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Old 12-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hey guys - First time here, thanks in advance for the help. So, I have a 2013 Silverado with a base radio - No CD, no aux...just am/fm. I want to swap it with a stereo from another Chevy. Its the type of radio with the large volume **** in the middle. Tried a stereo from a 07 saturn, same radio, but made weird sounds through speakers. Then tried one from 07 IMpala, lights came on, but nothing on screen and no sound, and cant use any buttons.

anyone have some ideas for me. dont want to go aftermarket to avoid new harness for chime and extra costs.....what stereos will work, or do i have to do something with this impala radio i tried??

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Nothing will probably work outside a couple year range. Oh, added cost? If you swap in a GM radio, dealer will have to program it with your VIN. Yes, radios are VIN specific and actually talk to your other modules...PCM/BCM/TCM etc etc. If the radio VIN doesn't match the PCM VIN, it won't work.

So...to make things easier. Your actually better off getting an aftermarket stereo, harness and chime module to make it work CORRECTLY. If you go in and start chopping this and that, you can actually cause more damage than one would think.
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correct there is no stock unit that will be cheap once you add dealer programming.

however if you get aftermarket unit from sonic electronics or cruthchfield they give you the mounts and adapters free or cheap. or for the wiring you can do as i did and get the cheap wire adapter from ebay and get rid all the annoying noise the car makes. if you get the either the expensive or the cheap one you have to run the power wire to the retained acc circuit, just use a fuse tap and then none of the factory wires will be cut and it will work as the factory unit did
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