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Old 11-10-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

First of all, I know that this topic has probably been beaten to death. However, I am still unable to find an answer that I can be contented with. So posting it here.

I have a 2002 Malibu with a factory installed CD/radio player. It doesn't have a cassette player. Obviously, I would love to play music from my iPhone/usb music stick. I do not mind installing a cassette player and using the aux cassette player or for that matter, even installing a new CD player. However, as I read about installing the new CD player, there seem to be lot of issues with respect to: (a) having to buy lot of accessories to get it working (b) and obviously ending up paying for the installation too, if i get it done outside.

First question: I see a tag on my current cd player which says (CD aux). Does that mean I have an aux connection somewhere? It's certainly not there in the front. If yes, how can i use it to play from my music player with aux input.

Second question: I see that there is a slot available in my dash below the AC controls. Is that space for a cassette player? In that case, can I buy a cassette player from ebay or some such sites and install it?

Third question: If none of the above work, and I do get a new CD player, how hard is it to install it myself? I know the CD player would cost around 80-100. But what about the accessories. I can't just get a hold of a list of all the accessories I would need.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I have this device in my Maxx for my ipod Nano, and love it. http://isimplesolutions.com/universa...nzIt-IS77.aspx
The unit is hard wired to the radio, so once it is tuned to the home frequency you select for it, it will play your iphone or ipod from coast to coast uninterrupted, and crystal clearly.
I bought mine from Best Buy, and had the Geek Squad there install it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

Can you please let me know the total amount that you ended up spending including the installation? Even a rough estimate, if you don't remember the exact price, is also good enough. I just want to make sure I don't end up spending a lot more than I should!
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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I believe the total cost installed was around $175.00. Price can vary with the year vehicle you have, also.
I know I could have bought a new complete radio with usb capability, but I wanted to keep the factory info center, plus my factory radio plays and sounds great, including the CD player.
Check this thread page here:http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/foru...1514#post91514
I have a few photos of my setup with my ipod nano mount.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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I did finally get this thing installed - like you suggested at best buy.
The total cost when bought at best buy was around 175$. However, when I came back and checked the prices at Amazon, they were way lower than what I was charged. I had to go back to best buy to do a price match and they did. Finally it all came down to ~125$!!

Thanks again for the great tip. This was what I was looking for!
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