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Wait what do you mean splice? Do you mean just like basic cutting with a scissor or something and then connecting the wires from the harness to the wires in the car?
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When you buy a harness, it has bare wires on one end that match up to the harness that cones with the aftermarket stereo. They don't mean cutting and splicing any of the cars factory wiring. All of the splicing is in the aftermarket stuff. Then it plugs into the factory connector.
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Ah ok I get what you mean.
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D) IT'S $100!!! SERIOUSLY!!
You saying that as a good or bad thing? Because $100 to me sounds bad, especially when my deck isn't even worth $100 anymore. :S

That being said, I bought a $5 wire harness/adapter for my '02 Impala, simply because I don't have BOSE, Onstar and not worried about the chimes since there are dash lights for warnings and only about 5 chimes anyways.

My question is... ever so often I see a post that says "...you must keep the original radio in the vehicle somewhere and keep it plugged in or your gauges will not work and you will get malfunction lights in the cluster."

Is that true? again, not worried about audible warnings, I simply don't have the $100 to spend on the integrated adapter, vs $5 for one of these.

Also... I have another POST for this, but, if anyone knows where the red wire goes, please let me know. Thanks


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You saying that as a good or bad thing? Because $100 to me sounds bad, especially when my deck isn't even worth $100 anymore. :S

That being said, I bought a $5 wire harness/adapter for my '02 Impala, simply because I don't have BOSE, Onstar and not worried about the chimes since there are dash lights for warnings and only about 5 chimes anyways.

My question is... ever so often I see a post that says "...you must keep the original radio in the vehicle somewhere and keep it plugged in or your gauges will not work and you will get malfunction lights in the cluster."

Is that true? again, not worried about audible warnings, I simply don't have the $100 to spend on the integrated adapter, vs $5 for one of these.

Also... I have another POST for this, but, if anyone knows where the red wire goes, please let me know. Thanks

That is a very good question. If someone answers it, it may help with the questions I asked in this post, http://www.impalaforums.com/audio-vi...-pressure.html
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Going along with this post, a great way to figure out the parts you need for an aftermarket radio can be found by using these websites:
Metra Online | Welcome to Metra Auto Parts Online Warehouse
Home | Products by Scosche
iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future

I've personally found that the metra and pac parts are the best. But Scosche is there if you have no other option haha
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love your post dude! i had people cut the stock harness because theyre impatient/excited to get a new stereo and try to hook it up themselves. and i wanna slap em. but then i just charge them more! tehe! but ya most times when u order a new stereo like from sonicelectronix.com, the harness is free anyway. just do some research before u buy a new stereo. its not hard. and worth it.

i have a 2003 impala 9c1. all the chimes were disabled when i got the car. and there was so much extra wire laying around in that car it was ridiculous. a year later i still havent gotten all the wire out.

but since its a 2003. chevy did something wrong somewhere in there wiring. because in order for an aftermarket stereo to work. u have to run a wire from the red wire on the aftermarket to a fuse spot that turns on with the key. like with a bussman add-a-fuse. only on the 2003s. no idea y but thats what ya gotta do.

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Okay yall, I wish I would'vd found this site like a week ago.
Here's my issue. I have installed my aftermarket radio into my 2003 Impala. It's a Pioneer Deh-P710BT if that helps.

Now my dash lights and tail lights don't work. Also my defogger works when it want's to. Before I pulled out the factory radio I disconnected the negative from the battery to be sure not to blow any fuses during the install. I beleive I've properly identified the dash, tail and defogger wires. Now I just need to know what to connect them to.

I cut the stock harness. Wasn't being impatient, just thought I could install it like I did with my 2000 Malibu.
Another Quesition: If I reinstall the stock harness where can I find a aftermarket harness adapter compatable with my pioneer and Impala.

Thanks for the help

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Problem solved. It was a blown fuse. Now all the lights work and so does the defogger.

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well what i did to my uncles impala (2002) i went to auto zone and got the harness to the car just look at the back and it tells you the models and years and just hooked it up to the aftermarket radio and done jeje nice post
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Just to let people know, all 200 and up GM cars and 2003-up trucks need a specific harness or interface to keep everything working as if was stock. If you cut the harness you are just causing more of a headache for yourself. Whether it's a standard car with not high amenities to a fully loaded OnStar/Bose setup, you need them.
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I got a 2012 chevy impala lt, i want to install a stereo but am not sure what wire harness i need! CAN ANYONE HELP with some info?
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Sonicelectronix.com crutchfield.com or metra online can get you the correct adapter. Do u have OnStar?

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Anyone see a harness or anything else for 2014 impala? Crutchfield only has the replacement speaker sizes. I'm trying to add an amp and I am having a hard time finding any info. I haven't even managed to get the head unit out yet. Seems like there is too much involved in pulling the dash apart. I feel like I'm missing something.
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With the 9th gens, I'd be surprised to find much aftermarket gear for the stereo since it's so "embedded" into the vehicles operation. Not even sure if you could connect an amp to it or not - I'm guessing that it doesn't have any pre-amp outputs, so you'd probably have to use an "adapter" that allows you to use the speaker-level outputs (speaker wires) to add an amp - not entirely sure what drawbacks this introduces though - can someone (@RYD?) comment on adding an amp to a stock head-unit that doesn't have pre-amp outputs?

I just can't stand the direction that cars are going in regards to the radios... WIth some of the newer cars, there is just no way to replace the radio because they are *so* embedded into the vehicles operation (and dash). It's all fine and dandy for now, until a few years down the road when CDs become obsolete and the next "latest and greatest" thing comes out and you are SOL...

For people that really like car audio/video customization, it's a pretty big issue.

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