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Chevrolet Cobalt Audio Questions



  • do you have an idea of how i can take the stereo out...... or where i could find something to tell me how to take it out????
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    There is probably a schematic sheet somewhere that explains how to do it but I couldn't tell you. I thought someone had posted that it has the connections at the back or you can use an adapter of some kind.
  • cnancnan Posts: 1
    does the 06 stock stereo in a cobalt have an auxillary input?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I believe so but I can't say for sure. Try a google search if no one with an 06 responds.
  • xomissbxoxomissbxo Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Cobalt LT that I have had just over a year. My question concerns the XM Radio feature. When I look at the radio presets in my car, I have about 10 XM presets however I do not have the special antenna to hear them. When I try to listen to them the radio display says XM feature not available. I asked the salesperson who sold me the car and he checked it out and basically said I don't have the XM option eventhough I have presets. Does anyone know why I would have those channels set on my radio? Also, I would like to have XM but I don't want to buy the radio at Best Buy, etc. and spend an arm and a leg. Does anyone know if I can somehow (through the dealership or anywhere else) get the XM antenna and have it installed. I just don't understand why I have presets for it! Thanks in advance for the help!
  • expwymanexpwyman Posts: 25
    I bought an 08 LT that does not have audio controls on the steering wheel, and I saw a steering wheel with the controls on sale on Ebay. Does anyone know if the wires for the audio control are there behind the blank trim on the wheel? If so, can I replace the blank with the audio controls and trim?
  • cadelesscadeless Posts: 4
    I'm doing some customizing, Painting some trim "Victory Red" to match the exterior. The first pic is the front. The second shows the 6 pins that hold it on. BE WARNED! Very soft plastic! So take the time to get behind each pin and pull straight out rather then prying at the edges. Also know that they are firmly held to the dash. It will take some force. When it finally does give, it will sound like you broke it. The third pic shows how the trim at the top overlaps. So they get to come off as well. Pic four shows their pin locations. Same kind, get behind, pull straight out, The last pic is the front of the three parts that need to come off to access your head unit. Lastly, your DIC buttons, seat warmer switch's, and passenger airbag on/off display, are attached to the back of these parts that your popping out. Will say it again, Very Soft Plastic! If you intend to reattach them when your done, then take the time to un-attach them. When you remove the DIC buttons, Make sure you don't loose your buttons. You will understand when you get to that part.

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  • dispencer2dispencer2 Posts: 295
    When I bought my 2006 Impala I ordered the Bose speaker system. It was not much better or actually any better than the standard stereo in an Impala I rented a few months later. I am going to order a 2009 Cobalt in January. Has anyone compared the standard system in the 2LT with the Pioneer 7 speaker system? What do you think? Is it worth the extra money?
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I have wondered that myself. Delco's have always been known as the best stock brand stereo in auto's but to compare that with a Pioneer would be tough unless a dealer had a few cars with different radio's to compare to. I have heard that some vehicles radio reception (HHR) hasn't been as good with these upgraded radio's.

