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Chevrolet Malibu Accessories & Modifications

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  • 2damaxx2damaxx Posts: 12
    E2Helper - You're right, you can plug portable devices into RCA jacks.

    However, the question I responded to was "Can I get a signal from my kids portableDVD to the Auto Sound through the Headphone jack?".

    The answer to that question, as I wrote, is no. Since my car has the DVD, I didn't know the particulars of the non-DVD system. If there are RCA-in receivers (frequently in red and white or red and yellow), then anyone with the Maxx should be able to use my iPod solution! Buy a 1/8" headphone to stereo RCA cable and you're in business! A hardwired, great-sounding, low hassle way to get your iPod music through the car sound system.
  • christinadchristinad Posts: 34
    The problem is that you're mixing up two different questions/posters.
    I understand the response to my question.
    Thx
  • drejdrej Posts: 119
    Correct, I have the Non-DVD system in my 05 Maxx. These low cost/portable DVD's or CD players would be great to give kids in the back seat and a + if you could pipe the sound into the stereo. (Yes my 95 GMC has a Cassette player in which I use the asapter-cassette pushed ito the player, it has a wire comming out which I plug into the kids DVD headphone jack port) I of course don't have a cassette in the Maxx but is there a way to pipe the sound out to the stereo?
    D~
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    http://home.att.net/~p.oswald/wsb/html/view.cgi-home.html-.html

    head to the last four pics in the photo site of the website..to see the dash kit and the wind deflector installed, they are large files so allow to load.....link to the dash kit under links ...accessories on the website...it is the flat interior 4 piece set
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    thanks Paul. I was about to mention that your inspection is waaaaay overdue, but I believe I could make out the 06 on the sticker :shades:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    it is an 06 inspection sticker...but thanks.....so how is that grey one holding up......still commuting with the bike rack?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    anyone using one on their Maxx that isnt hitch mounted?.....if so....type make model.....trying to find one that I dont have to mount a tow hitch to use
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    yep, still riding in from the toyota dealership. I have the car in right now at Heritage to replace the driver's side strut. We'll see if that silences the squeek. I doubt it. Otherwise, the car made the trip to PA just fine....no deer strikes this time, although I did see a lot on the road. Sadly, my post strike paint job on the hood is not holding up all that well. I see many imperfections, whereas the factory paint job was flawless.
    I need you to explain the dash kit a bit more; didn't you already have the wood trim interior, or was that only down by the gear shifter?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the only one that was OEM was around the shifter, the strip above the glove compartment and the pieces around the window controls front and back....I added all the facia around the HVAC and the stereo controls..it was four separate pieces.....to prep the surfaces....meaning alcohol swipe to remove anything..installation may have taken five minutes...

    I have a few minor imperfections from the clear coat that was reapplied resulting from my accident back last Sept....now that it is sunny....well most of the time..I can really see the imperfections and swirl marks.....when the weather clears...will do my Zanio wax...and clear the swirls....and get the gloss up some more.....but I doubt I will be able to rid the imperfections.....sadly....any repaint is never as good as a factory paint......

    I just passed 25k on mine.....nothing major....still all OEM for the steering column and transmission.....and if I have the noise in the front..I honestly dont notice it...still very happy with my Maxx.....heck just made the foray into another new GM car..as have my deposit in for the new Pontiac Solstice roadster.....for the significant other....she said she would give me the Solstice when she needs to shop and would take the Maxx.....LOL....we will see....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    swwwweeeeeet!!! :shades:
  • Want a great tuner cheap. Get a 3.1 v6 classic malibu and gethe paxton supercharger kit...........$1100 and you'll be burning up all those Hondas.
  • I just got a Maxx myself and found this while searching the 'Net:

    http://www.installer-data.com/item/display_item.php?it=99-3303

    It's got a VFD display with three control buttons below the space for an aftermarket radio.

