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Old 02-17-2009, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok... So I'm now giving some attention to the GN now that the Formy is sold and I have some extra play money I want to do wheels, darker tint etc... on the GN. But how sad is it now that the 4 cars I have not one has a CD player The Formy was the only one I could play my discs in! So with all these CD's I want to put a CD player in the GN. What have you guys used? I just want simple CD player I don't need amps and bomb boxs tubes etc... just simple... What did you guys spend and how easy or hard was it to put in? I thought about taking it to a sound place but I hate to pay people to do things I think I can do
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Very easy, a good one can be had for under 200 bucks. If you get the wire harness adapter and know how to match colors and crimp connections, you are set. Phillyturbosix likes his newer GM monsoon unit I think.
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Ok... So I'm now giving some attention to the GN now that the Formy is sold and I have some extra play money I want to do wheels, darker tint etc... on the GN. But how sad is it now that the 4 cars I have not one has a CD player The Formy was the only one I could play my discs in! So with all these CD's I want to put a CD player in the GN. What have you guys used? I just want simple CD player I don't need amps and bomb boxs tubes etc... just simple... What did you guys spend and how easy or hard was it to put in? I thought about taking it to a sound place but I hate to pay people to do things I think I can do
I prefer the hum of six cylinders with a little turbo whine on top. We got a nice JVC from Crutchfields for Mary's Liberty. It has a digital tuner, remote, and an Ipod connector. If you get one let me know, we can put it in one evening or weekend.
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I prefer the hum of six cylinders with a little turbo whine on top. We got a nice JVC from Crutchfields for Mary's Liberty. It has a digital tuner, remote, and an Ipod connector. If you get one let me know, we can put it in one evening or weekend.

Sweeeeeeeeet thanks Dougie! I might patrol ebay for a good deal
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I prefer Pioneer brand CD players. I have had.one in my SS since I installed it in 2000 and also the T since 05. Oh yeah also my first car in 98 too. No problems whatsoever. Go to best buy/tweeter/ etc and play and see what you like, then go to ebay for a better deal. Make sure its not a refurb unit too. Let's us know what u decide to go with.
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I have an Alpine in my GTP - excellent sound quality but expensive as $hit. I used to have one in my GN, but someone else liked it better. Alpines have the benefit of really being expandable, but if you just want basic stuff then I'd second Jay's Pioneer recommendation - good bang for the buck, or a Sony.

Some of you may cringe, but I have a Dual in my beater VW that rocks! For under $200 it plays MP3 CDs, has an Ipod interface, AND connects to my phone via bluetooth. If the car ever dies I can park it in the back yard and use it as an office! I'm considering one for the GN.

If you get a radio locally - you can prob get the harness adapters from Circuit $hitty pretty cheap right now since they're going out of business.

Last but not least, it has to be said, DO NOT GET THE *GOSH DARN* CHEAP MOUNTING KIT THAT MAKES THE RADIO STICK OUT 6 FEET! If you go online you can find GM flush-mount kits that mount the radio flat like the stock radio.

PS - Check out HUMOUNT.COM, they make some AWESOME mounts but only fit newer cars. I'm going to ask them about making one for G-bodies.
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Adam,

Go to Cructchfield Find Car Audio/Video Gear that Fits Your Vehicle at Crutchfield! to find out what fits...search for a model that fits your needs and then shop: ebay, BestBuy, Circuit City (good deals now do to closing down), etc. Chrutchfield tends to be a little expensive but a good place to find what fits and get a starting point on cost.

We put a cheap Sony from Wal-Mart in my son's explorer that has ipod input and also plays mp3's...works and sounds great...I think he only paid about $120. Make sure it is mp3 compatable...you can burn your own CD's with hundreds of songs instead of 15-20 per CD.

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Old 02-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Adam,

Just uncap the test pipe so you can't hear yourself singing. See, I just saved you money for that next performance mod.

Seriously, I had a Pioneer cassette player in the Buick for the longest time and finally gave it up for a Sony Xplod. I was amazed at the difference in sound that I was missing. Not to say that the newer Pioneers don't have good sound.. I don't know. I just came across a deal on the Sony and it's like my amp and sub woke up.

