Metra 99-3303 Dash and Wiring Kit
Install and connect a new single-DIN car stereo and retain the Driver Info Center in select 2004-09 Chevrolet or Pontiac models
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Item #: 120993303
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Metra's 99-3303 dash and wiring kit allows you to install a single-DIN (2" tall) aftermarket stereo in the non-standard dash opening in your 2005-up Chevy Malibu, Chevy Cobalt, or Pontiac G6. The kit includes a mounting bracket that allows you to install the new radio, and a wiring harness which connects your new stereo to the factory wiring.
You can choose from amber or green backlighting to best match your car's interior. The package even includes an LCD display and "Info" buttons so you can access your car's menu items, like tire pressure and fuel level. Warranty: 1 year.
Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.
I wasn't going to consider swapping out the Monsoon system in my G6 if I couldn't keep the Status Display. Metra really came through with this product. Once the harness is put together with the radio, it's essentially plug and play from there. I've read complaints about the buttons, but they work well enough, and they're color customizable too (it also helps if you're doing the adjusting at night so the changes are more visible). I've matched the new head unit and the Metra button colors to the dash panel color of my car, and it doesn't look out of place (the LCD display doesn't change colors though). I'm happier now that my status display is still there, the new head unit fits into the Metra perfectly, and I didn't need an electrical degree to get it all to work. And with Crutchfield tech support having my back, I'm more confide than ever that I'll be able to enjoy this setup for a long time to come.
This unit blends in well with my interior. It looks like it was factory installed. This is a fairly easy install on the 2006 Malibu. It retains all on board computer information which is nice.
Pros: The Crutchfield support team is great looks like it was factory installed fairly easy install on the 2006 Malibu retains all on board computer information
Cons: The unit is expensive And as everyone else said, the buttons are not always responsive.
So like everyone is saying the buttons are horrible it really should be a better quality. I believe at some the information button will probably not be working shortly. Overall it keeps the factory info system and you can improve your stereo with blue tooth and the bells and whistles.
Pros: Matches with car interior looks like factory system!
Cons: Led only black color change for back light doesn't work buttons soft.
Works and looks really good in my 2007 Malibu. I don't have Onstar, so I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be compatible, but no problem...the Onstar wires are separate and you just don't plug them in. Crutchfield made the installation process so easy, I would not buy from anyone else!
Pros: Looks good, works good!
Cons: The only drawback is the famous SPONGY buttons, but I knew that before I bought it.
This kit fit nicely inside my G6's dash. The buttons work pretty good, but I wish they were more responsive. The screen looks good - very clear and easy to read, but the white-color backlighting is there to stay. The rest of my dash is lighted red, so it's a little out of place. Not a huge deal, but a multi-colored screen is something that should be looked into.
Pros: Clear screen. Fitment is good.
Cons: The screen is white, but really should be multi-colored to fit a range of vehicles. The buttons are so-so responsive.
This kit fit perfectly. It was not very difficult to install and it looks far better than the original. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone trying to upgrade their 2006 Malibu stereo to a single din. Excellent product.
Pros: Easy to install plug and play. The wires are pre spliced so it cuts down on the time to complete the installation. All Of The Driver Information Center Functions Were Retained.
Cons: The buttons are not as solid as the original but still functions properly.
Overall it works well, and is really the only option out there that retains the existing capabilities. I terms of aesthetics, I think it looks better than the original. After taking the time to match all the wires to the radio, it really wasn't very difficult to install.
Pros: Relatively easy install. Looks better than original.
A very simple and easy installation. Loved it and works great. Only downfall was I had to buy attena adapter for $17 sepretly which I thought would come with it if it was needed. All in all great kit
Pros: Allows you to keep your display with aftermarket unit.
Cons: No attena adapter
Very easy to use. Good Quality
Pros: Able to keep on board computer
I Never thought I would get to keep all the bells and whistles of the factory read out, but after buying the Metra 99-3303 Dash and Wiring Kit I was impressed. It had all the readouts of the stock system. Trip A, Trip B, Avg MPH , Tire pressure, Oil life, Wiper fluid level, and much more.
