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Chevrolet Impala Audio



  • ferranteferrante Posts: 6 got a 2002 impala with factory am/fm cd . And I have the same problem. I've checked all speakers , amp , even purchaces a brand new coaxial coil that goes above the rear panel . I purchaces a used radio and now want to put it in , but when i do it comes up as locked, so off to the dealership we are so they can scan or do whatever it is they do to dissarm the used radio to work in mine. Good luck , i will let u know what happens. Mike
  • The only thing my radio has as far as XM goes is a "cat" button that when I push it , it says "XM Feature" dealer says that means nothing. he said for me to have XM radio installed by GM would cost @ $1200, because they'd have to reharness the radio. No way am I interested in that! Actually , I'm not into the radio thing on these cars much at all, I was just curious if it was true for 6.95 I could put a little radio in there and listen the Baseball games.I could just ride around in my wifes Honda and do that, I guess!...any more comments?
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I'm pretty sure that's accurate...I was looking at getting XM back around Christmas, but changed my mind; but you do pay X for the first one and less for others (family plan). Know that Sirius and XM are merging; word on the street is that might actually mean lower cost for service, but I haven't seen anything official yet. But something to keep in mind.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Since your radio has the CAT button, yours will play MP3 CDs as well (in case you didn't know). The owner's manual only states that XM is available with that radio. Have you tried pressing the Band button to make sure it doesn't have it? The CAT button is used to switch between different categories of XM stations. You must be in the XM band to use it. If you're not in XM band, it gives you the "XM Feature" message you're seeing (I just tried it on mine). I think your radio has XM.
    But, if not, you can still use a portable but you wouldn't even need to tune to an FM station to listen. You could use the Aux port on the front of your car stereo to get an even clearer sound.
    If you want to know about MP3 CDs, let me know. :)

  • I only get Am and Fm 1 and Fm 2 on my radio.....I have no options with my Super Sport...probably the only one they made with no options...I'll try one more time, but i doubt if i have XM....for the record..the options are:

    heated front seats
    6 Disc CD
    Bose sound
    XM radio
    Woodgrain trim
    Engine block heater
    leather seats
    heated mirrors

    I have none of those options..

    I'll try my radio again , but doubt if i have XM..
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Well, if you've tried it before, I'll take your word for it. ;) Some people take the salesperson's word for it and never second-check. I don't think you have FM1 and FM2. That's a feature of the older stereos that allowed more memory presets in the same band. The new "black tie" stereos in our cars allow you to store AM/FM/XM stations all together on the same "page." I hope you aren't offended by my continued offerings of unsolicited info. It's just that you showed interest in XM. I did see in the owner's manual that the XM receiver is a separate part of the stereo so it is absolutely possible that your stereo doesn't have it. :) At least now you know you can use the AUX port in the front if you prefer.

  • Ron, when it comes to music and radios , I need all the help I can get.I'm not 'big' into the radio stuff, thats why I asked about that $6.95 XM stuff.I guess your right , i thought i did have the Fm 1 and 2..just checked , your right...I must have the 'stripped' down version of the SS, which is fine with me...makes it more valuable because of it's rarity! As long as I have the V-8...I'm happy...I listen to mostly Am sports, and FM oldies...but I do enjoy channel 005 on my wifes XM....the oldies. As far as the MP3 player stuff....what is it? that the Ipod thing?...showin my age now... :sick:
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I'm not far behind ya in age. I'm sure lookin' back, 40 was just yesterday for you.
    An MP3 CD is a CD you create on your computer. It gives you the capability to have several CDs worth of music on just one CD. In my sister's case, I copied all of her favorite CDs onto one. She keeps it loaded in her car and switches between albums just as easily as switching between songs on a regular CD player. Does that make sense?
    In order to create an MP3 CD, you basically just need a CD burner on your computer and some CDs you like to listen to. Everything else you can get for free. You mentioned your son wasn't impressed by your stereo. Sounds like he may be into music enough to explain the details to you but if not, I'd be happy to step you through.
    You didn't actually confirm one way or the other if you had the XM band on your radio so what's the official word? :)

    Talk later,
  • Ron,
    No XM band, just FM and AM..the only thing I get is when I push the "cap' button, it says "XM Feature" on the radio screen, nothing else anywhere. Yeah, I'll get my son in law to help me with the mp3 thing if I want it.......thanks for your help on this one.
  • kmo89kmo89 Posts: 3
    Hi Everyone i have an 2000 impala and i need to know which wire from the wiring harness is the 12v acc aka ignition 12v constant what color are the two wires. Did any one straight wire the aftermarket cd player to the car? (Thats going with out buying the 120.00 wiring harness for the impala) any info is needed asap I'm riding music less in the impala Thanks
  • lineman3lineman3 Posts: 12
    I know this is different, however has anyone had a problem with their radio not keeping time? Mine is an 06 LTZ and I noticed it lost the time set the other day. I have only had it a week and its still under warranty, any ideas?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    How much time are you talking? Was it off by a couple minutes or had it lost hours or even days?

