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96 Legacy Outback stereo/cd changer
Posted 05 September 2003 - 09:11 AM
It appears the amplifier in my factory stereo unit is on the way out (absolutely no sound from the front speakers.... relatively new speakers). Whats the best approach on replacing this? Are there aftermarket units that can also operate the factory CD changer? Is finding a factory unit the best way to go? What have others done to replace the factory unit? thanks in advance!
Posted 05 September 2003 - 10:53 AM
Has anyone here sent there radio to Clarion for repairs? I found this address for the Clarion factory repair. All they want is $80, flat fee to fix your radio.
At: CLARION REPAIRS
661 W. REDONDO BEACH BLVD.
GARDENA, CA. 90247
Make check out to: CLARION
!-800-347-8667 for service
Not sure if you have a Clarion model or not. If it's a Panasonic or other brand you should be able to do a search and find a repair facility.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:21 PM
When you look at sizes Crutchfield's catalog says this is a double DIN unit.
Mine had the CD/radio/tape player and the CD skips so badly it is pretty useless.
I figure a double DIN should mean that I can just remove it, put a single DIN in and make a spacer plate for the remaining hole.
I went through this with my BMW not long ago and it is just a learning curve.
I could not find reliable information on the Beemer either, but now I have two amps and 14 speakers and am pretty happy with the system.
Each manufactuer seems to have thier own system to drive external Cd changers, so you may be out of luck there.
Has anybody put a single DIN in one of these cars?
Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:49 PM
Look at aftermarket decks made by the same company, they may use the same connector and your probably good to go.
What year is it? Call some local salvage yards, they generally pull the decks as soon as any late models come in.
is a site to search slavage yards across the country.
A salvage yard is also a great place to find one of the little bins that goes in place when you replace a Double DIN with a single. That way rather than just a blank you can have another little hole to keep stuff in.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 08:16 PM
The WRX boys often tear these things out almost immediately and put in something better. You should be able to find them on ebay, or NASIOC (old i-club). I don't know the current going rate. Last I saw, it was around $150 to $200 US.
It's not hi-end, but it does just fine for me. Plug and play, literally.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 09:14 PM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 12:48 PM
The Clarion was optimised for the car, but right out of the box the Sony tuner is not quite as good on FM and it is short of bass.
I will probably fool with it for a week or so before I decide, but it seems the Clarion was not a bad unit.
The Clarion CD player was very dirty, so perhaps just cleaning it would have helped the skipping but the Sony CD works great.
One point should be that I was right about a double DIN being easy to replace with a single DIN unit.
When folks tell you that you have to buy a special expensive double DIN they are flat wrong.
Posted 07 September 2003 - 09:30 PM
By the way with rebate the Sony was $139, and the bass is already adjusted better than I had with the Clarion.
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