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Hey, I want to rip out my Pioneer sterio and put in one of them DVD 7" screen but some guy was saying that onstar and the airbags are part of the CD unit so I couldn't remove it without buying a special module?! Does anyone know what the deal with that is? I am under the impression that I can rip out the old one and throw in the new one and everything will work fine.
 

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Air bags shouldn't be (wtf?), but I can't guarentee onStar isn't. When you use onStar does it display anything on the radio?
 

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what they are saying is on some of the malbu's you need a dic converter i did not need one the dic coverter will keep the door chimes on the malbu the cobalt ss does not need this
 

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Well On*Star does use your factory speaker set up to communicate with you.
 

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Sorry, not being sarcastic. Moms old Venture had it and I believe the radio said something, but im not positive.
 

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DIC with the Pioneer system is in the dash, so you won't lose that. Loss of onStar and XM is practically certain when you swap out the radio
 

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nah they are good speakers, not worth wasting the effort and money. I'd go for a high end h/u with a good built in equalizer.
 

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you need a PAC OS2 harness to retain onstar. otherwise it will not even power on, the status light will remain red, and the emergency signal will not work. you can utilize the stock XM antenna but its not easy. the stock speakers sound great once you get them crossed over properly, changing them is def a waste of money. o and the airbags, DIC, have nothing to do with the cobalt radios. as long as it doesnt have RDS (no cobalt does) then it wont effect anything other than onstar and/or door chime. the only important thing is DONT HOOK UP POWER ANTENNA WIRE, it will shut the factory gauges off. but other than that, its just a regular install
 

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the only important thing is DONT HOOK UP POWER ANTENNA WIRE, it will shut the factory gauges off. but other than that, its just a regular install
Really? I didn't have a problem with that. Doesn't that turn on the amp too? I'm not sure if it was just PAC-OS2 harness. I didn't use it.

If you have onStar (w/out the PAC-OS2), the onStar, the radio, or both won't turn on?

What trouble have you had with RDS? I've replaced a couple GM units with RDS no problem.
 

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I have the pioneer audio system in my cobalt SS (2006). The headunit does RDS. I get messages from 102.7 KIIS FM, Power 106 (105.9) and other stations as well.

Many stations don't use RDS to the fulliest but, they do transmit in RDS.
 

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harley- i notied that in 2 cobalts. and no, that doesnt turn the amp on. your prob right, it could just b the pac harness that sets it crazy......

rds is not the info the radio stations transmit. rds is the car running live info thru the radio, such as tire pressures, ECT, etc
 

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Just to clear up what RDS is.....


"Radio Data System, or RDS, is a standard from the European Broadcasting Union for sending small amounts of digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts. The RDS system standardises several types of information transmitted, including time and station identification. RDS is standard in Europe since the early 90s, but less so in North America.

Radio Broadcast Data System is the official name used for the U.S. version of RDS, though the "RDS" name seems to be at least as common in usage. The two standards are nearly identical, with only slight differences, mainly in which numbers are assigned to each of 31 musical and other programme formats the RBDS system can identify. RBDS was approved by the NRSC, RDS by the EBU."


It IS what radio sations put out to give you song info, time, station I.D., etc.... I got this from here----> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Data_System
 
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