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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Feb 04, 2003 (7:28 am)
If you want to keep a stock look, buy a take-out WRX radio. They have a cassette plus 6CDs in dash, and the harness plugs right in. I've installed two of them myself, one in a Forester and another in a 2002 Legacy L.
The Forester was cake, the Legacy a bit harder, but I'd still only rank the difficulty about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (Forester's was about a 3).
I think bit had tips on-line, or scanned in, those helped me. You basically remove the shifter surround, then the radio surround. The radio has one harness and the antennae that plugs right in.
That unit is a double-DIN, so you lose the storage compartment below a single-DIN radio. No big deal, it looks custom and says "Subaru" right on the front.
I bought each for $250, though I've heard prices have come down further. Considering they'll add to the resale value, it's a worthwhile investment.
Feb 04, 2003 (10:44 am)
Yeah, got it and wanted to install it Sunday, but the wife ran late and I was watching the kids. I hope to do it soon, maybe this weekend, or on the 17th at the latest (that's a holiday for me).
Feb 04, 2003 (7:16 pm)
Does anyone know what parts of the leather interior are really leather. The manual says seats but if I am not mistaken it is the seating surface only. I'm not sure about the arm rests etc. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Feb 04, 2003 (7:42 pm)
Certainly not the armrests, and not the sides or backs of the seats. The headrests have leather wrapping around the front and back, but the sides appear to be man-made. I think the only real leather is on the seat surfaces that come into contact with people! I guess the wheel and shifter knob are leather too, on some models.
Feb 05, 2003 (9:50 am)
get yourself an iPod (5, 10, 20GB) I have a 10 GB. If your cassette works, you have a factory look, if not get a head unit with an aux input. people have spent $300 for a disc changer and that holds maybe 100 songs. The iPod ROCKS! (and it works with PCs now, too) it takes 10 minutes to load 1700 songs into it, with different playlists - you can search by song, artist, album, genre. The only problem is no one has come up with a good car cradle (yet)
#7542 of 11746 re: rough idle
Feb 05, 2003 (10:30 am)
When warmed up, the H6 in the Bean and VDC is all but silent and so smooth it's nearly imperceptable (a little noisier when cold). If it is idling roughly, something is definitely wrong. I would have the dealer look at it.
#7543 of 11746 radio install
Feb 05, 2003 (10:47 am)
Several companies make double-DIN aftermarket radios that will fit right into the Subaru opening without a face plate. You could also install a single-DIN radio on the top and put another CD-cubby or covered storage bin on the bottom, with no face plate required. I imagine those cubby/bin parts would only be a few bucks from the dealer. The question is whether or not you can find a suitable single-DIN or double-DIN MP3/XM radio.
Feb 05, 2003 (12:05 pm)
Just saw an iPod yesterday for the first time. They are nifty.
They do have that cassette adaptor, but the new FM sender is even neater, and it's *tiny*, hard to believe. That would be wireless so you could put the iPod in the center console, where it also wouldn't attract thieves.
Feb 05, 2003 (4:38 pm)
My new cell phone (Moto V60i) has a special headphone available that converts the phone to an FM radio! I can only imagine adding that distraction to the already overburdened clueless driving airheads out there!
Saints preserve us!