    If it's off by a small amount, you'd probably have to check to see if it's within "reasonable" limits set by GM. If it's losing time fast enough to be noticed within a couple days, I'd argue until they fixed it. Mine loses about a minute every month or two.

    If your clock lost time completely, then you likely have a more serious problem. Does it happen everytime? Occasionally? Work with it a little and get some data before you go to the dealer. It will make your visit go a whole lot better if you can answer those questions first.

    Do you have the six-disk changer? Just curious.
  • I have the opposite problem.

    I have a 2006 3LT with the standard AM/FM radio but I do have XM, ipod all of which works great except the power on the standard radio is less than what I would expect especially when playing CD's.

    MY radio clock advances by 2 or 3 minutes every 3 months. I set it and the next month I am a minute ahead, 2 months 2 minutes ahead, etc.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Yeah...many complaints over the power of the new "black tie" stereos compared to stereos in older cars. I have the Bose system and agree that it's underpowered (and just plain awful for a "premium" sound system).

    Your clock sounds like mine. It probably isn't bad enough for them to agree to replace it but if you're willing to fight, you might get it done.
  • lineman3lineman3 Posts: 12
    I would have to check it. It read 4:37 when it was 11:36, or something real close. I don't know if it advanced or lost as I didn't really pay attention to the am/pm. I will watch it though. I think I parked the car for 3 or 4 days when this happened. It is the Bose premium sound system if that makes any difference.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    Bose is unlikely to have anything to do with the clock. I was just asking for personal reasons since I have it too. Keep an eye on it and good luck. ;)

    By the way, there have been a few people with unexplained battery drainage. Hopefully you aren't heading for that but something else to watch for.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    It is probably normal to lose or gain 1-2 minutes per month.

    Most of radios, time keeping unit is actually derived from the oscillator circuit that run the radio computer. This circuit has tolerances (from part to part, operating temperature and aging of the circuit).

    If the vehicle has some sort of GPS or embedded cell phone, then the accurate time could be provided to radio to display. And that would solve the problem.

  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    Your current radio has two black body connectors. The bigger one (24 pins) contains Power(12V permanent), Ignition (aka. 12 V Acc) , Ground and 4 pairs of speaker outputs plus others.

    Here is the description for this connector. Check my info out using a simple Multimeter (voltage and resistance) for sure.

    A1: Vehicle bus (not needed for aftermarket radio)
    A2: vehicle bus
    A3: switched 12V (output from radio when radio is on)
    A4: ?
    A5: Ground (?) same as radio metal chasis.
    A6: Ref voltage for Steering wheel Control? Not needed
    A7: ?; not needed for aftermarket radio
    A8: Left Front + (one end of this Left Front speaker)
    A9: Left Front - (other end of this speaker)
    A10: Right Rear - (speaker)
    A11: Right Rear + (speaker)
    A12: Ground ? (check to see any black wire on the male connector)
    B1: Battery or 12 Permanent" This is the main power to radio. It is either red or orange in color.
    B2: Ignition or 12V acc. This has 12V when igntion is on
    B3: 12V switched output. This could be used for antenna module of Power amp. If it is for antenna module, you will need it to get RF signal to the radio.
    B4: DIMMER
    B5: ?
    B6: Amp sense (for Audio Amp interface)
    B7: ?; not needed
    B8: Left Rear + (speaker)
    B9: left Rear - (speaker)
    B10: Right Front - (speaker)
    B11: Right Front + (speaker)
    B12: Park light (12V when Light is on)

    So from the above, to get an aftermarket radio to work with your wireharness, you will need :

    1. Battery (B1)
    2. Ign or acc (B2)
    3. Ground (A5 or A12)
    4. Four pairs of speakers

    If you want to use vehicle antenna, then B3 (12V) must be provided to the vehicle antenna module. This should not be connected to B1 since it will drain your battery down in no time. if the aftermarket radio has the 12V output, then use it. If not, connect B2 and B3 may do the job?

    So if you have a simple voltmeter, measure this vehicle connector to verify my info.

  • wbowl99wbowl99 Posts: 133
    Just saw the post on the clock issue. My clock gained 4-5 minutes in two months. I mentioned it to the service advisor and they said they didn't find anything wrong and just reset it to the correct time.

    On another note, I had the car in for service last week. I picked it up after work and the next day the clock was displaying military time. Don't know why it switched. I would have thought that the battery had been unplugged and they reset the clock incorrectly, but the stations were not reset to factory settings.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    I HATE it when they say they "checked it out but found nothing wrong" with something like that. Of course nothing was VISIBLY wrong, the clock works, dumb@ss, it just doesn't keep time. They could tell you when you mention the problem what the limits are on the clock before they can justify replacing it. Sometime it's really frustrating to be so smart. ;) :P
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