. I had the car no more than a month when static appeared across the FM stations only. This would happen intermittinly. I finally decided to take it in to the Dealership. The Gm radio specialist simply replaced the radio with a new one and so far so good. It's only been a month since the replacement so we shall see.
I also have another problem with the vehicle and that is with the cooling system. ON the DIC a warning came on saying Engine Hot/AC Off.. I took in to the dealership and they told me that the Thermostat was staying open and that they would have to replace it. Turns out they didn't have the part in stock and I had to wait 2 weeks before the part came in. They replaced it and everything was fine until the other day and guess what.......the problem is back. I am taking it back tomorrow to the dealership, and hopefully they will get it right this time. Please let me know if anyone has had a similiar problem and what the proper repair is.
#1196 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ (and upgraded LT) Radio Problems [axle52]
Feb 08, 2006 (7:16 am)
I don't know about the AC problem... but regarding your static problem in the radio, do you still here a very faint static type noise coming out of the speakers when the volume is fairly low or when the stereo is off and you turn on the turn signal? Just curious.
#1197 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ (and upgraded LT) Radio Problems [ibaswimmer]
Feb 08, 2006 (6:43 pm)
Another thing for those who wants to replace factory radio with aftermarket unit: you will lose the TURN SIGNAL sound since GM radio now produces this sound instead of the old relay switch of the good old day. That is why you hear the hissing sound when the turn signal is on.
#1198 of 1569 Programming my remote keyless entry fob
Feb 12, 2006 (10:52 am)
I picked up a keyless fob on ebay for my 2001 Impala.
engine off/Key turned to on
hold down the tune button on the radio until "settings" is displayed on the radio.
push the search until "program fob" is displayed
push the prev/next buttons on the radio and "begin" is displayed.
Hold down both the lock and unlock buttons on the fob until you hear a soft short beep.
remember to program all of you fobs at this time as your old ones will be erased. It works great.
I paid $7 on ebay for my fob rather than $60 at the dealer.
#1199 of 1569 Re: Radio doesn't work anymore! [jnt]
Feb 21, 2006 (10:45 am)
So, I finally broke down and went to the dealer, and after 500 dollars, they decided the Radio has to be replaced. GRRRRRR, internal short? That's what they said, oh well.
Also inquired about putting my own radio in it, but they said it isn't possible, seeing the radio in that model controls the whole car, pretty much.
Oh well, I'll be breaking the bank to fix it.
#1200 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ Radio Problems [ibaswimmer]
Feb 28, 2006 (4:43 pm)
Well, add one more Bose system owner who can't stand the hiss. Some folks say it doesn't bother them but I use my car as a place to relax when I'm having a bad day at work. Playing my stereo at low volume would just add to the stress. We all need to stick together and make some "noise" so Chevrolet will take the matter seriously. I'm going to search for some forums with other "Black Tie" equipped vehicles. It would be interesting to see if Pontiac or Buick owners are having this problem.
#1201 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ Radio Problems [quietpro]
Mar 01, 2006 (5:41 am)
Any luck finding any other forums talking about the hissing issue in the impala or with the dealership about finding a fix for it?
#1202 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ Radio Problems [ibaswimmer]
Mar 01, 2006 (5:31 pm)
Nothing so far. While I was shopping, I did see the Black Tie head units in other makes (Pontiac and Buick) but neither of them offer the Bose system. Pontiacs have the Monsoon system and I think Buick calls theirs simply premium sound system. So, Bose is Chevy exclusive as far as I know. I have yet to go to the dealer but I will be sure to keep up with the forum.
#1203 of 1569 Re: 2006 Impala LTZ Radio Problems [ibaswimmer]
Mar 02, 2006 (5:22 am)
Awesome.... I look forward to the udpates!