2014 Chevy Malibu Radio Upgrade – I have the LTZ trim with the Pioneer audio, built in navigation (terrible), satellite radio, OnStar, remote start, and auto climate control.
I bought all these items from Crutchfield and paid the $25 for the ready harness service. This is where Crutchfield will splice the wires together from the gm2 harness to the Kenwood radio harness.
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Once I got all the parts from Crutchfield, the fun part of setting this whole thing up (so many cables.
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1. I had to plug the Maestro interface into my computer and flash the Chevy Malibu firmware to it using the idatalink website.
5. I started at the bottom (HVAC controls) and removed the bolts. HVAC controller unplugged and set aside.
6. Removed the remaining 7mm bolts moving up the dash until I had removed the remaining stereo pieces.
7. Instructions were given by Crutchfield on plugging everything in, but none of the cables were the same. So if it doesn’t plug in, it doesn’t go there.
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8. For the microphone I ran the Kenwood mic supplied through Metra’s dash kit cubby. To get the cable to fit I had to drill the corner a bit to fit the cable.
10. The Maestro interface comes with an ODB2 connector for Meters. I ran this cable under the steering wheel to the Maestro box.
11. After you connected all the wires that came with the gm2 harness the last part was to get antennas plugged in and tested.
For me, the blue antenna cable was Nav GPS, gray was Sat antenna, and black was FM radio.
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Everything was plug and play and I didn’t need to splice or remove any cables which allows me to put the factory stereo back in if needed.
Now that I had everything checked (took maybe 45 minutes) it was time to test. I reconnected my battery cable and started playing with the new radio.
The last steps were to install the wires into the dash (there is so much room to work with) and screw the radio in. Then screw in the Metra dash kit. And finally screw the HVAC control in and pull the trim piece back on.
I will attach some final results photos after posting this. I wish I had taken pictures while I was doing the installation but was too excited to upgrade.
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* Not really a problem but wish the cubby was below the stereo so it was higher on the dash. *
All vehicle settings controlled from the factory radio (door locks, lights, HVAC, remote start etc.)
If anyone can help find the adapter cable to hold the USB center console that would complete this build. This is what the factory cable looks like.
ASnidow said: If anyone can help find the adapter cable to hold the USB center console, that would complete this build. This is what the factory cable looks like. View attachment 68334 View attachment 68335 View attachment 68336 Click to expand… Thank you for taking the time to post this. I’m looking at doing this myself quite soon. I assume the center USB cord is plugged into the factor headunit. Did you ever find an adapter that worked for this?
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I’m wondering (as an alternative) if it would be easier to run a new USB cable from the back of the HU into the center console, avoiding this all together.
I was never able to find an adapter cable. Am not sure about changing the entire cable in the center console as I never tore it apart. And honestly now that I have a wireless android auto, I never use that usb port. I have a small flash drive plugged into one of the usb ports in the glovebox. But I use a higher power charger to charge my phone. Heck, I don’t even use the aux port in the center console now.
Hope this write up helps you and if you have questions let me know. I’m pretty good with stereo replacements. Amd remember this decently well.
Thanks for the answer! Does your head unit connect consistently/reliably via wireless? I am a long time android car user and I am looking to buy a new HU. Looking at the Kenwood Excelon DMX957XR right now.
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Also – I’ve been trying to figure out if there’s a way to incorporate wireless QI charging into one of the mini cell holders
Looking into the pocket in the metra dash kit a little closer, I think I’m going to drill a hole in the pocket and run a wireless charging pad with some non-slip stuff on it.
And a wireless charging pad would be great there! Be careful not to overheat in that small place during hot days. Otherwise it should work great. Might even be able to plug the QI pad into the radio for power.
Hello! I am considering upgrading my 2015 LS and was looking at the kits you used. Quick question, where is the bell sound coming from? Are they coming through the normal speakers or is it coming out of the small speaker included with the harness? Had a friend years ago who got an aftermarket that had the bells coming out of the small speaker instead and it sounded terrible.
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Shield1561 said: Hello! I am considering upgrading my 2015 LS and was looking at the kits you used. Quick question, where is the bell sound coming from? Are they coming through the normal speakers or is it coming out of the small speaker included with the harness? Had a friend years ago who got an aftermarket that had the bells coming out of the small speaker instead and it sounded terrible. Thank you! -Darian Click to expand… Doorbells etc come out of car speakers via the Maestro interface. I’ve never used any onstar stuff, so I’m not entirely sure.
Another fun thing is to add a wireless phone charger pad. I popped one into the top pocket. Note that the radio power is not strong enough to charge – need to jump off a fuse to get proper power.
Shield1561 said: Hello! I am considering upgrading my 2015 LS and was looking at the kits you used. Quick question, where is the bell sound coming from? Are they coming through the normal speakers or is it coming out of the small speaker included with the harness? Had a friend years ago who got an aftermarket that had the bells coming out of the small speaker instead and it sounded terrible. Thank you! -Shield Click to expand… OnStar also uses the car speakers through the Maestro interface. OnStar is also the only thing that will use and retain the factory microphone. The radio will have to use the one that came with it. Also bells sound a little different to me but play on the car speakers. Also the Maestro interface allows you to change the different bell volumes. The LS trim is different from the LTZ so results may vary.
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and you may be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.I recently had the opportunity to spend some time driving the new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, and from the moment I sat in the driver’s seat I. Fell. In. Love.
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I took the 3LT trim level for the weekend to get a good solid feel for the upgraded comfort, convenience and safety features; as well as the ride and handling.
The first thing I noticed about the vehicle is the newly refreshed front fascia and grille. It gives a very sporty and aggressive look to the front end of the vehicle. The oversized “bow tie” gives the Malibu its unmistakable Chevrolet appearance. The exterior body lines are smooth and give the fenders the perfect amount of flare, similar to many of the other new Chevrolets on the road today.
Entering the vehicle from the driver’s side, I was immediately hit in the face with the MOST comfortable seat I have ever sat in on any vehicle, ever. The seats are like plush overstuffed clouds that hug and protect you as you float down the sky-lit highway. I was so in awe of this soothing body pillow that I almost forgot to poke around the cabin of the vehicle to look at all the other wonderful features of the Malibu. I shook the starry cobwebs off my melon to finish my experience on the inside.
This year’s Chevrolet Malibu has been updated with many driver-friendly safety features. The MyLink system allows you to pair any bluetooth compatible phone for complete hands-free control, allowing you to call AND text without ever having to pick up your phone. Very safe, huh!? Another neat feature of the MyLink allows you to stream and control playlists on your phone or mp3 device or stream your Pandora internet radio. The MyLink touchscreen is large and responsive and even has a button to reveal a hidden “behind the screen” storage compartment.
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