    The company that makes it is called Metra. This item is in their PDF catalog on their web site.

    http://www.metraonline.com/

    For me, the trick will be finding an aftermarket radio that looks nice in there... :shades:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    wow and the price for that thing is $270..for the mount and computer integration..wonder if it maintains the XM configuration as well.....a bit pricey....just for the mount/bracket.........but I guess if you want the aftermarket radio........it is nice to keep the computer readouts......I have found this sound system is one of the better OEM none upgrades.....Im very happy with it...and probably would only consider upgrading the speakers...at some point and time.....but for now.....cruising with my XM radio..and an occasional CD is fine for me.......

    would like to see this bracket installed in a Maxx...and see how it works...would be interesting...
  • I made the mistake of settling for a Maxx without XM, so I'm stuck using my Roady2 which doesn't work very well with the antenna at the rear. I don't mind the factory radio either, if I could just get an aux input. The dealer told me yesterday that, according to their tech line, it is "impossible" to add XM, OnStar or even the DVD player since they talk with the BCM (body computer module.) Besides an in-line RF-modulator, has anyone discovered any other options?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    just checked over at the xm411.com site for other connectors.....and i dont see a audio input adapter for the Maxx.....it appears the in line FM mod is the only way you can go....

    are you currently using one like this?

    http://www.myradiostore.us/fmmodulators/fm-direct-sa10112.html
  • madmaxxmadmaxx Posts: 44
    I purchased new speakers and a PIE (company acronym) audio adaptor from Crutchfield. The adaptor adds an auxiliary input to the factory radio.

    According to the instructions, using the "BAND" button on the radio will allow you to select the auxiliary input--I'm going to use it for my Sony XM receiver.

    I installed the rear speakers yesterday, and will be installing the new component front speakers and the adaptor later today.

    Will post the results, and if everything works, the adaptor number, etc.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    So which is the weaker link in the sound quality of the audio systems on the Maxx? Is it the head unit or the speakers?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    my vote goes for the speakers..usually most OEM speakers dont compare to aftermarket....but the downside is most aftermarket speakers require greater power output from the headunit for the sound quality to be appreciated..something that pushes some headunits....
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    good luck with the adaptor...will be interested to see how it interfaces with the OEM headunit....what speakers did you get to replace the OEMs ....how tough was it to replace the speakers...especially the front one..how much of the interior did you have to take apart to get to the speakers?.....that may be my next upgrade, ........standing by
  • madmaxxmadmaxx Posts: 44
    The adaptor I purchased is the GM12-AUX v2. Unfortunately, it is 12 pin and Maxx is 24 pin. It says 2004 Malibu, but it must be for the '04 Malibu "Classic"--GM did us no favors by having two 2004 Malibus in the line-up.

    PIE (Precision Interface Electronics--www.pie.net), called, they do not have an adaptor.
    I found another adapter-- Peripheral Interface Components #PXGM24-- that is 24 pin and made for GM class 2 RDS factory stereos. It provides 2 sets of RCA inputs. $97 at Sounddomain; will give it a try and post results.

    The front speakers were replaced with Blaupunkt TSC 660 components (separate 6.75" bass/mid driver and tweeter. I sealed the crossovers in a plastic bag/bubble plastic and used double sided tape to secure them to the inner door panels. The factory tweeters pop out. Their metal mesh grill is melted into the housing, so I used a soldering gun to heat the plastic and pop them out (the grills on the Blau tweeters are not removable).

    The rear door speakers were replaced with Blaupunkt TSx 662's. These are 6.75" two way speakers. You could easily use the Blaupunkt TSC 660's in the rear door panels by mounting the tweeters in "sail" panel of the rear door, just as they are in front.

    Everything was purchased at Crutchfield. The Blaupunkt TSC 660 component speakers are on sale for $40 ($70 off reg) and the Blaupunkt TSx 662's are $30 ($20 off). Crutchfield includes wiring adaptors, so you do not have to cut the factory wiring.

    Removing the door panels is not difficult. You definitely want to purchase a trim removal tool ($10)--it will save your door panels and retainer clips from damage.

    There are three panel clips on the bottom of each door. The front doors also have retainers at spots near the top of the panel, so don't just pop the lower retainers and then attempt to pull the panel up/off like you do on the rear doors.

    The factory manual states that you must first remove the front door panels in order to remove the front "sail" panels (where the tweeters are). I found it is was better to use the panel tool to pop the front sail panel, and pull it straight up (but not completely off). By doing so, it would not interfere with pulling the actual door panel up/off.

    The front drivers door is the most difficult, because of all its wiring. I think Chevy must build the car upside down, as nearly all the releases for the Molex wiring connecters are on the bottom of the control/switch. Do the other panels first, that way you'll have an idea of what to expect. Having a helper would also make it easier.

