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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-11-2016, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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So I was looking to replace my 2006 cobalt ss factory radio with an aftermarket one, but whenever I select one on a website such as crutchfield it says it's not compatible with the factory subwoofer. Is that because you need to buy an amp for it to work? I really don't know much if anything about car audio (or audio in general) and was wondering how that worked. Also if anyone has any good recomendations for head units around or under 200 that support back-up cam I'd be happy to hear them. Thanks for any help.
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So I was looking to replace my 2006 cobalt ss factory radio with an aftermarket one, but whenever I select one on a website such as crutchfield it says it's not compatible with the factory subwoofer. Is that because you need to buy an amp for it to work? I really don't know much if anything about car audio (or audio in general) and was wondering how that worked. Also if anyone has any good recomendations for head units around or under 200 that support back-up cam I'd be happy to hear them. Thanks for any help.
The problem you run into when you use an aftermarket market head unit, is that the adapter harness by passes the the amp to the factory sub. There may be a way to make it work, but I don't know how to. What you could do is buy a sub that will fit in the factory box, pair an amp with with it, swap your head unit and call it a day.

As far as head units I'm a fan of Pioneer and Alpine. Pioneer's cheapest double din that supports a backup cam is the AVH-170DVD on crutchfield its about 190 but you may find it cheaper else where. Don't forget you need the harness, installation kit, and antenna adapter as well.

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you need to get the proper interface, just a small blue box that makes everything work, you can buy them below. This one is for a car without onstar. with this any new head unit will use your fastory speakers and sub still.

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you need to get the proper interface, just a small blue box that makes everything work, you can buy them below. This one is for a car without onstar. with this any new head unit will use your fastory speakers and sub still.

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When I looked up that exact part on crutchfield it said that it didn't fit the 06 chevy cobalt. I also found the same part on amazon for much cheaper. http://www.amazon.com/PAC-C2R-GM11B-Replacement-Interface-Vehicles/dp/B00195JNA8 Is crutchfield wrong on this one? Thanks
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well i have it in my car and everything works just fine
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well i have it in my car and everything works just fine
Is your car an 05 or 06 SS?

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look and see when your 06 ss was manufactured. The late 06 and 07 cobalts used different wiring harnesses I'm pretty sure.

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i have a 2006 ss NA works just fine with EVERY car i've put one in. i have not put one in a car with onstar yet tho.
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The 05 and 06 harness is completely different then the 07+ harness. 05 and 06 ised a differnt radio. 05 and 06 the audible alerts are played through the cluster, 07+ they are played through the radio. The harness for the 07+ is pretty pricy.

I have ordered from Crutchfield before and have not any issues with parts they have said work.

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My sounds are played thru the radio and i own a 2006.
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