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hi,
i have a bottom of the line factory am/fm radio in my 99 taurus lx.
i just ordered a used 98-99 factory cassette player with cd changer controls.
will this be an easy switch?
i would appreciate any advice on this.
thanks!
 

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You'd be better off getting a decent aftermarket head unit (Panasonic, Clarion, Pioneer, STAY AWAY FROM SONY!) and get the Metra installation kit. The sound quality out of the factory systems is pretty crappy compared to $150 aftermarket unit. I used to have an older Clarion (4 years old) that sounded amazing in my Sable. I now have a Panasonic MXE CQ-DFX983U, and the sound clarity is unbelievable, not to mention that it plays MP3's, so I have all 150 of my cd's on only 12 disks...cuts down on what I have to lug around. If you do get an MP3 reciever though, make sure you buy Musicmatch Plus, because the burning app is great with that. Also make sure that you encode the MP3s at 192 kbps or greater.

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sony is good...dont be a hater...

i install this stuff daily in thelist of stuff you came up with heres the orer in which they brake down from least to the most:

Panasonic/Sony
Pioneer
Clarion
 

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Originally posted by the_spy_guy@May 3 2004, 12:24 PM
sony is good...dont be a hater...

i install this stuff daily in thelist of stuff you came up with heres the orer in which they brake down from least to the most:

Panasonic/Sony
Pioneer
Clarion
:eek: panasonic and sonys break the least? wow i always thought they were the worse
 

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Originally posted by sundarpn@May 3 2004, 09:11 AM
just a radio in the 99 How come?? :blink:
thanks for the replies.
the am/fm radio is what was in it when i bought it used.
it's an oval shape and the amp and everything is in the trunk.
i'm just trying to find the easiest and cheapest way to play cds or even cassettes.
just sick of having radio as my only option.
i got the cassette/cd changer control for cheap.
just wondering if it will be a drop in replacement or a really tough job to switch the radios.
thanks for your help!
 

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It's not difficult to swap the faceplate. All you need to do is go to Autozone or RS Strauss or something and buy Ford factory radio removal tools. They cost about 6 bucks, and look like two metal U's with little "barbs" on the end, for lack of a better word. Push them into the faceplate, where you see the holes, wait until they click, and then pull the radio out. Disconnect the harnesses, take the new faceplate, push it in until it clicks into position. I don't know about the cd changer though. I've personally never used a Ford changer, because I like having access to my cds. From what I know, though, the changer should have come with wiring harnesses that should plug right into the back of either the faceplate (in which case, you'll have to run the harness under the seat, under the kick panel, under the dash, and into the rear of the faceplate) or into the factory amp that is located in the driver's side rear fenderwell in the trunk. It should be a relatively easy installation. Since the control unit for the stereo is in the trunk, and the only thing located in the inside of the car is the user interface, the changer probably just plugs into the control unit (amp). The faceplate is just the user interface, which tells the control unit what to do.

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