I have a an aftermarket changer on order that will plug into the existing stock stereo on my Gen3. I was wondering where the factory changers are mounted? If someone has a pic, that would be really cool. Are there mounts already there?
Twilight started to talk about it on my for sale thread about CD changer locations but I hope he or someone else can point me in the right direction.
The factory location for the CD changer is at the very back of your trunk on the drivers' side right behind the RCU. This is where it will plug in. It is normally mounted vertically with the door for the magazine pointing up. The factory mount has a tiny little slot for storing CDs as well, but it's a pretty small changer.
The aftermarket changer will likely be a different size than factory but will most likely mount the same with the brackets. I would recommend against suspending it from the rear deck, that will shake it up quite a bit from taking the vibrations of the strut towers.
So is there a mounting system already in place for the factory 6 disc changer? What kind of connector do they use? Is it a square one with about 12 pins? I am scouring ebay for one, since the one I ordered was damaged.
I actually just remembered that my owner's manual said it could be mounted in the center console compartment if you've got one. I hate changing CDs in the rain. Its a pain. Id almost be happier with a normal cd player in the dash. If you're looking to save some money if you get it professionally installed, have them put it where mine is. It's right next to the tuner which (oddly enough) is in the back and is not part of the actual stereo. It should save you money you'd be spending on wire and connectors and such.