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  • Damn GM OEM radio... <a minor rant>

    So I've had a 2001 Chevy Impala since it was built, and 202,000 miles later I'm selling it. It still gets me through my 110 mile daily commute fine.

    So I'm looking at a Hyundai Genesis or Pontiac G8, then Pontiac goes byb-bye, and I don't like one quirk in the Genesis' suspension, so I'm waiting for the 2011 model, which will be a re-freshening of the model. And GM is hinting the G8 may return as a Chevy, maybe a Calais, or maybe an 'honest to God rear drive Impala SS'.

    So I just bought a 2003 Impala as a bridge for next 18 to 24 months. But I can't deal with the OEM head unit, search Crutchfield, and found a nice value in a DUAL unit with all the features I want. And so I spent last Saturday reviewing the 'how to solder' links on the Skiing Ninja's site, and then while only burning myself lightly in 3 spots, (oh OK, maybe the tip of right index finger is worse than lightly :rolleyes:), proceed to solder some 12 or so wires together, and give unit a quick test - it sounds GREAT! :yes:

    Then, while putting dash together, I realize the radio is getting almost zero reception. I think the cheesy patch cable that converts the GM mini-Motorola antenna plug to a true Motorola plug, (why would GM create their own proprietary plug, the 'effen' bastards :fryingpan:) is damaged, so I'm waiting on a replacement.

    Anyway, drove to work today, remember that's 110 miles in dog years, and the sound is great! :woohoo:

    Then you know what happens............










    ............I realize how bad the OEM speakers are. :doh! 1:

    Oh well, at least got this half way off the list of things to do before I tackle the Ninja Master upgrades for my RS1Ks.

    And the last few joints I soldered looked just like the finished ones in the 'how to' vids on YouTube. :biglaugh:
    There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
    -Cliff Clavin

  • #2
    The G8 is not coming back. Lutz floated the idea and Fritz shot it down shortly after.
    With a shovel...

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    • #3
      Gene,

      Not to worry. It's being revived under the new cap and trade agreement with some new green features and larger carrying capacity. I'm testing one out now. It will be the future of America.
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      • #4
        Oh, you're a funny boy Jack!

        Well, the new adaptor just arrived, lets take a 'look see', shall we?!?
        There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
        -Cliff Clavin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stereodude
          The G8 is not coming back. Lutz floated the idea and Fritz shot it down shortly after.
          Well that stinks.
          There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
          -Cliff Clavin

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          • #6
            GM floated the idea and the White House nixed it behind the scenes. The G8 is a gas guzzler built by non UAW workers and therefore it could not be part of the new GM. Buy a Ford or foreign car, you might actually get something nice.

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            • #7
              Option

              Look for a used Cadillac CTS-V. 2004 and 2005 used with low mileage go from low 20k-24k with LS6 engines. 2006-2007 with low miles and an LS2
              (updated LS6)go for around 24-27k.

              Mid size, nicely appointed 4 door sedan with 400 hp and a 6 speed. Believe it or not...this is actually a RELIABLE GM built car (I know that goes against everything you know about GM, but it's true). My best friend has one, it's scary fast and really nice, think it's one of the best kept secrets around.

              Also, through in a small cam and a decent intake your looking at 450hp, they were detuned from the factory and like to breath...

              Worth a look!
              "I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad...the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had..."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by etcarroll
                Oh, you're a funny boy Jack!

                Well, the new adaptor just arrived, lets take a 'look see', shall we?!?
                What? You like blue better?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CAK
                  Look for a used Cadillac CTS-V. 2004 and 2005 used with low mileage go from low 20k-24k with LS6 engines. 2006-2007 with low miles and an LS2
                  (updated LS6)go for around 24-27k.

                  Mid size, nicely appointed 4 door sedan with 400 hp and a 6 speed. Believe it or not...this is actually a RELIABLE GM built car (I know that goes against everything you know about GM, but it's true). My best friend has one, it's scary fast and really nice, think it's one of the best kept secrets around.

                  Also, through in a small cam and a decent intake your looking at 450hp, they were detuned from the factory and like to breath...

                  Worth a look!
                  Hate the Caddies, not big enough for me, my Impala has a roomier interior.
                  There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
                  -Cliff Clavin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TooManyToys
                    What? You like blue better?
                    Robin's Egg Blue would be better.

                    Wasn't the adaptor, so Crutchfield is sending me a new headunit. I'm cranky now. Imagine if the stupid antenna is the problem?!?
                    There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
                    -Cliff Clavin

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by m-fine
                      GM floated the idea and the White House nixed it behind the scenes. The G8 is a gas guzzler built by non UAW workers and therefore it could not be part of the new GM. Buy a Ford or foreign car, you might actually get something nice.
                      I like the new SHO, but its $10k more than the Genesis, can't justify that.
                      There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
                      -Cliff Clavin

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CAK
                        Believe it or not...this is actually a RELIABLE GM built car (I know that goes against everything you know about GM, but it's true). My best friend has one, it's scary fast and really nice, think it's one of the best kept secrets around.
                        Did they ever fix the rear axle / differential problem?
                        With a shovel...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by etcarroll
                          Robin's Egg Blue would be better.

                          Wasn't the adaptor, so Crutchfield is sending me a new headunit. I'm cranky now. Imagine if the stupid antenna is the problem?!?
                          Here's Bob running the other one.
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                          • #14
                            Have you taken that into the pine barrens yet to test the brakes?
                            There's a fine line between gardening and Madness.
                            -Cliff Clavin

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                            • #15
                              We can't. They don't want us to scratch the paint.

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