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Old January 6, 2010, 12:50 PM
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The BB suggestion might not be bullsh*t. Considering how the radio is intergrated into the other controls and functions of the car... its entirely possible that a dash kit and new wiring harness will be required before you can even put in a deck... Not easy.
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Old January 6, 2010, 02:27 PM
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I had the same comment from FS a few years back about my Dodge Caliber.

Bullshit.

Specialized companies like Metra make dash kits with a special harness to allow the car's controls to still work, even though the head unit is gone. Kits like this one: Pontiac G5 2007-2008 Car Stereo Radio Dash Kit complete - eBay (item 390123179030 end time Jan-24-10 07:28:20 PST). My car still has all the bells and whistles, even though the head unit is gone.

If you do go for a high-power sub (and with your music style, you will), then I highly suggest a capacitor so the car lights don't dim... ;-)

My car:
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Deck: Clarion ProAudio DXZ755MC
Glareshield speakers: Pionner tweeters
Front doors speakers: Pionner 2-ways 6x9
Back doors speakers: Pionner 2-ways 6x9
Subwoofers: Dual Clarion ProAudio XW1000 (2004 subs)
Enclosure: Q-Logic sealed
Amp (Front/Back): Orion Cobalt 430 (dates back to 1997)
Amp (Sub) Orion HCCA 225 @ 1 Ohm mono (dates back to 2000 - old school rocks)
Capacitor: PowerAcoustics 1 Farah

FYI, everything was bought used, except for the cap.
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Old January 6, 2010, 02:53 PM
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I remember that exact Orion series....
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Old January 6, 2010, 03:18 PM
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I had the same comment from FS a few years back about my Dodge Caliber.

Bullshit.

Specialized companies like Metra make dash kits with a special harness to allow the car's controls to still work, even though the head unit is gone. Kits like this one: Pontiac G5 2007-2008 Car Stereo Radio Dash Kit complete - eBay (item 390123179030 end time Jan-24-10 07:28:20 PST). My car still has all the bells and whistles, even though the head unit is gone.
Wait, so that item has the wire harness all ready to go?
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Old January 6, 2010, 03:25 PM
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I remember that exact Orion series....
Then you are probably an old fart just like I am.
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Wait, so that item has the wire harness all ready to go?
Yes, it's called a patch harness. Any car audio shop should carry those kits.
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Old January 6, 2010, 03:53 PM
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I see now what they meant at BB about that $150 harness. They wanted to go the shitty route of keeping the old factory head unit in by placing it in the trunk with extremely long wires and a cover, which would end up taking the entire car apart. I just checked out the Metra site and their instructions are very clear and what their adapter kits do. Thanks 3.0charlie for showing me that!
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Old January 6, 2010, 08:11 PM
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I see now what they meant at BB about that $150 harness. They wanted to go the shitty route of keeping the old factory head unit in by placing it in the trunk with extremely long wires and a cover, which would end up taking the entire car apart. I just checked out the Metra site and their instructions are very clear and what their adapter kits do. Thanks 3.0charlie for showing me that!

Say whaaaaat? Forgive me then for being so wrong, I thought BB was better nowadays - guess they're still a munch of morons. Go to a smaller electronics store that carries car audio (I used to work for one) or a professional car audio shop if you don't want to do any of the work yourself.

I personally always buy generic harness adapters and solder them together with the deck's harness instead of paying anyone.
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Actually since your Pontiac is a GM product, it has On star integrated into it and you do need to get a bypass kit for it, assuming you want to keep the on star. Who knows, you might hit a deer like in that old ad. I don't know what your driving habits are like.

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You're going to want the PAC Radio Bypass kit.
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He said his was a base model G5. So, no On-Star.
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