Very good advice on this thread for a low cost unit.
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Sony has been mentioned a few times here... and you shold buy what you like but I have had several friends with Sony Xplod crap and thats what it did- Xplod when my one budy threw it out the window of a moving truck. He had nothing but problems(sounds quality, new CDs skipping, faceplate issues, pre amp outputs).
IMO stay away from Sony.
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I bought a stocker Buick radio with an AUX port modification from eBay. Costs like $85 plus $40 for a new harness adapter. I haven't tried it yet but it allows me to keep the stock look and have great tunes. I skipped over the whole Disc playing era and went right to digital

Personally I'm not a fan of any aftermarket radio i've seen in a GN. I like the classic look.
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I prefer Pioneer brand CD players. I have had.one in my SS since I installed it in 2000 and also the T since 05. Oh yeah also my first car in 98 too. No problems whatsoever. Go to best buy/tweeter/ etc and play and see what you like, then go to ebay for a better deal. Make sure its not a refurb unit too. Let's us know what u decide to go with.
I had a nice Alpine installed in my Camaro years ago... Never had a problem with it. I might stick with Alpine they are priced right and seem to play good. I'll get some pics up once I get one and install it.

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Last but not least, it has to be said, DO NOT GET THE *GOSH DARN* CHEAP MOUNTING KIT THAT MAKES THE RADIO STICK OUT 6 FEET! If you go online you can find GM flush-mount kits that mount the radio flat like the stock radio.

PS - Check out HUMOUNT.COM, they make some AWESOME mounts but only fit newer cars. I'm going to ask them about making one for G-bodies.
Do you know of any flush mounts Jeff?

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Adam,

Go to Cructchfield Find Car Audio/Video Gear that Fits Your Vehicle at Crutchfield! to find out what fits...search for a model that fits your needs and then shop: ebay, BestBuy, Circuit City (good deals now do to closing down), etc. Chrutchfield tends to be a little expensive but a good place to find what fits and get a starting point on cost.

We put a cheap Sony from Wal-Mart in my son's explorer that has ipod input and also plays mp3's...works and sounds great...I think he only paid about $120. Make sure it is mp3 compatable...you can burn your own CD's with hundreds of songs instead of 15-20 per CD.

Scott
Scott, Good call! I didnt even think about Crutchfield. Then off to Wally World!

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Adam,

Just uncap the test pipe so you can't hear yourself singing. See, I just saved you money for that next performance mod.

Seriously, I had a Pioneer cassette player in the Buick for the longest time and finally gave it up for a Sony Xplod. I was amazed at the difference in sound that I was missing. Not to say that the newer Pioneers don't have good sound.. I don't know. I just came across a deal on the Sony and it's like my amp and sub woke up.

Very good advice on this thread for a low cost unit.
Thanks Chris I owe you one problem is after 5 years of the turbo spool and dirt bike drone I need some tunes

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I bought a stocker Buick radio with an AUX port modification from eBay. Costs like $85 plus $40 for a new harness adapter. I haven't tried it yet but it allows me to keep the stock look and have great tunes. I skipped over the whole Disc playing era and went right to digital

Personally I'm not a fan of any aftermarket radio i've seen in a GN. I like the classic look.
I looked at these on ebay and they want around $250 for the "clean fit" stockers I just want a low cost juke box I told myself that I was going to leave the stock radio in to give that "unaltered" interior look but I think I killed that with all the gauges a few years ago. Time for tunes!
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It's not stock looking but I like this one! Sony Xplod CDX-GT130 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Her is the replacement for the one in Mary's Jeep JVC KD-HDR30 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com . It has a digital tuner in it. You can tell when it converts to digital. The sound quality instantly gets better and static is gone. Plus in digital mode most stations have 2 or 3 substations.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Awesome Factory Radio for GN

Hi,

I saw your post and thought of my situation a while back. When I bought my car it had a POS, malfunctioning Alpine in it. I hated the way that big, clunky plastic dash adapter/filler looked so I got rid of it and installed a stock factory cassette player. I soon remembered how bad the radios in the 80's were. I tried a couple of them and had varying results. Either the amp was too weak and the tuner was crap, or the tuner was good and the cassette player was bad.

Long story short was that I wanted a unit with factory appearance, but with a CD player. I found a guy on Ebay that refurbs and sells them. They are a direct fit, no screwing around with adapters or splicing and they have a nice powerful amp. The factory knobs off my old unit fit on this one and make it even look "correct". I don't know how nuts you are with the whole factory appearance vs. performance. I can say this, I couldn't be happier and it sounds WAAAY better than the stock unit from that year.

He's got one listed right now if you wanted to check it out. Just so you know, it's not me - and I don't have a stake in his sales. He's just a guy who sells great stuff and treats his customers right.

GM RADIO CD PLAYER BUICK GRAND NATIONAL/ MONTE CARLO SS - eBay (item 190287170034 end time Feb-24-09 20:29:16 PST)
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Thanks for the info bud. I'm sure it is a nice radio but its about $125 overpriced in my book. Espc. for a refurb
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