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Mr. Opportunist
06-30-2005, 10:04 PM
my friend has an 00 alero i guess they changed the h/u in 01 or 02 and he wants to know if he can upgrade to it if it would be a direct bolt in, i thought it would be but i wasnt sure so i figured i would ask you guys.

cjjackson85
06-30-2005, 10:05 PM
This look like an Oldsmobile dealership to you :confused:

Mr. Opportunist
06-30-2005, 10:08 PM
i just need to know if the harnesses are the same.

phinger23
06-30-2005, 10:12 PM
yea, its my car actually...my factory is working, but the display was punched out...so for now, for cheapness in my brokebutted ways, so for 30 bucks i can get another GM radio, so just wanting to know if a 2002-2004 radio will accept the factory hardwire plugs from the 2000 car

KaeZoo
06-30-2005, 10:23 PM
Nope. Different harness, different radio. The chassis size is the same, but the 2002 is a data-bus radio; it switches on and off from the data bus, not a switched ignition wire. Even if you cut out the old harness and install the new type, it won't work in your car.

Mr. Opportunist
06-30-2005, 10:29 PM
thanks :)

phinger23
06-30-2005, 10:32 PM
Nope. Different harness, different radio. The chassis size is the same, but the 2002 is a data-bus radio; it switches on and off from the data bus, not a switched ignition wire. Even if you cut out the old harness and install the new type, it won't work in your car.
thanks, so on 2002+ cars, does have any affect on an AM head units?

also, can i use any GM radio from the same year in my car??

KaeZoo
06-30-2005, 10:52 PM
thanks, so on 2002+ cars, does have any affect on an AM head units?

also, can i use any GM radio from the same year in my car??

Yes, many newer GM vehicles can be a challenge for aftermarket installations; typically you have to find accessory power somewhere other than the radio harness, and you may lose some vehicle features such as door and warning chimes.

2002 isn't the magic year for all GM's, though. The Cavalier and Sunfire went to a data bus radio in the 2000 model year, while some other models (such as the Blazer and Grand Prix) switched much later or not at all.

As for the second question, you can use any GM double-din radio that uses a 32-pin harness. This would include many 95+ Buick and Oldsmobile radios, but no Saturn or Chevrolet radios (and I don't think any Pontiacs). Examples would be the late 90's Cutlass Supreme, Buick Skylark or Buick Century; any of those radios should work in your Alero, assuming the Theftlock system isn't activated.

phinger23
06-30-2005, 10:56 PM
Yes, many newer GM vehicles can be a challenge for aftermarket installations; typically you have to find accessory power somewhere other than the radio harness, and you may lose some vehicle features such as door and warning chimes.

2002 isn't the magic year for all GM's, though. The Cavalier and Sunfire went to a data bus radio in the 2000 model year, while some other models (such as the Blazer and Grand Prix) switched much later or not at all.

As for the second question, you can use any GM double-din radio that uses a 32-pin harness. This would include many 95+ Buick and Oldsmobile radios, but no Saturn or Chevrolet radios (and I don't think any Pontiacs). Examples would be the late 90's Cutlass Supreme, Buick Skylark or Buick Century; any of those radios should work in your Alero, assuming the Theftlock system isn't activated.
95+...ok...well i have a 95 camaro, with a bose CD player...can i use that in my 2000 alero???

KaeZoo
06-30-2005, 10:59 PM
Definitely not. Won't work because it's Bose. Won't work because it's the wrong size. And it won't work because it's a different harness.

phinger23
06-30-2005, 11:02 PM
Definitely not. Won't work because it's Bose. Won't work because it's the wrong size. And it won't work because it's a different harness.
shugar!! oh well. anyways, thanks for the input. that cleared up a lot for me. thanks!