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Old 02-18-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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I understand that varied systems are integrated thru the radio, but what exactly are the issues that make it so unique?

Both Peripheral and PAC have recently released products that allow you to add an iPod and still retain Satellite radio (as well as multi-disc changers and other goodies). These are offered for every recent Pontiac model except the Bonneville. Torrents, Vibes, Grand Prixs, etc. But not the Bonne. And Lucernes, Impalas, Park Avenues all in the '03-'05 model year range, but no Bonnevilles? What gives. Why is this specific radio so unique?

I'm taking back my second iPod FM transmitter today, because the sound quality is so poor. I'd rather do without the Ipod than listen to it sounding like an old transistor radio.

I may have missed something on either website, so I have emails into tech support at both of them. I'll post if there is a solution to my issue. I'm also going to stop at an audio installation place before work to get their input.
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I believe the difference you are likely referring to is related to the Dock-N-Lock connector on the back of the radio. Most of the time, these modules are connected between the radio and the factory wiring harness. This simply isn't easy to do (although not impossible) with DNL connectors. Many of the GM radios share the same connectors on the back of the head units which makes it easy for aftermarket manufacturers to integrate their products across several platforms.

The Bonneville is one of very few GM vehicles that use the Dock-N-Lock connector. This is also shared by some models years of the Oldsmobile Aurora and the Buick LeSabre. I'm not sure that any vehicle after 2005 was produced using this connection system. Therefore, it doesn't make a lot of sense for companies to produce a product for the older, out of date system.

Based on my own work with OEM head units, I suspect that in many cases these modules will work, but there would need to be some significant wiring changes in the vehicle for it to happen. In the newer vehicles, you are also dealing with the high and low speed GMLAN bus as opposed to the Class 2 Serial Data Bus. This changes things quite a bit as well.
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