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Registered: ‎06-17-2014

DIY'er looking for guidance with 1st major Stereo Install

Ok. So i've just bought this 05 GMC Envoy XUV. It's got the Bose stero with touch screen DVD based navigation. It sucks. Bad. There is no current Navigation DVD. It's a single disc system, so even if i had a new NAV CD I would have to remove it to listen to a CD. It just sucks. So I want to replace it. I'm looking to go with a double din touchscreen unit. I want one that has bluetooth, USB, Aux, CD/MP3 and is XM ready. Something that will work with my Iphone or my wife's Android. Something that is compatible with the Bose system, keeps my Onstar and my steering wheel controls and that won't interfere with the chime and warning systes. My local installer wants almost $800 bucks to put int a $300 unit. Seems a little steep. So, I want to do it myself. I'm a very capable mechanic and electirician but i've not had alot of experience with stero systems. So what i'm looking for is advice on what type of equipment i should be looking at. Maybe brand or model suggestions. Even a handy dandy how to guide would be nice. So. Any experts out there willing to let me bend their ear?

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Registered: ‎03-20-2012

Re: DIY'er looking for guidance with 1st major Stereo Install

dash kit: 99-2003 $12.99

harness: GMOS-04 $99.99

antenna adapter: 40-gm10 $10.99

Steering wheel control: ASWC $53.99

TOTAL: $180.96

 

INDASH DVD LABOR: $99.99

STEERING WHEEL CONTROL LABOR: $59.99

TOTAL W/INSTALLATION: $340.94

add in your 300 dollar radio and you are at $640.94 before tax, saving your $160 compared to your local installer. 

 

those are the parts that you are looking at to complete that installation without losing any of your safety chimes for your vehicle.  unfortunately since we offer the service here in our stores no-one will be able to give you any information on how to do the installation, or tips/tricks. iour workmanship is covered for the lifetime of the vehicle along with a timely installation taking around 2 hours, and peace of mind knowing that if anything were to go wrong than any best buy in the NATION will be able to assist you.   Hope this helps you out,  if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to let me know! thanks for the question and welcome to the community!

 

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Registered: ‎01-26-2011

Re: DIY'er looking for guidance with 1st major Stereo Install

If you feel comfortable digging into your dash, it's not a difficult process to hook these things up. They usually come with fairly good documentation for installation, and with the right accessories, it's just plugging things in, mainly. 

 

The biggest thing is knowing which accessories and what-not you need to keep all your original equipment working, and it looks like autotech has given you a pretty good run-down of what you'd need. 

 

My recommendation is to scour the web for anyone with your vehicle that has information on a stereo install, and don't be afraid to spend some time watching videos of the process. It'll also give you a good idea of whether it's a task you can handle yourself or not.

 

Autotech says 2 hours for a professional install. If you do it yourself, I would allow a solid week that you can go without the vehicle to do the installation. You never know when you will run into a snag or need a part/piece you overlooked. Nothing like needing to use your vehicle when the dash is strewn across the garage... 

 

All that said... unless you are really interested in learning or the vehicle can sit long enough to do the install at a "hobby pace", I'd just have a professional do it. Spending $160 is worth it to avoid the hassle unless it's something you think you will enjoy doing.