Hello! Radio Advice Requested.

raiderjuan

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I got my 2006 Lincoln LS8 last Spring.
One of the first things I noticed was a blown rear speaker. I have to turn the bass almost completely off to make it listenable.
Anyway, it is a Double DIN unit & the CD player doesn't work, the AM radio can't get in anything, and the FM goes to static if I turn on the rear defroster.
Should I get my existing unit repaired?
* No hassle (re)installation
* No threat of theft
* Keep steering wheel functionality
Or do I get a new unit with 100x better performance and features?
If I get a new one:
*I'm sure someone has done the homework on what wiring/converter equipment is suggested to make it as painless as possible.
* How difficult is it to keep the steering wheel controls?
Regarding the antenna:
* I think I read there is an antenna you can put in the trunk that works?
* Any suggestions?
Anyway, when the car is mechanically sound, you can't beat it. I love.driving the thing. Thank You!
 

bbf2530

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I got my 2006 Lincoln LS8 last Spring.
One of the first things I noticed was a blown rear speaker. I have to turn the bass almost completely off to make it listenable.
Anyway, it is a Double DIN unit & the CD player doesn't work, the AM radio can't get in anything, and the FM goes to static if I turn on the rear defroster.
Should I get my existing unit repaired?
* No hassle (re)installation
* No threat of theft
* Keep steering wheel functionality
Or do I get a new unit with 100x better performance and features?
If I get a new one:
*I'm sure someone has done the homework on what wiring/converter equipment is suggested to make it as painless as possible.
* How difficult is it to keep the steering wheel controls?
Regarding the antenna:
* I think I read there is an antenna you can put in the trunk that works?
* Any suggestions?
Anyway, when the car is mechanically sound, you can't beat it. I love.driving the thing. Thank You!
Hi raiderjuan. It all depends on whether you want to keep the factory look and also have a dependable repair shop that can fix the old unit, and make it reliable for years to come, for a reasonable price. If you do, then have the factory unit repaired. Keep in mind it may unrepairable and you could wind up having to pay a "diagnostic fee" to find that out.

If you do not have a reliable shop you can use, or simply decide you would rather go new, I would take jkeatons advice and contact Crutchfield. I have used them myself and been very happy with their products and service.

You can first go to their website, plug in your vehicle information and find out what will work in your LS8. You can then call and speak to one of their product and installation specialists. They are very good and very helpful. They will walk you through what will work in your car. And if you decide to purchase from them, they will also provide all connectors, harnesses and detailed installation instructions along with the audio unit itself. Their prices are not the absolute rock bottom lowest, but are still very good. And they offer free lifetime technical support.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.
 
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