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Toyota Camry Audio Questions

rhdrocrhdroc Posts: 22
Anyone know the difference between the premium JBL system offered and the '03 Camry LE V-6 and the standard system -- excluding the cd changer option?? Power?? Sound?? Speakers?? Appearance??

Thanks ---<Rick
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  • nw1997nw1997 Posts: 227
    Hello,

         Does anyone know of an after market CD Changer (six disc) that will work with my 03 Camry navigation head unit. I do not want to use the FM modulation type or pay for a dealer's model, normally they are aftermaket any way with the Toyota name on them. Does any one know of such an item?
    Thanks
  • I have a 03 Camry SE V6. I got a shop to install a 6 disc CD Changer and the controller that came with it (not FM modulator type). It's a Kenwood, and it comes with a MiniDisc player behind the faceplate also. If MiniDisc player is not what you want, there are other controllers you can choose that comes with either cassette deck or MP3 or CD players as well.

    I think most aftermarkets can be mounted into the car, under one condition. A mounting gear is needed. Because the factory audio unit is huge compared to aftermarkets, you need a mounting gear to hold the faceplate in place. The aftermarket shops will tell you the specific mounting gear you need for particular controllers/faceplate.

    I am not sure, however, if you can keep the factory audio unit as a controller to control aftermarket CD Changers. But as you said, the Toyota so-called factory systems are actually aftermarkets with their name on it. So you might want to ask the shops (not Toyota because they probably want you to buy the factory Changer from them!) if you can do it that way.

    Good luck in finding the right system!
  • Hello,

    Does anyone have any information or success story on replacing a 2004 Solara stereo? I want to get a regular DIN MP3 stereo in there in a bad way. FM Modulators are too much of a pain.

    Solara really missed the boat on the enormous stereo panel, lack of xm, and lack of auxiliary inputs.

    I have a white 2004 SE 4cyl stick without a roof. This is a very impressive car for the money.

    Thank you,
  • haxhax Posts: 1
    It's very possible, and easy to do, but can be expensive dependning on which system you have. If you have the JBL system, plan on spending for a new radio, all new speakers. The reason for this is because of the stupid JBL amp that they use. Remove the amp and your car will sound like junk if you go thru the existing radio.
    If you have the nav unit, you can still do some cool stuff, but shoot me over an email and I'll give you more information.
  • kumarashkumarash Posts: 1
    I have Camry 1998 fitted with original radio and cassette palyer. I want to replace that with new radio and cd player. cam someone let me know how should i proceed. I tried to pull out existing radio with no success.
  • scotttscottt Posts: 4
    Hi, wondering what other cool stuff your talking about. If you go to the Toyota Tundra User sight, they have a hack that allows putting a backup camera video input into the Camry Nav system - cool and geeky, but I am a geek after all.

    Scott
  • john_fjohn_f Posts: 30
    I have a Camry SE on order and was thinking of having the dealer-install a "Toyota" subwoofer (beneath the seat?). My salesman discouraged me (said I'd be better off going elsewhere). Does anyone have the dealer-installed subwoofer? Is it worth it?? Thanks!.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,758
    There are many choices (mostly trunk mounted) beside Toyota OEM. The OEM costs about $300 plus labor.
  • ian721ian721 Posts: 93
    I wouldn't install a factory subwoofer. The speakers Toyota uses are pretty much crap to begin with (the JBL system is better, but I haven't heard that yet). When I got my Corolla the first thing I did was replace all four speakers, and I'm planning to do the same with the six speakers in my new Camry sometime soon. You can definitely do better with an after-market subwoofer, and it shouldn't cost any more.

    And for the person who wanted to get keyless entry: Try an after-market alarm system. It shouldn't cost more than $275 installed and will give you keyless entry as well as an alarm with rocker detector, glass detector, panic button, remote trunk release, etc. You'd be getting something more than just keyless entry.
  • I did this recently on my 1998 Camry LE (5SFE).
    First, disconnect the negative cable from the battery. This will ensure you don't have an encounter with "Mr. Air Bag."
    Use a thin screwdriver tip with masking tape over it and remove the plastic cover plate surrounding the center console of your current head unit (the factory stereo.)
    Once that is off, you can see the mounting screws that need to be removed to pull the unit out. You will likely need to adapt your factory wiring harness to your new head unit. I simply used the existing wiring by cutting off the old harness and splicing the new harness (that comes with your new stereo) to match the power, speakers, and ground.
    Get a Haynes or Chilton manual for Camry's and it will provide the factory color code for speaker wires. It's a good $15 investment for many items.
  • do you know of any aftermarket navigation system that will fit into the dash of a 2005 solara convertible?
  • tjepptjepp Posts: 7
    Ian721 is right. Factory stuff is usually inferior to aftermarket upgrades. Try Crutchfield's online catalog or a local stereo shop. They usually run specials throughout the year. For $300 you could do a lot better than dealers product/install.
     
    stan1223 - I would check out Crutchfield online as well. They have nav systems to fit your car from $400-$2500.