Pros: All the readouts and chimes the factory system had.
Cons: No instructions on how to set the clock, adjust the brightness or change the color on the buttons.
Very good quality, matches the factory dash contours, color and finish perfectly.
Pros: Does everything as promised and looks factory to boot.
Cons: Buttons not responsive, have to push a couple of times. Wished display was amber/red to coordinate with factory colors.
Perfect fit for my daughter's replacement stereo for her car. So glad I went to this site to get the exact parts we needed.
Definitely worth the buy. It functions very well and adds a nice touch to the center console
Pros: Keeps DIC, functions like old unit
Cons: Buttons have to be pressed harder than normal to work
For the price you pay it should include the steering wheel controls too. Unit works and displays everything the factory did. The biggest problem is the buttons do not instantly change settings, they are not hard to push it's just that you have to push them multiple times for it to change. One would think that with technology today this would have been ungraded by now. Don't get me wrong I like the information like time, temp, trip, gas mileage, oil change etc, but this is the only way to get it. I really wanted a double din touch screen unit but it's not available with the information system. A little retarded but it is what it is.
Pros: I got the factory information.
Cons: buttons doesn't work the way one would think they should.
Overall it is a nice unit, but it could be made of higher quality. It also seems more expensive than it needs to be.
Pros: Bright screen. Looks factory. All cables included. Installs relatively easily
Cons: Buttons are not very responsive. feels cheap for the price.
Okay, let's just face the facts: you NEED this product. GE, in their infinite wisdom, tied the very important Driver Info. Center to the stock stereo. There's no getting around it. This is the only product on the market that I have been able to find which allows you to put an aftermarket stereo in an 05 Malibu and keep the DIC. Thankfully the product is good. The black ABS material looks exactly like the cover to the AC controls that lie underneath, so it really matches the interior. The display and buttons themselves are functional, if not the prettiest thing in the world. The buttons are a little mushy too. They feel spongy, they don't have the sharp feedback and response I would have liked. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get them to register, but this is a minor complaint. You can customize the back-light on the buttons (not the display) between red and green, to better match your stereo. Installation was simple (although taking apart the dash to get to the radio wasn't, but that's GE's fault.) You just plug it into the wires in the car (the kit includes the appropriate wire harness) and you're good to go, no need to reprogram any computers in the car. The only other thing I will mention is that the single DIN stereo I purchased sits a little bit sunken into the adapter, it's not flush with the surface. There is a plastic sleeve that allows the stereo to sit forward about a half of an inch, but I didn't notice it until after I have already installed the cage.
Pros: Matches standard Malibu interior. Works right out of the box. Allows installation of aftermarket stereo. Lets you keep the DIC. Kit includs correct wire harness.
Cons: Mushy buttons, uninspired functional design.
Gotta have it and it's all that is available... Crutchfield brings the price within reason
Pros: Keeps the information that Uncle Sam requires
Cons: Buttons are not great and display washes out below 20 degrees
Excellent option to get rid of factory radio.
Pros: Factory radio gone and still have the dic.
Cons: It is ment to replace dic in malibou or g6 but screen is amber when g6 comes in red. Wish coloring matched rest of car
This is so much higher quality than the "other" available kit! After our fiasco with the competitor kit there is no way I would have ordered anything further from that company. This Metra is well made!
Pros: Simple straightforward installation
Cons: Price and lack of color for DIC display. It wouldn't cost much to add some lenses in the kit or make available another part which will allow the information center to match ithe IP lights. Thus-4 stars, otherwise 5!
In order for my daughters car to retain the factory infomation center, I used the kit to install a Sony stereo in her 2005 Malibu. So far everything is working well and she is extremely happy.
Pros: Perfect fit. Everything looks factory installed.
Cons: None so far.
