My Beef with Chevy
So my girlfriend recently lost sound in her driver door speaker, which means she lost all chimes and warning sounds. I spent the better part of Sunday night replacing the front pair of speakers, and I wanted to share some of my frustration.
Let me preface this by saying I have always been a GM man and this experience does not change that, but I still need to get this off my chest. I have four main issues with Chevy regarding this speaker replacement.
1) Why did Chevy stray from using the traditional turn signal flasher for chimes? What happens if the front driver speaker goes out? All the chimes are gone. This may have been an interesting idea at the time, but it doesn't work in the long run.
2) Why are the front speakers mounted to the door using a single screw? The pivot "hinge" at the bottom of the door is insufficient in my opinion to evenly secure the speaker to the door. I would prefer to have seen 4-6 screws spaced evenly to apply consistent tension.
3) Why is the speaker hole non-symmetrical? When you take off the old speaker, you're left with an oddly shaped hole in the door that you cannot simply replace with a circular 6.5" speaker. You MUST either replace with a new factory speaker or fabricate something to make a non-stock speaker fit. Which brings me to my last point.
4) Why is the speaker completely enshrouded in a plastic mount? There are no screws that would allow the speaker to be removed and replaced. I did not want to buy a GM factory speaker (sound quality snobbery), so I had to Frankenstein the existing speaker mount to remove the blown speaker and then drill holes in the mount to accommodate an aftermarket speaker.
All in all, this project was a success, but it should not have been as difficult as it was. I'm interested to see if anyone else has encountered these issues and what their take is on the matter.