Sounds like you dealt with a salesperson, not an electronics technician;
check with these people, they may be able to help you.
Group: alt.autos.gm Date: Sun, May 7, 2006, 4:47pm (EDT-3) From:
My in-laws bought a '99 Grand Prix SE used. When they got the car, the
radio played but the display was dead. Then the battery died. When the
battery was replaced, the radio seemed to be dead. The theftlock light
flashes and the radio will not power up. Completely dead.
Rather than spend $100 at the dealer to fix a radio that already has a
burnt out display, I figured it would make more sense to get a new
We went to Circuit City, bought a $99 Pioneer CD player with free
installation (free, with all the required parts brought the total with
tax to $175). After the radio went in, the CD flayed frawlessly, FM was
weak and AM was totally dead.
The guy said the antenna is bad. I asked him if we could replace it. He
said even with a new antenna, there's no guarantee it would work b/c the
OEM radio has a built-in amplifier that the aftermarket radios don't
have, so he couldn't guarantee that any radio would work fully.
So I gave back the whole thing, got my $175 back, wasted 4 hours and
back to the original dead radio.
Does any of this make sense? Does it make sense that you can never get
an aftermarket radio to work in a GM car?
Any suggestions on what I can do to fix the radio that came with the
car? I think the guy at Circuit City was BSing me and just didn't feel
like trying to get it to work.
"Sometimes, when you're up to your butt in alligators, it's hard to
remember that the intial objective was to drain the swamp."
~ Unknown ~