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Old 12-11-2017, 06:32 AM   #1
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Default What can i update my radio with

Hello,
I am looking to upgrade my factory radio, am/fm cassette ,( cassette no longer functions) in the 98 sl1. What are my options? I would like to use my phone to link to the radio and play books on tape, or learn a second language, etc. during my thousands of miles on the road each month.
I have never been an audiophile , so i am not sure where to start. I can go into Best Buy , and ask but am not looking for more than i need, just a setup that will work well. If doable, then i may also incorporate the same set up into my alternate 99 Sl2 as well.
Am hoping one of you folks can suggest a solution.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:41 AM   #2
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Go to Crutchfield and read up on the various features of the receivers that will fit. The short depth double DIN radios will fit a Saturn so keep that in mind.

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Old 12-11-2017, 11:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: What can i update my radio with

How good are you with a soldering iron?

If you want to go cheap, $14 plus tax at WalMart gets you the XO Vision XD107BT Car Stereo MP3/FM Receiver with Bluetooth
Same price on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/XO-Vision-Wir.../dp/B015R34LPE

In addition to Bluetooth, will take a USB stick or SD card. Mechless, so no CD player.

Additional parts required and prices from when I checked years ago

Metra kit w pocket (99-3105). $12.48
American International GM-K4118 can also be used. It has the same design but shallower pocket

wiring adaptor (70-1858) $5.50
antenna adaptor (40-GM10). $3.65

I'll post a link to my review in a bit (of the XD103 model without Bluetooth)

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I ended up installing it in my '02, pic at link above. I never used this in the Metra kit above, had to use a different one for my 3rd gen - and it needed a little trimming of the kit plastic to fit in the 3rd gen. Not sure if there is a difference in kit widths, might fit a second gen kit better.

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Old 12-11-2017, 10:00 PM   #4
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Hi,
Thankyou. That sounds like a simple upgrade, which i will look into and order this week. Price is way lower than expected, which is always nice too.

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Old 12-12-2017, 01:10 AM   #5
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Heres something that may be an option. I was eyeing this for my car as well.
https://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-DEH-1.../dp/B0091V0A9U
I like that it doesnt have bluetooth, as i was hoping for sonething with an aux that doesnt have bluetooth.

Can also be found for cheaper on ebay.

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Old 12-12-2017, 11:37 AM   #6
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Hi,
Thankyou. That sounds like a simple upgrade, which i will look into and order this week. Price is way lower than expected, which is always nice too.
I really don't like that the clock won't stay on top, even when the unit is turned off, so I'll be adding an auxiliary clock at some point. Odd oversight on their part and my biggest complaint.

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Old 12-12-2017, 06:56 PM   #7
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I would tell you to spend another $50-100 on speakers. Pretty much promise you they are shot as well from age and use. :-)

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Old 12-12-2017, 08:35 PM   #8
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Default Re: What can i update my radio with

The metra dash kits look better than OEM, especially if you can score the style with the pocket/accessory tray on top of the head unit slot. Its entirely your call on the brand you want, but crutchfield does take a lot of the guess-work out of buying a compatible head unit, plus wiring harness adapter kit. Their customer service is surprisingly helpful. Aftermarket speakers are definitely worth considering, too.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:50 AM   #9
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I agree, usually speakers are the limiting factor in sound quality. OP is doing language lessons and books on tape, so sound quality may be low priority
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The metra dash kits look better than OEM, especially if you can score the style with the pocket/accessory tray on top of the head unit slot.
That reminded me- someone asked about pictures of my shift knob in my '98, and the ones I took show the Metra dash kit with the pocket.

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I had that same style kit in my SL1, was useful to keep things from being chucked across the car. Id like to find another for my SC1.

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Find the part number here: http://www.metraonline.com/ then google that number to find the low price.

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Metra 99-3105, 95-99 (Gen 2) Single din with pocket...

http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-3105

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