Very pleased with this product.
this unit is a god sent. this unit makes it easy to keep my information center in tach.this unit can do everything that the factory unit can but without the chime sound.so now I can get a in dash unit to replace the factory one without paying a ton of money .the only thing that kept this unit from getting a 5 star is the buttons are a little flimsy.you have to push them hard to get info on the screen.
Pros: screen is better on the eyes than the factory one.
Cons: push buttons are flimsy.you have to push hard to get contact.
this product is a good replacement for the driver information center that is in the factory radio, the buttons are easy to push but it takes a few seconds to scroll thru the menu but the info is very good visually. instant plug and play in the rear of the new stereo, installation was easy and the face plate looks factory installed as well. i would recommend this product, with a new stereo
Pros: great replacement for the driver information center in the factory radio
I wanted a double din receiver, but doing so would make me lose my car's information (which would suck) so instead I got a single din receiver and this adapter which works really well. I was surprised how nice it looks installed!
Pros: Looks great and I still have all my car information!
Cons: Like everyone says the buttons are not the same feel of the original radio buttons and require more force to press in on them but I suspect they will break in.
I was worried that this would not look good once installed but it actually looks like it was installed at the factory. Really impressed.
Great fit. Worked wonderful
This kit gave my wife all the features her stock radio like how many miles you have left on your gas tank life of her engine oil
I install it into Chevrolet Malibu maxx 2004 and works good and looks actually very nice. I do have all the info that i need, just the button is kind a hard to press. Many people mentioned it here and it is true. I use connection diagram from Metra manual and everything works just fine, i have backlight on it, does not flicker, its good. I didnt use the orange wire at all. I am glad i stil have temp and time clock too. Of course Crutchfield rocks, cause price is kind a high, Crutchfield offer 50% off when i bought reciever with it.
Pros: I have all info what i need
Cons: None yet, just responsiveness of the buttons.
Required for aftermarket head unit install on pontiac vehicles. Works as described for the most part, color change options are for buttons only (green or amber), the display is backlit white. Display brightness is adjustable (and dims as well), but needs to be set on any level lower than the highest setting for dimming to work, and only dims while interior lights are on via auto or switched on manually (during the day the display will be at full brightness). This will keep your retained accessory power and chimes, but the only thing this will NOT provide is an illumination wire hookup for most head unit harnesses. I had to wire mine separately to a switched 12v accessory line, all other wires will match color to color. I was told by Crutchfield support that the PAC OS-311B would provide this illumination wire if you need it, but my vehicle doesn't have OnStar or steering controls and this provides RAP/chimes, so the extra expense was not justified. Keep in mind that with the pontiac some menu options are not available while you're driving, so if you're having trouble getting into the info+menu options or other options, try it while your car is in park (mine would back out of the menus automatically sometimes). I have read that without this device, you may start getting error codes from your BCM about airbags and other systems without this installed-- your mileage may vary and this may be a hit or miss issue for your vehicle.
Pros: Allows install of aftermarket head unit, half off when buying with head unit (cheapest price I've found online), matches trim on my vehicle, does it's job providing information.
Cons: Buttons are a little sticky/soft and don't register all of the time on first press (info button is worst), but it's not a huge deal if you rarely use them like I do-- I only reset one of the trip counters after I fill up, and pretty much leave it on the time/temp screen. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, the brightness on mine DOES flicker brighter sometimes at random, usually happens less frequently as I turn the dash brightness control down further.
Pretty simple to install, the hardest part is taking the dash apart on the 2005 malibu but this was an easy plug and play system and certainly worth the money to retain this display. I was surprised how nice it looked after i installed it.
Unfortunately this is the only way to get messages and control on the car features, its :just OK" in overall rate.
Pros: you don't loose your car features customization
Cons: buttons are not working always, really expensivbe
I cant say anything bad it does what is is supposed to, very easy to hook up and use. Yes the buttons are a bit slow but i leave it on one or two anyway so no big deal.
