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Can someone tell me the part number for the Gen 3 OEM CD Changer? Thanks
 

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This may help. The post has some ford part numbers listed and says that you can email the guy with questions. They may be able to help. It's an ebay post for a factory Ford(clarion) cd changer. The one on top looks exactly like the changer in my 2000 SEL.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...item=2463940458
 

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g3/g4 changers are not the same. just something to keep in mind.
 

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Hey, go to www.crutchfield.com and look up the USA Spec OEM CD changers. They sell the factory adapter cables as well. I bought one of the USA Spec OEM ones for my 2000 SE, with everything I needed included, and put it in myself. Total cost, including shipping was $250.00 and has a 3 year warranty. You can search what you need by car make, model, and year.
 

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There are also auctions on ebay for those, you can pick one up for around $210 + shipping.
 

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Thanks Guys!

-Nick

(and to Twilight, glad to see your back!)
 

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If you are going to get a changer, get one that will play MP3's. SSI America has a 10 disk changer that will play MP3 disks. Costs $250 and comes with an adapter to plug right into the RCU (and many other makes) and be controlled from the stock Head Unit.

I've had their car Jukebox for over 2 years now, but I seriously considered getting one of these instead.

http://www.ssiamerica.com

(I have seen these a BestBuy too, but they were clearing them out last I looked)
 

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Originally posted by bsquarewi@Mar 11 2004, 09:09 AM
If you are going to get a changer, get one that will play MP3's.  SSI America has a 10 disk changer that will play MP3 disks.  Costs $250 and comes with an adapter to plug right into the RCU (and many other makes) and be controlled from the stock Head Unit.

I've had their car Jukebox for over 2 years now, but I seriously considered getting one of these instead.

http://www.ssiamerica.com

(I have seen these a BestBuy too, but they were clearing them out last I looked)
The problem with the 10 disc changers is that when you use them with the stock am/fm cassette radios, the discs above #6 will not be accessible from the stock unit. The button says disc 1-6, and it means it.... Just a consideration when you plan on keeping the stock radio with or without cassette.
 

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Originally posted by 00Taurus@Mar 11 2004, 11:19 AM
The problem with the 10 disc changers is that when you use them with the stock am/fm cassette radios, the discs above #6 will not be accessible from the stock unit. The button says disc 1-6, and it means it....
Oh, I didn't realize that. Thanks for the heads up. I was maybe going to switch to one of these from my 40g Jukeboxy, but that nix's that idea. Guess I'll just get the PIE adapter for the RCU for the MP3 player.

Thanks again.
 

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Originally posted by 00Taurus@Mar 11 2004, 11:19 AM
The problem with the 10 disc changers is that when you use them with the stock am/fm cassette radios, the discs above #6 will not be accessible from the stock unit. The button says disc 1-6, and it means it.... Just a consideration when you plan on keeping the stock radio with or without cassette.
In the Taurus RCU the threshold for the highest available disc # is controlled by the changer not the head unit. The button says disc 1-6 but it will go higher and will read disc 10 as "0", etc.

Most Ford head units control CD changers this way. The few that don't (Focus, Cougar I believe) will not allow you to select those discs but will still read them in sequence (disc 7 track 1 will come after the last track on disc 6).

A 10 disc CD changer will work fine in your car. In fact, there are a few manufacturers selling 10 disc changers for the Taurus.
 

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Originally posted by Twilight+Mar 11 2004, 07:46 PM-->QUOTE (Twilight @ Mar 11 2004, 07:46 PM)
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@Mar 11 2004, 11:19 AM
The problem with the 10 disc changers is that when you use them with the stock am/fm cassette radios, the discs above #6 will not be accessible from the stock unit.  The button says disc 1-6, and it means it....  Just a consideration when you plan on keeping the stock radio with or without cassette.
In the Taurus RCU the threshold for the highest available disc # is controlled by the changer not the head unit. The button says disc 1-6 but it will go higher and will read disc 10 as "0", etc.

Most Ford head units control CD changers this way. The few that don't (Focus, Cougar I believe) will not allow you to select those discs but will still read them in sequence (disc 7 track 1 will come after the last track on disc 6).

A 10 disc CD changer will work fine in your car. In fact, there are a few manufacturers selling 10 disc changers for the Taurus. [/b]
I think you are wrong in thinking about the disc button from 1-6 working any higher than 6 discs on the changers...... I know because I tried a kenwood 10 disc changer first.....no go!!
 

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Why don't you guys just call tech support for the companies your buying these cd-changers from to see if it will be compatable before you buy it? Also, for the Gen 4 guys if you want a changer larger than 6 disk in your console you will have some cutting to do. Personally, I wouldn't have the changer in the trunk, or you would see me running out to my trunk at stop lights.
Also, keep in mind you can get a 20 gig. iPod for around $250. Another $75 or so for wiring and adapters and you have a huge selection of music at your finger tips.
 

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Originally posted by 00Taurus@Mar 15 2004, 03:07 PM
I think you are wrong in thinking about the disc button from 1-6 working any higher than 6 discs on the changers...... I know because I tried a kenwood 10 disc changer first.....no go!!
That's either the changer itself or the interface causing the problem. The head unit itself is not restrictive on the number of cds it will support.

Factory-compatible CD changers will not only do 10 discs but also display discs 7-10 and let you select them too. I've seen a few in these cars. Bob Gervais has one.

http://www.cdchangersonline.com
 
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