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Try posing your question over at subaruforester dot org, the mod-savvy folks over there are pretty helpful.
I did a quick search, but didn't see anything that is a direct plug-in for the older style radios. Maybe someone has a lead on some product I missed.
I have the stock AM/FM/WB/Cassette radio, with the OEM single disk CD player below which replaces the little pocket bin. Insert a disk into the aux deck, and the radio switches over to disk control mode.
I also have a Honda Odyssey with a similar 'two head' arrangement. Several companies make an interface that uses an unused multipin jack on the back, but I don't think the Subi systems have such a direct way in.
I would think that a Y cable could be configured that breaks the current connection between the radio and CD deck, and 'switching logic' could control which talks to the radio. Does anybody know of such an interface? I am currently utilizing a cassette adapter and it works pretty well, but I'd like to make this more integrated if possible.
I put one on my 98 Forester (from an 02 WRX).
Liked it so much I did it again for my wife's 02 Legacy.
Our 09 Forester's stereo is fine so I haven't touched it (no need).
The 2002 WRX 6CD changer did not, but that's all I've worked on.
For my 93 Miata I went to Crutchfield and got a Dual stereo that had an input (I ran the wires myself).
Thanks for trying, but neither have anything for older Subaru radios.
I have the stock radio with cassette, and the optional CD in the lower slot. I starting researching wiring harness options to feed in an audio signal and put a blank CD in the drive to activate the aux input. Some others have done something like that successfully.
Other option is to simply replace the whole head unit. Looks like given the current economics I'm married to the old beast (not that I really mind - she's still a great ride) for a few more years, so I might as well do some kind of upgrade
That is a single din unit, double din a bit more expensive. JVC have a nice double din with everything you would need for about 250 Bucks
Actually, one of the small things holding me back would be giving up the weather band. I actually use it - on the road and at home! We live in a zero 1x/3G reception area, so when cable goes down in severe weather, that silly car radio becomes our alert system. I guess I'll just have to go out and get one of the Eton emergency radios and give up the car unit.
I installed a JVC KWNT3 DVD player with navigation, rear view camera and blue tooth. Not cheap but then I thought what the hell you only live once, so I went for it.
I went for a professional install and set up, it also involved a separate module to keep my steering wheel audio controls, I didn't want any wire splicing either as the car is still in warranty. So any screw up the installer is on the hook.
In which car? The Protoge5?
How much for each piece, and in total?
The JVC NT3 Headunit was $750 on sale.
Double din install kit $70
Steering wheel audio module $100.
Rear view camera $75.
Professional install $150.
+ applicable taxes on total.
Not cheap but still cheaper than the Mickey Mouse in dash navigation that Mazda has in the 3. It is not a stand alone option either but part of a package that makes it extremely expensive. I have read numerous complaints on different Mazda forums about the Mazda Navi.
This is an amazing unit that makes the cost well worthwhile. I can now for the first time actually hear anything from my tweeters. The array of function contols is mind boggling especially for a tech illiterate like myself.
It has Dolby 5.1 surround sound so my music sounds great even in a hostile audio enviroment like a car. It has a seven band equaliser so I can tailor the sound. Like I said I can now hear all the highs and can hear the different instruments.
I am going to have this car for at least 9 more years.
So I figured what the hell I enjoy my music so why not go for it.
I would consider that for the wife's Forester, so it was $1200 when all was said and done?
How does the JVC Nav compare to portables (if you're familiar with those)?
As an aside I priced out the OEM 6CD head unit that was standard in the car. I needed the quote for insurance comparison against the aftermarket.
The OEM unit priced out at $1260 CDN plus 13% taxes.
I found a guy on eBay that buys genuine Toyota (TRW) TPMS valve/sensors in boxes of 100, and made him an offer of $95 for a set of 4. He said yes, so that was a good deal (about half of regular retail). I assume that someone must be doing something similar with Subi senders, or contact AllTireSupply.com for aftermarket senders and rebuild kits.
TireRack used to sell the ATEQ reset tool, but reportedly stopped due to the relatively poor customer support offered by the manufacturer. Revolution Supply seems to be the only remaining reseller, and the price went up from $130 to $150 as I didn't jump quickly enough. Oh well, it will still pay for itself in a year or so, and the convenience of being able to do this at home without tying up the van for a day at the dealership is, well, priceless!
I found the software install to be poorly documented (probably works fine with win xp, but required patches for win 8 64bit). Once installed, it ran faultlessly. The van recognized the 4 new codes, and the dash light went out within a few miles of driving.