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01-07-2013, 12:12 AM #1
onstar aftermarket compatibility?
i have possibly a dumb question. i recently upgraded from a 2004 to a 2012 Silverado. the new one has on-star and a basic CD mp3 player no sat radio but there is a button for it on the stereo. i like how directions show on the LCD of the stereo when using on-star. but i would like to at some point upgrade to an aftermarket stereo. but if i do that i don't want to get one with the same or less capabilities. is there one of those touchscreen nav stereo systems that will work with my current features while giving me the new ones? basically still have the onstar sourced directions still show on screen if i dont use its built in nav?
01-07-2013, 01:24 PM #2
Here's a question for you, after your free subscription of Onstar is up, will you be renewing it? If not, Then you wouldn't need an aftermarket radio to work with your Onstar. And if you decide later on that you want Onstar again, you can just use the controls on the rear view mirror unit.00 Chevy Tahoe LT, 5.3 4x4
01-07-2013, 02:01 PM #3
Also the back harness and modules you would have to buy to switch to aftermarket is going to be very $$. Would you like the nav display in the denali's touch screen unit? I think it would be easier and maybe cheaper to get a used unit out of an escalade/ denali etc and retain fectory options and functions. The days of wiring the speakers/ power/ ground for a new headunit are long gone because the body control module uses the radio speakers for turn sgnal chimes and warnings etc.01' 1500 LT Z71 ECSB 5.3L
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01-07-2013, 02:11 PM #4
SurrealOne has an after market radio with nav.
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01-07-2013, 02:48 PM #5
Just from experience with those I found its usually cheaper to go OEM with all of the systems that run through it that need to be delt with. Best bet is to call an installer to see what adapters are needed.
01-07-2013, 03:17 PM #6
01-07-2013, 03:57 PM #7
Do you want satellite radio?
You can call Walt over at Advent and talk to him about the OGM-1.
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01-07-2013, 07:35 PM #8
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Due to the off-topic subject path that this thread was going down, I started a separate thread and moved those posts there. If you'd like to continue the conversation about On Star and Blackbox tracking, please go to the following thread.
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01-07-2013, 09:32 PM #9
what to do
well when i switched out the aftermarket stereo out of my 04 i had to get the harness. the install on that on i did myself and it turned out nicely. as for keeping onstar, so far i am going to say ill keep it being that some places i go don't have good cell reception and i still have phone minutes from when i purchased the truck. i don't like how much they charge for min but they used to charge a lot more for the subscription service. i suppose its not a huge deal about keeping the onstart directions appear on screen. i know its cheesy, but its the first new vehicle i have ever purchased. and i figured i was not sure that even if i do get rid of a feature i may want it again for who knows what reason down the road. although if i switch out the head unit i would likely go aftermarket. simply because if im going to spend the money i want the better sound quality the extra features like apparently sat radio, and i want subs. i am not a fan of having those sat radios siting on the dash or windshield taking up space and having wires running through visible areas of the cab. the other thing that has me stumped is assuming i do at some point get the aftermarket stereo will the sat radio unit for the factory stereo work with an aftermarket or would that mean that im going to have to buy that component twice?
01-07-2013, 10:19 PM #10
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I'm not sure about other makers, but with the Kenwood, I still had to purchase a separate component for the SAT radio, even though my truck came with factory SAT radio. It wasn't too much money though if I remember correctly; I think less than $100 w/installation.
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