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Chevrolet Impala Audio

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  • It seems to me that this same radio problem existed in the model year 2000. Back then they corrected the problem by changing out the AMP. What now????
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    GM is having multiple suppliers on radios now and most of GM radios look the same (one big knob in the middle of radio). They can put different radios made by others in the Impala to see if the problem follows radio or Audio Amplifier. That is what Japanese car makers and Ford have been doing: if supplier A screws up, and he is late to fix it, then suppliers B or C will take up the supplier A business until the problem is fixed.

    jt
  • Now that's a great idea. If they would take the radio from say the Buick LaCrosse and put it in the Impala we might be talking. But that would require them to admit that they have a problem at all which is what I am seeing, and the numerous times that I have talked to them, to be a majority of the problem.
  • 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!
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    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.

    Good luck

    jt
  • axle52axle52 Posts: 36
    Hi

    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.

    Thanks alot
  • Hi.

    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.

    Thanks!
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    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.

    jt
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    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.
  • Hi quietpro,
    Any luck finding any other forums talking about the hissing issue in the impala or with the dealership about finding a fix for it?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    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.
  • Awesome.... I look forward to the udpates! :)
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    Actually you don't have to further than the Chevy dealership where you bought your Impala. The new Tahoe has radio very similar to the Impala.

    jt
  • scauerscauer Posts: 13
    Have any of you seen this?

    http://www.alldata.com/tsb/General-Motors/1132128000000_1136534400000_05-08-44-0- 31A/440311.html

    It sure sounds like our problem, that document has a date of 11-16 and a post date of 1-6. Not sure what those date signify but last time I had my car at the dealer for this was right before new years, not sure what they did but they had it overnight and it didn't fix the static. Maybe they didn't have this bulletin at that time? Seems unlikely.
  • scauerscauer Posts: 13
    Also, anybody know how to access the radio menu mentioned in that bulletin?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Scauer,
    Thanks for the TSB. I'm sure that will go a long way toward convincing a reluctant service manager that the problem exists. Unfortunately, I have nothing to add at this time but I'll share anything I find.
  • gtrglenngtrglenn Posts: 1
    The fellow who installed my CD changer offered to install an external antenna, but would not guarantee that I would be satisfied with the results. He implied that there was a signal booster from the rear-window antenna and that perhaps it was defective. The car is still under warranty. Should I just go for the external antenna?
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    The fellow who installed my CD changer offered to install an external antenna, but would not guarantee that I would be satisfied with the results. He implied that there was a signal booster from the rear-window antenna and that perhaps it was defective. The car is still under warranty. Should I just go for the external antenna?

    gtrglenn,

    How did the installer know that the signal booster unit (antenna amplifier) is defective in your vehicle? Did he check the AM/FM reception of your radio and came up with that conclusion? Or do you really have AM/FM reception problem with your vehicle today? Quick way to check yourself:

    1.Find an area that is clear of tall buildings, power line during the day (AM behaves differently in late afternoon)

    2.Tune AM band and try to see if you can pick up station ~ 200 miles away: if you can receive it, your AM is probably OK. You can test your AM radio while parking

    3.Tune to a FM station that is about 40 miles away. If you can receive it, yours is OK. Since your vehicle has glass antenna, you may want to drive the vehicle around in different directions to make sure (directional problem with glass antenna). Note that if you live in a big city, your radio will pick up most local stations even if your antenna not working (disconnected or the antenna amp unit defective)

    If the result is not good, then he is right and you should go to dealer to have the system checked. The tech probably will have their favorite far distance stations to listen to.

    The CD changer installer probably worry that his FM transmitter is not strong enough for your antenna to pick up. As a result, the CD changer audio will not be in full stereo or lacking fidelity.

