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#12 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [paisan]
Oct 17, 2007 (7:44 am)
Mike thanks for the reply I was wondering what have you discovered in terms of connections? and details of the swap.
I sent Subaru the same message I posted here and below is their response.
Dear Mr. Laska:
Thank you for visiting the Subaru of America Web site and for your message. I
am happy to learn that you are proud of your 2005 Outback; but, frustrated that
you do not have an MP3 access to the sound system.
Using your name and mailing information, I searched for your 2005 Outback to
make sure our records were up to date. I was able to find your 1997 Outback;
but, not a 2005 Outback. At your convenience, please reply to this message with
the VIN for your 2005 Outback.
Subaru has never modified a 2005 Outback with the stereo system and auxiliary
input jack from a 2007 Outback. Therefore, we are unable to advise you if or
how this could be done. About the only recommendation that I can provide is for
you to review the Technical Service Manuals. They may contain the information
you are seeking. You can purchase publications online through our Technical
Publications Web site. Once on our home page, www.subaru.com, use the 'SUBARU
OWNERS' heading to select the 'Technical Information' option. You will then be linked to our online Technical Publications Web
site. Instructions are on this Web site on how to subscribe and/or purchase
I am sorry that I could not provide you with the response you were hoping for.
John J. Mergen
Subaru of America, Inc.
Customer/Dealer Services Department
#13 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [laska]
Oct 17, 2007 (6:43 pm)
yeah SOA can't tell you how to mod your car.
legacygt.com should have some info, I haven't looked deep into it but will when I am ready to do the swap.
#14 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [laska]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:08 pm)
Did it work? I'm in the same boat with the same questions. Just curious how it worked out for you.
Also, what did your junk yard charge for the deck and faceplate?
#15 of 24 Re: Factory radio swap, is it possible? [paisan]
Nov 14, 2008 (9:23 am)
I would also like to know if you did pursue this 2007 to 2005 "audio swap" and if it worked.
#16 of 24 need help with my sirius sat radio legacy ltd 08
Jan 07, 2009 (5:14 pm)
#17 of 24 need help with my sirius sat radio legacy ltd 08
Jan 07, 2009 (5:14 pm)
I've been using a sirius sportster model. my wife bought me an installable kit for my legacy.
it was dealer installed, but I'm looking for some of the features the sportster had...like the 'memo' key or the 'band' key. are they not included in this kit? are they hidden somewhere in the radio features?
I've searched forums and google, can't find any hits.
any help is appreciated.
(sorry for the double post; I posted it first as a reply to an old thread, by mistake)
#18 of 24 Re: Installing After Market Speakers in 2002 Legacy Wagon [famof3kids]
Apr 20, 2009 (11:28 am)
We are looking at a 2008 Outback that is prewired for Sirius. Would you recommend installing it at the dealership or is it less expensive aftermarket? Also, if you recommend aftermarket, how difficult is installation?
#19 of 24 CD changer swap -put 08 unit in 06 Outback
May 06, 2009 (12:27 pm)
I read with interest that putting an 07 unit in an 05 Outback should work. I have located an 08 changer (with integrated heater controls, like my 06 LL Bean Outback has) and want to swap it out to get the AUX input for my iPod. The 08 unit I found has the AUX jack in the compartment under the center armrest, and I am hoping that I can make this work someway in my 06. Anyone with any experience? My Subaru dealer says they can make this work if I can get them the wiring and AUX jack from the wrecked 08 car, but before I lay out the cash, I am hoping someone here might have some experience with this. Thanks!
#20 of 24 2005 stereo replacement
Aug 16, 2009 (6:26 pm)
What is the difference in sound quality from getting an aftermarket board that connects to the CD player vs getting a faceplate replacement from crutchfields and installing an aftermarket stereo with a line in for aux? Also, does Subaru sell a later model stereo unit with the aux option that I could buy and install into my outback (manual ac)?
#21 of 24 Re: 2005 stereo replacement [ericcoughlin]
Aug 17, 2009 (4:53 am)
"What is the difference in sound quality from getting an aftermarket board that connects to the CD player vs getting a faceplate replacement from crutchfields and installing an aftermarket stereo with a line in for aux? Also, does Subaru sell a later model stereo unit with the aux option that I could buy and install into my outback (manual ac)? "
If by "an aftermarket board" you mean something like an FM modulator, know that the sound quality from a modulator (whether hard-wired to your system or transmitted through the air) can never be guaranteed. In other words, it's almost always worse than actually replacing the radio with an "aux in" or "usb in" capable aftermarket head unit.
Note, you should be able to replace your head unit, since your hvac is manual, but read carefully your installation information from Crutchfield AND talk with people from Subaru about the installation BEFORE doing it. If you do not PROPERLY disconnect the hvac controls, you WILL break something.
In general both the head unit and the speakers are the primary factors in sound quality. Replacing either or both will do the most for you.