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Car Audio options on the Grand Prix.

Okay folks,

The CD player crapped out on the Grand Prix. In general, when replacing the stereo with some other brand, will the steering wheel controls still work? Those are pretty darn handy while driving.

I figure with all the car/stereo guru's on here, somebody would know. I'm not going for anything really fancy, just comparable to the one that I have in there now (maybe a bit better).

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Re: Car Audio options on the Grand Prix.

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Okay folks,

The CD player crapped out on the Grand Prix. In general, when replacing the stereo with some other brand, will the steering wheel controls still work? Those are pretty darn handy while driving.
Generally, NO. But I think that Alpine makes a box that interfaces between their HU's and the steering wheel controls to retain their function.

Try going to a reputable stereo shop (not Best Buy or Circuit City) and asking. I'd recommend Absolute Sound in McHenry. East side of 31 just south of 120.

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if you liked your stock headunit....you may wanna get another one off of ebay:

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I had a GTP for 4 years, so I know a bit about this...

There is a way you can connect an aftermarket stereo to the steering wheel controls...

But you'll lose your radio/CD options in your Heads-Up Display. So it's not worth it. Buy a replacement off eBay.
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I had a GTP for 4 years, so I know a bit about this...

There is a way you can connect an aftermarket stereo to the steering wheel controls...

But you'll lose your radio/CD options in your Heads-Up Display. So it's not worth it. Buy a replacement off eBay.
You mean the HUDs supposed to work after 35,000 miles? That thing crapped out LONG time ago. It occationally pops back, but is generally not there.

I bid on the Ebay one, but it's over $100 now. I'll see how it turns out.

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If you purchase an aftermarket receiver that has an infared remote control you should be ok. I used to be in that biz and I know there is at least 1 company that makes an interface which allows you to use the steering wheel controls along with an infared flasher to get this job done. You can also re-assign those controls to perform any feature that the new wireless remote control can do =) Feel free to contact Sounds Deluxe @ 630-887-9818 and ask for Gerry or Marty (the owners). Tell them you know me and the #'s should be pretty good.

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Yes there are 2 different boxes that allow you to still use the controls.

One is made by PAC and I don't remember the other. Try going to www.clubgp.com and ask that in the stereo section. It's been awhile since I was gonna put a stereo in my GTP and just never got around to installing the shit. It just sits in the damn closet, HOPEFULLY this year I'll get around to it


Also if you go with a stock radio TRY and find one with the graphic EQ as it's better then the other POS.


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You mean the HUDs supposed to work after 35,000 miles? That thing crapped out LONG time ago. It occationally pops back, but is generally not there.

I bid on the Ebay one, but it's over $100 now. I'll see how it turns out.

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You're kidding me bro....I ran my GTP until 122,000 miles then traded her in for a Bonneville (3 months ago). The only thing that ever crapped out was my left side steering wheel control bulb. The buttons worked fine, just the red bulb burned out. Everything else on that car ran tip top.

Several of my friends and family members all own Grand Prix (GT's and GTP's) I know they're all in the 70K+ milage range and their cars are fine too.


Sound like you got a lemon


PS - my dorky friends and family that all drive GP's are members of the Chicago Grand Prix Club. If you PM me some parts you are missing, I can have them post it to their members for people in the area selling them. Might be able to snag parts alot cheaper than eBay. Plus everything's local.
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I've got 112,000 miles on it. Aside from the belts getting destroyed by a leaking water pump, it's been okay. But last week on the way to Chills' the power window switch crapped out while it was down. The CD part actually broke a couple weeks ago. I did some damage trying to get the f'n window up, now it's officially hoopty and will probably be driven until it just craps out.

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Yeah, if you're already up there in that mileage range, you might as well let it fall apart. There's a real strong engine in there though, so you might be driving it for awhile. According to one of my friends, one member of their club is at 170K miles on his original engine and tranny.

But if yours does die soon, there's always that new 04' GTP Comp G to look at
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Yeah, if you're already up there in that mileage range, you might as well let it fall apart. There's a real strong engine in there though, so you might be driving it for awhile. According to one of my friends, one member of their club is at 170K miles on his original engine and tranny.

