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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.