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OEM Nav or AM System?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by itmikeh, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. itmikeh

    itmikeh New Member

    Hey all,

    I am new to the forums and just bought my first Chevy truck. It's awesome! A 2005 Suburban Z71. I did drive Jeeps for a long time cuz a family member works there, but was tired of them and wanted a real truck!

    I have a problem with the factory nav/cd system on the truck. I already talked with the dealer and they said it would be a bout $500 to refurbish the nav/cd player. I know new ones are like 2k from GM - not happening!

    So, what I was wondering is if I should stick with the factory GM nav/cd system or can I go with an AM system? I want to leave the option open of using the onstar system sometime in the future, but what I don't know is how the factory nav system ties into the onstar. Are AM systems able to utilize the onstar?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. MS03

    MS03 New Member

    A OEM is easier to integrate into the Truck.

    After market has way more features and better sound.
  3. Stealth

    Stealth New Member 1000 Posts

    My vote is aftermarket, it will have increased capability and it should have better support than a factory system, just my vote
  4. ZSI52

    ZSI52 New Member


    Aftermarket systems are able to use the onstar feature. You just need to buy a harness adapter for it. My vote is for the aftermarket. If you decide to stay with the factory check out the prices for the Nav unit on www.gmpartsclub.com
  5. MS03

    MS03 New Member

    Some aftermarket units have harddrives that can store music.So I just it's what features you want.
  6. itmikeh

    itmikeh New Member

    Thanks for all the replies....I will prolly go with an aftermarket.
  7. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer New Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    OEM Nav or AM System

    Check out Crutchfield.com for your aftermarket system.

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