But if yours does die soon, there's always that new 04' GTP Comp G to look at
My needs have changed quite a bit since I bought this car right out of college. I'm currently leaning towards a Mazda 6 5 door or Maxima. I need decent gas mileage, towing capacity for a bike, and a manual transmission would be nice. The new Grand Prix's have less useful trunk capacity than the one I have now, which, albeit decent sized, can't fit shit in there because of the wheel wells.

Of course, by the time this car dies out there may be something else out there. Part of me wants to let it go when the tranny craps out (most likely to go first), but realistically, most transmission shops warranty their work for a year, so it should last that long if I replace it. A year's worth of car payments is way more than the $1500 or so for a tranny. I've been babying it with synthetic oil for 100000 miles, the motor better last.

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My needs have changed quite a bit since I bought this car right out of college. I'm currently leaning towards a Mazda 6 5 door or Maxima. I need decent gas mileage, towing capacity for a bike, and a manual transmission would be nice. The new Grand Prix's have less useful trunk capacity than the one I have now, which, albeit decent sized, can't fit shit in there because of the wheel wells.

Of course, by the time this car dies out there may be something else out there. Part of me wants to let it go when the tranny craps out (most likely to go first), but realistically, most transmission shops warranty their work for a year, so it should last that long if I replace it. A year's worth of car payments is way more than the $1500 or so for a tranny. I've been babying it with synthetic oil for 100000 miles, the motor better last.


I hear ya. I sold the GTP and bought the Bonneville, but really it was more for my wife. I'm currently looking for another car for myself , and I have the same needs. I drive around 500 miles a week for work, have to carry a trunk full of computer equipment and need good gas milage.

So I'm on (another) car hunt too.

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I hear ya. I sold the GTP and bought the Bonneville, but really it was more for my wife. I'm currently looking for another car for myself , and I have the same needs. I drive around 500 miles a week for work, have to carry a trunk full of computer equipment and need good gas milage.

So I'm on (another) car hunt too.

I hate shopping for cars....
May want to consider the Subaru hatchback line (eyeing it myself) or a Mazda3 hatchback. Get decent gas mileage, lots of room, and they don't chug gas. Only reason I need a V6 is for towing the bike and gear.

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Re: Re: Car Audio options on the Grand Prix.

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Generally, NO. But I think that Alpine makes a box that interfaces between their HU's and the steering wheel controls to retain their function.

Try going to a reputable stereo shop (not Best Buy or Circuit City) and asking. I'd recommend Absolute Sound in McHenry. East side of 31 just south of 120.

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Well, I hit this shop. The guy REALLY knew his stuff, didn't have to fumble for words. Using the steering wheel controls is possible, but it requires splicing into the wires from the wheel and putting in some other remote. It requires another transmitter in the roof console to shoot the beam to the stereo. I MAY do this later, but I'm not sure if the model I purchased can get this retrofit. Installed it is $160.

But the guy (tattoos and piercings) was quite helpful. Got all the stuff I needed on the first try, even the antanea adapter (OE doesn't plug into the Alpine). He knew the stock speaker configuration for the car? . Well, I'm not sure if he did or not, I don't know it.

Here's the one I bought. Same price as Crutchfield.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-JxmadXP...=1&cc=01&avf=Y

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if you liked your stock headunit....you may wanna get another one off of ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2470229881
Well, I got sniped a couple times, last one was for one from a car 2 years newer than mine, and jumped up to $130.

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You mean the HUDs supposed to work after 35,000 miles? That thing crapped out LONG time ago. It occationally pops back, but is generally not there.


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Typical...cheap GM gimicks.

I'd cheap out a reputable car audio shop first. Otherwise get a OEM repalcement... but realize that odds are around 1 in 10 that will probably crap out in another 30k or so.
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Typical...cheap GM gimicks.

I'd cheap out a reputable car audio shop first. Otherwise get a OEM repalcement... but realize that odds are around 1 in 10 that will probably crap out in another 30k or so.


I've got almost 90k and mine still working like the day I bought it. It's called electronics sometimes they work other times they don't.


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Now i've got the alpine in, but the f'n converter wire for the antanea didn't match up right Of course, I seriously damaged the 'GM' side of it. I'll have to give these guys a call and see if I can splice in just the end. Right now I have no radio.
I'm seriously thinking of just leaving my car completely bare of paneling in the front until I get the antanea to work. Shit's a bitch to take off, and I'm fairly certain I did some damage. Again.

Shit, what's next.

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