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2001 legacy wagon radio inop

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#1 bigpig



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:07 AM

Hey folks, I have a just purchased 2001 outback legacy wagon L.L. Bean edition. It has the am/fm radio with cassette and six cd changer on the bottom of the head unit. Radio will not work. I have disconnected the battery and pumped the brakes to reset ecm. Radio buttons will light up with parking light on and the cd player will load and eject cds. Whats my next step to try? Is there any other things link to having a disconnected or dead battery that i need to do? Thanks in advance!

#2 matt167


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:17 AM

replace the stereo. That particular unit that came in Legacy/ Outback is known to do that. Solder connections break.

#3 1 Lucky Texan

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 07:30 AM

go shopping at www.crutchfield.com, get a unit with blu-tooth !

#4 GeneralDisorder


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:10 PM

For about $100 you can get a head unit and adapter harness, etc that will be light years ahead of that ancient junk. 


The 6 disc in-dash unit is notoriously junk. Cracked solder joints and they like to not eject discs, etc. 



#5 scalman


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:53 PM

changed that stuff with aftermarket blututh right away . never look back. using it mainly just as blututh reciever now. and have 1 spare slot space where oem stereo was.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 05:09 PM

or if you want to stay factory, I have one out of a 2001 outback.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 11:56 PM

Yeah, aftermarket has come a long way in the past 20 years. I remember the 1st CD players for cars would skip driving over seam cracks in the road. Potholes would cause a 5 sec cut. Too much bass and CD would skip :) Nowadays we have usb sticks, CD readers that can play w/o issue hitting rough train tracks at 40 mph, and phones connecting wirelessly.

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