    As long as I had the panels off, I added insulation inside the door. I used "Gutter Repair Tape" $13 for a 6" x 25' roll at Lowes. This is a rubberized asphalt tape with super sticky adhesive on one side and aluminum foil on the other. It is 1mm thick, and I built it up to 2-4 millimeters in thickness inside the door.

    Definitely quieted the car down, and does not stink like using spray-on undercoating. I used a total of three rolls for all four doors, and have some left over. There is enough clearance inside the doors to easily double the thickness if you wanted to.

    Bottom line-the speakers are an improvement. No, they do not sound like $200 Infinity Reference speakers, but at $70 for all four, they are worth it. Much more accurate, better bass/midrange/highs than the stock speakers (which, by the way, are paper cones).

    As noted by another poster, an amplifier would make them come "alive"--my new speakers sound best at half volume and above. Will add an amplifier later.
  • bluedevilsbluedevils Posts: 2,554
    maddmaxx, thanks for the info on your speaker install. sounds like a set of decent aftermarket speakers definitely would make a difference in our Maxx, as it did in yours.

    It's good to know the Maxx's amp/head unit is decent enough that the better speakers are noticed. I've got an Isuzu Trooper and installed some Polk 2-way speakers in place of the stock speakers, and the quality was barely any better than stock - I think because the head unti must be junk.
  • madmaxxmadmaxx Posts: 44
    The Peripheral Interface Components #PXGM24 Molex connectors will not connect to the factory stereo.

    Although a 24pin unit, the connectors are "keyed" opposite the factory wiring harness. I considered cutting the wiring on the adaptor, turning it over 180 degrees, and reconnecting the wires.

    As there was no guarantee that the adaptor would work, even with the correct connector, so, with $100 on the line, I chickened out and returned the adaptor to CarDomain.com.

    Personally, I think with the correct Molex connector, the adaptor probably would work. If there is anyone who has access to Molex connectors, are knows how to disassemble/reassemble the connector, this might be a interesting project.

    --MadMaxx--
  • drejdrej Posts: 119
    Hi, Well I'm still looking for that Auxiliary device which will connect the kids DVD to the car stereo somehow for sound. Any Ideas out there? ~ D
  • sschribersschriber Posts: 89
    Any store with electronics will have an "FM Transmitter". Usually battery powered, it plugs in the headphone or audio jack of the DVD and can be picked up at the selected frequency on the FM Stereo Radio. I have read some previous strings about signal strength and the rear end location of the Maxx antenna. I saw one at Target last week for $19.95. They go on e-bay for $5 plus shipping.
  • billbbillb Posts: 14
    Thanks for your post. I did get XM. The sound quality is OK on XM. It is OK on CD It is not good on FM though I don't listen to that much anymore. I would like to just replace the speakers for better sound and not have to replace the entire deck and driver information center.

    Can I just replace the 4 door speakers and leave the door tweaters alone? Would replacing the tweaters make a big difference if I had 4 good speakers? Are all 4 door speakers 6.75 round? What size are the tweaters? Do I need any extra parts for the speaker replacement? I have replaced speakers in all my cars before and it was easy but it sounds like the Maxx may be a little harder. Finally, do I get the trim tool at a dealer or at any auto store?

    Thanks in advance.
  • kurtamaxxguykurtamaxxguy Posts: 677
    Does NTB have a web site?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    he, he...that is the website. Just add .com
  • kurtamaxxguykurtamaxxguy Posts: 677
    NTB site referred me to BIG O tires out here on west coast. O web site completely useless for wheels. Local O store did have listing for forged wheels for the Maxx, but only in ugly chrome - pity.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    no luck on the tirerack website?..I selected mine there..though not forged..and purchased them thru NTB
  • kurtamaxxguykurtamaxxguy Posts: 677
    would be reducing unsprung mass and improving ride/handling. Doubt any other aftermarket cast wheel will be much better than what is on Maxx now.

    At least Maxx has aluminum suspension arms which already helps.

    Forged would reduce unsprung weight, but very few for Maxx right now. As for chrome wheels, in LA CA they'll yell "Yo take me home!" to the Maxx passerbys.
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