Cons: could be a bit cheaper but oh well
This adapter did allow the instalation of my new receiver. The car's info system was retained.
Pros: did allow new reciever to be installed.
Cons: the info display font cannot be adjusted. Just does not look like the old display. Font looks like a dot matrix disply!
Love having the DIC. Easy to install. Looks good, some reviewers mentioned it has a cheap feel to it. I found it to be good quality and was surprised at how well it matches Malibu interior. Easy to operate. At full price, it's too expensive. I paid half with purchase of new head unit, still a tad high considering it's not much more than a display with 3 control buttons. As others mentioned, the buttons are a little finicky, you have to press them hard. Will just have to get used to this.
Pros: Retains use of DIC, ease of use, looks good
Product does what it says it does, and its a good thing; without this kind of product aftermarket radios in this kind of vehicle would be useless.
Pros: Does the job perfectly
Cons: Buttons have to be pushed hard, and the back light is somewhat flaky. Other reviews have said that it is too bright and fixed, thats an RTFM problem - the unit has a settings mode that lets you change the active brightness. That said, at least on my unit it occasionally flickers brighter than I have it set. Weird but only mildly annoying.
This is a great product. Installation was extremely easy. Matches original trim perfectly and does exactly what it is supposed to do.
Pros: Easy Installation. Perfect match. Allows for full functionality of menu features
1st off, the 05 Cobalt does not require this equipment. The data is still displayed on the instrament cluster on dash, so now i have two displays of the same info. It would have been cheaper to just go with the adapter intead of this, and the added space would have been nice under the head unit. 2nd off, its ugly. Looks cheap, and the black housing does not match the siver plastic of the center dash. 3rd off, How does GM justify routing all dash data through the frickin head unit?! I understand that in the more expensive models the display is actually in the radio display, but not all their vehicles. This was bull from the start. GM must have a side intrest in the company that makes these units.
Pros: It displays what it claims to
Cons: cheap looking - expect more for the price. Un-needed in 1st place.
Works well and fits good. too expensive though. still works fine only time will tell.
Pros: good replacement. fits good.
Cons: too expensive, color is a little off but no big deal.
This is something that unfortunately you need to be able to install a aftermarket stereo in you Pontiac vehicle, however this product is cheaply made. Display is way to bright with flimsy buttons and and cheap back on the display. It should be able to be removed from the bezel that way you can choose to mount it on the dashboard or to just hide it in the glove compartment if you choose to install a double din.
Pros: Only pros is that it allows the use of aftermarket stereo. Nothing special about it.
Cons: Flimsy buttons, bright display, overly priced.
Necessary accessory to install an aftermarket stereo in a mid 2000's Malibu. It works, keypad response is a little slow, but on the other hand, keeps the time and temperature display available regardless of that is shown on the main units display
Pros: See above. You don't have to mute the stereo main unit to see what the time and temperature is like with the factory radio/cd player
Cons: Key pad response is a little slow, but it works.
First of all, I didn't install this into my dash so I can't speak for fitment. I wanted to keep my DIC in my 2005 Pontiac G6 but I also wanted a double din stereo so I extend the wires and installed it in the glove box. Everything works, but like many others have said, the buttons are not reliable. They take several pushes to get the information to change on the screen. It feels like a low quality part, especially considering the cost. I gave it 3 stars, based on the button functionality and the cost.
Pros: Crutchfield discount when ordering with a stereo. It works.
Cons: Cheap, flimsy buttons. Still expensive even with the discount.
Easy to hook up and worked great! The factory plugs matched up and the installation was easy! Directions were spot on!
Pros: Great product! Looks great! High quality!
After installing the first one and finding out that it was defective I was not pleased to have to take it back out and wait to do it all over again only to cross my fingers that the second one will work. Luckily it did. Crutchfield was great throughout the whole thing, from the great tech support and troubleshooting to the overnighting the second unit. I feel like they should send you three of these at once and hopefully one will work and then send the others back. The second one is working fine for now. The buttons don't always work the first time you press them. Cheaply made and over priced but it does the job.
