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Okay, so basically my dad wants me to put a new stereo in our wagon for him and my mom. We went to Circuit City to look at them and like I already knew, they're all funky looking. You know, with small buttons and labelling that you need a magnifying glass to read. I'd be okay with having one and so would he, but the thing is mounted under the dash - and the guy at Circuit City (dunno if he was right or not) said it won't work with the secondary controls mounted next to the wheel.

So what I'm looking for now is a stock CD player out of a second generation Taurus that will work with the secondary controls, and as an added bonus, be very simple to use while driving. (My parents aren't exactly audio nuts or anything, most of the time the stock speakers are good enough but the ones in this car cannot be heard if you are going any faster than 35 with the windows down.)

I've been looking around and so far I haven't seen much. I haven't gone to a dealer yet because obviously they're gonna charge an arm and a leg, and the car is 9 years old anyways.

Anybody point me in the right direction, or tell me if what I'm looking for even exists at all? Previously I didn't think Ford put CD players in any car stock until 1996/1997, but a friend told me his sister's 95 Escort LX had a 10 disc changer in it, so there's hope, I guess.
 

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Well, there was a stock CD player option for the G2s. Usually the SHOs got them. But the Mustang CD player will work too. You must have the stock JBL tape deck and jumpers because the CD player won't work alone. It's a "slave" drive and resides under the stock tape deck. Or you could replace the stock tape deck with the AM/FM/CD unit from other Fords (single-DIN digital units are interchangable). Although I'm not sure if the other ones will work with the buttons on the dash.

Stock Taurus setup:
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Other Ford (single-DIN) setups:
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Thanks man. My dad'll be happy. :)
 

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Before buying either of those radios, I would make sure you have premium sound installed. Otherwise, the connectors will not match.

If your radio looks like the radio pictured with the CD player, you have preimum sound and can upgrade. If you don't then you will have to go aftermarket.

I made a website about this..

http://www.geometrictech.com/page3/radios.html
 

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I know some Earlier explorers made before 95, some Limited models had single in dash radio/cd single din. I would bet they work too, but I'm not 100% sure. Maybe that will not limit your search as much if it is compatible. Its exactly like the 2nd picture Qwertz posted. Plus since you have an LX, I'm taking a wild guess you have the "Premium Sound."
 

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Hmmm. Well, my mom got home and I looked the car over more closely. Unfortunately, according to aspire's site, we have non premium sound. The car has every other option though. I'm assuming it was bought new by an older couple, 'cause it has /everything/ else.

What are my options, without this? Do I absolutely have to go with one of those glitzy ones or could I possibly yank one of those single-deck CD players from another Ford?

And if not, does anybody have any reccomendations on aftermarket head units? Something simple and inexpensive that looks as much like the stock one as possible?

On aspire's site it shows a non-premium sound unit mated to a CD player, and says this is a standard setup in Mustangs. Does that mean a mustang CD player will work?

Edit: Yikes, I feel retarded. Right above it says single-DIN (like the stock non premium sound) are interchangeable, so that means a CD deck from an Explorer or 'stang will work. Thanks.
 

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But I think the remote on the dash will not work unless you have a unit from a Taurus. The Taurus also has a 6th preset button while the others have a "Clock" button.
 

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Nope.. They work. As I said on the site, I put in a 1996 Probe stereo and the remote buttons worked in my 1992 Taurus. It was funny, I had dual clocks for awhile hehe
 
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If you put an aftermarket radio, there is a device called the PAC SWI-X which will interface your secondary controls with remote ir commands.
 
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