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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Audio/XM/MP3

First of all, very interesting and informative message board.

I just bought a used 05' Maxx LS. The radio is NOT XM ready. I was wondering if it was possible to buy an upgraded factory radio that is XM ready (and maybe with an MP3 player) and have it installed. I'd prefer not to deal with aftermarket radios or those satellite radio receivers. I have talked to the parts department of two different dealers here and neither could answer that question. I was hoping someone here might know. Thanks!


  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Actually I am pretty sure your vehicle has uplevel CD radio (2 line display) so it "would already" be XM-ready. The issue you have is that the XM feature for the factory OEM system still requires a separate receiver module mounted in rear of vehicle which isn't in your vehicle (or the associated wiring or antenna/cable).
  • e2helper,

    How do you scroll through the RDS messages on my '04 Maxx LS 6 disc changer XM radio? It will read a phone number and cut off the last few digits. Thanks.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    For RDS and XM information I don't believe it is possible to scroll - you can only cycle between display modes. This is one area I always wanted to understand a little better.

    For OnStar phone number display I think it displays 10 digits which only covers a basic U.S. number with area code
  • Does anybody know a part number for the power button on the 6 disc XM receiver? Mine's peeling and the dealer can't help.

    Also, I have a noise that sounds like a rattle in the passenger mirror, the dealer was also unable to fix this under warranty so I'm on my own. Any ideas to what the problem is?

    Thanks for the help.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002

    Knob kit for 2004 Malibu radio is 22690637. Should be a cost of $5-$6 from dealer. Likely hard to get cheaper anywhere else due to shipping charges. Might just be one knob in kit because it is actually a couple pieces (inner pushbutton and outer knob). Don't know if both knobs on radio are the same - this one mentioned Power specifically.

    I was unsure about your comment on the mirror. I don't really have a suggestion anyways but was it something dealer thought they could fix - just not under warranty?

    FYI - the fact that your vehicle has XM option doesn't have much directly to do with the radio head itself. The XM receiver function is done by a separate electronic module in trunk. All but the base level radio in Malibu is compatible with this XM receiver.
  • I'm out of basic warranty now. The dealer replaced the glass gasket, but it didn't fix the problem. A bunch of empty promises later and the service department being fired, I'm on my own now out of warranty. The rattle sounds as if it's coming from the passenger outer mirror. It has become worse and can now be heard with the window down. It sounds as if something is loose and will come and go depending on the wind strength. Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.

    I've had really good and really bad service out of the dealer. I still have an oil leak, probably from the rear main seal as the pan has been done. I do have GMPP, but was told I may be responsible for the repair costs if they determine the oil brand is the culprit. I think that's nonsense but will think about that next time I purchase a vehicle.
  • Ive had my '05 MAXX for a little over a month and love it. The only gripe I can come up with is the radio. It seems the radio reception wants to cut out regularly, and when this happens it sounds almost like a cd skipping. I havent checked with the service department at the stealership yet but will be going in for service soon. Anyone experience this as well? Any input appreciated. Thanks
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    sounds like the radio needs to be can be done at the dealership..its a software upload they can done by simply loading a CD they have into the you have in popping sounds as well???
  • I am getting terrible AM reception on my Maxx. FM is fine, XM comes in clear, but the AM has a lot of interference, sounds like a radio I had with a bad ground.
    Has anybody experienced poor AM reception on their Maxx. The Dealership said the problem seemed to be intermittent and they couldn't find any problem. They reprogrammed the XM, but that has nothing to do with the AM.
  • Hi I own a 2004 Malibu Maxx and for some strange reason the CD's keep getting stuck in the CD player. I have gotten them out before and cleaned the cd player but now I have a CD in there and when I press the eject button it just makes a clicking noise and says either "No disc" or "Check Disc". Any ideas on whats going on and/or how to fix it?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    We're getting a bit afoul of sound systems here, but...

    Oil brand and warranty coverage?

    They have no business under Magnusson-Moss specifying any brand as long as the oil is SM and 5w30. The GM oil life monitor is calibrated for dino not synthetic oil. If you were running 20w50 racing oil or 10w40 in there and blew something out you've got another problem, but brands is brands: whether Pennzoil or SuperTech. Goodwrench oil is the same as Mobil 5000-- I think, although the formula may be slightly changed.

    There was an underlying GM spec for pumpability that still occasionally shows up on SM bottles but the SM spec. itself includes this performance. There were SL oils that could fail to meet this spec.
  • dragontatdragontat Posts: 3
    My wife has a 2005 Malibu Maxx LT and after the first 6 months of owning the vehicle a code pops up "DAB". It has been to the dealer about 10 times now with 3 different radio's, and after disconnecting the aftermarket CD changer that the original dealer installed. The dealership supposed to have talked to GM everytime but they don't know what the code stands for. Any help would be apprecieiated.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I have an 04 3-66 of the owners manual..DAB is an XM radio error message..indicating a hardware indicates if it doesnt clear within a short period of time..there may be a problem with the I would assume they are referring to the XM receiver.....
  • dragontatdragontat Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info. I will have the dealership look into that. My wife just recieved a letter from XM about analog and digital recievers. Hopefully that will correct the problem. Appreciate the help and quick response with this.
  • eronieroni Posts: 9
    Does anybody know how to remove the radio ? (2006 Maxx w/ single CD radio).
    Thanks for any help on this subject.
  • I recently bought a 2005 Maxx LS. I have been struggling to determine the best way to implement MP3 player access into the vehicle. I have read that this model does not have the required aux inputs to accommodate adapters that could be put on the car. I have also had no luck coming up with aftermarket stereo systems/faceplates that would allow me to do this.

