Chris Carbone's 2004 Saturn Ion Redline


Dave Bar

Dave Bar has worked for Crutchfield since 1981. After a brief 23 year stint in the sales department, he now writes about home audio gear and camera equipment for Crutchfield's catalog and website. Dave has been hooked on electronics ever since putting together a 5-tube AM radio in his high school shop class, and still enjoys tinkering with stereos in his spare time. His interests include gardening, cooking, fishing, photography, and music.

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Items installed:

  • Alpine Receiver
  • Amp
  • Subwoofer
  • iPod connector

Installation Description

Amp and sub were removed from my old car, a 2003 Gran AM GT. After the wiring harness for the ION was connected to the receiver, it took less than 30 minutes to install. The dash/radio cover popped right out and then I just connected the harness, ground, antenna, amp remote wire and sub audio cable. The amp was installed using two 3" metal bars I fabricated. The cars battery is located in the trunk where the spare tire goes so it was an easy hookup. The hardest part was fabricating the brackets to mount the amp. Connecting the harness to the receiver also took some time but was easy. The amp audio cable and remote amp wire was run along the passenger side floor panels. The iPod cable just plugged in and was run into the glove box. If I was just installing the receiver and not an amp and sub, this was a piece of cake! The previous owner had already replaced the factory speakers with Infinity's.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

Wanted an nice iPod hookup

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?


Why did you choose these products?

Alpine has a good name

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Amp location/mount

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?




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