I am going to be getting a 2005 Impala with a double din radio.
I've been out of the newer car audio installations, so I'm not sure what I can or cannot do to replace the radio. I'm old school 50's-early 2000's installations, so I need some help.
This particular car has Onstar, but I will not be using it. I'll probably unplug/disconnect the module once I get the car if possible.
From what I've been seeing as far as installation you need bypass/interface modules to work with the vehicle harness. There are some for bypassing the Onstar, some for the CanBus... it's a bit confusing what I will need.
Because the radio appears to be part of the CANbus system, are there any issues after pulling out the factory radio? Security lights, SES or other oddities?
It appears that this radio uses a factory amplifier module located at the back appearance deck lid cover. I did see a "amplifier bypass harness" available, but is this needed? Looking at GM's wiring schematics, it appears the radio harness feeds the amp directly.
Is there a standard PAC steering wheel control interface that can be used, or is there a special module required for the CANbus?
Right now, due to funds, I have a Kenwood Excelon DDX-7015 DVD player that I'm going to temporaraly put in. It doesn't have all of the features I want, so it will probably be up for sale soon here.
In the meantime, I'd like to get the brackets, harness connectors, etc so I can make it a weekend project and get it going.
Thanks in advance for any information you guys can provide.