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Author Topic: Just bought an '01 Aztek, looking for summary of radio options  (Read 5259 times)
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« on: January 17, 2015, 08:08:50 PM »

I'm still exploring the features and gadgets in this unique vehicle, but I'm most disappointed in my radio options, as I haven't even handled a CD in 4 or 5 years and have become ridiculously spoiled by audio inputs, tape deck adapters, bluetooth connections and so on...

It doesn't seem like anyone managed to hook up an auxiliary input on the stock GM radios, except by direct antenna input, is that wrong? I'm not sure if I want to go that route, but it seems I need a a couple extra modules, in addition to a radio, if I want to replace it and not have useless steering wheel buttons and/or no sounds on low fuel, keys left in ignition, etc. Someone in one thread even mentioned some sort of radio tie-in with the heads up display? I don't even think my antenna is attached, so I have no idea what might show up in the HUD because of radio interaction.

Anyway, does someone have a nice list of my options? Is the Pioneer that's mentioned several times in these forums the only fit, or just the best fit at the time these posts were made (there seems to be upgraded versions of the 700 available here and there)? If I do decide to replace it, how many extra pieces do I need beyond the radio and how intensive is the install?

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 08:52:36 AM »

I bought the pioneer and fits well. I did look at several models before but decided to get the pioneer. The only issue I have is when playing the radio, it is not very clear but at times I don't mind as I really don't play the radio very often but when I do it's a bit annoying.

I bought an antenna extension, the wiring harness (dinger module) and the cover to hold the radio in place.

Not vary savvy but hopefully this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2015, 02:25:29 PM »

Someone made a cable that was able to connect to the factory head unit as a line in. I don't remember the details but you may be able to search it.

Here is a thread I was able to find doing a quick search: http://aztekfanclub.com/audiovideo-electronics/adding-aux-input-on-stock-head-unit/
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 04:26:06 PM »

that cable sounds great, but I don't have that 6-disc radio with the "Band" button, so I'm not sure it would work.

What I did buy, was a "U1Q" option radio from ebay: AM/FM/CD/Casette, "unlocked" so I wouldn't need to ask the dealership to program it. It does say CALIBRATE for a few seconds when I first turn the car on, but all the functions seem to work just fine, and I got a tape deck adapter all set up (took a few tries to find one that seated correctly in there).
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2015, 06:55:22 AM »

I used that direct wire in module.  It plugged into the back of the radio. 
I didn't have the aux button on my radio( was a single cd).  After adding the module, as you scrolled through fm, cd, aux then displayed.

I used the module for an add on XM unit- I didn't want to use a FM modulator
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Former owner of a 2003 Aztek Yellow, McCullough HID 6000k Headlights, Xentec HID 3000K Yellow Fog Lights, LEDS on all 4 Markers and Reverse Lights, Recon Strobe Lighting, Pioneer 10 speaker stereo, Infinity BassLink2 Sub, Precision Interface Electronics GM12-AUX, XM Roady XT, Helo Tease Rims with General Exclaim 245/40ZR20 tires, EBC Dimpled & Slotted Front Rotors, EBC Yellowstuff Pads, K&N Air Filter, Remote Start, kids car seat, Custom Dual Exhaust , Recon Big Rig Amber Running / Signal LED Lights, Side mirror LED Signal Lights, Line of Fire and Ice Brake Light, Monro Air Shocks in Rear, B&M Transmission Cooler, Garmin NUVI 350 GPS,  LEDs everywhere, Rear camera with night vision and 7 inch color monitor, GM Hood Deflector, Diehard Platinum Battery, American Flag / Bald Eagle on Rear Window, Fleetwood Camper,with LEDs and camera also, towed behind Tek ,
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