Originally Posted by Dathaeus
You mean the Alpines are more expensive right? The ones from Crutchfield come with some detailed manual that is supposed to make it simpler to self install and they say phone support is pretty good. I dont care about BT, I just need a USB for a flash drive.
I am not sure about replacing the speakers yet... someone told me his crackling problem was solved by replacing the stereo, so I will do that first, and then if the problems persists, go for the speakers, which really sucks considering I dont care that much about music and I dont know how much longer I want to keep this car... then again, its an awesome car and I dont mind adding to the resale value, or not detracting from it.
I will be trashing the 6CD changer, which prevents me from putting my full set of golf clubs in there! So that is not a concern, I just want simple, quick, and operable with a USB port.
Alpine is a higher end brand name so they are a little more expensive then most other brands. But Panasonic, JVC are lower to mid name brands. I had a JVC head unit in two of my previous cars (one purchased by me, one already in the car when I got it), and I will never buy one again. Not saying their complete crap or anything but I just want something a lot nicer in my BMW then tHat. The JVC felt cheap and plastic was flimsy. I don't like the look of the panasonics all that much. But it's your car so it's up to you what you put into it. The way I see it though is you have a better chance of t being a plug and play installation with a higher quality product then a cheap one.
How are you not able to fit your clubs in the trunk with the CD changer? I can fit two sets of clubs in my trunk. It barely clears the disc changer but they fit in fine. You gotta kinda angle it a bit when you put em in I found. I don't think you'll detract from it by putting in a new head unit. Most people like to buy a car with a working stereo so by not getting it fixed I would think that would detract from the future resale value.