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cd changer for 2000 Forester.
Posted 18 June 2003 - 09:43 PM
Posted 19 June 2003 - 01:39 AM
I got my 2000 Forester in Dec. 1999. Did Subaru revise the spec on the 6 disc player later in the model year to one that fit in the dash? I thought that was first offered on the 2001 model.
Posted 19 June 2003 - 09:43 AM
Look here > forums.nasioc.com/forums/...&forumid=9
Posted 19 June 2003 - 10:07 AM
A good MP3 player can be had for less than $200. It requires no external equipment, discs are very easy to change, and one disc hold approximately 10 cd's worth.
Yes, you have to burn your cd's to MP3 format, but the reduction in the number of discs that you have to carry in your car makes it worth it.
Posted 19 June 2003 - 04:38 PM
I have a 97 OB. I had installed an aftermarked head unit and 6 CD changer under the seat. It's ok... but I found that the only time I'd think about changed the CD's was when I was driving! I should have bought a second cartridge for one thing.
Anyway, it died. I too bought a used Subaru 6 disc in dash unit. You lose the pocket below the radio, since it is a double DIN unit, but no biggy. (I'm assuming the Forester dash is similar.) Having the 6 CD's right in front of you on the dash is a pleasure. The quality of the unit is ok. The price is right. (As mentioned, WRX guys often replace them almost immediately, so you can get nearly new units.) Plugs right into the wiring harness. Even says Subaru on it.
Unless you are looking for higher quality, or other features, it's the way I'd recommend to go.
Posted 19 June 2003 - 08:41 PM
In the Forester there's no pocket under the stereo, so I don't know if the unit from the WRX will fit my car.
I called two local Subaru dealers today and they have the in-dash changer for my car for $495. One dealer said they have the under-seat changer w/in-dash controller for $625.00!
Not sure what to do yet, but it would obviously be easier to have the in-dash unit.
Posted 19 June 2003 - 08:50 PM
Posted 21 June 2003 - 08:31 AM
Are you saying that there is no room for a double DIN unit? Is what is in there now single or double sized unit? You might have a pocket with a door to it. It could still be removable.
I was sure that some Foresters came with this very same unit.
Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:09 PM
Posted 30 June 2003 - 02:12 AM
In any case, I bought the 6-cd changer w/separate controller that is made to go in the 2000 Forester. It's made by Clarion. Someone on ebay is selling brand new units. Got mine for about $140 + shipping. Pretty good price, since local Sub. dealers are selling them for $600. Not sure about the underseat mounting. Someone on another board suggested that if I can't get a bracket, I can try industrial strength velcro, but I don't know how that would be considering vibrations. Should have the changer here in a few days, will know more then.
Posted 02 July 2003 - 01:00 AM
Unfortunately there is no part number for the tray, so I'm going to call around to the local dealers and see if they can supply it.
Fyi, the controller itself that goes in the dash is a nice looking unit with buttons for changing cd's, and changing tracks. The underseat changer is much heavier and bigger than I expected. It's 8x oversampling.
Posted 02 July 2003 - 04:56 PM
Posted 02 July 2003 - 05:37 PM
Ah... there was your answer. (I know, too late now.) The double DIN 6 CD changer / tape / radio would have replaced BOTH these units.
I highly doubt that the single CD unit will plug into the new unit. Nice thought though.
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Immediately below that is plastic console housing[/quote]
Is this part of the dash? Or a pocket? Or a covered over hole? Just wondering.
Posted 02 July 2003 - 07:38 PM
Quote: "Re: CD changer for 2000 Forester Where on the dash does the controller mount? And were you able to set the changer up without losing the single-disc in dash CD?"
The Controller replaces the single-disc in dash CD player. I haven't installed it, I'm having it done by a local car stereo place.
Quote:Immediately below that is plastic console housing
Quote: "Is this part of the dash? Or a pocket? Or a covered over hole? Just wondering."
There is maybe an inch of plastic below the am/fm/cassette+cd player, and at the bottom is the ashtray and cigarette lighter socket. I guess there is empty space behind the plastic.
Posted 04 July 2003 - 11:46 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies!
Posted 31 August 2004 - 04:22 PM
I got a "new" changer off eBay. It came with the wiring harness, which is about 3.5 feet long. I'm curious how you had these wires run in your car. It's not long enough to run far. Did you go under the carpet at the center console? I'm not sure how to install mine the "proper" way.
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