    Next question: if you decide to go with his external antenna, can he assure you that your normal AM/FM reception will not suffer? He will charge you extra for the external antenna. Unless he install the good old fender whip, then it is likely to be harmless and may give your radio better reception yet.

    jt
  • scauer,
    Thanks for that link... no I had not seen it. As an FYI, I went back to the dealership over the weekend and one of the salesmen said they would have someone contact me regarding the problem because they did not have any idea that there even was one (surprise, surprise). Anyway, a service manager called me yesterday and told me that he had heard the static from the radio but had not seen any sort of postings from GM on the problem, so I'm not sure why he didn't mention this one that is linked. Who knows, but still no luck on my end with a "cure" for the problem.
  • impala1impala1 Posts: 1
    I have the directions for programing my keyless remote, as soon as I get it, I think there might be a choice of two, to pick from.
    Will any remote for a 2000 impala work ? or do
    I have to specify between GM#25695954 or GM# 25695955. if so how do I determine which one I need ?

    Thank
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I just left feedback at the Bose web site regarding the '06 Impala's Bose sound system. It may help all of us having the problem to make sure they're aware of it. It is a bit lengthy but hopefully it will be worth it.
  • amram99amram99 Posts: 2
    I just purchased a 2006 1LT with the Bose Stereo and discovered the hiss problem almost immediately. I believe it's only coming from the tweeter in the front right. Can anyone verify this? I also noticed that the hiss volume is independent of the stereo volume. This makes me think that it's not the head unit, but rather the amplifier. If it were the head unit, the hiss would track the aplification level.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    amram99

    Tweeters are good on producing high frequency sound and noise. That may be why you hear the noise there easier. You may be right pointing the finger back to the BOSE amp. The head unit in the new Impala is not Bose, BTW (Bose never made a car's head unit that I am awared of. They just make speakers and amp)

    jt
  • Just as an FYI for everyone... I wrote to Consumer Reports asking them if they had any information on this issue. They stated that they were not aware of the problem but that they would forward that information on to be investigated. I will let yall know if I hear any more from them. I was hoping they would be a good resource to figure this hissing noise out!
  • I think the hissing noise is coming from the amp that is mounted in the trunk between the speakers. I am also having problems with the fan running all of time. When idling you almost need to shut it off because it is so annoying. Anyone else having this problem? Have already had the power stearing hose burst and was in the shop 14 days waiting on a new one!! this right after I went through a lemon law buy-back on my defective 2004 Rendezvous. Have been having shifting problems since week 2. Purchased it November 2005. It delays engagement when shifting from reverse to drive.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I agree that it's likely a problem with the amplifier(s). I doubt I will ever buy another Bose product. They do have great technology with stereo separation and filling the room (or car cabin) with balanced sound but the quality of that sound has been lacking every time I've taken the opportunity to listen. I first discovered this at an overseas military exchange store where they were showing off their products. I became suspect when they wouldn't compare them directly with their competitor's products. Later, with me at the controls, I was able to hear the real difference. I chose sound quality over ambience. I'm not saying the system is terrible but it seems like a "clean" amp would be something much easier to develop than the tuning of sound reflection inside the Impala's cabin. Oh well, live and learn, right?
  • zjimzjim Posts: 51
    I compared the sound from the Bose system and the standard system when I was purchasing my '06 3LT. My dealer had two identical cars to select from, with the only difference being the Bose system, XM, and the 6 disc changer in one of the cars. After comparing the sound of both systems at normal volume levels, I choose the standard system. To my ear, the standard system actually sounded better than the Bose. I was also concerned about all the complaints about the "hissing" amplifiers at lower volumes. It was the same when I compared the Bose system in my '93 Z28 to the Monsoon in my '99 Z28. The Monsoon was definitely better. I have always felt that Bose systems were over-rated. Kinda like comparing over-rated foreign cars to domestic cars! ;)
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Yeah...guess I only have myself to blame. I was sucked in with that sweet V-8 sound so much that I didn't even imagine that the high-end stereo would be a problem. So much for modern technology. Eight speakers, 6 disk changer, XM Satellite Radio, MP3, auxilliary input = early 80's cassette tape sound quality. I wonder if Dolby has considered working with Bose? LOL :P
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