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Username Post: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....        (Topic#148108)
Lebowski 
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01-05-07 03:34 AM - Post#1065862    

My 2007 Silverado has the base AM-FM radio without the CD. Will an AM-FM-CD stereo from another 07 Silverado plug into the same wiring harness that is already in there? How about one from an 06 Yukon or any other late model Chevy or GMC truck? Do I need a special tool to remove the radio from my dash? What about the anti-theft feature-how do I know if it's been disabled? Is there anything else I should know? Thanks in advance....


 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 04:09 AM - Post#1065863    
    In response to Lebowski

All depends on is your truck the nbs or obs truck if it the obs you can get a radio from the 03and up trucks plug and play but. If it the nbs you can only go with the 07and up nbs radio.If it the obs truck to replace the radio just put the truck in drive move the steering wheel all the way down and pull off the dash trim they snap in then 3. 7mm bolts and you good
Almost forgot if you buy a radio or get one for free you need to have it coded to your truck the dealer will do this for you.The only way it will work.
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Lebowski 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 05:39 AM - Post#1065864    
    In response to Chevy25

What is NBS and OBS? How do I determine which one I have? How much will the dealer charge me to code it to my truck? Would I install it first or take it to the dealer and let them code it first? Will it void my warranty? Sorry about all the questions, and thanks for the help....


 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 05:48 AM - Post#1065865    
    In response to Lebowski

New Body Style/Old Body Style is center of debate on how to designate the new trucks. I personally prefer the OBS/NBS/Current Body Style system. If your truck has the new 2007 front end, I call it a CBS.

Per the other guy if your truck has the 2000-2006 type headlights then it's OBS. If it has the 2007 (Ford looking) headlights then it's NBS.
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Lebowski 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 06:53 AM - Post#1065866    
    In response to Suburbazine

Why did they change the body style in the middle of the model year? I guess it's the old body style. Do I still need to get it coded at the dealer?


 
Chevy25 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 07:17 AM - Post#1065867    
    In response to Lebowski

Quote:

Why did they change the body style in the middle of the model year? I guess it's the old body style. Do I still need to get it coded at the dealer?



Yes you do
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Lebowski 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 08:25 AM - Post#1065868    
    In response to Chevy25

I just called my local Chevy dealer (Champion in LaGrange, KY) and the kid in the service department, after putting me on hold for about 5 minutes, said they could try to reprogram it but they weren't sure if they could or not. I don't think they have ever done anything like this before. I guess I'll just forget that idea and listen to the radio....


 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 09:58 AM - Post#1065869    
    In response to Lebowski

people do it all the time he might not know how to call another dealer
Dave
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 01:02 PM - Post#1065870    
    In response to Lebowski

I replace my stereo and the dealer charged me $80! ! ! ! ! I already had the unit installed in the dash. Could have taken no more than a couple of minutes to hook the tool and program it. What a rip off but the new unit won't work without this being done.

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Suburbazine 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 04:12 PM - Post#1065871    
    In response to evhfan2000

You're lucky they gave you a 50% price break on that one. Normally $150 just to hook the programming machine up.
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Chevydudesixty9 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-05-07 07:03 PM - Post#1065872    
    In response to Suburbazine

Yup... The 03-07 trucks all have interchangeable radios...

Only problem is that these radios "Talk" to the BCM via Data Bus II... This is a sole wire that communicates with the radio telling it to turn on and off... When you first but in the radio, it will work fine until you start the truck... The BCM will "Ping" the radio and notice its not the Same one your truck came with... It will lock its self... You take it to the dealer, they hook up a tech II tool and program your truck VIN to your new Radio... Now the BCM will communicate with your radio as if it was the original one...
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Lebowski 
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Re: Replacing 07 Silverado Radio....
01-06-07 05:14 AM - Post#1065873    
    In response to Chevydudesixty9

Thanks for explaining that. So if I was going to do it I should install the radio and bring the truck to a Chevy dealer and let them reprogram it? Is it really going to cost me $150 for a 5 minute job? That sounds a little on the excessive side....


