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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2015, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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Replace Stereo and Keep Steering Wheel Controls?

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I have a 2006 LTZ that does not have an Aux jack or Bluetooth in the radio. I was looking to add them in but to do so with a gateway device is going to end up being $150 - $200. I'm wondering if it would be cheaper to just buy a new stereo that already has these two things built in.

My main question is, is there a way to replace the factory stereo and still maintain use of the steering wheel controls for volume, radio tuning, etc. I don't know how all of that interfaces together but usually see people saying you lose the wheel controls if you replace the stereo. Just didn't know if that's always the case or if there's a way to connect them to the new stereo and make them still work.

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try getting an unlocked 09 cobalt stereo on ebay. some have the aux jack and usb port. cost about $70

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I don't think the 09 will work with the 06. I have an 06 and wanted the newer stereo but it requires a lot of rewiring and some of the steering wheel controls won't function correctly anymore.

If you want to try the 09 one there is a how to up on how to make it happen.

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I know I really wanted the 2010 radio in mine with the USB and AUX port.

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I actually found that I can install one of the iSimple gateway things to get the Aux port and then could get something like this to add Bluetooth externally. Have to have the dongle thing there but looks like a decent solution.
http://www.amazon.com/Streambot-Wireless-Bluetooth-Streaming-Receiver/dp/B00MJMV0GU/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t
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Isimple is expensive tho. Rather get an after market stereo for that price. And it comes with bluetooth connection
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 09:31 AM
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You have probably already replaced your stereo but I have an 05 cobalt and bought a new radio with USB and Aux outputs from Crutchfield. They have all the wiring and adapters so your steering wheel controls will still work properly, and you just unplug the old one and plug in the new one. Everything works great on mine.
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I actually found that I can install one of the iSimple gateway things to get the Aux port and then could get something like this to add Bluetooth externally. Have to have the dongle thing there but looks like a decent solution.
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