This may not help, but it is a suggestion to check out, because this experience happened to me with a brand new Mustang once. My vehicle's radio quit working properly and started acting funny a couple of weeks after purchasing. It was brand new and under full warranty. I took it to the dealership, who kept my car for almost a week. After calling about my car a couple of times, they finally said it was fixed, come get it. When I arrived at the dealership to pick up my car I asked the service manager what problem they found and what work did they perform. He told me they replaced with a brand new radio.
I wasn't real happy about waiting several days for them to pop in a new radio in a brand new car I had just purchased from their dealership, but without much fuss, I drove away, happy to have my new Mustang back. Well, I didn't get 2 miles from the dealership and the same thing happened with the radio again. I was pissed. I made a U-turn and drove it right back into the service garage.
The service manager looked uneasy as I approached. He could tell I was mad. I told him the same thing just happened, I thought you replaced the radio. He said they did, but if I would leave the car, they would look at it the next day. I said no and demanded satisfaction at that moment. Turned out, they didn't replace the radio at all. Then they tried to claim they repaired it.
Well I made such a spectacle of myself in that dealership, determined to run off customers, the GM finally usher me into his office, while they immediately replaced the defective radio with a brand new one.
The moral is, you should be absolutely sure the dealer replaced the radio the first time. This happened to me one other time with a dealer on a new conversion van with a defective TV. These folks are as unscrupulous as they come. Don't believe they replaced anything, unless they can show you the one they took out of your car. They just don't throw the old electronics away.
We bought this car around 1 year ago with 30k miles on it. Shortly after purchasing it, the volume in the radio began to randomly turn down and would start turning stations on its own. It was annoying for a while and since it was under warranty, we took it to the dealer who replaced the radio.
Fast forward to today. The radio will randomly turn all the way up, the seek button seems to turn on out of the blue and it will seek stations for a while then stop. After this happens, the preset buttons will not work, the cd button will not work, etc. The only buttons that will work are the manual tuner and the volume button. Occasionally, I'll be listening to a cd and it will change over to radio and start seeking stations or switch back and forth between the radio and cd player.
This is quite annoying and could even be dangerous if the volume goes all the way up and I'm trying to turn the damn thing off in traffic or something.
The only other real problems we've had with the car is the electric motor in the drivers seat had to be replaced after it quit moving and the window motors in the windows burned out too.
My question is, the problem clearly isn't the radio as this is the 2nd factory radio in the car and it's doing the same thing as the last one. I want to get it fixed relatively soon because the warranty expires at 100k and I've got 88k on it now. I just don't want to keep paying the $100 deductible for them to replace the radio and have it do the same thing again.
Has anyone else encountered this with Laredos or with other cars? This is really the craziest thing I've ever seen. I find myself telling the ghost or radio to at least pick a decent station if it's going to change it without my permission. Any help with this would be appreciated.