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Raffi

USA
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Posted - 01/30/2010 :  13:12:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Gentlemen,
I need advice on the best "Old" looking radio upgraded with MP3/CD compatibility to replace original radio..
Any advice is highly appreciated!
Thx
Raffi

mtrei

USA
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Posted - 01/30/2010 :  13:40:59  Show Profile  Visit mtrei's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I would keep the original radio, and attach a cable to the aux input on the back that will let you discreetly plug in an iPod or portable CD player.

http://www.beckerautosound.com/parts/cable_part_number.html
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Gerrett

USA
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Posted - 01/31/2010 :  15:33:50  Show Profile  Visit Gerrett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Raffi:

I made my own switch box using the connector on the rear of the Grand Prix that Mike mentions. He is 100% right: no other radio will look proper in the dash. The Becker Grand Prix / Mexico was designed to match the pin-stripe motif of the VDO instruments.

Becker used that motif throughout the late 60's and 70's in Mercedes, Porsche, Ferarri, Peugeot and others. Smartly, they realized that many people who own those cars today would like much higher performance and features, so they introduced the Becker Mexico 7948 about 3 years ago . Sadly, for technical reasons, this radio is only 100% usable in Europe (AM/FM frequencies, navigation info, etc.) A "promise" to offer a USA-version never happened.





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1971 600 SWB
1979 450SEL 6.9
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1996 S500
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Chris Johnson

USA
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Posted - 01/31/2010 :  15:40:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another consideration is the year of your car. The earlier cars have a smaller hole in the dash for the radio and you can't fit one of these "retro" radios without cutting the dash up. What is the VIN on your car? That will reveal the generation of the car, and what size radios you can consider.

Chris Johnson
If you aren't constantly impressed with your car, then it needs fixing.
100.012-12-000790
100.012-12-000867
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paul-NL

Netherlands
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Posted - 01/31/2010 :  15:57:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chris,

his one is 2057, and a later US-one.
Beter he first measure the hight of the available space.
No 1627 still needed a low-version because he could not mount a later high-version.

I never measured mine version, but I believe is is a later version





I don't believe that later statelite-version will fitt without cutting, because it looks higher then the oldtype-high-version.
Other option is to make a mountingbox in front of the coolbox. See the KW-options.

Edited by - paul-NL on 01/31/2010 16:01:18
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Gerrett

USA
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Posted - 01/31/2010 :  16:19:03  Show Profile  Visit Gerrett's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Paul:

I'm pretty sure that the 2nd generation 600's fit standard DIN-size chassis. The new Mexico is standard DIN.

The first generation cars do use the early "short" chassis. Not very easy to get, and I certainly would not want to cut the dash of an early car to fit a later radio.

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paul-NL

Netherlands
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Posted - 01/31/2010 :  16:41:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1627 had earlier a blaupunkt (swan-neck ??)radio and the owner would like to retrofit a original becker.
He sad that the becker was to high, as I remember this right to fit in the whole in a second whole behind the frontpanel ....

Now I see the pictures back, which I have made, the frontwhole was also cut out to big for a regular becker, but I admit i could be wrong in my judgement ....





this could be an option when he has no coolbox:

an htis when he has a coolbox:

Edited by - paul-NL on 01/31/2010 16:47:37
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