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Reasonable cost to Install Aux input on 2004 Nissan Altima

stubbornboy 2,276 366 April 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM
I have a 2004 Altima with non Bose audio and I really really need an Aux input which the current head unit doesn't have. FM tuner etc just doesn't cut it.

So I got a quote from a quite reputed local specialist company and they will do this for $189.

Just wondering it makes more sense to buy a different head unit with aux in and get it installed. Or is this a reasonable cost for the install?

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I have a 2004 Altima with non Bose audio and I really really need an Aux input which the current head unit doesn't have. FM tuner etc just doesn't cut it.

So I got a quote from a quite reputed local specialist company and they will do this for $189.
Just wondering it makes more sense to buy a different head unit with aux in and get it installed. Or is this a reasonable cost for the install?

thx

Just what are they going to do for that $189? Install a input jack? Or by "head unit" do you mean the entire radio unit? How much work do you think it entails, as $189 is a lot of money. That equates to over 6 hours of work, at $30 an hour. How much do you get paid per hour compared to that? Are you willing to work the amount of hours it takes for YOU to accumulate $189? How much would it cost for you to buy a different head unit and get it installed? Is it cheaper, or would it be better for you if about the same price?

Lot's of things to consider... Not sure I could help more, without more info from you, but hopefully this gives you some things to think about.
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There's a decent chance the factory stereo has an aux input in the rear. You would want to find the install manual for the factory unit to be sure. There may also be some other wires or settings required to enable the aux input if your car has one. Get a price quote to install a new unit too. If you're going to do make use of the existing unit, I would do it yourself.
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Just what are they going to do for that $189? Install a input jack? Or by "head unit" do you mean the entire radio unit? How much work do you think it entails, as $189 is a lot of money. That equates to over 6 hours of work, at $30 an hour. How much do you get paid per hour compared to that? Are you willing to work the amount of hours it takes for YOU to accumulate $189? How much would it cost for you to buy a different head unit and get it installed? Is it cheaper, or would it be better for you if about the same price?

Lot's of things to consider... Not sure I could help more, without more info from you, but hopefully this gives you some things to think about.
I wouldn't be able to either add a aux input to existing unit or replace existing unit with an aftermarket unit. Simply don't have the talent to do it. I guess what I am looking for is an answer to whether buying an aftermarket unit and getting it installed may be a better option than paying these guys 189$ to add an aux in onto existing unit. Or whether the aux in can be added to existing unit at a cheaper rate

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There's a decent chance the factory stereo has an aux input in the rear. You would want to find the install manual for the factory unit to be sure. There may also be some other wires or settings required to enable the aux input if your car has one. Get a price quote to install a new unit too. If you're going to do make use of the existing unit, I would do it yourself.
dID some google searches and looks like 2004 Nissan Altima has none. I am pretty bad at doing electronics/electrical stuff like this, so my doing is pretty much out of question. But I think you have a point - it makes sense to also get a quote to install a new unit.
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I wouldn't be able to either add a aux input to existing unit or replace existing unit with an aftermarket unit. Simply don't have the talent to do it. I guess what I am looking for is an answer to whether buying an aftermarket unit and getting it installed may be a better option than paying these guys 189$ to add an aux in onto existing unit. Or whether the aux in can be added to existing unit at a cheaper rate


dID some google searches and looks like 2004 Nissan Altima has none. I am pretty bad at doing electronics/electrical stuff like this, so my doing is pretty much out of question. But I think you have a point - it makes sense to also get a quote to install a new unit.

Personally, I'd go for a new unit that already is engineered with one from the factory. Then again, IF your current speaker set in the car is NON-Bose, then realize you might have to change that also. Using your present system with just an input jack added, will not change what the output of the system sounds like right now. You'd simply be using it as an amplifier, and would be at the mercy of all that. So, does it sound ok to you now, the way it is?
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Personally, I'd go for a new unit that already is engineered with one from the factory. Then again, IF your current speaker set in the car is NON-Bose, then realize you might have to change that also. Using your present system with just an input jack added, will not change what the output of the system sounds like right now. You'd simply be using it as an amplifier, and would be at the mercy of all that. So, does it sound ok to you now, the way it is?
It sounds ok to me as of now when I play the radio or a CD. My only problem is that I have a long commute to my new job and very badly need music from my mp3 player/phone to play thru the car audio system clearly. Using an FM transmitter for my mp3 player and tuning car radio to it is just horrible. I tried to manage by changing FM settings to adapt according to unused signals at different places on my commute and still it sounds like crap. Also I nearly got into an accident twice because of trying to find the bst frequency to transmit using the FM transmitter.Finally I decided it is not worth it. I need an Aux in (like I have for my other car (which I cannot take because of bad mileage)
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It sounds ok to me as of now when I play the radio or a CD. My only problem is that I have a long commute to my new job and very badly need music from my mp3 player/phone to play thru the car audio system clearly. Using an FM transmitter for my mp3 player and tuning car radio to it is just horrible. I tried to manage by changing FM settings to adapt according to unused signals at different places on my commute and still it sounds like crap. Also I nearly got into an accident twice because of trying to find the bst frequency to transmit using the FM transmitter.Finally I decided it is not worth it. I need an Aux in (like I have for my other car (which I cannot take because of bad mileage)

