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Old 10-09-2018, 12:58 PM
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2003 F250 crew 7.3 radio/cd

Looks like the OEM CD player is on its way out. Insert a CD and most times it will go in, then spit it out, then go in, spit it out and eventually it will stay in. Other times it will do that and display "Err". At that point sometimes it will start playing and others I have to press play.

So what I want to know is this; will the newer year units like 05-07 (with bluetooth would be nice) fit in that hole and will the wiring harness mate up?
 
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:25 PM
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I don't know about how well the newer model year radios fit our trucks (I have an 03 F-350 CC) but have you considered an aftermarket radio. That's what I did. There are lots of good radios with Bluetooth, both single and double din that fit our trucks. Check out Crutchfield.com. They have great prices and include mounting and wire harness adapters.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:37 AM
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Crutchfield? Didn't realize they were still around. Will check them out. Thanks.

A quick gander there and I don't like the most basic, and I mean basic as in, yeah it "fits" with modifications. And if I want to feel comfortable about what those mods are before buying I have to pay for their "masterlist". I get no warm fuzzies.
 
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:10 AM
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I did a fair amount of research on OEM head unit compatibility - my goal is to update my head unit to accept aux in and get some better sound ( I too am very hesitant to go the aftermarket route for various reasons)... I attached some links that might help you.

https://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/...Number=2246003

https://replacementradios.com/ford-w...pp2-p-367.html

Bottom line is that if the plugs match and the mounting system has the two little release holes on the side of the faceplate, then you SHOULD have a compatible head unit.. the issue comes if you get a headunit that requires an off board amplifier like many of the MACH systems. I e-mailed the replacement radio people and they were helpful.

Good Luck!
 
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:10 AM
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consider the Sony XAV-AX100. I put one of these in my 2001 SD and it puts the entertainment system in my 2015 Audi to shame, particularly with the inclusion of Carplay.
 
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:27 AM
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Erm. That looks nice and has some good specs but 400 bucks is way more than I want to spend.

Thank though.
 
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:46 AM
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Only 99-2004 Radios will swap. The 05+ are different units. The factory radios go for 30.00 on ebay if you don't want to spend much money.
 
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:32 PM
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I don't like ebay and a bit hesitant to go with something that's of unknown history (verifiable) and wanted something a bit more modern. So going the cheap-ish route, went with a Kenwood DPX303MBT.
 
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I wanted to keep the OEM aesthetic to keep the install simple and the chance of theft low. I went with a used unit from LKQ. IIRC it was from an '05 Mountaineer. I got the in-dash 6 CD changer and it was the higher powered Audiophile model. It was a direct fit but since it was an '05 it had a different connection (world plug?) than mine. I ordered an adapter harness (don't remember the vendor or if they're still in business) but between Amazon, Carid, Crutchfield, and Metra someone should have one.

Not the most advanced unit in the world but sound output was better and the 6 CD changer worked (the reason I got a new one if for the very reason you are looking for one). 8 years later and the CD changer is dying (same symptoms) but I think I got my $150 out of it.

Next time around probably going to go the aftermarket round like you did as any used factory replacement will be o-l-d.
 
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:38 PM
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2003 standard is DIN and a half sized hole. Anything aftermarket is double DIN. Only minor filing to make the aftermarket kit and radio fit. Crutchfield will have all the adapter plugs to mate with the factory harness.
JVC and Kenwood are the same company now. Both are good radios.
 


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