    I have always bought Alpine stereo's with every car/truck that I have owned but there is no reason to anymore with these great standard radio's nowadays.
  • I noticed in my new '08 that when I play a CD it can't recognize album names, titles, or artist. When using XM I still have issues with not being able to see the artist name and song title at the same time like my standalone did. I liked that cause if there was a song I liked I could remember it with the Cobalt I have to take my hand off the wheel and hit that dumb info button to get the answer its such a waste. It also cannot read the info on CDs like my friends cars can. Putting in the new Coldplay my friend's Nissan stereo can read the songs and album and artist names the Cobalt can't. I even notice problems with signal reception with the XM and FM. XM I get alot of NO XM SIGNAL. I have resent the signal to the car over 15 times this summer just to get it to pick up. Even while I was in Washington DC I had to call and have the signal resent because driving around Northern Virginia the radio displayed NO XM SIGNAL. The car also hates local stations I guess and anything FM. While in Pittsburgh the car wouldn't read the station ID and songs that play on the channel 96.1 KISSFM. In my friend's 2005 Audi it could read the station ID and the songs and artist. While I am here at home our local station does the same deal, my Escape did it, it will show it then freeze and stop moving. All while doing this the station sounds like your trying to pick it up from hundreds of miles away instead of just a few miles since the station and its antenna are located right here in town. Another issue I notice is that while using the AUX hole my iPod sounds awful. Its very quiet even with my iPod turned completely up to MAX and the sound optimizer it has in it doesn't work with the AUX input. Another issue is the quality of the sound. My iPod sounds more like its playing through a clock radio but while using the Griffin iTrip it sounds like a CD. Its really weird but it just adds on top the many problems that are wrong with this car that GM and Chevy won't fix. :lemon:
  • i have a 08 cobalt LT i put in a new stereo with the harness that bestbuy sold me for 150$ but i have no signal or dash sound they said that there is no part for an 08 yet. is there any place to go and find what i need or a part number anybody has for me to take to bestbuy
  • Hello guys! i recently buy a brand new 2008 cobalt LT. Im planning on changing the soundsystem, but i dont know anything about this. I'd probably change 2 out of 4 speakers maybe 4/4 add a sub in the trunk, but again i dont know what to look for. So if any of you have any tips for me on anything to think of when i shop, or requirements to make my soundsystem work correctly or just sound better i'd really appreciate.

    Ty in advance! :)
  • I recently bought a 09 cobalt lt and i was going to add a subwoofer in the trunk and hope to keep the stock head unit. I got the line out converter and I was trying to find someone that knew which wires on the speakers were positive and negative bc it only says A&B for the wires. Also if anyone knew if they knew were to attach the remote wire to from the amp. Please excuse my ignorance.
  • I noticed on my new Cobalt that when I play a CD, the elapsed time does not display (this is the upgraded radio/CD with XM, not the base radio). Does anyone know if this is possible, with a reprogram or special key entry?
  • hi , im looking for a system for my car the same one the 2009 cobalt. What speakers did you get ? thanks very much im so dumb founded about this stuff. :confuse:
  • vincent67vincent67 Posts: 2
    As is said above, Crutchfield is a good source for aftermarket audio.

    I agree that sticking with the stock audio system is best. On my last car, a 99 Ford Contour, I added an aftermarket head unit and speakers. When I put the stock components back in before trade-in, I realized that they sounded okay. The stock speakers weren't as detailed as the Infinity's, but I could hear that difference only when parked; when driving, the road noise obscured that audio detail. I probably could have improved on that by installing an amp, but wasn't comfortable with adding a power-intensive accessory to an electrical system that wasn't specifically designed for it. I know there are beefed-up batteries and coils that are made for this purpose, but that just makes it even more of an engineering Frankenstein. If I had it to do again, I'd install only the head unit (the stock one was a cassette) and leave everything else alone. My LS is just fine in its stock form.
  • Back in February, I purchased an '09 LS with the Pioneer system, which I have no complaints about. However, I've been missing my Rockford Fosgate subwoofers. I'm almost certain that I'll need the aftermarket head unit as well. My only unanswered question to this point regards the warranty. Has anyone installed or taken their Cobalt anywhere to have audio installed, and is the warranty an issue? :confuse: I don't plan on installing it myself. I'm wondering if I take it to a dealer or the guys at Geek Squad if the warranty can remain intact.

    If no one knows, I'll either call the dealer, or enjoy the factory installed system until the warranty runs out.
  • I have a 2006 Cobalt and I can't play any CDs that I make with lightscribe CDs or any CDs for that matter. Is there a certain format that I have to use or what? I am completely confused and angry about it. I have tried it so many times and it still won't work. What format should I use?
  • so i have a 2009 cobalt lt and would like to know how many watts are in the stock radio and speakers, it sounds great but just curious cuz i might change speakers, ive looked everywhere and cannot find an answer
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