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Hi,

I'm in the UK and have had my SSR for about 4 months. I had an aftermarket audio specialist fit a Sat Nav DVD header in place of the stock unit. Nice job except for one small problem. Every now and again the amp won't fire up and I either have to put the hood up to get the auto volume switch to signal to the amp, or the replacement head unit has to be temporarily replaced with the original unit to fire the amp up.

I'm told that this is because the car has a "Bus" system that relies on digital signals rather than standard electrical wiring so the amp will not always turn on or off with a plain electrical signal from the head unit - sounds a bit dubious to me - does anyone know what I can do about this apart from fitting a new amp ........
 

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You may want to check out "Lookin4anSSR's" posts since he has had a ton of audio work done on his SSR. The radio does a lot more than provide entertainment! So how does it feel being one of the few in the UK to own an SSR?
 

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I can't really give you the technical info that you need, but what you were told is correct. There is a computer network system in your vehicle. Messages are sent to various components, not just electrical impulses. I decided against changing my head unit when I was told that the orignial one would have to remain in the vehicle hooked up and hidden somewhere. Maybe someone else on the site is more familiar with car stereo systems and can suggest something other than hiding the factory head unit somewhere in the truck.
 

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I didn't have problems

martin,

A local shop installed my alphabet monitor (AM, FM, CD, MP3, GPS, DVD) and I have no problem. It still adjusts the volume as the top goes up or down and the steering wheel controls work, too. I know a lot of people on this site advised against changing the unit, but I really wanted the other features (though I thought DVD was going a bit far). When this reputable shop told me I could put everything back to stock except one tiny hole they drilled in a plastic trim piece (I could get a new part for $60 if this bothered me), I was OK with the reversible modifications. I will say they spent more time programming everything than they had anticipated. You could try to contact them for help...no promises, though. Hope Troy is OK with me giving this info.

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Like ed, I am curious about the reaction to the SSR on the UK roads. I was in a full size Chevy van on the roads in and around London a few years ago and was shocked by the attention we got. The only thing I can compare the experience to would be...driving an SSR here. I can only imagine the reaction you must be getting.

Mind the gap!
 

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Won't the steering wheel volumn buttons wake up the amp? I don't know that they should, but if the top down EQ shift does...

BTW, how do you like driving from the curb side of the car?
 
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You may want to check out "Lookin4anSSR's" posts since he has had a ton of audio work done on his SSR. The radio does a lot more than provide entertainment! So how does it feel being one of the few in the UK to own an SSR?
Thanks for that - and yes you feel very "special" driving such a cool car. Mind you it's difficult to avoid running over all the people who stand in the middle of the road taking pictures!
 
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Its really fantastic - for a lot less money than say, an aston martin, you get more attention than you could ever imagine, mind you clearing article of womens clothing off the hood every day is getting a bit tedious....
 
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It's just fantastic - there are very few of these on the road so it's very special. Of course sometimes the attention is from the "wrong sort", but generally it is all very good natured.
It's interesting since more expensive cars attract envy and bad temper, but this thing just makes people smile!!
 
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NO problem being on the wrong side of the car - the way I drive you wouldn't notice the difference as you dive for cover anyway!

As far as the SSR is concerned - I think it should be available on the National Health Service - its taken years off me!
 

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"It's interesting since more expensive cars attract envy and bad temper, but this thing just makes people smile!!"

I couldn't agree more. You are absolutely correct. This car just simply makes people smile.

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Hi Martin

Its a long time ago since your last post but do you still have your SSR?
I agree with what you say, the SSR is a real head turner in a country which maybe only has 10 on the road.
Would be great to meet up.

Mark
 
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