Impala Forums banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
The factory CD player in my '07 no longer works. I'd prefer to get another factory radio but I'm wondering what other radio options might have been available. Unless someone has a better suggestion I'm likely going to look for a replacement on eBay, preferably from a newer 8th gen since these don't seem to be good for much more than 10 years.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,803 Posts
The factory CD player in my '07 no longer works. I'd prefer to get another factory radio but I'm wondering what other radio options might have been available. Unless someone has a better suggestion I'm likely going to look for a replacement on eBay, preferably from a newer 8th gen since these don't seem to be good for much more than 10 years.
Your old unit was otherwise working OK?

I've not swapped a junkyard unit before, but I think it needs to be re-programmed to the new car. Not sure what all that entails.

Regardless, you will be dis-assembling the dash to get the old unit out.

One thought I had was, if you have a decent electronics repair shop near you, while you have the dash apart, try to get the old unit repaired. It may be something simple such as a broken belt or spring. That is, if you can get the old one repaired, you know for sure it will work in your car with no other issues. Plug and play.

Whereas, even after getting a junkyard unit programmed to work in your car, you may still find other problems with it, such as a couple wires don't match up (or the CD player is not working :) ).

You might need to ask around, but there are still some shops out there who can repair these. Or you can send it off, but that can be a pain and expensive. There are lots of phone repair places, so you might ask in one of those. They may also do radio repair, or can often recommend someone who does. Stereo installation shops may also be able to recommend someone.

HTH.

Doug

.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
You can also get a Rosen GM1010, GM1210 or Advent OGM-1 unit relatively cheap on Ebay. They are 100% plug and play touch-screen DVD/navigation units. They support all factory functions and look factory when installed. No dealer reprogramming is required this way either. Just another option.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
343 Posts

I chose the route that @jtrosky suggested (opted for a Rosen 1210) and couldn't be more pleased. The factory appearance plus improved sound quality and added source options made the upgrade a no-brainer for me.



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,386 Posts
^ Tesla/jtrosky, how hard is it to r&r the radios? What's the cost differential of the Rosen GM1010 and 1210?
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
^ Tesla/jtrosky, how hard is it to r&r the radios? What's the cost differential of the Rosen GM1010 and 1210?
It's extremely easy to remove the stock radio and install a Rosen/Advent radio. The hardest part is running the GPS antenna (recommend installing under dash defroster panel) and/or running a backup camera. Otherwise, you literally unplug the stock radio and plug in the Rosen/Advent. It truly is a plug-and-play install.

Regarding cost - it all depends. I think the GM1210 is like $600 brand new (if they are still making them) - otherwise, you just need to find one on Ebay and prices vary greatly. The hard part is finding the harnesses - they are becoming hard to find again (were plentiful for a while there).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
jtrosky,

Thanks for the feedback. I found this universal 1010 on eBay for what looks like a great price. Do you have any idea what I'd be missing vs a GM specific unit? One minor reason I wanted a comparable factory unit was because the turn signal clicker plays through the rear speakers. The stock stereo's electrical system is pretty simple so I don't think that would be a problem to integrate with. The turn signal indicator and the physical fit of the unit in the dash is about all I can think of off of the top of my head.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rosen-Car-show-DS-UN1010-Universal-2-DIN-Version-6-2-LCD-Navigation-DVD-BT/322445193745?hash=item4b133b3211:g:89oAAOSwEZdaOx6N
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
I'm wondering what other radio options might have been available.
If your CD player is dead, stream your music. I use the CRUX BTGM-33 Bluetooth Interface. This allows you to stream music from your phone via Bluetooth. Not only that it adds hands-free calling too.

The steering wheel controls work with this unit too. Call quality is decent, a little tinny, but not any worse than a factory option.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
41 Posts
jtrosky,

Thanks for the feedback. I found this universal 1010 on eBay for what looks like a great price.
You want the Rosen GM1010 or the GM1210.

According to Crutchfield, the Rosen DS-UN1010 will not fit the 07 Impala.

Not sure about the Advent OGM-1. Some compatibility guides exclude the 2007 Impala for the OGM-1.

There are many OEM CD Radios listed for the 07 Impala on Ebay. If you want to go that route rather than aftermarket, look for one that says unlocked.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
150 Posts
MP3 or iPod. The ipod Classic I have plays music real good, not flash based and with 11 Bose speakers, top notch sound.