    I just wired up a 12" sub and a small amp this weekend. Just a little something to supplement my 2000 Solara LE non JBL stereo. Had it installed in under an hour. I'm thinking of putting a set of Lexus IS 300 rims on my Solara. Anyone have any experience with this besides cam2003 (post 123) ?
    Good or bad?
  • I just received a 2005 Camry SE that was ordered for me. I was just told by the Parts Department of my dealership that the subwoofer available as an option (as listed in the brochure for all 2005 Camry's) is not compatible with the system I had included in my Camry. My stereo is the top stereo available for the SE and includes the following: "8 speaker", 6-disc in-dash CD, AM/FM, tape deck, Satellite capable. This list of features is not all inclusive. The parts guy said he has a guy that installs systems into all new and used cars at the dealership and that he will ask him about the subwoofer option for mine. I asked that he find out if there is any internal control available in my particular stereo to set the amount of volume/power (as in an equalizer) for the subwoofer if I were to go that route. He said he would ask and call me back. I told him I don't want to purchase the subwoofer if I can't have any user selectable control for it from the stereo.

    The subwoofer available is only for 6-speaker systems (per his manuals). Hope this helps.
  • john_fjohn_f Posts: 30
    Camry2005: thanks for the info. My new SE with the same upgraded stero should arrive on 12/15 (my wife can't wait).

    I cooled off on the dealer-installed subwoofer; how do you find the infinity system?? does it need more punch??

    BTW, my 17 year old who is inheriting my wife's '99 v6 Passat just had an impressive subwoofer, amplifier, another amplifier and new front speakers installed for $1k!! (yes, he's a big shot). My wife liked the sound, and I'm afraid there will be pressure to do something similar in the new Camry!

    Anyway, enjoy your beautiful new car!(is it the v6?; do you love it)?
  • swmswm Posts: 1
    I have a '04 Camry XLE. I am trying to upgrade the speakers, but I am running into a problem removing the rear parcel deck. Does anybody have a clue on how to accomplish this strange task.

     

    Has anyone sucessfully replaced the stereo system??
  • I want to replace the front door speakers in a '03 Camry--base model, no JBL. Crutchfield's site doesn't even list anything that fits and the phone person says they're very shallow and didn't have a suggestion.

     

    Anyone replaced these with good results? Thanks.
  • ajnyajny Posts: 6
    I searched through this forum, but did not find much information about the stereo upgrade (head unit + speakers) for a 2005 (or even 2002-2004) Camry. I have seen this page (http://www.sounddomain.com/memberpage/216257), but I am not looking to invest this kind of time or money.

    Here is what I know so far:

    1. Front door speakers are 6 X 9 BUT only 1.653 inches deep (per my conversation with the crutchfield guy). I don&#146;t think I will be able to find replacement speakers with these specifications.

    2. Rear Speakers are also 6 X 9. Crutchfield guy told me that I might have to remove the seat to access/ change these speakers, and might have to improvise a little to make after-market speakers fit.

    3. The head unit is a double DIN unit (see picture in page 8 of the above link), and I guess after-market housings are available to fit a single DIN unit (I already have one from my last car) in the space provided. Crutchfield sells them for $20.

    Here are my questions-

    1. Where can I find the replacement front door speakers? I am thinking that I might have to go with 5 1/2 speakers to fit them in 1.653 inch depth. Might have to improvice a little to fit 5 1/2 speakers in 6 X 9 speaker opening.

    2. I am pretty sure I will lose the steering wheel mounted controls. Any way to reatin their functionality? One option would be to install an external amp, then the question would be - is there a way to get line-out from the factory head unit (I am guessing- NO). I have seen amps with 'speaker level inputs' i.e. they take their input from the speaker output from the factory head unit, but I have also read that that kills the sound quality. Anyone had any experiences with 'speaker level inputs' ?

