Car Stereo Questions

adk

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Okay, so I just got a new car and the sound system is pretty weak. I don't want to/can't replace the head unit. Does anybody around here have experience with aftermarket speakers but a stock head unit? Do y'all think it's worth the money i'd spend on speakers?
 

iSaint

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I think you should replace everything. And make sure you get a head unit with an input for your iPod. Car stereo isn't as pricey as it used to be. But, expect to pay $300 - $500 for something decent.

EDIT: ook I missed that you said "can't" replace head unit...why is that? :)
 

saabmp3

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iSaint said:
EDIT: ook I missed that you said "can't" replace head unit...why is that? :)
Alot of cars have some sort of engine function or part of the car computer built into the radio. I know my 9-3 does, if I pull the radio and replace it with something non-stock I lose all of my trip computer functions. I think most "on star" radios are going to encounter this issue or something like it.

Hell, most aftermarket radio's have way too much "pimp" to them anyways.

Ben
 

adk

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iSaint said:
EDIT: ook I missed that you said "can't" replace head unit...why is that? :)

the car in question is a new civic, and the stereo is completely built into the dashboard. It's not a simple pop out head unit like older civics, and it's really spread out. Also, it's a lease and it can't be modified beyond repair.
 

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adk said:
the car in question is a new civic, and the stereo is completely built into the dashboard. It's not a simple pop out head unit like older civics, and it's really spread out. Also, it's a lease and it can't be modified beyond repair.
Some cars like that can actually take standard head units using facia adaptors to make the weird shape fit. If that is the case it would be completely reversible. The new Civic is probably too new for these to be available yet though...

In terms of speakers do you know the maximum size the holes in the door will take?
 

adk

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robbieduncan said:
Some cars like that can actually take standard head units using facia adaptors to make the weird shape fit. If that is the case it would be completely reversible. The new Civic is probably too new for these to be available yet though...

In terms of speakers do you know the maximum size the holes in the door will take?
I'm not sure of that yet either (just got the car yesterday) But it's either 5 1/4" or 6 1/2"


I think you're right, I'll probably just have to wait for a fit kit. I mean, they managed to make one for the taurus way back when, and this is similar.