May want to check that it will work with an 06 LS. Seeing from what I know it is for 07 up.
Damn, I'm glad you mentioned this - I obviously overlooked the fact that the OP has a 2006. However, that being said, I will say this - Rosen told me that the 2006 Impala was originally listed as being compatible with the GM1010, however, they had to remove it because there were some compatibility issues with the XM tuner in the 2006. So according to Rosen, it will work actually fine in a 2006 - all except for the XM radio. Since the OP has an LS and doesn't mention that he has XM, I have a feeling that will be a non-issue for him.
Also the Plug and Play is great as long as you don't have steering wheel controls and the Unit is little under power for aftermarket speakers in general. It is only 25 Watts RMS... IF you were to get this unit I would be sure to find the DP-1011 so it can connect to a Amp.
For the record, steering wheel controls continue to work fine with the Rosen GM1010 - as do things like warning chimes and OnStar. Unlike aftermarket units, you do NOT need ANY extra adapters for this kind of stuff.
And personally, I would disagree that 25W RMS is under-powered for aftermarket speakers (in general). I put Pioneer D-Series speakers in my 2012 (which aren't exactly the most sensitive aftermarket speakers) and the Rosen provides MORE than enough power for them (and I like my music pretty damn loud). The VAST majority of people will not need an amp with the GM1010. That being said, you can always add an amp later if you wish, but from my experience, it's just not needed with the GM1010 - even with aftermarket speakers. Just for a quick comparison, a $1500 Alpine GPS headunit (INE-W967HD) is only 18Wx4 RMS. 25Wx4 RMS is one of the more powerful aftermarket decks you will find. Obviously, if you add subs, you're going to need amps, but for most people, 25Wx4 is more than enough power from my experience.
Don't know if it has changed from the day I used. But the NAV Card has to be plugged in all times to work. Once my son took out the Card thinking he could get some of the music off the thing and when I went to use the Nav it was locked out until I got the memory card back from him. It may have changed from back in the day if the card is lost or damaged your NAV is gone as well. Seeing it holds the LIC to the unit. Again this may have been updated and unlocked by now as I didn't know that at the time until I had to Read the manual trying to get it to work when my son had the Card...
These used units do NOT come with the GPS SD card. However, I have a .zip file that I will share with anyone that requests it that contains an "enhanced" version of the GPS app that is NOT tied to a specific SD card - and can also use maps that you can download from the internet (shh, don't tell anyone!). :-) The version of the GPS app that I will provide also includes MANY enhancements over the version that Rosen provides.
Also, these units have 2 SD slots - one dedicated to the GPS app (which, like you mentioned, must be installed in the unit at all times) and one dedicated to media (music, videos & pictures). So you would not be putting any media on the GPS SD card (since the Rosen can't play it anyway). All of your media would be on the SD card that is dedicated to media. So the ONLY reason that you'd ever need to remove the GPS SD card is if you wanted to update the maps, install a new skin or perform some other GPS-related customization. Otherwise, the GPS SD card should never be removed (there is no need to).
It is a nice Radio, I like the options it has. If I had a car to use it in today I wouldn't buy it again myself. 250 for a for sure working unit is a Great deal. 250 for one that may or may not work. Not sure it is worth the Risk. I can blow 250 in a better way.
The seller of these used units will exchange any units that are not working properly. So you will get a fully working unit. Of course, there is always a chance that it will develop a new problem after receiving it, and there is no warranty on these, but again, from experience, these things are very reliable. I bought a used one over 3 years ago and it's still working as good as the day I bought it. I've also sold about 8 of these to other forum members and not one has run into any issues. Like I said, there is no guarantee that you won't have issues, but the track record is really good for these units from my experience. Honestly, for $90, personally, I would buy 2! Once this seller sells all of these units, they are going to be very hard to find again. Get them while you can! I've found that this guy just purchased all of the units that Rosen used to sell as "Refurbished" units on their web site (before Rosen was bought by Aamp) - which is why this guy has so many. Before that, these things were going for $350+ ($350 was a good price!) used on Ebay when the popped up (which wasn't very often).
I was selling kits (GM1010 head-unit, main harness, backup camera harness and GPS SD card, with a 30-day no-questions-asked money-back warranty for about $275) - and people were VERY happy with that deal - now you can get them even cheaper from this seller (minus the money-back warranty, obviously).
That was the first thing I asked the seller on ebay this morning, because I haven't found any info that says it will go in my '06. But I haven't heard back from him yet. I don't mind doing a little customizing, as long as it is back inside, and would not be visible is I were to put the factory unit back in for some reason.My rear speakers are 45 watt rms, the door speakers are 35 watt rms, and the tweeters are 49 watt rms. I guess I thought that 25 watt rms would drive them pretty well, what do you think. I also have no Idea what the factory head unit puts out, so I can't compare it electrically to the Rosen.
In my opinion, you will be more than happy with the 25Wx4 RMS that the Rosen provides. Also, since this is a plug-and-play unit, you can easily put the stock head-unit back it if you wanted to. The Rosen bolts up just like the stock head-unit does - no changes needed. My Pioneer D-Series speakers are 60W RMS (6.75" door speakers) and 80W RMS (rear deck 6x9 speakers) and the Rosen drove those speakers great without an amp - and I like my music loud. :-) The stock head-unit in this car is less than 10Wx4 RMS I'm sure.
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