 
LittleNo 
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01-08-07 12:25 AM - Post#1066673    
    In response to Lebowski

i know, all you want is a CD player, but maybe using a aftermarket unit is a option for you: Peripheral has adapters and kits for the 2007 trucks to simply add a head unit without loosing any quality or functions
Loosers do what they can, Winners do what they WANT!


 
Lebowski 
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01-09-07 05:40 AM - Post#1067368    
    In response to LittleNo

Has anyone ever heard of, or used, www.CorvetteRadios.com? You send them $26 and they give you the code and instructions on how to use it so you don't have to take it to the dealer and get ripped off. I found out about them through www.SilveradoClub.com. They make it sound easy enough to do....


 
black tie 
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01-09-07 11:08 AM - Post#1067517    
    In response to Lebowski

Hi 57Handyman327....Sorry you are having such a problem with the radio thing....I had my original am-fm replaced with an Alpine am-fm-cd and love it....The GM and even upgraded Bose systems cant touch an aftermarket stereo for sound quality... For the money and trouble you would go through to get a factory unit installed and working you could have a very nice sounding system installed and i am sure you will like it much better...My truck had the factory cassette player in the console which I removed and installed my CB radio in its place so now its out of the way....Unless you have a ton of music on cassette then CD's are the only way to go....If your truck has On-star there is a module that will hook up to the head unit so everything works correctly...Oh one more neat thing...After the Alpine radio was installed the PITA door ding ding went away as it was part of the factory radio set up...That alone was worth the price of the new stereo install....Total cost for radio, 4 Diamond audio speakers and install was $325.00....By far the best money I have spent yet on the truck!!!!
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Lebowski 
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01-09-07 12:50 PM - Post#1067580    
    In response to black tie

BT........That sounds interesting. Can you give me some more info on your unit-what model is it, what's the price, does it hold 6 CDs or one, and where did you get it installed at? Is the speaker upgrade really necessary? It won't void my warranty, will it? I checked out the Circuit City web site and it said none of their units were compatible with a Silverado. Thanks....


 
black tie 
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01-09-07 03:29 PM - Post#1067675    
    In response to Lebowski

Be glad to...I'm no auto stereo know it all by any means but I'll try..My radio/head unit is an Alpine CDA9851 which is about 2 years old but I think it was discontinued and they came out with an upgraded model....This was one of their lower priced units and doesnt have some of the bells and whistles but any Alpine unit is a very good radio...It cost $159.00 in the box...the module and wire harness to make the Onstar work was like $35.00 but if you dont have Onstar or dont want to use it for a cell phone then you dont need it...I like having the Onstar hands free cell phone and its nice hearing the other person you call in stereo...There are many good brands of after market radios out there...JBL, Pioneer, Kenwood and Clarion all make good equipment and mostly its just which brand sounds and looks the best to you...I have had several Alpine radios in the past and never had a problem with any of them, they look nice to me and are fairly easy to operate....Most head units only hold 1 CD at a time but alpine and some other brands sell a seperate stacker/changer unit so you can load several disks at a time but i never really wanted one, its an extra cost and in a truck there isnt many places to put one... My radio came with a remote that I attached to the console so I can turn it off/on, change stations or volume and not even have to take my eyes off the road....If you do decide to go with an aftermarket radio keep up with the manual because without one its hard to figure out what all the multi function buttons do...Ask me how I know!....You asked about price and if its necessary to replace your speakers and the answer is no, BUT the speakers are what you are listening to and not all the high tech electronics in the head unit.. The factory and even the Bose speakers just dont cut it and the most bang for the buck in car audio will be from selecting quality, upgraded aftermarket speakers....If you decide to replace the radio/speakers then look in the yellow pages under automobile radios...There should be several shops in your area so go and visit several dealers...Listen to the different brands of equipment with the type of music and volume you normally like to listen to...Speaker prices go from maybe $80.00 for a decent set of say Pioneer or Clarions all the way up to over $500.00 for a pair of JL Audio or Polk door speakers but just because one brand costs more than another doesnt make it the one for you so go and listen to them first and go with what your ears tell you....Look around at several shops and find one where the sales staff will listen to your questions and ask a lot...Is the install area clean and organized or does it look like they should be selling out of the back of a van or something...I have found that its best to stay away from places like Circuit City or Best Buys for car stereo installs as the folks they have working there today may or may not be there tomorrow when you have a problem....Look for an independent shop that sells and installs car stereos/alarm systems and nothing else and has been in buisness for a good while...Their employees are full time and know the ins and outs of auto radio/speaker equipment....I bought my radio/speakers at Hi-Fi buys in Atlanta Ga... they have been in business for many years and have the experience to do an install right the first time....I called them to ask if there was something about an 07 silverado that would prevent changing out the stereo and they said not at all....They didnt know why Circuit City didnt have anything that would work in your truck, and no it wont void the warranty but if someone installs anything in your truck and doesnt know what they are doing and some other electronics on the vehicle are damaged or something else doesnt work properly then the dealer might try and say it was the installers fault and it may be an issue so again find a shop that knows what they are doing so this wont be a problem....Sorry about the long post but hope this answers some of your questions...Perhaps others will share more info about what they have in their trucks... Good luck with what you decide to go with.....
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Lebowski 
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01-09-07 04:39 PM - Post#1067737    
    In response to Lebowski

