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Chevrolet Malibu Audio/IPod/XM Sirius

skeevedudeskeevedude Posts: 1
edited April 15 in Chevrolet
Do any of you know of an Ipod to factory radio solution that will let me control an ipod with the steering wheel controls. I have the single CD radio.


  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    its coming..but dont know if it retrofits to your headunit...may want to check with dealership:

    General Motors Announces iPod Integration - Bringing Music to Drivers' Ears
    Fully integrated system debuts on Chevy HHR in October
    GM plans to include device on its entire 56-model lineup

    DETROIT, Mich. – Because great cars and great tunes should travel together, General Motors has developed an affordable, all-new iPod adaptor; allowing music lovers to use their iPod with the factory-installed audio system in GM vehicles, beginning this fall.

    The device, called “Personal Audio Link,” will sell at GM dealerships for less than $160 at MSRP, plus installation. It will be introduced in October on 2006 and 2007 model year Chevrolet HHRs, already one of the industry’s most personalized vehicles, with more GM vehicles scheduled to be added by the end of this year. Designed specifically for the iPod, GM expects to make the device available on all of its 56 vehicle models – mostly by the end of 2007 – meaning GM will offer the widest range of vehicle applications for iPod integration in the industry.

    “We understand that people want to use their iPod whenever and wherever they want,” said Mike Jackson, GM North America vice president, Marketing & Advertising. “We’re thrilled to offer an awesome, seamless digital music experience to our customers across our entire portfolio of great cars and trucks.”

    Vehicle personalization is embedded in today’s vehicle purchase and ownership experience. Nancy Philippart, executive director, GM Accessories, believes that iPod and GM vehicle personalization are a perfect fit.

    “With our simple, affordable system, our customers can plug their iPod into their vehicle audio system and get what they want – clear, quality sound as well as access to playlists and artists’ names,” said Philippart. “Because the Personal Audio Link was designed specifically for GM vehicles, the level of integration our system offers is unmatched in the market.”

    The Personal Audio Link iPod adapter, about the size of a deck of cards and not visible to the customer once installed, uses existing radio software, and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio band. (XM does not need to be activated for the system to work.) This provides improved sound over FM modulated systems, and better control and display over FM modulated and CD changer interface units.

    The system displays song artist, title and genre on the radio display, and allows song selection by genre, playlist, artist and album. In addition, Podcasts and audio books are no problem. Personal Audio Link enables the user to store, sort and select their favorite Podcast or audio book by title. In vehicles equipped with steering wheel audio controls, those controls will also control volume.

    Once the device is installed, the customer plugs the iPod into an interface cable in the glove box, where the player can be safely secured and stowed. The device also charges the iPod while the vehicle is operating.

    “We know our music-loving customers have been clamoring for a system like this, but we were determined not to go into the market with one unless it was truly integrated, easy to use and affordable,” said Philippart. “I think this system will be music to our customers’ ears.”

    Personal Audio Link Key Features – At a Glance

    -Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicle’s factory installed audio system

    -Charges iPod when ignition is on

    -Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays

    -Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist

    -Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds

    -Select “shuffle” function to mix music

    -Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list

    -Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title

    -Control volume from steering wheel controls

    -Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)

    -Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 225
    I've been looking for the past year and have continued to come up empty. Hopefully GM's solution will work on pre-07 models. With the 07s having what appears to be an identical head unit as the 04-06 Malibus we can only hope. Maybe they'll be here by Christmas time.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I don't think it will work with current model of Malibu (04-07). Not until the 2008 model (which comes out before end of 2007 so the article is still correct, I guess). :(
  • It has been tested, I am the owner of Integration Solutions, and we have it tested and working

  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 225
    I might have to look more into this, I've been looking for one forever. The pictures show the correct radio that's in the Malibu/Maxx. If anyone purchases one make sure to let everyone else know about how it works.
  • e2helper, I have a question. My XM on my '04 Maxx went out after the DIC read Check DAB. Now XM is no longer an option when I press the band button on the radio. I've had my radio replaced 3 times, but this is the first time its gone out completely. Any ideas?

    P.S. Where is the XM module located in the Maxx?

    Thanks for your help.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    My apologies, I misread thread title. I meant to refer to the dealer-installed kit that GM has coming out first on the HHR.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    The XM module is located in rear cargo area on right side of vehicle behind trim panels.

    When the band button on radio doesn't display "XM" that doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong with radio so I hope dealer was replacing it that many times for something else as well.

    What it does mean is that the radio has lost communication with the XM receiver and so it doesn't display XM.

    This checking of XM receiver presence happens on every ignition cycle and so sounds like more likely concern with be with XM receiver - which is why you want to know where it is ;)

    Curious - does your keyless entry work on vehicle? The XM receiver and keyless entry module are on same fuse.
  • Hope someone can help.
    My 04' Maxx's CD changer will not operate. Everything else functions however the CD player will not play, eject, switch cd etc. Does anybody have any ideas. Is there a reset switch. This all began after having the battery die and jump starting the car.
    Thanks in advance,
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Pull the radio fuse for 10 seconds, fuse left passenger kick panel.
  • Tried the fuse. Now the player doesn't seem to know that there are disc in it. Displays "no disc" when eject button is pushed?
    Besides being a pain one of the disc in there is from the library and is due back!
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Sorry, that is the only procedure I have used to get the CD to function.
  • Thanks for the help. Guess the head will need replaced.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Had the same problem with mine ,GM replaced the unit under warranty , I'm lucky.

    If the changer is replaced with an after market unit won't you loose the display information from the computer, trip, mileage and oil life info?
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    Hi, All

    Hope it's the right forum for this....

    I am looking for a solution that would allow me to have some kind of MP3 playback in my 05 LS.
    Ideally it would be a DVD player or a some kind on flash based player - like an SD card slot or USB port...
    But what can be realistically done with Malibus ? Maybe be there's a way to put at least AUX in in it ?

    Any experience on the subject ?
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    FM transmitter from IPOD is the only thing the comes to mind.....DLO has a product that would allow an IPOD to sit in the product and broadcast via FM......I have seen it work simultaneously across three cars parked together....

    not sure you can add an aux jack to it
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    there is an adapter that will allow you to keep the DIC info..but last I saw it was running $200 plus.....not including the aftermarket head unit...
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    i tried inexpensive fm transmitters (non-ipod) and found that the sound quality is not suitable for music.

    not sure if iPod's transmitter is good or not. Besides i don't own an iPod, so spending 200-300$ for iPod and the transmitter...not so sure about that :)
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