I've never heard of a single CD player in car breaking. The 6 CD changers always break tho.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
jtrosky,



Thanks for the feedback. I found this universal 1010 on eBay for what looks like a great price. Do you have any idea what I'd be missing vs a GM specific unit? One minor reason I wanted a comparable factory unit was because the turn signal clicker plays through the rear speakers. The stock stereo's electrical system is pretty simple so I don't think that would be a problem to integrate with. The turn signal indicator and the physical fit of the unit in the dash is about all I can think of off of the top of my head.



https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rosen-Car-show-DS-UN1010-Universal-2-DIN-Version-6-2-LCD-Navigation-DVD-BT/322445193745?hash=item4b133b3211:g:89oAAOSwEZdaOx6N
I would avoid that "universal" Rosen. With the Universal model, you're going to need physical fitment adapters, adapters to make steering-wheel controls and warning chimes/turn-signals work and it probably won't support XM or OnStar if you use either of those. It also won't be plug-and-play. Since you are completely losing all of the benefits that make the GM1010 such a nice unit, I would probably just get a regular brand-name 2DIN instead of that Universal Rosen unit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Go to Crutchfield.com where can input you car make and model and get specific info about compatibility and if you buy it even comes with any harnesses and instructions specific to your exact car and new unit to be installed with ability to get help, if you get stuck or confused, by one of their tech guys.
It’s actually quite fun. But, I’m that kinda guy. Ya know, thinks H Depot,Lowe’s,Northern, H Freight are toy stores. Lol, Good Luck
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
Is your car Bose or non Bose? You can find these radios all day in a junkyard, but you would have to get them unlocked. Getting them unlocked through a dealer is a hit or miss, apparently GM removed the radio unlock function from newer Tech2 software updates.

You could also go with a MyLink radio out of a 2013-2017 Traverse if you want bluetooth audio streaming. They are plug and play for the most part, but voice recognition won't work unless you tie the radio to the OnStar box. They also have provisions for a rearview camera as well, if you wanted to add that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Is your car Bose or non Bose? You can find these radios all day in a junkyard, but you would have to get them unlocked. Getting them unlocked through a dealer is a hit or miss, apparently GM removed the radio unlock function from newer Tech2 software updates.

You could also go with a MyLink radio out of a 2013-2017 Traverse if you want bluetooth audio streaming. They are plug and play for the most part, but voice recognition won't work unless you tie the radio to the OnStar box. They also have provisions for a rearview camera as well, if you wanted to add that.

Non-Bose, it really is just a bare bones stereo. The Traverse option sounds like good plan and those years will give me a much newer radio than trying to find an equivalent Impala one.

Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
59 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Is your car Bose or non Bose? You can find these radios all day in a junkyard, but you would have to get them unlocked. Getting them unlocked through a dealer is a hit or miss, apparently GM removed the radio unlock function from newer Tech2 software updates.

You could also go with a MyLink radio out of a 2013-2017 Traverse if you want bluetooth audio streaming. They are plug and play for the most part, but voice recognition won't work unless you tie the radio to the OnStar box. They also have provisions for a rearview camera as well, if you wanted to add that.

zaharren,
I did some searching on eBay and found this. It looks like a nice unit but I'm wondering if it is indeed a straight swap for my non-Bose unit. Also looks like programming could be an issue but this seller has addressed that it seems.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-17-GM-Mylink-Intellilink-Acadia-Traverse-Enclave-BT-stream-Vin-programming/292393557656?hash=item4414039e98:g:V90AAOxyeglTZmby
 

Attachments

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
Just be aware that those Arcadia/Traverse MyLink radios don't fit exactly right in the Impala radio cutout. If I remember correctly, they have rounded corners, whereas the Impala radio cutout has square corners, so it leave a pretty noticeable gap at the corners. Also, I think another member that installed one had to figure out a way to tap into some sort of vehicle speed sensor (VSS, I think it's called) somehow for the GPS to work correctly.

Some people may be ok with the imperfect physical fit. Personally, it would drive me nuts though. :)

Again, just a heads-up on those few issues if anyone chooses to go that route. If you search the forums, I'm sure you can find the post with the pictures and more details.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,028 Posts
The gaps would drive me up the wall.
Does anyone make a bezel to adapt these?
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
Not that I'm aware of. For the life of me, I can't find the picture that someone posted after installing one of these in their 8th gen Impala. It would never "work" for me, but some people might be fine with it. All depends on how "picky" you are about things looking "stock". I know the picture is on the forum somewhere....
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
12,441 Posts
Here is a link to a Youtube video where someone did the same thing. It's kind of dark and hard to see, but look at the fitment at the top corners of the radio. That is what I'm referring to. Kind of hard to see in this video though.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
343 Posts
Fitment is pretty clear in this frame...



 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top