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#28 of 67 CD-Player won't stop
Nov 10, 2007 (5:51 am)
I have a 2001 Forester. The other day, the car's battery was draining out (car wouldn't start). The in-dash lights worked but were very dim. Then I heard a slight whirring sound coming from the factory instaled AM/FM/CD player. Anyone ever hear about a CD-player being "stuck" in play position? (There was no CD in the unit). Thanks.
#29 of 67 Factory sound system swap
Nov 30, 2007 (5:42 pm)
I have a 2007 Forester x model. Is it possible to swap out the standard factory installed sound system for an ipod friendly model ?? I don't want to compromise my warranty so is this something Subaru can do ? Does subaru sell an ipod ready sound system for the 2007 forester x ? Thank you.
#30 of 67 Re: Factory sound system swap [dkaronis]
Dec 03, 2007 (10:24 am)
I believe it's still a double-DIN sized opening, isn't it?
I did so on my 1998 model, to put in a 6CD changer out of a WRX. The harness fit plug-n-play.
So it might be easier if you used a Subaru stereo, perhaps from a newer model that has features you want.
#31 of 67 Would metallic tint hurt radio reception?
Jun 01, 2008 (3:43 pm)
I have a 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X. Everything else on this car is great except that the AC cannot keep up with Georgia summers. So I am planning to get the Windows tinted. But I noticed that the factory-installed radio's antenna is embedded in the rear quarter window. If I use metallic film to tint that window, will it hurt the radio reception? I am looking at Scotchtint FX-HP 35 film.
#32 of 67 Re: Would metallic tint hurt radio reception? [georgiaman]
Jun 02, 2008 (10:21 am)
It shouldn't, given the film will be on the inside, so the antennae will still lie outside the tint film.
#33 of 67 2005 Forester - Radio quit
Jul 17, 2008 (1:04 pm)
My DH drove my Subaru last week. He said when he got in, he just turned the radio off. Since then, I can't get it to come on. He tried changing out the fuse, no luck. It is just dead, like it's not getting electricity to it at all. Any recommendations? I generally drive 45 miles at least each way to work, so silence is a little deafening.
#36 of 67 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade
Jul 26, 2008 (9:36 am)
okay, so the one thing i really dislike about my new forester (premium package) is the less than premium sound on the default audio system. what are my upgrade options?
#37 of 67 Re: 2005 Forester - Radio quit [nanceannlvl]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:38 am)
Well, it may be cheaper to replace vs. fixing it. It's fairly easy, too, if you can do-it-yourself (search Scoobymods.com for instructions).
The dash openings are double-DIN sized, so it's fairly standard and leaves you lots of options. I put a 6CD changer from a WRX in to my old 98 Forester and it was a cake walk.
In fact it went so well that I did the same thing for my wife's 2002 Legacy, which was actually a little harder (one out-of-the-way bolt made it harder).
The harnesses were all interchangeable so it was plug and play. It was easier than I expected.
I bought both used for $110-150 or so IIRC.