Post by macadamiaman on Mar 27, 2005 11:28:29 GMT -6
Hi, I'm new - last October I bought a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora , and have since loved it to death! (quite literally, actually, the engine blew after 5,000 miles... but got that fixed quickly, great dealer here
Well, to get to the point, I am absolutely envious of the navigation option that was offered in the 2002/03. I want one! First, is it even possible? Second, where can I get one? Third, where can I get its full specifications/prices/etc?
Thanks all for your help.. Yes, none available at local junkyards
It is possible, but expensive. I thought about installing the nav radio in my 2001 4.0, and I wound up putting in a Garmin Street Pilot III, which worked out very well. The dealer might still be able to get the nav radio. I have heard that they show up on eBay from time to time. You could also try a junkyard. BTW, is your 2001 a 4.0 or 3.5? I'm curious as to how either one of those engines would have let go after only 5,000 miles.
Post by macadamiaman on Mar 27, 2005 12:15:33 GMT -6
Sorry, I wasn't very specific -
I bought the 3.5L after some speculation. I hate having a V6 - especially when a V8 is readily available (I had been driving an old Town Car for quite awhile and loved the torque, power, sound, etc). But after test driving, it was fast enough and sounded nice, and the price was very good, so I bought it used - with 57k - for only about $12k (relatively loaded with passenger convenience, heated seats, onstar, some other options...).
Anyway, at about 62k (yes, I drive a lot), the engine started to knock on the way to a friend's house. Hard to accelerate, etc. Well, I was only a half mile up the hill so I coasted down and parked it for the night. We got back at about 1AM, I decided to drive home - the knocking wasn't so bad on the highway. Getting close to home, the knocking got bad, and the engine threw a rod through the side - right through the AC Compressor. Anyway, the dealer took care of it, replaced with a 40k engine, at a big loss, despite my expired warranty.
Well, I still love the car, the V6 is very fast, but will always regret not getting the 4.0L
Getting the Nav Radio through the dealer would probably be upwards of $1500-$2k, no? I should call them.. I'll keep checking ebay from time to time.. just wish there were some other avenue to get it - but first would like to know if it's possible at all?
I read about your Garmin, I don't really like it sticking out like that, and I like the bigger, built in screen and look of the Nav Radio. The Garmin would make a nice alternative if it were just a couple hundred dollars, though - but it's still quite expensive in my opinion.
About three years ago, I had priced the nav radio at the Olds/Cadillac dealer where I bought my Aurora. I don't remember the exact price, but it was well over $1,000. (I just decided right now, that as soon as I finish this post, I'm going to look at www.gmpartsdirect.com and see if I can get the price there.)
The trucks do not use Dock and Lock radio systems I do not believe. The stock radios in the 2001+ aurora do not bolt into the dash. They just slide into the dash, then snap into place. That radio does not have the 4 'locks' to do this. This picture shows two of the locks on the side of the radio
Post by macadamiaman on Mar 28, 2005 17:57:19 GMT -6
Right, I completely forgot about the Dock/lock system. Silly because I spent awhile researching just to make sure I knew what type of radio it was - then saw this one that "looked" right and got excited
Still looking around for one though.. I'd appreciate it if someone had one for sale!
Post by macadamiaman on Mar 28, 2005 19:43:50 GMT -6
What is a cassette?
But, on that topic, the nav radio does take your CD slot as well - so a changer is required if you want to play CDs.. but that's easy to work around, changers aren't expensive, and I had one planned anyway.