Pros: Let's you keep the car info and does what it says.
Cons: Too many defective units, cheap parts.
Unit is defective, it shuts down and in order to fix fuse has to be removed
This unit is great. Replaced all the the OEM DIC functions as well as the warning chimes. It does everything I wanted it to do.
Pros: Replaces OEM DIC with all of the functions and warning chimes.
Cons: The buttons are "mushy." You need to be emphatic when changing the display.
Exceptional product, extremely pleased!
Pros: Design and look is great. Great sized fonts and easy to use you figure it out.
Cons: No user manual. Had to figure out how to set the time, a manual would have helped!
Really good fit and like still having my DIC for vehicle info.
Works just as well as OEM equipment on the original deck.
Pros: Looks good, works well. Good price for the adapter and harness.
Cons: Buttons are a little soft and unresponsive at times, but oh well, how often do you even use them?
I installed this dash kit in my wife's 2006 G6 over the weekend and so far it seems to be working exactly as it is supposed to. As others have commented the buttons are a little flimsy but they all work and since we rarely change the settings these buttons will hardly get used. The color of the plastic is very black and does not exactly match the rest of the dash, but this could very well be do to fading from the sun. The LCD screen is very bright. Even with the brightness turned all the way down, and contrast adjusted to increase readability this LCD is still brighter than our new Stereo's screen. Not a deal breaker but something that will take some getting used to.
Installation went very smooth. This kit came with all of the necessary parts including the wiring harness. I opted to solder all of my connections and seal them with heat shrink tubes to get the best possible connections but this installation could easily be done with either electrical tape or wire caps.
Fit perfectly in my '06 g6 and now I got my JL audios in the trunk and the dash looks real nice, I'm glad I bought this product
The OEM Dash Adapter in my G6 looks great , easy to hook up with the original connection , direction Crutchfield sent were very helpful . I like the display under the PIONEER DEH-4400HD CD ,We installed in the car . The only thing I found when installing the Din for the radio is that the thickness of the adapter around the screen display wouldn't allow you to bend some of the tabs over to lock it into place .Other than that everything is working with no problems. The price was well worth it .
Pros: The Adapter was easy to hook up and install, keeps the DIC and other car information available for you to see. Will buy this product again.
Cons: The thickness of the LCD screen with the aftermarket radio Din ,you are limited to the amount of locking tabs you can bent down . That's all I see.
I have installed and used this adapter with my new JVC stereo in an 2005 Malibu with no issues so far. Crutchfield provided good instructions for the installation.
Pros: It allowed me to keep the features I needed from OEM stereo but with a new, better quality stereo.
I was worried after reading the other reviews about this product. However I was pleasantly surprised, the item looks nice and fits well with the trim of the vehicle (Malibu). I like having the information center separate from the stereo as it makes it easier to read. My only complaint was the lack of documentation. It came with several accessories but no instructions on how or when to use them. I was able to get everything installed but I'm not sure it was 100% done correctly. I had to solder the connections from this product to the stereo (no easy adapter). However the end product looks nice and is functional. I have only used it a week so I can't say anything regarding it's reliability.
Ordered this because it was required with system in car. First one did not work...nothing on display screen & front speakers did not work. Called tech support & they had me try a "reboot" you might call it. Cycle the ignition key 5 times (this was not in the instructions that came with unit). Still did not work. Tech support was excellent I must say. Shipped me another one. This one worked with no issues (so far). Hope it stays this way.
The Metra unit worked as it was supposed to at first, but eventually every function of it died. It's a piece of junk, not built to last and now it is preventing my car from starting somehow through the vehicle theft deterrent system. I am going to remove it and reinstall the factory radio. I have no choice. It's no doubt GM has done this on purpose to prevent the installation of after market radios. And if a product like this was available of good quality I would keep using an aftermarket stereo. But as it is, there is no viable alternative to install other than the factory radio.
