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Old 11-30-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Installing aftermarket stereo in my Vue

Once upon a time, I bought an Aiwa head unit for my little Scort Wagon. Brother said it was supposed to be a really good head unit, back in 02. In 08, I lived next door to the store I worked at, and it was closing. Store was being broke into, robbed, and even the front windows shot with a pellet gun. Inevitably, my wagon was broke into, as the cases of energy drinks they were stealing were no more.My head unit, seat covers and steering wheel cover were stolen.

About a year ago, a friend just got this Probe, and showed us, as I used to have one too. I immediately noticed the seat covers, and told him the story. Well, what do you know, that head unit WAS in there!

A few months later, that Probe was totaled, and before it got junked, he came over and gave me the head unit back.It was sitting in my cabinet in the house since.

Then in June I got an Ipod, and wanted to put in a head unit with the aux port. Well, other things came up, and just wasn't in the budget. Til i remembered that unit. I looked, and what do you know it has a port! I recently got an iPhone, so now I don't have to carry an ipod AND a phone around!

So now i'm just waiting for my dash conversion kit, and wiring harness to come from ebay. Looked at 5 different places, and none of them had those!

Now i've done about half dozen installs, but just want to know how difficult this one is to do, I don't even remember doing one that had a dash kit.

Any help or links to other installs would be great...I already tried the search, and google, but can't find anything.

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Old 12-01-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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Is it a single DIN stereo swap (factory vs aftermarket)? I installed a single DIN Pioneer in my VUE without a harness or a dash kit- in place of the single DIN factory CD player. I spliced and soldered the wires together (I realize this isn't ideal for most people) and removed the mounting tabs off the factory HU (they were removable) and mounted them to the Pioneer.

Difficult? No. I did it just by looking at it, pulling here and there to figure out what fasteners needed to come out. On my VUE if I remember right (it's been in there since 2005 or so), I had to remove the trim around the shifter (just pops up) to expose the mounting fasteners for the bottom of the HVAC controls and the center bezel. I had to actually remove the HVAC controls- careful with the connections on the backside. Then the center bezel- careful with the connections on the back side of it. And then the radio and its fasteners should be exposed.

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:09 PM   #3
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Just make sure to hook up the blue amp turn on wire on your aftermarket harness to the blue amp turn on wire from your aiwa deck. Also remember that the factory saturn harness does not have a ground wire in it. You need to connect your ground wire to the lone ground wire that was attached to the back of your OEM radio.

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Old 12-02-2011, 01:18 AM   #4
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Thanks.

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. However, Ebay sent me the wrong wiring harness, so I ended up hardwiring it into the wires coming off my Vue. This was the first time i really got to use my Haynes manual!

I got everything apart then realized the wiring harness I already put together wouldnt fit the connection on the car, that delayed me a bit. I also ended up blowing a fuse when I went to cut all the wires at once from the cars wiring harness..no I didn't disconnect the battery So when I got it all back together, and the radio didn't work, I finally realized what I did. I thought the initial sparks i made with the scissors was just a spark from the quick touch, live and learn.

The aftermarket radio had a screw that goes into the back I just added a piece of wire, that i ended up connecting with connectors to the ground.....so the radio itself had a ground too.The radio had a ground wire coming off of it, and there was a ground wire in the cars harness too.

Not sure about the remote wire.....theres no remote for this unit, and didn't see a wire coming off the car to connect to it. It's chilling in limbo behind everything,lol!

I'll put some pics up when I get a chance, never thought I would have to tear that much apart of my dash just to get to the radio, it's more intimidating than it seems.

It sounds so much better, but I was only doing this to have the aux port so i can play my own music on my ipod and iphone!! hehehe! Can't stand commercials, and cds that can only hold 18 tracks,lol! I take 2 hour drives to my moms alot, i need my music!!

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Old 12-02-2011, 02:45 AM   #5
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Nice! I was going to comment and point out ive found the factory VUE radio is actually kinda crappy. Maybe on par for back then but by todays standards its kinda ehh. I swapped mine with my old JVC unit from my Elantra. It does improve sound quality quite a bit over the old (has the addition of a equalizer), also i like my MP3 cd player, (i can store about 100 songs to a disc ) and have aux capabilities .

Was yours factory though?

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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The radio I replaced WAS the factory radio. Here's the pics. I taped that up good! took 20 minutes to get it back apart cause I couldn't use the damn harness! I did get my refund from Ebay this morning, so i'm a tiny bit happier about that, so it was only a $12.99 radio job for me!(dash kit)





The clock was still on when I pulled the old radio out! lol






This ended up being my 8th vehicle I installed a radio in, I installed them in my 89 escort, 93 escort,89 probe, 86 chevy van, 70 camaro, moms 92 new yorker, my SL, now the Vue.

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Old 12-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #7
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Your cd holder thingy in the factory thing is dirty . Anyway, nice install, looks cleaner than when I put the jvc unit in mine. If I keep it for long haul Ill probably pull that out even and install a nicer one with bluetooth, sat, etc and new speakers but slide everything into the factory slots so it all has a stock fit and finish. . Mine had to get a new mount (with the plastic thingie underneath), i had the factory one in but the fit wasnt right so I went aftermarket but its funny because I can still slide the thing in and out! . Still all works and looks decent at least .

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:52 PM   #8
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You had the right harness. That OEM unit is made by Panasonic and uses an adapter form the factory to go from the GM harness to the Panasonic aftermarket harness. It clips to the side of the radio brackets.

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Old 12-05-2011, 01:26 PM   #9
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Looks real good. Very clean. Im suprised you went with a single din rather than a double like most vuebies do. That little pocket that fills the gap is great for cds and remote if you have one. I did mine single din as well. Here it is.




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Old 12-07-2011, 09:24 AM   #10
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Looks real good. Very clean. Im suprised you went with a single din rather than a double like most vuebies do. That little pocket that fills the gap is great for cds and remote if you have one. I did mine single din as well. Here it is.



How is the soundstream flip screen treating you? Did you have to run a 4 channel amp for the doors or was the integrated amp in the soundstream adequate?

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How is the soundstream flip screen treating you? Did you have to run a 4 channel amp for the doors or was the integrated amp in the soundstream adequate?
I had the same stereo at one time. I thought it was adequate, though that particular unit uses an external amp. The screen is so big, there isn't room inside the case for an internal amp. I ended up having mine replaced under warranty because it started flaking out. They were great about it, and sent me a complete brand new unit. I ended up selling it and going with something else because it never liked connecting to my iPhone through Bluetooth. The other Power Acoustik (different model) didn't connect right half the time, either. Oh, Power Acoustik, Fahrenheit and Sound Stream are all the same company. I think they have another brand name as well, but can't think of it at the moment. If you want one of their models, cross check their other brands. There seems to be a big price difference between the brands for no reason other than name. Specs are identical.

I picked up a JVC 6.1" double DIN unit at Best Buy for $350 the other day. I installed it yesterday. It seems like a very nice unit for the money. I'll try to get some pics posted soon.

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It's PPI. They're all Epsilon companies.

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Here's a pic of my JVC KWA-VX740 Double DIN receiver.
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