    Any comments/ suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • camry22camry22 Posts: 1
    im trying to change my rear speaker on my 03 camry but im having a hard time taking off the speaker cover. can anybody help me
  • zero2zero2 Posts: 1
    To camry22 - The rear speaker covers on the 03 camry are not removable. You have to remove the entire rear deck panel, which requires removing the bottom rear seat cushion, 2 seat bolsters, the rubber door gaskets, pillar trimpanels and the sunscreen if you have one. Try the Crutchfield "master sheets" for detailed instructions w/pictures.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I also want to add a pair of tweeters for rear speakers. The frequency response of rear speakers are quite low, the tweeter would help in high-band (2K to 20K).
    I found few instructions for removing rear speakers but I have done it yet. If you are going to do it, take pictures and post them. Good luck!
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - - -------------

    Rear Speaker Assy REPLACEMENT

    REMOVE REAR SEAT CUSHION ASSY
    REMOVE REAR SIDE SEAT BACK ASSY RH(TMC MADE)
    REMOVE REAR SIDE SEAT BACK ASSY LH(TMC MADE)
    REMOVE REAR SIDE SEAT BACK ASSY RH(TMMK MADE)
    REMOVE REAR SIDE SEAT BACK ASSY LH(TMMK MADE)
    REMOVE REAR SEAT BACK ASSY RH
    REMOVE REAR SEAT BACK ASSY LH
    REMOVE ROOF SIDE GARNISH INNER RH(W/O CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG)
    REMOVE ROOF SIDE GARNISH INNER LH(W/O CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG)
    REMOVE ROOF SIDE GARNISH INNER RH(W/ CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG)
    REMOVE ROOF SIDE GARNISH INNER LH(W/ CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG)
    REMOVE ROOM PARTITION BOARD ASSY(TMMK MADE)
    REMOVE REAR SEAT SHOULDER BELT COVER RH
    REMOVE PACKAGE TRAY TRIM PANEL ASSY(TMC MADE)
    Pull the package tray trim panel assy upward to disengage 4 clips.
    Put the bezel and anchor part of the seat belt through the slit part.
    Pull it as shown in the illustration to disengage 5 claws.
    REMOVE ROOM PARTITION BOARD LH(TMC MADE)
    Disengage 4 clips and remove the room partition board LH.
    REMOVE ROOM PARTITION BOARD RH(TMC MADE)
    Disengage 4 clips and remove the room partition board RH
    REMOVE REAR SPEAKER ASSY
    Disconnect the connector.
    Remove the 4 screws and rear speaker assy
    INSTALL REAR SPEAKER ASSY
    Install the rear speaker assy with the 4 screws.
  • tzzooomatzzoooma Posts: 5
    I have a 2004 and plan to replace the head unit. Any diagrams or other
    tips for removing the OEM unit?

    Is the Metra 99-8203
    or American International TOY-K979 the better kits?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    My 2005 has a button that says "Sat" which implies some level of integration. The Toyota website says "Featuring radio controls integrated into the vehicle audio head unit." Just wondering where the unit sits and what the cost might be.
  • grstevengrsteven Posts: 2
    Yes, I have a 2005 Solora SLE. Had Toyota install it, the only thing that was strange they put the antenna about half way down on the right side of the trunk. I asked them why they did not put it one the roof, they said that is where Toyota says to put it. I am looking into that. But it works great. Cost me $500.00.
  • 71cuda71cuda Posts: 1
    Sounds like you know your Camry's. Can you tell me how to remove the JBL radio deck from the dash on 2002-2004 Camry? Thanks for the help. Gil
  • jgkahnjgkahn Posts: 1
    Gil,

    Did you every find out about removing the JBL radio deck? I'm got a 2001 Carmy collector's edition and would like to remove the radio as well. Any help would be appreciated...

    Thanks,

    Jim
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    pull the cover (the one cover the transmission shift)
    start from the cup holder, just pop it up and move toward the front.
    it's very easy, no tool required.
    That whole piece can be pull out so you can see the stereo. Just unscrew it.
  • minengnrminengnr Posts: 1
    I too just bought an '05 Camry and think the audio needs upgraded. I just have the standard system.

    What did you decide to do to your Camry?

    What head unit did you go with and what were you able to fdo about the speakers?
  • sn1ckosn1cko Posts: 9
    Will the radio/cassette/cd unit work if I disconnect and reconnect it? Is there some feature which requires a code to enable the unit to work again once it's replaced? I just wanted to make sure before I take it out and end up going to the dealer to get it reprogrammed if it needs to be.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I don't believe so, but check your owner's manual to be sure. It will be mentioned there.
  • munzmunz Posts: 1
    Can I install an aftermarket radio in either a 2005 or 2006 Solara?
    thanks!
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