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Old 05-28-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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AfterMarket Stereo.

Has anyone out there done an Aftermarket stereo upgrade to their Boxster? Just a stock standard cd player unit with iPod connectivity. Any professional installs? I went to a local stereo install shop, and got quoted close to $500 bucks. I don't want anything custom. I just want to use the stock Bose speakers, with a simple off the shelf single disc/iPod control head unit. $500+ seemed to much as Its only run a few hundred bucks for my SUV. (Jeep Cherokee) I have thought of going to a chain like Best Buy, but just don't trust them to tear into a Boxster, as I think they are more use to a Kids' Honda. Any input or experiences out there, pics? Should I just buy the gear myself and give it a shot? I'm a good mechanic but don't know too much about stereos.Thanks all....

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Old 05-29-2009, 06:32 AM   #2
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The way the stereo is intalled will make a big difference. You don't want it to look like crap... Get a few more quotes. You have the bose speakers, you are pretty well off. Just go with a place that will stand behind their work and you will have no worries. Installing a new deck can be a big pain. A lot of wires and you don't want to mess up the wrong one. YOu could fry the entire system. 500.00 for a good radio with install isn't to bad. Look on the bright side, if Best buy were to screw anything up, they are forced to replace anything that is damaged.

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Old 05-29-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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Save the $500.00 check out www.crutchfield.com, they have conversion harnesses and tech support that should make the installation a DIY if you have the desire to attempt it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:51 PM   #4
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STAY AWAY from any big box type car audio shop with a German car. You want to find a competent shop that has done work like this before.

Feel free to search for my prior posts (as well as those of others- TriGem being one) on this topic for more info.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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I upgraded to a JVC unit with DVD and monitor. The tech said it was a pain in the... He was also installing in a new Ferrari in the shop so I trusted them. The JVC unit was not as expensive as the install. The install of the mike, iPod cable, disconnecting the brake-monitor shutoff, and extras added up. In the end the sound is much better with the factory speakers and the new head unit. Total cost was in the $700 range.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:14 PM   #6
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I definately recommend Crutchfeld. I purchased an excellent pioneer unit with aux cable for my iphone, XM sat radio, CD, AM/FM and USB. Paid for the crutchfeld installatin at their recommended local shop. Total price about $400-450 with installation. I was so pleased, I had the same shop install my rear speakers (IMO the best addition to the car).
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:54 AM   #7
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With your non-MOST car it should not be a problem upgrading.

Crutchfield is my favorite electronics store, but they had no info on my Box when I checked. Maybe due to MOST bus.

And I too have heard horror stories about big box stores butchering Hondas, WRXs and the like. No telling what they could do to a really fine automobile.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:34 AM   #8
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I just put in an Alpine CDE-9872 that I got from Crutchfield. crutchfield gives very easy, siimple directions. It also came with a connector for the iPod. I spent less than $250 for everything. Looks and works great
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:57 PM   #9
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I have MOST, so I couldn't just do a headunit swap. Here's what I did...

JVC KD-AVX44 piggyback on CDR-23

I did all the work myself. I would not trust my Boxster to the twentysomething guys working at Best Buy, and I couldn't afford the $2500 for an AVIC swap from La Jolla Audio (if I _had_ an extra $2500 to burn, I would definitely have let La Jolla Audio do their magic... )

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