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#1 cugsy

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:34 PM

Hi folks, new here and first but probably not the last question. Anyway..I bought a 1998 MKI 2.3 petrol automatic cheap and was going to do some minor fixings. First was the crappy radio cd player. It lost its memory every time it was switched off and there was a cd jammed in it. When I tried to remove the unit it turned out it was only jammed in there because it wrapped in gaffer tape...There are 2 plugs (one black and one brown) connected to another single plug that went to the radio/cd player.A mod? So, I looked for another radio/cd player and found a mint original 6000cds on fleabay for £50 (30 day warranty). The crappy stereo is a single din and theres a shelf below it which I expected to take out and fit the original ebay one. But the shelf etc won't come out and the 6000 plugs are very different. So, was there a single din stereo in there or the 6000 originally The handbook shows a standard single din size stereo. I'm at a loss. I thought this would be a doddle. Any help folks?
had a 2.3 thirsty galaxy,now got a 1.9tdi auto 2001 - rumbles like a Hercules. Better be cheaper to run

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:55 PM

Mk1 cars have a single din radios with a CD changer controller that could sit in the second single din slot. Removing the second shelf would also require you to remove the bar between the two but then you would have a double din + gap size hole so not really an option. The Mk2 Galaxys have a 1.5 Din hole and therefore can take the 6000 (which is a 1.5 Din radio, not a double din size as some sellers claim).

The early single din units that Ford produced were all quite crap tbh, so given the above and that there are loads of good aftermarket single din radios out there I would probably be heading off in that direction.rather then trying to stay original. You can even get remote converters for most of the mainstream brands should you have the remote stalk fitted.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:15 PM

Cheers Mirez. That seems to gel with what I thought when looking at the stereo and in the handbook/haynes. It looks to me like nothing new was ever fitted. The ebay seller was sure this 6000 would fit. So,it doesn't and I can tell him and send it back and buy a decent one - a single din cd/radio? And the 2 plugs (one brown and one black) are the originals? There isn't a steering wheel control or cd changer in the back...just bog standard. Cheers again John
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 08:13 PM

Hi again folks. I took the easy option and bought an Argos Alba £50 cd/radio/sd etc thing that fitted easily enough and has the removeable face plate. But it has what I imagine is a common problem in that the radio loses its memory when the power is off. The stereo handbook tells me that theres a yellow wire on one plug that uses the live feed to keep a supply to the stereo. But,I don't know which or what colour wire supplies this feed from the car. Any clues guys? I looked at the Haynes wiring diagram but it doesn't seem obvious to me. If I do find it, whays the procedure for connecting the two? And, why isn't it part of the ford plug? Thanks in advance John
had a 2.3 thirsty galaxy,now got a 1.9tdi auto 2001 - rumbles like a Hercules. Better be cheaper to run