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Old 05-03-2006, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's been a while since I posted here...Anyways, my sister recently bought a new Chevy Cobalt, and she asked me to install her Starmate Replay in it. Let me say...it was an ABSOLUTE BI*CH to get behind the radio!! I wish I could have taken pics of the piece by piece mess that I made to get behind it, but I was so frustrated, I just wanted to get it over with.

The first step was to remove the rectangular plastic panel thats on top of the glove compartment. This took me a good hour to get it off....Then you have to remove the little plastic panel that houses the Driver Information Center....almost two hours to get that damn thing open. Then finally you remove the bezel all around the radio. I've installed a few Sirius PNP's in my day...but this was by far the most challenging. I was going to hardwire the unit, but I was pissed off and tired that I just decided to use the cig lighter and route the wires underneat the floor console. I placed the antenna on the trunk. I wish I could've hid the wires on the starmate better, but it was the best I could do.

Anyways, here are some pics.





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That is a nice, clean install.

.... by the way, how do you like the Cobalt - I am thinking about getting one this summer. My Cavalier has seen better days.
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That is a nice, clean install.

.... by the way, how do you like the Cobalt - I am thinking about getting one this summer. My Cavalier has seen better days.
I really enjoy the Cobalt. It's my sisters car, but it's very nice, and extremely quiet on the highway. Even though its just the base model, it has a very peppy engine that picks up pretty fast. We got a pretty good deal on it too. I would recommend this car to anyone...It gets great gas mileage too. It's a very sharp looking car, and she gets a lot of compliments on it. Overall, it's a great, sport car at a very reasonable price.
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I think the install looks off centered and the dash looks cluttered. Sorry.
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and there are some smudges on the display......lol

just kidding.

Hey, how did you mount the starmate replay? I really like that placement and was wondering if it was with velcro or something.

Thanks for the help

Have a great night
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I think the install looks off centered and the dash looks cluttered. Sorry.
With so much being put into cars these days, it's hard to find a place to put your units.

Airbags
cupholders
change holders
all sorts of controls

I have a 2001 Kia Sportage, and I have to use the Suction cup mount because I don't have anywhere else to put it. Some people will put them over by the passenger seat, that's ok, too.

That's a great install, Z71Card. Good luck with your unit...
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I think it looks GREAT!!! It is a very nice clean install. You only see the portion of the wires that you MUST see. Good Job!

I also don't find it cluttered, where else were you going to install it and get that clean look? I darn sure wouldn't hang it from the windshield just to get a less cluttered look when that spot was available.
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and there are some smudges on the display......lol

just kidding.

Hey, how did you mount the starmate replay? I really like that placement and was wondering if it was with velcro or something.

Thanks for the help

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Thanks for the coments. The starmate is being held up with industrial strength velcro. The Starmate is pretty light, so it works out pretty well.
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Hey, I'm thinking of getting a Cobalt and I'm wondering for when I do an instal Is there an auxiliary input on the radios? thanks
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Hey, I'm thinking of getting a Cobalt and I'm wondering for when I do an instal Is there an auxiliary input on the radios? thanks
For this particular year model (2006), there is no aux input. However, I read somewhere that for the 2007 model, the cobalt will start using the new gm stereos, which have the aux input in front of the radio.
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I used the velcro that came with the unit on my gf's Corolla. Its mounted just like your's.

When it gets hot it is pulling off so i superglued the velcro to the bracket and it held for a few days then the velcro started to pull off from the headunit. I know superglue would work but don't think I want to glue anything to the headunit.

What kind of velcro did you use and have you left the car in the hot sun yet to see if it pulls off?
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For this particular year model (2006), there is no aux input. However, I read somewhere that for the 2007 model, the cobalt will start using the new gm stereos, which have the aux input in front of the radio.

It looks like you hardwired the audio (as opposed to using the FM transmitter). What did you put it into?
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I used the velcro that came with the unit on my gf's Corolla. Its mounted just like your's.

When it gets hot it is pulling off so i superglued the velcro to the bracket and it held for a few days then the velcro started to pull off from the headunit. I know superglue would work but don't think I want to glue anything to the headunit.

What kind of velcro did you use and have you left the car in the hot sun yet to see if it pulls off?
I used the Velco brand, Industrial strength. So far, I've been lucky, because the velcro has not peeled off. I wouldn't superglue anything to the head unit...you never know what can happend, long-term speaking. If it makes any difference, in the past, I've always had better luck using the white color industrial strength, instead of the black. For some reason, it tends to stick better. Hope this info helps.
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It looks like you hardwired the audio (as opposed to using the FM transmitter). What did you put it into?
Actually, I used the SATSWB switching module. It does what its supposed to (eliminates static), but the sound quality is a bit lower. I would like to hardwire it for my sister, but it is a bitch to get into the back of that radio. I don't understand why Chevy makes it so time-consuming/difficult to get back there.
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