need adapter for aftermarket stereo on '03 yukon?
I'm about to buy my dad's '03 Yukon and I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do with it. One thing is that I want to change out the factory receiver. First off, I want some way to plug in my ipod without that FM adapter thing, I want it hardwired. Second, I think the factory Bose speakers are being woefully underutilized by the stock receiver.
So does anyone have experience with aftermarket stereo installations on an '03 Yukon/Tahoe with factory Bose speakers? I was browsing the Crutchfield site, and started looking at head units. Under the installation details once I click on one, here's what it says:
"Installation Details for your 2003 Yukon
» Your vehicle is factory-equipped with an upgraded sound system. We strongly recommend that you purchase an adapter that maintains your factory door chimes (required for audible safety warnings), provides a switched 12-volt power source for your new radio, and allows you to continue using the OnStar feature. (Note: This adapter requires that your new radio have both front and rear preamp outputs.) You should not replace your factory radio without this adapter.
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» You must use the recommended Crutchfield integration adapter to retain the warning system chimes. Failure to do so may result in serious injury or death.
» You'll lose your factory XM capability if you replace your factory radio."
Ok, so it says I need this adapter to keep my door chimes, On-star (which I dont care that much about), and Sat-radio (I also have factory XM). Only thing is, that piece of equipment is another $100 and got terrible reviews, saying it pops the speakers all the time. Anyone have any advice on whether or not I actually need it, and if so, is there a better alternative? Also, how will I lost my XM capability if I replace my factory radio with a SAT radio-ready receiver? Sorry this is so long, but I would really appreicate any help.