    Can anyone help with more advice about this issue? The cost isn't really a factor. I just need to know which way to go, if there is one at all.

    We already own one of the higher priced FM transmitters, and its performance leaves something to be desired. I have even contemplated, in the event that no other options are available, a disruption in the signal from the stereo to the exterior antenna. This would allow the FM transmitter to have a better and more consistent signal. However, this would have to be something that could be turned on and off, and I don't know enough about it to ponder if this would even be possible...

    Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!!! I listen to audiobooks constantly, and would love to be able to listen to them via the stereo.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    if cost isnt a factor..replace the head unit...there is an adapter that allows you to maintain the DIC interface as well as the controls on the steering wheel...
  • Pao... Would you be speaking of the Metra 99-3303? Here is the link to one site offering it:

    I want to be sure and get the correct one if possible. Thanks for your response!!!! :)
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    yes that is one I have seen...there is also an adapter I beleive to keep the controls on the steering wheel as well
  • The noise you here in the passenger mirrror (visor) is wires for vanity lights you do not have.
  • Sorry, I posted this elsewhere but saw afterwards that it should probably be in here. :)

    My display screen on my radio is not working. I just bought the car (2004 Maxx). I have bought a salvage radio from a 2005, will it be compatible?

    Thank you.
  • Also, will it need a programming code to get it working?
  • I have a new radio in my 04 maxx but its locked. Any ideas how I unlock it?

  • You have to take it to the dealer and have the radio introduce it's self to the BCM. Pretty sure only the dealer can do this.
  • I got it done. Thanx.

    Now it keeps telling me to set the time. I set it but everytime I push any button, it still wants the time set. Any ideas?
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 399
    I bought my wife a Sirius Sportster for her '06 Maxx LT and wonder if anyone has been there before regarding removing panels, etc to route cables.

    It looks like the Mag mount antenna disc can be placed in front of the rear moonroof
    and routed under the gasket channel back to the cable through connector rubber grommet for the hatch brake light into the cabin. The FM antenna location should be the passenger rear quarter window (or hidden under that pillar to be closest proximity to the factory FM antenna)

    Has anyone removed the dash around the radio (I'd like to mount the pod next to the 4 way flasher and route the power and Sat and FM cables under the dash). Any hint on removing he radio area panel and rear panels would be helpful before trying to figure it out the hard way.

  • comem47comem47 Posts: 399
    I successfully routed the antenna cables to the front (not hard since they are so thin and slip under the moldings over the doors), but I still could use some advice on how the panel surrounding the radio and center ducts is attached. (so I can remove it and route the cables up to the duct near the 4 way flasher switch and then replace the panel). For those that are interested, as I mentioned in the previous post, there is a rubber channel surrounding the moon roof you can slip the cable into if it is preceded by a thin blade to lift it up a bit as you go, and when I got to the hatch I taped it down with some black tape and then ran it over to and under the rubber gasket around the hatch and then went tucking into the gaskets and crossing the pillars along the way.(all hidden). In looking so far I don't see any screws for the radio/vent surround panel, but I don't want to just yank on it (in case there are more than just pop pins retaining it.

    Anybody have the service manual that can quote the steps for the panel removal?

  • comem47comem47 Posts: 399
    Digging around a lot I found the info needed to remove the radio surround panel. In a word it's a bit of a chore. Briefly, a number of other panels need to be removed first
    (end dash panels, lower dash panels, chrome like divider strip panels, glove box, etc)

    A number of screws are involved with those panels before you take the final step to yank the radio surround panel. Be prepared to spend time to analyze first or otherwise I'd farm it out to an expert.

    Heres a link to get one stated, but remember the other panels need removal first. - - - html

    BTW: I found the self adhesive strip for the Sirius mount wont stick to the panel plastic (I have it mounted near the 4 way flasher button and removed the Malibu insert to feed my cables through (the flasher cable is a pain when removing the surround panel). I guess if one wanted to mount in the same area without removing everything you might be able to drill a large hole in the upper vent near the Malibu label and try fishing things down, but it might take some time. The location I feel is the best for the Sirius Radio dock (It's a Stratus 4, not Sportster as I originally wrote) I'm using the audio out to a Y connector feeding and external FM modulator for both the Stratus 4 and MP3 player (the internal FM modulator is poor and can be turned off if you use the audio out) I can still see and use the 4 way flasher button with the Sirius dock justified to the right on the "shelf" in front of the Malibu label.
  • I have a radio from an 08 can i hook it up in my 06 malibu maxx. i cant find a wire harness yet...will it be compatible?
  • I don't think you can make it work. You might get the radio itself to work but you will loose all of the driver information centre information. It is displayed on the radio in 06 and on the 08's it is displayed in the dash. So I don't know if you can get the 08 to display the DIC info. Good luck
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