Thanks for all the info. I'm going to call a couple of places and see what happens. My wife says I have to sell our 1990 F-150 before I can upgrade the stereo so it may be a couple of weeks (or longer). I'll let you know what happens.

I see you're in Atlanta. You guys just got one hell of a good coach for the Falcons in Bobby Petrino. He's been here at the U of Louisville for the last 4 years and had a 41-9 record. I'll be watching the Falcons to see how he does....


 
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01-12-07 02:09 PM - Post#1070001    
    In response to Lebowski

Hi Handyman, When it hit the news that Bobby Petrino was selected to be the new coach I said finally they got it right!!! Now we have a good chance to get this team to a new level....I listened to Coach Petrino being interviewed on the radio this morning and was really impressed with everything he said and his over all knowledge of the game....I think it may take him a few years to get the players needed to fill some of the holes but with Mr Blank writing the checks and wanting a winner then it will happen... I really think the Falcons will be at the championship and superbowl level within a very short time.....By the way I really like your 57 Handyman....I never realized there was a difference in the station wagons between the Nomads....I thought all 2 door wagons were Nomads so I learned something.....My dad owned a paint and body shop back in the 60's and I remember him Painting a 57 Nomad fire engine red for a customer who ended up having some money problems and not being able to pay for the paint job...He gave the car to dad in payment and after holding the car for a good while he later sold it super cheap to get his money out of it....Back then the 55-57 cars were everywhere and could be bought for almost nothing.....Sure wish I had that baby in my driveway today....Oh well!!!!Anyway GO FALCONS....
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Lebowski 
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01-12-07 05:21 PM - Post#1070142    
    In response to black tie

I call mine the Poor Man's Nomad because it's a 150, which was the bottom of the line model from 1955-57. My wife isn't too crazy about it since I had a new exhaust system installed with glass packs so now I may sell it.

I'm hoping the Colts can make it to the big one this year. Peyton Manning has been one of the best QBs in the league for several years and deserves at least one ring.

I called a stereo shop yesterday and the guy told me I need a $135 harness or something like that to bypass the security system on my Silverado. Is that right? If so I'm going to just keep the AM-FM radio that's already in there....


 
Lebowski 
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01-15-07 08:03 PM - Post#1072404    
    In response to black tie

I had a Pioneer AM/FM/CD player installed in my truck today, along with a couple of Infinity 3 way speakers. It sounds great and the $425 price seems reasonable. Thanks for the help....


 
black tie 
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01-16-07 08:35 AM - Post#1072743    
    In response to Lebowski

Glad to hear that they were able to get it installed for you ...That will be a very nice system for your truck and I'm sure you will enjoy it....Only problem now is that your gas bill will go up now because you will be driving around listening to your new tunes....Congrats to ya!!!
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Lebowski 
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01-16-07 08:46 AM - Post#1072748    
    In response to black tie

The 57 with the 4 speed is still more fun to drive-I just had it out this morning-but if the wife and I go somewhere it's usually in the truck. The only problem is she isn't a big fan of really loud AC/DC....


 
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01-17-07 08:28 AM - Post#1073608    
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