I am borrowing my brother's new 2008 Trailblazer (same as Envoy). It's the
"middle" model with leather and moonroof but doesn't have memory seat,
heated seat or power passenger seat.
Anyway, there is clearly an aux button on the radio, but I can't figure out
where to plug in the iPod. Where is the jack??? Just about every car has one
these days and with the AUX on the button I can't imagine GM would not have
one too and be behind the curve.
From what I can see on the website, the Trailblazer does not have this
option. The TrailBlazer is an old model on it's way out, it's replacement
will most likely have this option since the rest of the GM line-up does.
I rent mostly GM's about twice a month.
Nearly all GM's have an AUX button but very few actually
have the jack.
It's probably cheaper to mark a button AUX for all cars
then just that one model that actually has a jack.
You need to take a pill. The TrailBlazer is built on an out-of-date platform
and the stereo is from the pre-iPod jack era. The rest of the GM line-up has
an iPod jack.
My 1995 Monte Carlo had an AUX button. What moron made the decision to have
an AUX button but no 59 cent iPod jack?
That's the way the automotive industry works. Car companies don't redesign
vehicles and/or components for every model year, it's just not financially
viable. Most automotive parts manufacturing contracts are 2 - 5 years in
length. That means, once it's in production, it's in production for that
length of time. Any deviation could be costly for someone.
Think of it like this: Radio plant says they'll sell GM 250,000 radios per
year for three year at $100 each plus $1,000,000 startup. They sign a
contract and start production. The radio company expected to make $20 from
each radio, but due to some error, they are only making $10 per radio. GM
says they now want to redesign and add a $0.59 connector, plus all the
associated electronics required ($5), after only 1 year of the contract.
Radio company requotes GM $120.59 (the extra $5 to make up the revenue loss
in the previous year and an extra $10 for future units) per radio Plus an
extra $250,000 for re-tooling. That $0.59 connector is now costing GM and
extra $10,545,000 for the remaining life cycle of the vehicle. Since the
vehicle is in the process of being completely redesigned, and not having an
iPod connector would not be a deal breaker for 99.9999% of the target
market, why go through the added cost?
That's just one of a million possible reasons the '08 TrailBlazer does not
have an iPod connector. But rest assured, it's '09 replacement will have
Point is, it's a little more complicated/costly than a 59 cent connector.
It's not just GM either, Honda's '06 Civic is way more car than the '06 and
'07 Accords could ever be. They didn't redesign those till '08.
Here's a short list of 2008 vehicles that do not have an iPod jack as
Chevrolet Express (van)
Here's a short list of 2008 vehicles that have an iPod jack as standard
Man GM is behind the times, they should get their shit together! Can you
hear my eyes rolling yet?
Please remove the 2008 Honda Accord from your " No iPod AUX connector"
The one that is sitting in my garage has this connection, as well as a
12 volt power connector right next to it.
They are both located inside the arm rest compartment.
Standard equipment !
...every 3.8 years, when you include the Celebrity, this jumps to 4.3 years.
...every 4 years
...every 3.6 years
...every 4.1 years
Man, GM is really slow with the redesigns compared to the imports. Can you
hear my eyes rolling?
Sorry, I didn't realize we were limiting the comparison to trucks and sports
cars. Honda and Mazda seem to be on 6-7 year run with their sports cars. The
last Toyota truck was in production for 10 years. The last true Mazda truck
was in production for 8 years....and GM out-sold every one of them year
after year, except for the Miata, it typically out sold the Corvette.
However, even up till the very end, the GM was selling well over 100,000
Camaros per year. More than S2000/Miata world wide sales combined!
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