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Bonneville Radio Display

My 02 SE's radio display is fading, does anyone know of a quick fix for this situation?

Am I doomed to never see the left 2/3's of my screen again?


  • Bad news......

    I have a 00 SE and have not seen the radio display in years. Was told it was the LCD screen but big bucks (labor intensive) to pull dash apart and replace.

    If you find an easier solution, please share.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 22,850
    Isn't the radio actually an easy item to get to? They are modular. You can buy rebuilt ones on Ebay probably. I know there are people who rebuild the digital ECC units where the display numbers weaken (some are due to poor solder contacts on a subcircuit board that some people resolder themselves).

    I just checked and found a picture where the plastic around the radio is pried off. The radio is held in by 4 spring clips--they don't even used screws anymore!!!

    If your carspace page mailbox is set up, I'll send you a link for some pictures of how it's done. If not search Ebay. But you can take your own radio out and send it for exchange or whatever you find. Some people who do this on Ebay, e.g., have a customer friendly method of handling stuff.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • These tend to burn out after 5 yrs or so and my cousin replaired his for his mom and dad's Bonne. Now ours is going out too and he said he pulled the radio, popping the dash and then taking out 4 screws, (theirs was a 97) and sent it to a place he got from ebay, radio repair dot com or something like that. They have pictures of the various radios and replace the bulb and send it back for like 39 bucks postpaid. MUCH better than dealer estimate.
    So this is a common repair and sounds like an easy one to do at home.... but I haven't tried it yet because my daughter would rather be looking at a darkened digital clock than be without her music for a whole week......

    and by the way, everyone who has one loves these cars.... No one gets just one.
  • Hi. This is my first post to this forum. I just bought a used 2001 Bonneville and half of the display on the radio is out. I believe the bulbs behind the display may be out. I want to try replacing the lights/LEDs but if I disconnect the radio, and then reconnect it later, will that lock the radio? I do not have any locking codes, so I'm afraid to disconnect the radio.
    Also is there a way to find the locking code on my radio just in case I need it later?
  • lyndaloulyndalou Posts: 1
    My display went out in my 99' Bonneville, and I fixed it myself. It took a bit of searching for the right bulb, but with some help from my local dealer, we were able to order one. Shipping cost more than the bulb, but the total was only about $10. Just make sure you don't have the radio "locked" before you take it out and apart.
  • dcnewelldcnewell Posts: 1
    How do you remove a radio-cd player without ruining the plastic around it?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 22,850
    Various bulbs can be made to work from Radio Shack's assortment. I've seen descriptions of how people have done these.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 22,850
    The wood-like plastic trim strips typically pop out. Gentle test around different spots. It helps if you find a description with pictures that someone puts up that shows exactly how for your type car. And yours is in a console rather than the dash like I'm used to on H-bodies.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • I have popped the radio in and out so many times it's easy. You don't need your code if you put your radio back in. If you change the radio you will need to code it . . . I paid $49 at the bonneville dealer and they did it( ripoff).
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