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ApolloSZ
05-23-2011, 02:04 AM
So some of you may remember the ol which car debacle I had a while ago.
Well I've since become the proud owner of a 1996 Toyota Sprinter SE Vintage (Which keeps getting called an XE vintage by google).

It has no band expander in it, so I can't get any NZ radio stations. I brought a new Head unit to replace the old one, and for the life of me cannot find any guides how to's or info on how to remove the old radio so I can install the shiny :) I have theories, but I don't want to inadvertantly find the spontaneous explody button.

I may have to give in and take it to professionals... but I don't wanna spend 80 dollars more to do so.

So, can anyone help?

It's me
05-23-2011, 03:22 AM
Ask here:
www.the12volt.com

I am sure you will find someone with an answer1

fireheart
05-23-2011, 04:13 AM
I'd love to hear this as well since I need to replace my head unit but for more valid reasons (I own a 94/95 (depending on who you talk to) Ford Laser Station wagon). My air-con is a bit funny aso my dad tried to replace the air-con switch. Of course, when he did so, he accidentally tripped the anti-theft system when he was trying to remove my radio. So now I can't play radio. :lol:

ApolloSZ
05-23-2011, 04:25 AM
Fireheart - You should be able to get a Ford (Licensed? Specified? Specialist?) Mechanic to re-code the stereo for you.
It's me - Thanks for the link, I'll try check it out tonight.

fireheart
05-23-2011, 07:57 AM
Fireheart - You should be able to get a Ford (Licensed? Specified? Specialist?) Mechanic to re-code the stereo for you.
It's me - Thanks for the link, I'll try check it out tonight.

Chances are it'll cost around $180 or so for me to get it re-coded. Which is about the cost of a new CD player.

protege
05-23-2011, 01:43 PM
Dad and I put a tape deck in the '91 Toyota Tercel I once owned. My car didn't come with a radio at all :eek: Anyway, if it's anything like that car, getting the radio in there is a pain--there are several hidden fasteners. But, once that's done, the radio (IIRC) should be held in by a few screws--two on each side. Remove these, and it should slide right out. Also, depending on where you buy your new source of entertainment, they might even have a wiring harness for it. Plug it in, and you should be good to go.

BTW, before doing *anything* disconnect the battery first!

ApolloSZ
05-23-2011, 09:48 PM
Protege - That, is something I forgot completely about! :|

protege
05-24-2011, 03:23 AM
One more thing, make sure that your current speakers can handle the new stereo's output. Otherwise, you risk blowing them out.

ApolloSZ
05-24-2011, 04:45 AM
Protoge - Thanks for the tips.

At this point I may bite the bullet and get pro's to do it. I also want cables run to the back, as this car only has front speakers, and thats something I know I won't have the patience to do. :devil:

As the research (and tips from here) show me the reality of whats involved, I'm preferring not risking blowing up my new shiny or car.

While I like tackling new stuff and learning, I'm also (glad I'm) able to admit when its above me. I shall ponder this further :)