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dr.donut
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Sep 4, 2017, 12:52 PM

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2002 buick lesabre Sign In

ready to put in a new stereo, picked one out at auto zone , they have to order the wiring harness , they said it would be $90 but I see others on the shelf for $20 , I don't want to splice wires or figure out what wires are what , I would think the harness plugs into the stereo and in to what the car has . Looking at the wiring harness packages it looks like I'll be splicing wires anyway and the connector ends don't look like they're going to match what the car has , should I just go to a professional place and get what I need instead of jumping around from autozoo to walmart trying to save a few bucks and match this stuff up ,. Haven't installed one of these in 30 years .


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Sep 4, 2017, 1:03 PM

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Re: 2002 buick lesabre Sign In

Would be much better to use an adapter cable that plugs into the vehicle radio harness. The other end of the adapter harness your going to need to splice to the radio. You can do that out of the vehicle on your kitchen table. The instructions should explain which wires to splice together. You should use rosin flux core solder and heat shrink to make good connections. The one issue you may run into is the factory radio is used as a chime module also. I believe they sell some sort of adapter device for that.
The part about doing it yourself is totally your decision based on your abilities.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 4, 2017, 1:03 PM

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Re: 2002 buick lesabre Sign In

Just be sure you get the right "adaptor" one that you should only hook up to brand of unit you got to be comparable with the car's harness untouched or you'll make nothing but troubles. Price? If you have to hack anything it wasn't worth saving money up front,


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Sep 4, 2017, 1:39 PM

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Re: 2002 buick lesabre Sign In

I think they do make a plug and play harness. You just need to find the right one. You may have to resort to a professional installer to find one.



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dr.donut
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Sep 9, 2017, 9:49 AM

Post #5 of 6 (325 views)
Re: 2002 buick lesabre Sign In

I guess 02 lesabre stereo adapters aren't in high demand , Pro car stereo place was the place to go , I don't know why the same adapter would be $94** at one place and $20** at another but the pro said if I found one and hooked it up it wouldn't work without a computer interface , so thats what I got , chimes included , I could have run a hot red from the fuse box at a " run " terminal but I didn't .


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 9, 2017, 10:10 AM

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Re: 2002 buick lesabre Sign In

Not a strong suit but own two "INTERFACE" adaptors - old stuff wanted OE whole set up no matter the cost impossible so got the right one. Now a while ago unknown discount if any was about $50 bucks called "interface" not just a plug. It doesn't touch the vehicle's own wiring, speakers both have OE factory amps in trunk and are a ton older than this.


Reasons: If you so much as Scotch Lock tap wires so a clock works or memory not lost if new unit does more or whatever OR how power antennae if equipped works you totally mess it up not just a nuisance it wont work right at all.
BTW - were just plain AM-FM with now CD before but choice of cassette in unit chosen. It's an involved pigtail not just quick plug and play you wire to radio like DS said if on the kitchen counter do it right - done and no endless headaches,


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