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PostSubject: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptySun May 01, 2022 4:15 pm

I mentioned this on the other Riviera forum and it was suggested I check here. Apparently the issue in finding one is that the '95 model uses a different dash than those that housed earlier radios. I did some quick checking around on eBay, etc. but most of what is being offered looks way too big for the available slot on mine. Always thought it'd be cool to add a CD player as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptySun May 01, 2022 10:32 pm

I think GM used to sell a single-din CD player that installed in the dash of the 95 above the ashtray.

You should have no trouble having say United Radio (NY) repair your radio/cassette. See https://www.unitedradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Consumer-repair-form.pdf.  United is a major player in logistics and electronics repair.  They are not small, you may want to poke around the web site.  Pricing is reasonable considering the quality.  It can't hurt to ask them about the CD player although I think your best bet for that is web search/eBay.  I think it's this unit with a different plastic nose piece maybe: https://www.ebay.com/itm/194740353626

GM also made a 1.5 DIN AM FM CD but I don't know if it was intended for install in the Riv.
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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyTue May 10, 2022 8:59 am

I did a bit of further digging and found through the 1FactoryRadio website that the Riviera uses the same radio as a Corsica of the same year. They don't have any in stock at this point, but that's what it is. I'd seen this website referred to when someone was talking about adding bluetooth or an auxiliary jack to their radio, which can be done with '96 and later models.
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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyTue May 10, 2022 3:57 pm

MaxLegroom wrote:
I did a bit of further digging and found through the 1FactoryRadio website that the Riviera uses the same radio as a Corsica of the same year.  They don't have any in stock at this point, but that's what it is.  I'd seen this website referred to when someone was talking about adding bluetooth or an auxiliary jack to their radio, which can be done with '96 and later models.  

...all they (1FactoryRadio) are doing is wiring abluetooth module into the radio - crack open the case and parallel it onto the aux input basically. See https://www.digikey.com/en/product-highlight//m/microchip-technology/bm70-bluetooth-low-energy-modules for available bluetooth chips.

So - if you pulled a junkyard radio and sent it to them for overhaul and modification they should be able to do this for you. Call them first he he.

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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyMon May 13, 2024 10:15 am

Didn't even recall starting a thread here about this.

On the buickforums.com site - which I can't access for whatever reason - a youtube video was suggested on how to do it - one I had also come across. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gSXIQupQ1k   Then, I also came across a site on eBay that has lots of units where the listing description specifically mentions that they should fit 1995-2000. I'd be more interested in removing the old and installing a used/rebuilt,etc. if it'd properly fill the space as opposed to sending mine out for repairs. Either way, the same amount of dashboard work has to be done. Just not sure how feasible it is to do this. Hate to rip into it and then discover that a new unit wouldn't fit in the allowed space.

Anyway, this seller has lots of units listed:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/116110408078  I have sent a message asking for more specifics but thus far no reply.

I just sent a message on the United Radio site to inquire as to further info on whether they think they could repair my original unit as well as if they can give me any additional info on pricing, etc.

Albertj...where in the Finger Lakes if I might ask? I love that area! We were just up there in the hopes of seeing the eclipse last month. Stayed at the Keuka Lakeside Inn, a place we've been at before. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. Had it been nice, like the day before the eclipse, I would have at least driven up to Penn Yan since it would slightly in the path and so hopefully could have caught the 40 seconds of so of totality.
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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyMon May 13, 2024 9:18 pm

Got a reply from United Radio. They said: "Please provide the GM part number for your radio so that we can verify that it is a unit we can repair and if so, quote you some pricing.  The best way to obtain this because of the age of the vehicle is by pulling the unit and getting it directly off of the back of the unit.  Once you provide this information we can better assist you."

I didn't plan on pulling the unit out (not even sure how to do that...would have to watch that video very closely and also use Larry's notations) in order to find the info they'd need. Is there any other way to access the part number besides removing the unit?

Here's another issue. The steering wheel controls are all whacked out. I seem to recall that sometimes, when the cassette player still did work, it'd randomly switch back and forth from one side of the tape to the other. Also, sometimes radio stations seem to randomly change. So, if I were to pull and replace the radio / cassette, what would happen? Would it be likely to work ok or would whatever is wrong with the steering wheel controls still screw things up? This could become a much more extensive project than I bargained for.
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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyMon May 13, 2024 10:22 pm

three4rd wrote:
Got a reply from United Radio. They said: "Please provide the GM part number for your radio so that we can verify that it is a unit we can repair and if so, quote you some pricing.  The best way to obtain this because of the age of the vehicle is by pulling the unit and getting it directly off of the back of the unit.  Once you provide this information we can better assist you."

I didn't plan on pulling the unit out (not even sure how to do that...would have to watch that video very closely and also use Larry's notations) in order to find the info they'd need. Is there any other way to access the part number besides removing the unit?

Here's another issue. The steering wheel controls are all whacked out. I seem to recall that sometimes, when the cassette player still did work, it'd randomly switch back and forth from one side of the tape to the other. Also, sometimes radio stations seem to randomly change. So, if I were to pull and replace the radio / cassette, what would happen? Would it be likely to work ok or would whatever is wrong with the steering wheel controls still screw things up? This could become a much more extensive project than I bargained for.

No, and you'll discover that it's one of the easiest pulls you'll do on the Riv once you get the dash face trim panel off.  Which isn't difficult either but is easiest if you are working somewhere you can open both doors.  When I would pull mine I'd work in my driveway.

If you don't have one yet I suggest you get a *factory* service manual (used off of eBay).  

My local GM dealer sens all their radio repairs to United.

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PostSubject: Re: Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95?   Any idea where I could get a replacement radio/cassette for my '95? EmptyMon May 13, 2024 10:29 pm

Well, so far the video I came across looks a bit daunting, but I can try and search for a manual. Thanks for that suggestion. Tempting project for sure.
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