So I just took delivery of my Cruze (2014, 1LT w/ Pioneer upgraded system), and already the mod ideas are flowing. I don't think I'll do much in the way of mechanical as it's an automatic (WAF :/) maybe some lowered springs and slightly larger wheels and shoes to remove the gap.
As for the in car entertainment, the Pioneer system IS better than OEM stock, but only marginally as it leaves a bit to be desired (I find the rear 6x9 subs to be way too boomy).
I'm not going to be having many if any rear passengers (other than our 3 month old daughter, so music will be low when she's in the car), when the system is pushed, it will be when I am driving solo or with the wife when we have a baby sitter.
With that in mind, to save on budget, I'm thinking about ripping out (or at least just neutering and leaving the physical speakers in place) everything in the rear, and focusing on the front sound stage.
I like the idea of keeping the separate components (tweeters in the A-Pillars) and the center channel speaker. I will be keeping the stock H/U, once again mostly due to WAF, but also because I feel for the money that would be needed to be spent, I doubt I would get a better mix of SQ + integration than what is already there.
Is there any way with the OEM Pioneer H/U to add an extra video source, say for example I wanted to watch a movie on the touch screen and utilize the sound system over Bluetooth? If so, I would consider adding rear 6x9's for a surround sound effect, if not then no worries, not a deal breaker.
As for musical tastes, I don't have much use for non-musical bass, so I'll listen to anything and everything from Classic Rock, to Modern Rock, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, Metal, Country and Chillstep. About the only true electronic music I'll listen to is Daft Punk.
Is there a way to get lossless audio fed through the OEM H/U?
Here's the list of components I'll be looking to get, subject to change based on recommendations:
1. Replacement front components (this will be for the mid bass and high end)
2. Replacement center speaker
3. Replacement 4 channel amp, possibly 6
4. Standalone sub 8-10" depending on musicality
5. Big 3 upgrade to ensure clean power (I'm aware of the fella on the forums selling his kits)
Budget: $1000 or less, depending on the complexity of the electronics/tie in to the on board computer I may do the install myself (but it's been since the 90s) or have a pro shop do it for me.
Ideally I'd like to be in the 350-500w RMS range for the system, loud enough to sound great when needed, but more so to maintain fidelity and sound quality at lower listening levels.
Thanks all, have a good'er