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Firstly: Hello I am new to this forum and a new Nox owner.
I recently purchased a 2010 Nox SLT-1(wish I could have found a SLT-2 though) Black with a couple of upgrades and without a couple that I wish that I had gotten. Unfortunately for me time was an issue to get one and these are hard to find. So I am missing out on the Blue-tooth Phone. I am really happy with my Onstar and after the free 1st year I am planing on keeping the subscription. But having two numbers for the same car while i am in in it is kinda dumb for me. I Have 1 number that I use. I don't even have a house phone cause its a waste of money IMO. So here is the pickle that I am in. I have looked at some replacement options and there are quiet a few of them out there. double din; single din; DVD; CD; etc, etc. But honestly what I am looking for is a factory setup with blue-tooth built in. so here is the major question is the blue-tooth a part of the stereo or is it a separate box. to me i would think that the stereo would have it built in but if its a box then that would be better cause one could just plug that into the back of, well, my stereo and i would be clam happy. if not I'll replace the stereo with blue-tooth in it.
So if that isn't doable then.. well i guess i go aftermarket. okay simple enough had a few cars sin my lifetime and replaced them without cause, well ok maybe this one is a little more tricky as the stereo isn't exactly a DIN style stereo to replace but I found the METRA double din adapter.. but uhhh... how do i go about pulling this bad boy open. i don't want to pull on tab a that is actually screwed down and snap off tab a, b, c, and ,d. So is there an instructional video that someone has put together or some reading material to the sort. I haven't exactly scoured the internet for it but I have looked and cant find anything. Oh and encase someone else wants to let me know about other options I don't want a parrot or any other aftermarket clip-on device. I prefer the factory style and look.
Well that is it for now but thanks up front for all the advice
-Steve
 

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I may not have read all that correctly, but are you asking about what kinds of aftermarket stereo systems have bluetooth features included so that you can use your cellphone while driving?

If so, then I would honestly just get one of those "handsfree" or "Bluetooth" car kits.
It would be many times cheaper and easier than buying a new stereo, ripping out the old one and installing the new one.

If that doesnt work for you, you could probably ask your dealership if they could order and install the Equinox handsfree kit for you. I know that when I was looking at Terrains, they offered to find me one WITHOUT the power liftgate and then install the system for me (it wouldve been free in my case, but I just ordered one instead); so I would assume they could do it with just about anything that is offered as an option.
The guy at my dealership said that all the cars, despite their models (SLT-1, SLT-2, etc) have the ability to have all the different features installed. This is because they basically use the same chassis and just attach different stuff to it. So, in the case of the liftgate, the wires were already hidden within the door, but were capped off. So, attaching the button and power supply would have been easy.
As for the Equinox phone system, I would assume that all they would need to do is attach the speakers, mics, and either the radio system or just the software for it. (Maybe the steering wheel buttons too?)

Sorry I couldnt be more help.
 

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Just get a bluetooth unit that attaches to visor. They work great.
 

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I don't get it... you can't have an Equinox SLT. SLT is the nomenclature for Terrains, and if you have a Terrain SLT-1 you will automatically have bluetooth.

I'm guessing you have an Equinox 1LT ??

In any case, I would suggest a Motorola T505. The benefit to this model is that it has an FM tuner and can stream stereo bluetooth to your stereo in addition to being a handsfree speakerphone.
 

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Like Terrain said, if you have an Equinox then it's either an LS, LT1, LT2 or LTZ. This may seem minor, but can be important to avoid confusion when ordering parts and such. Also, what NT110 said may be true to some extent, but just as an example the LS and LT1 Noxes have a different wiring harness than the higher models, meaning that adding foglights won't be a simple "plug and play" operation. I know you can order the USB dongle from GM for any model...but as has already been suggested, your best bet (cost wise) is to go aftermarket for the bluetooth.
 

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Ok yea LT1 Nox.
I am NOT looking for a clip on the visor style one. If i am correct the bluetooth for a stock system is buried in the internals of the stereo... if that is where it is at then i will just replace the stereo with bluetooth one. But I am not going to have the dealer install it for gobbs of cash i will do it myself. I just need something that tells me how to take out the stereo's molding and mounting equipment

I do like that i can add the power lift gate. Didn't think i cared about that before but i was carrying two handfuls and was wishing that i had gotten it before.

Thanks for all the quick responses though
 

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phlash_riot said:
Ok yea LT1 Nox.
I am NOT looking for a clip on the visor style one. If i am correct the bluetooth for a stock system is buried in the internals of the stereo... if that is where it is at then i will just replace the stereo with bluetooth one. But I am not going to have the dealer install it for gobbs of cash i will do it myself. I just need something that tells me how to take out the stereo's molding and mounting equipment

I do like that i can add the power lift gate. Didn't think i cared about that before but i was carrying two handfuls and was wishing that i had gotten it before.

Thanks for all the quick responses though
Speaking of "gobs of cash"...adding the power liftgate won't be cheap even if you can get the parts and know how to do it yourself. GM charges nearly $170 just for a simple USB plug to add to the stereo system...I'd hate to think how much the liftgate motor/struts, the control plate (not just a button) and another key fob would cost. Dealers are charging $60-$80 just for a replacement key fob these days..
 

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phlash_riot said:
If i am correct the bluetooth for a stock system is buried in the internals of the stereo... if that is where it is at then i will just replace the stereo with bluetooth one. But I am not going to have the dealer install it for gobbs of cash i will do it myself. I just need something that tells me how to take out the stereo's molding and mounting equipment
You really should have done some more research prior to your purchase so you could have bought the vehicle that had the options you wanted in-built.

I think it's a bad idea to assume the bluetooth system 'is buried in the internals of the stereo'. I've studied various parts catalogue schematics and it seems there are parts and pieces of different systems all over the vehicle. There is a communications module in the rear somewhere that I think houses the bluetooth system, or maybe just the BT antenna.
 

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I think there is another interface. When making or receiving a call, the fan blower slows down, so thats intergrated as well. Also the audio controls on the steering wheel have the phone answer/disconnect button.
 

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Well guess I am not going to be doing this then. Ohh well. I will just forward my phone calls to my Onstar Phone number. I was planning on keeping it and the phone rates are cheap enough too. Thanks all for the help.
 

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ok so i broke down and got a new stereo on order a Kenwood KIV-BT900. so now how do i remove the factory stereo. anyone done this yet? I am about to go down to the local best buy and get a stereo mounting adapter so that it will fit in my car.
 

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Facepalm!

Good luck with that. Be sure to take pictures of this project.
 

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wow talk about unprepared......you are aware that doesnt play discs? its just a receiver only....

if you have onstar, youll need both wiring harnesses, antenna adapter, and dash kit...if you bought through crutchfield, they use to give you all that free with an order cause of the price you pay....lol......oh youll also need a box of crimp connectors, and crimpers, if you dont have them......
 

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phlash_riot said:
ok so i broke down and got a new stereo on order a Kenwood KIV-BT900. so now how do i remove the factory stereo. anyone done this yet? I am about to go down to the local best buy and get a stereo mounting adapter so that it will fit in my car.
Do you have a four or six cylinder? If you have a four and change the stereo you will negate the noise cancelling system (ANC).
 
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