Does anyone know what the standard installation cost is for one of these at Best Buy, it would go into a 2003 Ford Explorer to replace the stock radio?
When I read your question my first thought was Crutchfield. I see others have already mentioned them too... and also mentioned wire harnesses.
Do yourself a HUGE favor and get a wire harness (however you can, order a unit from Crutchfield with one included or see if you can get one from Best Buy). Then it's simply a matter of unplugging the Lego-looking thing full of wires from your factory stereo and plugging it into the new harness... and plugging the other end of the new harness into your new radio connector... literally seconds!
Do NOT start cutting wires out of your old connector and try to match them up... it's a recipe for disaster if you're not a pro. For the $10 or whatever a harness costs, it'll save you all headaches and keep all the connections secure for the life of your car/radio install.
Or as somebody else mentioned, use a wire coat hanger or similar tool. The idea behind the "tool" is that there is a clip on each side that has to be compressed at the same time to allow the stereo to slide out.
I helped a friend do it once with kabob skewers.
Stimulating the economy, one slick deal at a time!
If I tolerate something, I'm showing tolerance.
So, if I ignore something am I then showing ignorance?
the only other difference i notice, the pioneer has a fron usb port, so you could connect a usb flash drive with mp3 and play them directly from the usb flash drive.
Thanks, I missed that....probably because my browser won't load the pictures. Would be interesting if that actually works with a USB drive - only mentions i-devices via the USB interface.
My car has the USB feature, but only works with i-devices (of which I have none). I think I can use it to charge my Zune, but it doesn't recognize the device for playback (yes, that's what I get for buying the Zune! But, 80gb for $60 was too good to pass up).
it's actually pretty simple to replace factory stereo with these. look up on some instructions and they are pretty straight forward.
IMO not worth paying to have someone install for you, esp Best Buy. I don't think they offer it either. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, yelp some other shops that will do it for you. Probably shouldnt pay more than $50.
Actually I have a 2003 Ford Explorer and that special tool you are talking about is for the older models. that "tool" can be made from two coat hangers! You need to do your research. But let me save you a minute!
POP OFF THE BEZEL. UNSCREW TWO SCREWS HOLDING THE STOCK RADIO. DONE.
i'll take a look. not into audio much, sd is not critical to have. maybe usb can handle sd with an adapter. not sure how it works with car radios. i can get by with am/fm and aux. if usb handles audio even better. or for charging also ok. i'm more curious why new cars are made with cd players. why not also make cassette, 8 track. i'm shopping for a new car and might ask a dealer to swap radios if i find something without a cd.
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