Super easy to hook up. (Posi-connectors rock) Looks good. Buttons feel a little funny but who cares? Kept all the information just like it said it would. Crutchfield offers 50% off with purchase of a unit so the price was right. I used the spacer and the DIN sleeve didn't have suitable tabs to lock the bottom or I would have given 5 stars.
This is not something you purchase because you want it, you purchase it because you need it. If you've already read other lukewarm/negative reviews then you know what I'm going to say.
The installation was fairly straightforward but the first one stopped working within 6 hours. It had a blank read out & passed power straight through it regardless of whether or not the key was on. I called customer service, walked through the wiring, cycled the key & they graciously agreed to send me another. The next time I turned my car on it worked just fine. When the new one arrived I went ahead and installed it fearing that the first one would fail again. The second one completely died in 36 hours. No read out, no power to the stereo nothing. I pulled it out and put the first on back in. So far no further issues.
Yes, it has a cheap feel to the buttons and the general appearance of the LCD but thanks to GM I had to buy it or lose the driver's data & fail our local emmisions testing. Local retailers wanted $200 for it, Crutchfield sold it to me for less than half that with the purchase of my new deck and they stood behind it even though it's no where near the quality of the other products they carry. I really appreciate that fact.
Adapter works as described. Allows you to maintain the DIC that would be lost
otherwise. Clear display and basic installation. Have already recommended to
This product is okay. It looks fine in my car it matches the black in my G6 perfectly. And it seems to work fine now. The main problem that I had with it was when I had it put in my car, it would turn on my new radio when I was not in my car. It ran my battery down the first night. I had to take it back to the place that installed my radio and the had to re-wire it another way to keep it from doing that and that ended up costing me more money. So that's something to watch for. Another thing is someone said that the buttons were hard to push and the info button is kinda touchy. Sometimes I have to push it just right or a couple different times to get it to change.
But I do like having it in my car now that I got the one problem fixed. I would miss not having the temp and stuff in my car if I didn't have this. And it has everything else that my factory radio had except the clock which of course is on my new radio so no big deal.
Not at all satisfied with this product. First of all the clock on the information center was
not retained. The size of the fonts on the display are much larger than the factory radio
however the position of the display is not easy to read from the driver seat. And the
dimmer adjustment for the screen is quite cheap and not at all sensative to adjustment.
Overall it does function and was very easy to install but needs to be updated in quality.
Bought this is install a JVC KD-S100 stereo into my 2007 Pontiac G6. It made
installation very easy, and retains the DIC. Living in the Northland, I did
notice one thing - it doesn't correctly display temperatures below 0! For
example, instead of it displaying a -2 degree
temperature, it shows the temp as 253 degrees. It appears to be a computer /
software issue - maybe Metra could upgrade this somehow.
Otherwise, this is a good adapter, and allows GM owners an option to upgrade
their factory stereo.
I really had no choice in purchasing this unit. I have a 07 Malibu with the DIC (Data Information Center) built in to the factory radio. The buttons on this are big and bulky, and they are not very sensitive; you really have to push on them. The product works, though. It retains everything that my factory deck had.
I put this in my wife's 2007 Chevy Malibu Maxx with an Alpine CDA-9884
head unit. The head unit itself came with a blank dash kit which would
have worked fine, but you disconnect the computer screen in this car you
will get engine warning lights. Here in NY, you cant have that if you plan to
pass an inspection. So this was sort of an after-thought order. Crutchfield,
being the angels of car audio that they are, still honored the 50% off deal
because I bought an Alpine unit. Good peoples.
The install was fine, the harness was more than adaquate. I had to
integrate 2 other modules, one for steering wheel controls and one for
factory car audio chimes and power managment. Not hard.
