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Unread 10-05-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Hey, I'm new to the forum and I just got a new car. It's a 2005 Chevy Aveo.

I know , but I'm only 18, still in high school, I have no job, and this is my first car. It is completely manual except for the transmission which isn't the greatest but we all have to compromise at some point. The car is basically the cheapest version of the budget version so obviously the speakers are below sub par. It doesn't even have a cassette player or anything, just a rudimentary radio (it was owned by my deaf aunt, long story). I want to put in some fairly nice speakers and definitely a cassette player, cd player, and maybe an adapter for an mp3 player (I have one of those cassette to mp3 adapters, but I would prefer a real mp3 adapter). I build pc's but I have no experience with cars and I don't know the first place to start with a car audio system but I'm more than willing to learn. On a side note, there's a lot of scratching of the dashboard and passenger airbag. Anything you could recommend to take out the scratches? Thanks in advance.

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Installing a headunit is very easy. Go to www.crutchfield.com and search through the available units. I'm assuming you are on a low budget. For MP3 player hook up, you want an AUX port. Also find a wiring harness for your car. It should be there as the car is fairly new. This will help in matching the in dash wire colors to the wire colors of the new head unit.

Installing head units is just stripping wires, connecting colors to colors (they will differ without the harness, which is why I reccomended it) and grounding the radio. It's all very easy. Your experience with PC's should provide you with enough common sense to do the job.

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By the way, what do you mean by the transmission not being the best? Did you want a manual? Or did you mean that the current tranny has issues?
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haha my first car was power everything.. and heated seats (although I ripped the fuse out the day I bought it).. I now drive a focus thats manual everything - even trans LOL
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haha my first car was power everything.. and heated seats (although I ripped the fuse out the day I bought it).. I now drive a focus thats manual everything - even trans LOL
Same here, lol.

Let's get some pics of the Aveo's interior.
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Installing a headunit is very easy. Go to www.crutchfield.com and search through the available units. I'm assuming you are on a low budget. For MP3 player hook up, you want an AUX port. Also find a wiring harness for your car. It should be there as the car is fairly new. This will help in matching the in dash wire colors to the wire colors of the new head unit.

Installing head units is just stripping wires, connecting colors to colors (they will differ without the harness, which is why I reccomended it) and grounding the radio. It's all very easy. Your experience with PC's should provide you with enough common sense to do the job.

Welcome to CarForum.net!

By the way, what do you mean by the transmission not being the best? Did you want a manual? Or did you mean that the current tranny has issues?
Sorry for the ambiguity. When I said not the best, I was referring to the manual windows and locks, not the transmission which is fine. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look through it and post some ideas later.

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Same here, lol.

Let's get some pics of the Aveo's interior.
I'll try to get some up tomorrow. It's weak, but it serves it's purpose

Some more information on the set up.

I would prefer to spend around $200 or less if possible.

I am considering
this panasonic stereo this panasonic stereo
but I am not sure if it's any good and I don't know what type of speakers I should look for.

I found this guide on mounting a stereo and it turns out it's the exact same model and radio as my car.

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hmm... wait until christmas. Walmart will put out another $90 stereo with speakers and AUX in. (SONY XPLOD)
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I'm not sure what to purchase, so I'm typing up a list of some possible items and I need you to critique/criticize it.

Head: I need a cd player, AM/FM, and MP3 AUX.
This model looks promising This model looks promising
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Speakers: The speakers in my car are 2 x 6-3/4" and 2 x 4" I have heard great things about Profile in terms of their price vs quality. Here is their website. These are a few possible options I have considered: CX420 4" 2 Way , PS4420 4" 2 Way , PS6530 6-1/2" 3 Way

Butt Splices: I think I can pick these up a local store.

Wire Harness: Here are two that should work, but I'm not sure if they are made to connect aftermarket heads or just to the car's cable.
Metra Metra
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American International American International

Installation Kit: Universal Kit that fits my model


One thing I'm worried about the current setup is that the speakers have a much higher wattage than the head can provide. Does this mean I should go with a little more powerful head or just use what I've come up with? The head is 50 watt per speaker, but the 3 way 6-3/4" speaker is 180 watt max, the 2 way 6-3/4" speaker is 100 watt max, and the 2 way 4" speaker is 100 watt max. I am not one of those people that bursts his eardrum with speakers, but at the same time I don't want really weak speakers.

What about my current speaker wiring? Do I need to be running some new cabling?

Probably a dumb question, but do I need to get a new battery or another battery for the system?

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Sounds like you just need a basic upgrade. First, just get a $90 HU, and see how it sounds.
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Sounds like you just need a basic upgrade. First, just get a $90 HU, and see how it sounds.
So you think the head I suggested would be the way to go? Won't I also need the harness and will I need an installation kit? I see what you mean about the speakers, so maybe just see how the new setup sounds without new speakers? Do I need new cabling or anything else other than butt splices? Thanks for the help.

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If the HU size is the same that you have now, you will be fine. Either way, you CAN get a kit. go ahead and buy the HU you want, and see if you need a mounting kit.
You don't need cabling. The cables in the car are the exact same as the ones with the 2005 Aveo LT's best manufacturer options.
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