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Old 08-28-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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What do I need to know about choosing the correct factory replacement for my Redline. It came with a cheap aftermarket in it that bypassed the stock sub and sounds pretty crappy. I'd like to get the sub back and just have a better overall sounding system. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-28-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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What do I need to know about choosing the correct factory replacement for my Redline. It came with a cheap aftermarket in it that bypassed the stock sub and sounds pretty crappy. I'd like to get the sub back and just have a better overall sounding system. Thanks in advance.
You must install a used MP3 capable radio from a 2004-2005 Vue (option code US8 for single disc or US9 for six disc). A radio from a 2004-2005 Ion would also work, but may not sound quite as good because it is calibrated for an Ion instead of a Vue. You should expect to pay no more than $50 for a used replacement from a local junkyard or eBay. A used radio is a direct plug & play swap, but a brand new radio requires calibration.

If the stock sub is not working then they bypassed the factory amp (assuming the sub is not blown). This means you'll need to undo all of the wiring changes the previous owner made. I've linked the wiring diagrams you'll need below. Hopefully, they at least used a radio adapter harness and didn't just cut the plug off. The correct replacement plug is Metra 71-2102 if you need it.

2004-2005 Saturn Vue with AAS-premium-sound-radio-circuit-1-of-2

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Old 08-28-2015, 07:53 PM   #3
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You must install a used MP3 capable radio from a 2004-2005 Vue (option code US8 for single disc or US9 for six disc). A radio from a 2004-2005 Ion would also work, but may not sound quite as good because it is calibrated for an Ion instead of a Vue. You should expect to pay no more than $50 for a used replacement from a local junkyard or eBay. A used radio is a direct plug & play swap, but a brand new radio requires calibration.

If the stock sub is not working then they bypassed the factory amp (assuming the sub is not blown). This means you'll need to undo all of the wiring changes the previous owner made. I've linked the wiring diagrams you'll need below. Hopefully, they at least used a radio adapter harness and didn't just cut the plug off. The correct replacement plug is Metra 71-2102 if you need it.

2004-2005 Saturn Vue with AAS-premium-sound-radio-circuit-1-of-2

2004-2005 Saturn Vue with AAS-premium-sound-radio-circuit-2-of-2
Man, this is awesome. The hunt is on for the radio. I'm hoping that the people who did the install weren't total hacks and they left the factory plug intact. If not, and the wiring is too jacked, then I may just have to grab a better aftermarket radio which would not be ideal.

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Old 08-29-2015, 10:53 PM   #4
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Just posted this same question in another thread..thanks for the info.

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Old 11-15-2015, 10:01 PM   #5
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Forgot to post back here. Tracked a radio down from a Vue off eBay and got it installed. Factory system in this car sounds really nice. Is it audiophile quality? No, but it's definitely better than your average system. Thankfully everything, sub and all, fired right up after installing the radio. Thanks again for all the help!

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