Cheapest Carplay Radio on Amazon Installed in a Chevy Cobalt

Due to radio issue in my 08 Cobalt ive decided to swap it out with a Carplay radio which I use in the wife’s Jetta and find to be pretty cool. I didn’t want to drop too much cash on a rig and happened to find what is the cheapest carplay ready radio on Amazon, obviously this is a risk, but well have some fun.

The link at your own peril….it changes often….

This one now has an external microphone….man, i wish mine did…

Starting off the company requests the radio be tested after unpacking in case its broken, not a good sign. I use the heathkit on the bench to accomplish this. Ugliest bootlogo one could hope for…

Starting the wiring, I happen to already have the requisite GM13SR box to replace the factory unit. It needs to be wired into after market radios. With a minimum setup, I remove the dash trin to gain access to the old radio and remove it. Testing the new harness we get the radio up and running for a moment to determine that my front speakers also don’t work with the new radio. Another issue for another video.

The mounting kit I picked up does not accommodate the mounting plate, and the cobalt ones seem to have the same issue, so I decided the inlet the radio by hand. Tedious, but it worked. While everything was out I revisited the harness to add the camera and illumination connections.

With everything back in the car cable is now pulled through the dash to the center console. Not having success with the antenna converter I brought the radio to Walmart to match it up. Now, all connections are plugged into the radio from the harness, a full test is accomplished.

Back at the bench, the radio, didn’t come with screws for this price so I went to Ace to pick up screws and then with a dremel , modified the mount to accommodate the camber. This allowed for a full dash mounting, shimming and final mounting. With a good fit, all of the trim is re-attached up front.

The rear seats are removed by way of the removal tabs, again pulling the camera cable towards the back of the car, dressing it into the harness into the trunk. Continuing through the harness towards the passenger tail light a grommet receives a cable for 12 volts off the reverse lamp wire which will make its way to the reverse harness.

A small hole is made in the trunk allowing the camera to be run to the license plate area wiring and dressed around the battery area.

#cobalt #chevycobalt #carplay

50 Comments

  1. Sailing Mohican on October 17, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I bought a 69 dollar touch screen from Amazon with backup am and Bluetooth lol works πŸ™‚



  2. SAMPLE TEXT on October 17, 2021 at 9:47 am

    This guy slightly sounds very faintly like Bam Margera



  3. CeRnuNnouS on October 17, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Stereo is worth more THEN the car!



  4. BKRich on October 17, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Anyone else have this cheap radio and it just crashes all the time, especially when plugged in and using CarPlay while talking on the phone?



  5. kenttegneskog on October 17, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Its NOT a emergency break it’s a parking break.



  6. emil on October 17, 2021 at 9:49 am

    you just need to plug the cord into the backlight plus cord



  7. Chance Adomeit on October 17, 2021 at 9:49 am

    It’s not available πŸ™



  8. Mike MacDowell on October 17, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I already put a similar, but cheaper version of this DD in a couple years ago. I just watched this whole video for entertainment.
    Thanks!



  9. Archangel 3 on October 17, 2021 at 9:52 am

    this is shittastic lololol



  10. Bubba Klipp on October 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

    i dont even own a car but i watched this whole video



  11. Clare Poirier on October 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

    did this in my cobalt with a xax 1000 :]



  12. Michelle Bradley on October 17, 2021 at 9:54 am

    No AM.. no HD.. no thank you.



  13. esteban soria on October 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Just buy yourself some quality stuff



  14. Kyusoath on October 17, 2021 at 9:57 am

    shouldn’t waste your money on junk like that, i mean the chevy.



  15. Sky Media on October 17, 2021 at 9:57 am

    This video was great πŸ‘



  16. Carlos Valdez on October 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    thanks for the video, do you think that in a cobalt 2006 ls have to do the same procedure.



  17. Archangel 3 on October 17, 2021 at 9:59 am

    did you ever work on anything before this? seems like a 6 yr old made this video…



  18. Colt Fox on October 17, 2021 at 10:00 am

    This was more about the installation than the radio.



