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BobsYourUncle

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In my 2007 GMC, the radio us rather basic. Truck has the Bose sound system, radio and CD but it lacks many of today's features.

In a car I drive often, it has a USB slot and I can plug in a memory stick loaded with my choice of tunes.

I don't like the radio stations due to the stupid incessant rambling and babbling, and the overabundance of idiotic advertising.

I tried satellite radio, but their pricing is absurd and I canceled it largely due to the filthy mouthed announcers.

Maybe I'm being too picky, but I don't care, and I want to control what goes into my ears.

I would like to upgrade to an aftermarket stereo with bluetooth, USB and other features, but one issue I have in mind is the vehicles warning systems that go through the radio speakers.

Does anyone know if there are systems that may have modules or something to make the onboard stuff work with a non OEM stereo?

I'd like to be able to run my phone through it, plug in USB music and anything else that is out there. The radio info display of songs, titles and such is nice to have to. My existing radio has that but it's quite basic.

Anyone done this swap?


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Go to crutchfield.com.
I’ve gotten many radios from them since the 80’s (when it was a catalog). They have everything you need to install it yourself. They research and know what will work with your truck.

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I bought a radio and I installation kit from Crutchfields for my 2009 GMC. I had a professional do the install and all of the buttons on my steering wheel and any warning messages that show up on the dash information center still work. Just tell Crutchfields what you want to do and the will be very helpful.


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Yes, just about anything you could ask for in the auto sound world is available. It's mind boggling the features on new stereos.
I have also been dealing with Crutchfield for about 25 years. One of their retail stores is in my home town so it made it really easy. They are experts and always give exceptional customer service.

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Yes, I think lots of them will work just like the oem in regards to other on-board stuff.
I bought Pioneer's best Nav head unit and it will do everything a factory head unit can. It can even control HVAC functions and stuff like heated seats and anything else a modern vehicles stereo does.

With the right kit you can make it look OEM:
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Start up screen (you can load any logo or pic you want):
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I recently bought a 2010 Silverado that had an aftermarket radio. I purchased a new OEM pull-out radio from https://oemradios.com/gm_radios.php
that has a USB connection and retains all of the factory controls. The only thing it doesn't have is bluetooth for my phone's radio, but it does have the BT phone function. There may be others that have full BT function.
BUT it is important to get one that is unlocked otherwise you have to have a dealer unlock it. (My local dealer wanted 2 hours just to unlocked the radio)

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Thanks for the input everyone.

One reason I am leary of another radio is an experience I had with my 2003 truck I had before this one. At that time I still had cassette tapes. The factory stereo was CD only. From the dealer I bought a factory Radio / CD / Cassette unit and swapped it. I had to have them program it to the onboard computer to tell the anti-theft software that the radio was supposed to be there. After many trips to dealer service, lots of money spent, the new factory unit remained incompatible. Although some function was there, I had nothing but trouble with it and the onboard bell and chime warnings never did function. And I never did get the proper volume out of it. Seems it cost me about 800 bucks for the unit plus all the shop time trying to make it work.
Waste of time and money that was!

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At the suggestions here I went to Crutchfield to have a look. I thought this place was US only until I found the Canadian site.

Thanks for that, nice store! Prices seem reasonable and I note they have a place to input your vehicle to give you a compatibility list along with and stuff you need to make it work, including the steering wheel controls. They even have wiring plugs for the particular application. Cool! [emoticon]

After inputting the features I want, USB, bluetooth and such, it returned 9 units that will work, some with a bit of modification to my dash. That's ok I can do that.

Now I gotta figure out which brand name.... so many of them. Maybe it's like the old Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge thing! When I was young Alpine was king. Or close to it.

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Two answers.
First obtain the owner's manual for your radio. MANY modern radios have a jack, often on the back, and USUALLY it is a special jack where you can plug in all sorts of things.. For example on my Pioneer I have a "LINE IN" adapter.. WOrks well so long as I'm not using battery power to keep my phone charged (Ground loop issues) And I can break the ground loop if I send Bob Heil some money. (He sells the stuff I need to break the loop.. His business in fact is audio stuff).

you may be able to get an adapter to plug in what you want. My options include Satellite radio receivers. THe LINE IN adapter. Multi-Cd changers and more.

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www.crutchfield.com is just about the largest on-line Car Audio store period (And other audio) THere is one other that comes close (JR music???) but I'd go with Crutchfield.

The radios used in cars and trucks are all "Standard size" now days. DIN, Double DIN or triple DIN (DIN is the initials of I think the German Standard's Institute. Checked it. it is) SO as long as you are replacing a X-DIN with the same X it will fit.

Cable connections may be different but Crutchfield has a page of adapters darn near anything you have to anything they sell so again get the radio you want. the adapter for your ride and it's plug and play.

Finally one other recommendations.. Though I know these folks I have no financial or legal connection to 'em other than "Customer"

https://www.trinityriverband.com/

I have two of their CD's.. Unbroken (latest CD) and "On a Morning Like This" (Christmas) Blue grass group. and so far even people who are not all that thrilled by Blue Grass find this family (yes they are a family) of musicians... Worth the cost of a CD or 2. (NOTE that I'm not all that hot on blue grass myself. but these folks are G*O*O*D!!!!!!!!!!!!)

They have sample tracks.


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[emoticon] Thanks for your info.
Not a bluegrass fan myself, however, the older I get the more open my mind becomes! [emoticon]

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