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Old 04-05-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 Ion with the plain old basic AM/FM radio.I was wondering is it possible for me to pick up a AM / FM / CD from the local junk yard and install it without much difficulty? Will a radio from any other model year fit?I can pick one up for less then $200 so if its at all possible , it might be worth a try. thanks.
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these days you can find a brand new fm/am/cd head unit for under $100 if you shop around, and get a nice one with aux inputs for mp3 players as well as rca out/sub outs for future upgrades for $120-150. IMO I would leave the junkyard for parts and not car stereo.

Also I'm not sure how easy it is, but you could check ebay or craigslist for an actual saturn cd/radio that should be an easy replace for probably under $100 as well. I thought about selling mine but I'm keeping it in case I ever sell my '05 ION and want to take out my sony head unit. but if I did sell it I would probably sell it for about $50 so check around.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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these days you can find a brand new fm/am/cd head unit for under $100 if you shop around, and get a nice one with aux inputs for mp3 players as well as rca out/sub outs for future upgrades for $120-150. IMO I would leave the junkyard for parts and not car stereo.

Also I'm not sure how easy it is, but you could check ebay or craigslist for an actual saturn cd/radio that should be an easy replace for probably under $100 as well. I thought about selling mine but I'm keeping it in case I ever sell my '05 ION and want to take out my sony head unit. but if I did sell it I would probably sell it for about $50 so check around.
same here but im pretty sure i will sell it for 50 then you got to pay shipping. if you want to go with factory. i have the 04 ion so i think the factory cd player i have should just fit right in there.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:13 PM   #4
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I have a 2003 Ion with the plain old basic AM/FM radio.I was wondering is it possible for me to pick up a AM / FM / CD from the local junk yard and install it without much difficulty? Will a radio from any other model year fit?I can pick one up for less then $200 so if its at all possible , it might be worth a try. thanks.
you could easly get a new am/fm/cd/aux after market radio for around $100. I just installed a new aftermarket radio into my ion 4dr. I went to Crutchfield.com they can tell you anything you want about your radio and what kind of options you would have for your car.
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Not sure what all years swap from one to another. The 2006 MultiDisc is a plug n play into a 2007 that did not have the multi disc. Just a guess some other years are going to plug right in.

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03-05, all radios, and 06-07 all radios are cross compatible, but the early and late radios are not swappable, different shape and harness.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:55 PM   #7
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I have been contemplating swaping out the AM FM in my 05 Ion 1 for a factory one with the CD. I have given up on an aftermarket unit mainly because there is a problem where I work with them being ripped off. One of my fellow employees has had thee stolen out of his car in the couple of years. We have noticed that the theives totally ignore the factory stereos.
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I have been contemplating swaping out the AM FM in my 05 Ion 1 for a factory one with the CD. I have given up on an aftermarket unit mainly because there is a problem where I work with them being ripped off. One of my fellow employees has had thee stolen out of his car in the couple of years. We have noticed that the theives totally ignore the factory stereos.
Many years ago, I used to put aftermarket radios in my cars. Some I did myself - others I had a shop do it.

I personally find the aftermarket radios too complicated. Too many options/buttons/bars/graphs etc. I just want to turn the radio on and press a button to change station.

Now, I if needed, I buy same car factory radio that is an upgraded factory radio. Just plug and play. No wires to fumble with or splice.

Salvage yards or auction sites have many factory radios.
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