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#1 JohnVT

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 04:16 PM

does anyone have instructions/experience, or know where I can find instructions to replace the lamp in the radio behind the clock/tuner display? This is a stock cassette am/fm radio on a 97 OBW.
didn't look obvious with the little glance I took at trying to find a solution.

thanks - John

#2 Manarius

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 05:16 PM

Most likely, it involves removal and disassembly of the radio itself. If you're okay with doing that, if it a shot. If not, just either deal with that it's dark or replace the head unit. It's not going to be a very easy task, but it can be done.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 05:45 PM

If yours is similar to mine, the LED that provides the backlighting for the LCD display is somewhat built into the LCD panel, if your comfortable soldering small components then id say just dig into it.

But realistically your just as well off buying a new head unit. Theyre pretty cheap these days and youll get the benefit of clearer sound and better radio reception from a decent aftermarket one.

#4 JohnVT

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:18 PM

If yours is similar to mine, the LED that provides the backlighting for the LCD display is somewhat built into the LCD panel, if your comfortable soldering small components then id say just dig into it.

But realistically your just as well off buying a new head unit. Theyre pretty cheap these days and youll get the benefit of clearer sound and better radio reception from a decent aftermarket one.


thanks - if it gets annoying enough, I'll probably take it out and open it up. otherwise, I sometimes have a small flashlight in the car, but that's a little hard to use if I'm alone...

I'll try to respond if I dig in.

#5 WoodsWagon

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:29 PM

The same backlight is out on my dad's '95 legacy, and the one that lights up the station preset buttons is out on my mom's '98 Outback. Seems like quality control problems at the radio manufacturer?

#6 Tiny Clark

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 02:06 AM

I don't understand the affection to the stock radio. I'd replace the head unit with a CD Receiver that has an Aux jack on the front panel for an MP3 player, and maybe SAT radio ready.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:04 AM

Pick up one of the newer 6 CD changer / Tape / Radio units from someone who has pulled it out to put in aftermarket stuff. That's what I did with my 97 OB.

I'm not sure about the latest models, but the P123 from the early 2000's plug right in. (And I think the model that followed it.) You'll lose the cubby hole, but it's worth it.

I've still got my stock unit kicking around...

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#8 msmithmmx

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 04:49 PM

And the answer is Ebay. I suggest you use an upgraded Subaru OEM Radio, I know it works as I have done it. I was unable to find your exact radio on Ebay but they always pop up. Just search for "subaru radio" every few days. They should cost around 15 bucks.


Upgrade 6 disk with tape

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/02-03-Subaru-Impreza-AM-FM-6-Disc-Cass-Radio-Changer_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ38641QQihZ009QQ itemZ190065857698QQrdZ1




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