Installed, it looks a little odd. The 1 line of LED text is obviously different
from the factory screen, a bit more crude if you will. But it does its job, the
required info is still available (mileage, odometer A and B, timer, oil life,
etc). Looks fine.
Definitly worth it for this car.
..it works. Ill say that much for it. It keeps all trip, mileage, mpg, etc., like the factory one. But to market this as a suitable replacement is lunacy.
The dash kit itself is alright. Everything lines up and installs perfectly in my '06 G6. The color/texture is all off, but thats livable. The wire harness is a little awkward, twistix will come in handy :) My real beef with this thing is the LCD panel and controls. The LCD is old school with simple backlighting, although after adjusting the contrast, its fully readable at all times. It also lets you change the button backlight color to red or green, but not the screen... The buttons to control everything work as they should, but you have to really mash them to get a response.
All in all, this thing feels really cheap, which is not the price I paid for it! Add to that, it doesnt match my dash, at all, and the LCD seems to flicker when anything more than a snare drum is played. This gets a 2, only because it let me keep my trips and temp. I mostly blame GM for the fact I had to buy this thing, but for $190, they can make a better product. Seriously.
I put one of these in my 06 g6 GTP coupe about a year ago (formerly with the monsoon, no on-star) with a pioneer deck and it worked fine. My only complaint is that you can't control the backlighting to match the red of the g6 (green or amber on buttons only, no backlight dimmer control). If you want a clock be sure to buy a deck with a clock. Other than that you can only show one stat at a time where the factory deck had temp + selected stat/warning. I'd buy a new version if they came out with a better match for the car's interior but I'll never go back to the monsoon system!
I have a Pontiac G6.
Crutchfield packaged this kit with the Sony CDX-GT410U CD Receiver and sold this to me as kit to fit my G6. The fit is good and the mounting is excellent. It came with proper instructions to take apart the car interior in order to properly remove & replace the existing stereo.
I was disapointed with the wiring harness. I was under the impression that buying a kit from Crutchfield came with custom wiring harness already soldered for the matched head unit. Unfortuneatly this is a false assumtion as I had to solder/crimp the wires between the stereo head harness and this mounting adapter wiring harness. The good thing is that I did not have to cut into any of the factory car wiring.
The display font size (read out) is larger than the factory one. However the clock is missing. I really miss the clock and this is the main reason I gave it a mediocre rating.
It would be nice too if the mounting was such that you could choose the stacking position of the head and the diplay. However the the display part has to be below the stereo head as this permantly fixed. Because of the lower location (the G6 read out was above the stereo) the top of the font is cut off a slightly (this could be a result of the larger font size too).
Other than the location and the missing clock the unit works exactly like the factory. Even the back lighting works with the instrument cluster dimmer.
I am on my third one of these in just a few months, and looks like I'll need a FOURTH one.
The problem? Half of the display has a habit of going bad. The first one I got was bad out of the box. The right side of the display didn't work. I returned it, and got another unit that worked for a while until the same thing happened. I exchanged it for the one I have now (#3) and the SAME thing has happened to it. According to Metra, there was a lot of them with bad displays. It looks like Crutchfield may have all of them. The display went bad on the current one when I had to jump start the car. It was around 12 degrees, and the car hadn't been run for a about 36 hours. The car battery wasn't "dead" (the lights came on, etc) but it needed a jump start to get it started. When it came on, half the display was out. Again.
Crutchfield has been great through out all of this, but this is just a shoddy product. If I wasn't a long-tine Crutchfield customer, and was overall happy with their prices and customer service, I'd probably never be a Cructhfield customer again.
Scosche is making a similar item, and I urge Crutchfield to looking into selling it instead of the Metra product.
After listening to my Chevy Parts guy i ended up purchasing this to regain my Driver info center in my 05 Cobalt - was easy to install and after a quick chat with Tom at Tech Support figured out the factory fuse wasnt strong enough for my Alpine so had to upgrade it and then every thing worked flawlessly
Vehicle Compatibility: The Metra Turbo Kit 2 (99-3303) is designed specifically for select 2004-2009 Chevy and Pontiac vehicles. The 99-3303 allows you to replace your GM factory stereo with an aftermarket stereo to improve the overall sound quality of your car audio system. The Metra Turbo Kit 2 (99-3303) is compatible with the following vehicles.
Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Automotive Install Kit w/ Integrated LCD: The installation kit features a recessed opening that will fit most single-DIN aftermarket head units. The kit features high-grade ABS plastic and is contoured to match your vehicle's factory dashboard color and texture. The integrated LCD retains temperature, fuel, oil, and door opening warnings. You can adjust the contrast and brightness of the display. The install kit also includes three soft-touch buttons (Info/Menu/Enter) with changeable LED backlighting (amber or green).
Wiring Harness: The Metra Turbo Kit 2 (99-3303) also includes the wiring harness which connects to the install kit, your vehicle's factory radio harness, and your new aftermarket head unit. The 10- and 12-pin clear connectors of the harness plug into the back of the installation kit, while the 24-pin blue connector plugs into your vehicle's factory radio harness. On vehicles equipped with OnStar, connect the 12-pin black connector the factory OnStar harness. The un-terminated wire leads will need to be spliced or crimped onto your new aftermarket head unit's wiring harness (installation tools and accessories sold separately).
|Red||+12 Volt Accessory|
|Yellow||+12 Volt Constant|
|White||Left Front Speaker +|
|White/black||Left Front Speaker -|
|Gray||Right Front Speaker +|
|Gray/black||Right Front Speaker -|
|Green||Left Rear Speaker +|
|Green/black||Left Rear Speaker -|
|Violet||Right Rear Speaker +|
|Violet/black||Right Rear Speaker -|
Retained Accessory Power (R.A.P.): The ignition power source of most GM vehicles keeps the radio on until one of the doors is opened. This feature is called the R.A.P. (retained accessory power). The 99-3303 is designed to retain this feature.
OnStar Compatible: The Metra Turbo Kit 2 (99-3303) is designed to retain the factory OnStar emergency services system that would normally be lost when your factory radio is replaced by an aftermarket head unit. You can adjust the volume of the OnStar announcements from the kit's soft-touch buttons.
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Recommended by agent assisting me. [ Danah Dec 04, 2015 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Nov 08, 2015 ] Staff
Hi, i bought this not to loose my infos. I can see oil reading, there is mileage, avg speed, fuel economy reading, still see how many miles my fuel last and so on. I like it, like other people wrote, buttons not respond so well, but i can deal with it. [ Jiri Aug 01, 2014 ]
Hi Ivori H, When I installed this, I maintained every menu option and piece of info that I had before. This kit simply moves the display and buttons into a different area. The major issue I have with this is the buttons need to be pressed extra hard to register the press. Otherwise, this has worked extremely well for me. [ AARON Jul 31, 2014 ]
You will lose your oil life, fuel economy info and other information if you do not get the adaptor. [ MAURICE Jul 31, 2014 ]
Yes, I did a lot of research before purchasing this part and if you have a GM car with the car's computer in the radio then you need this part. It is called the Drivers Information Center and it HAS to be in the car somewhere. This not only controls the mileage and oil readings, but also controls the alarms, horn and a myriad of other things. At least as of the time I purchased this (a little over a year ago), this was the only solution to keeping all of the information required. Also, I read many forum postings about how if you don't have this, there is a 50/50 chance the car either won't start of your car alarm will not work properly. I decided not to chance it and installed this piece with a Kenwood stereo for Bluetooth connectivity. This thing is actually not all that nice, the buttons are very mushy and take 4-5 presses to get to cycle, and it does not look all that great, but it was worth it to get a nice stereo. [ JESSE R Jul 31, 2014 ]
You keep all that stuff. Not sure how accurate the oil readings are. But they are both still there if you install correctly. [ JUSTIN C Jul 31, 2014 ]