Would the radio from your other car, fit into this one? Or could it be made to fit? That's the simple way to do it, swap between cars.
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Would the radio from your other car, fit into this one? Or could it be made to fit? That's the simple way to do it, swap between cars.
Other car is a G37 under factory warranty.
Not sure if it is a good idea to to touch that unit incase I void the warranty or something.
Moroever even the G37 would suck without its unit :-(
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I have a 2004 Altima with non Bose audio and I really really need an Aux input which the current head unit doesn't have. FM tuner etc just doesn't cut it.

So I got a quote from a quite reputed local specialist company and they will do this for $189.
Just wondering it makes more sense to buy a different head unit with aux in and get it installed. Or is this a reasonable cost for the install?

thx
I had the same thing done on an Acura. I also had a Bazooka powered woofer laying around in the garage that I had them hook up at the same time. Initially I was going to it myself and then was too lazy, that's why I had bought the plug for the port $40 and a cable from monoprice for $2. I paid $150 + tax to have it all installed. It took them about 3-4hrs to do the job.
I prefered keeping the factory unit, it sounded ok and it is less likely to get ripped off.

Still shop around, you might get a better price.
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If you have the non-Bose head unit, it is probably not that great of a unit to begin with. So, assuming a basic install, which a 2004 Altima is, you should be able to get the radio installed for $50. It is a simple pull the radio, pop in the wiring harness and push in the new radio job. Here is a basic Pioneer with aux input and 50W x 4 output for $70:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/x/114...Id=1149632

So that is $120. Even if you need a custom wiring harness for $20 you are still below what the installer wanted to add an aux port.

Good Luck!
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If you have the non-Bose head unit, it is probably not that great of a unit to begin with. So, assuming a basic install, which a 2004 Altima is, you should be able to get the radio installed for $50. It is a simple pull the radio, pop in the wiring harness and push in the new radio job. Here is a basic Pioneer with aux input and 50W x 4 output for $70:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/x/114...Id=1149632

So that is $120. Even if you need a custom wiring harness for $20 you are still below what the installer wanted to add an aux port.

Good Luck!
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You often need an antenna adapter and a faceplate adapter since the factory radio is a different shape and size than the replacement. And then depending on the functions of the radio, you may need to have to pay them to relocate the existing factory radio so the car still works properly.
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There's a decent chance the factory stereo has an aux input in the rear. You would want to find the install manual for the factory unit to be sure. There may also be some other wires or settings required to enable the aux input if your car has one. Get a price quote to install a new unit too. If you're going to do make use of the existing unit, I would do it yourself.
I can confirm that there most likely is not an input on the rear.. my brother has a 2005 Maxima (one step up) with factory Bose.. it comes with a 6 disc in-dash changer and a freaking cassette player, but no auxiliary input. A cassette player, in 2005. WTF?
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You often need an antenna adapter and a faceplate adapter since the factory radio is a different shape and size than the replacement. And then depending on the functions of the radio, you may need to have to pay them to relocate the existing factory radio so the car still works properly.
I checked - that radio is a standard size which means likely a standard antenna mount as well. My brother's car is very similar (couple of years older) and I had done the research for him a few years back.

Go to Best Buy and ask them how much the install will be. They will detail everything you need and then whether you use them or not you will know.

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Quote from protegechris View Post :
I can confirm that there most likely is not an input on the rear.. my brother has a 2005 Maxima (one step up) with factory Bose.. it comes with a 6 disc in-dash changer and a freaking cassette player, but no auxiliary input. A cassette player, in 2005. WTF?
If OP's radio had a cassette player he could use a cassette adapter and it would work well enough for him.
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I checked - that radio is a standard size which means likely a standard antenna mount as well. My brother's car is very similar (couple of years older) and I had done the research for him a few years back.
The radio isn't even rectangular:



So yeah, you're going to need an adapter. In fact, here's the part from Crutchfield:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_003N...r-Kit.html

And the wire harness:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1207...rness.html

Here's a rough idea of what it will look like:

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Why not just by a FM adapter [amazon.com]? My wife uses something similar for her iPod. Best thing about it is all you need is a cigarette lighter and u can move it from car to car.
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