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Date: 14 Nov 2001 08:46:04 -0800
From: ptimlinnopsamo.com (Patrick Timlin)
Subject: Re: CD changer addition


e_olsonnopsamspring.com (Eric) wrote ... > SInce my '95 900 has the capacity for a cd changer > already built in to the audio system, I am considering adding one. A > friend told me his Toyota had the same kind of standard car audio and > when he wanted to add a cd changer, the wiring was already there in the > trunk. All he needed was the right adapter to hook it up. > > I seems logical that this would be the case in my Saab, but when I > looked I couldn't find any wires that weren't already connected to > something (though I must admit I didn't dig too deep for fear of > ripping the trunk apart). > > Has anyone had experience with a situation like this? Hi Eric, Ya I just went thru this very process. My wife and I both drive older (1988) Classic 900 2 door models. But since we have two kids and another on the way, we thought we should at least upgrade to a four door (we are bucking the SUV/Mini-Van trend!) so I started shopping for a later model 9000. After a long time searching I found a great 1996 9000CS with manual tranny!!! Anyway, it had the stock Clarion head unit that is able to operate a CD changer. I was told the cable would be in the trunk by the antenna behind the liner. Well the first time I looked I couldn't find it. After some further encouragement from other Saab owners, I dug deeper and finally found it. It was WAYYY down in the liner. I had to reach into the opening where the back speaker is accessed and dig far down. It is a DIN type connector. Black round cable maybe a quarter or 3/8 diameter. The connector on my 9000 is a right angle and had a black plastic protection cap over the end. OK so it was there. I then looked for a changer. The newest model that works is the Clarion CDC625. I believe the original model was the 605, then later the 635 and then the 634. Now Clarion sells a 625. All are 6 disc changers and plug right into that cable for both power and control. The only other thing I had to do was pull the head unit and fish around for the other end of the cable and connect it to the back of the head unit. Mine was tie-wrapped to the antenna cable so it was pretty easy to find. If you can not find the cable in your trunk, you might pull the head unit and see if the other end it there to verify the cable is even installed. Also you can verify the DIN connector (a circular connector with about 13 pins I believe) exists on the back of the head unit. If it does and the cable seems to NOT be there, often the cable is included with the CD changer (for sure if you buy it new, maybe if you get a used one) and you will jsut have to run it yourself. But my guess is it is already in the car, you just have to locate it. Patrick

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