Removing the Radio from a Saturn Vue

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by C. E. White, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. C. E. White

    C. E. White Guest

    I am planning to replace the standard radio/single CD Player in my '03
    Saturn Vue with a Panasonic head unit and a Sirius satellite radio
    receiver. Does anyone have any advice on the radio removal /
    installation procedure, the best place for the Sirius receiver, and the
    best place for the Sirius antenna?

    Thanks for any advice.


    Ed White
    C. E. White, Sep 10, 2003
  2. experience here with the VUE, however I've had good luck with
    Crutchfield ( - they include with purchase easy to
    follow instructions and have good tech support too.
    Jonnie Santos, Sep 10, 2003
  3. C. E. White

    solo Guest

    They are the best bet on everything except for the prices, they tend to be
    about 10-15% higher...but their support is superb!!

    You can also buy the "master sheet" instructions for your make/model/year
    vehicle from them for 10$ I think. It will tell you everything about your
    vehicle stereo and wiring and what needs to be done to remove the factory
    set and rewire in a new one, well worth the $$.
    solo, Sep 10, 2003
  4. C. E. White

    no1 Guest

    I went to the local Circuit City Store to buy a radio/CD Player that
    could handle MP3 files. They had some but the salesguy said
    that installation is free except for Saturns, they need a $150
    module because the airbags are conected to the radio !! Could that
    be true ? Why ? What if I didn't have a radio ?
    Anyway, I told him forget it...........
    no1, Sep 10, 2003
  5. C. E. White

    solo Guest

    This is common on many GM vehicles...but not the airbag part. I know
    that in Pontiacs with the "Monsoon" stereo system, the door chime, the
    gas chimes and the alert chimes are passed through the stereo to the car
    speakers. If you change the steroe you have to do one of 2 things.

    1 is to by a wire harness that has an additional lead to leave your
    factory stereo plugged in in the trunk, so that you can still have the

    2 is to use the other harness and lose the chimes.

    This may be the case with the Saturn as well, but I doubt it would be
    tied in with the airbags. The stereo is a servicable part in the car
    and it would be too risky to have steroe installers touching the airbag

    Call Crutchfield and they can tell you over the phone what you would
    need. It really is as simple as that with them.

    I just did a quick check on their website where they have the "What fits
    my vehicle" section and this is what they say about the 2003 Vue:

    -The vehicle's door chime will not work after the factory radio is
    -If your vehicle has the OnStar system, the voice prompts will be lost
    if the factory radio is replaced.

    That is all that is mentioned...but call them or call your dealer to
    solo, Sep 10, 2003
  6. C. E. White

    Wurm Guest

    Whoah, pretty sure thats a load of BS. I got my CD player installed (Pioneer
    55 x 4 system) at Future Shop, which I believe is the Canadian version of
    Circuit City and yes there was one extra adapter needed for the radio plug
    which was about 5$. Also, since the old radio was at the rounded top part of
    my center console, and the new one was in the square middle part of my
    console, there was another 10$ part to buy which had the cubby hole on top
    and the opening in the middle. This was on a '98 SL2

    Wurm, Sep 10, 2003
  7. That's total BS. No GM model has the airbags connected to the radio. Some
    models have the chimes produced by the radio, so if you replace it you need
    a special chime module so that the chimes will still work. However, this is
    not the case on at least the 2003 model of the Saturn Ion and Vue..
    Robert Hancock, Sep 11, 2003
  8. C. E. White

    C. E. White Guest

    The Crutchfield rep said the chimes won't work with the replacement
    radio. This is not a problem for me. However, I am curious about the
    special chime module. Where does one get it?


    Ed White
    C. E. White, Sep 11, 2003
  9. C. E. White

    solo Guest

    Probably from Crutchfield as well.

    I think the chime module is a lot more expensive than loosing the chimes or
    buying the split harness that uses your relocated old radio for the chimes.
    solo, Sep 11, 2003
  10. The chimes aren't generated by the radio on an '03 Vue - the radio doesn't
    even connect into the data bus - so they won't be affected. Most other
    current GM vehicles do have the radio connected to the data bus (mostly for
    the radio's anti-theft function), but only some have the chimes generated by
    the radio and therefore need a chime module if it's replaced.

    Crutchfield has the Class 2 chime modules, but like I say, you don't need it
    on this vehicle, and there's no place to plug it in..
    Robert Hancock, Sep 11, 2003
  11. I agree that its probably BS. I had my stereo swapped out about a month ago
    and replaced it with a Pioneer CD/MP3 Sirius player, and I think there may
    have been a $5 or $15 adapter part, but nothing about having to go through
    an airbag and needing a $150 adapter.

    I even think my doors still chime, although I suppose I'll have to check
    on that now. :)

    Mike McNaughton, Sep 14, 2003
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