  19. A Bike Life on October 17, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Suggesting to test the radio wasnt appearing shady, it was conscious and could save a person a lot of time



  20. raptors316 on October 17, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Your video was very informative and well made, instructions were clear, end result a very nice clean job. Thanks for sharing πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘



  21. bigl8492 on October 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Get to a channel YouTube won’t cry about πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†



  22. RumRaspberryMocha on October 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Great video. I’m just very sad you have to live your life driving a Chevy cobalt. 😭



  23. Thouzxan on October 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

    When I had my cobalt I bought so many kits trying to find the perfect kit, I had the same one u had and broke it accidentally πŸ˜‚ ended up using a lil extra faceplate that came w the radio and just got it as close to the edge as possible



  24. EssenceOfAce on October 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Does local car places install aftermarket radios and back up cameras for u?



  25. Phillip Mason on October 17, 2021 at 10:07 am

    it’s not hitiky its hiKITY u illiterate



  26. crazyrider417 on October 17, 2021 at 10:10 am

    he did it wrong. don’t do it this way. just a heads up.



  27. jorge campos on October 17, 2021 at 10:11 am

    It’s the sound that bad with these Chinese radios



  28. Caliado on October 17, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Amazon price: $76
    Labor price: $1682
    LOLLLL



  29. Ahsoka Tano on October 17, 2021 at 10:14 am

    great install



  30. J on October 17, 2021 at 10:15 am

    1:59 "Eh, an ugly ass looking boot screen. "
    im ded



  31. Fulton Abraham on October 17, 2021 at 10:16 am

    My only question about the radio itself is, is it Bluetooth as well??



  32. AnExPor on October 17, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Heathkit! I used to build the little projects they had when I was a kid.



  33. Liam Carpenter on October 17, 2021 at 10:18 am

    it is now 88.99 πŸ˜‚



  34. Marian Zaroschi on October 17, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I got the same unit, but for some reason it resets every time i start rhr car on the radio at thr 85.7 and it start doing that annoying no signal sound, does anybody have any fixes for that?



  35. Toshi Mon on October 17, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Wow Heathkit, you just took me back over 50 years.



  36. carolina panther fan on October 17, 2021 at 10:23 am

    U made that install look easy



  37. Matthew Baker on October 17, 2021 at 10:27 am

    do the steering wheel buttons still work? and are there links to any of the adapters or anything you’d need to keep the steering wheel controls?



  38. Keith Jackson on October 17, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Thought about getting this unit, but it only has FM radio but no AM radio. Gotta have my talk radio.



  39. Super Smelly Bob on October 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

    This install was clean.



  40. Plons0Nard on October 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I saw the thumbnail and immediately thought of Andrew Camarata : he used a chainsaw to modify the dashboard πŸ˜†



  41. John Smith on October 17, 2021 at 10:31 am

    You need to connect the back up camera reverse wire to your reverse lights in the trunk or in the back of the car



  42. emil on October 17, 2021 at 10:31 am

    I have a dashcam with a rear view camera



  43. SgtOz on October 17, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I just watched this whole video…..I don’t have an 08 cobalt, nor any vehicle I want to put a new radio in…….I just couldn’t stop watching. Lol.
    Well done. Your precision was on point.



  44. Myster C on October 17, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I can appreciate your willingness to get it done to your specifications. Im similar if its not right it would annoy me endlessly. One of my buddies is more of a get it done so it works despite what it looks like, he doesnt help me with car/most projects anymore haha. Stay safe



  45. Epic Toast on October 17, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I’ve installed one of these. one of the wires fell out of the radio plug around 3 months after install and nearly caught the car of fire. it melted the plastic plug and started to smell so i pulled it and when i saw all the melted plastic i tossed it in the trash.



  46. Reggie Smith on October 17, 2021 at 10:41 am

    One of the best DIY videos ever.



  47. Francis αœ‰αœ‡Μ΄αœˆαœ”αœΜƒαœαœ” αœŽΜƒαœ†αœˆαœ” Litan on October 17, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Only FM. Great for use with electric vehicles.



  48. Colin Fernandez on October 17, 2021 at 10:43 am

    This was the first link to pop up when i googled installing a carplay radio in a 2010 cobalt for my girlfriend. We’re considering trying it out. Thanks for making a thorough and clear walkthrough of the install



  49. Jose Vila on October 17, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Perfect, that raised the value of the car all the way up to $100 haha



  50. Moy Luna on October 17, 2021 at 10:45 am

    That thing si a worthless piece of sh1t, don’t waste your money mine si death after only 1Β½ years