I'll be driving a NB Convert. as of tomorrow. It doesn't come with the CD player and I was looking into getting an aftermarket changer. Can anyone reccomend one? I really don't want the one that VW is offering.
just to offer what i have done: since it costs so much just to have 6 cds, i got an mp3 player instead for $150. right now i just have a cassette adapter with a wire spliced back together after my sisters cat chewed through it (so you know how cheap i really am about this whole thing!), and it actually works pretty well. i keep it in the slot where the cd controls would be, and i hope to figure out how to wire it in w/out the cassette soon.
The problem with the other changers is that VW uses a special protocal with their stereo systems so that it is much much harder to install an aftermarket changer into the stock system without ripping out the whole system and putting all aftermarket in. There is a guy that sells VW OEM Panasonic changers on Ebay for real cheap. If you have the Monsoon system, I would recommend this guy on ebay, IIRC he sold me mine for something like $250. Install is a breeze too, as it consists of removing one screw and snapping in a plug that is already wired in the car. This is how it works for the monsoon systems anyhow. The sound quality on mine is not too bad either, it definately blows away 99% of the other stock systems I have heard, and this is coming from someone that used to have upwards of $3,000 in stereo equipment in my last vehicle.
I hate mine... I have the stock "in-trunk" 6 disk cd changer. I always get errors due to the thing not being able to read cd-r's. I have to trick it if i want to hear those cd's. I play a normal cd first, then about half way through the first song, i switch back to the cd-r and it finally works. I'd love to put one of those "in-dash" 6 disk cd players in but i was informed at my local vw shop that it won't fit. vw changed the design of the dash somewhere in between '01 and '02!
so what i'm doing now is getting the ugly 1 disk "in-dash" cd player so i don't have to get out of my car everytime i want to switch a cd!
Which models of Panasonic CD-changers work? I've been thinking of putting one in myself (the dealer thing is just too expensive for my blood). I own a 1999 Passat 1.8T GLS.
Like 2K1Wolfsburg, I also have an mp3 player connected through my cassette deck. Lucky for me, the mp3 player was a gift, so it didn't cost me anything. Even the cassette adapter was scavenged from my previous car, lol!!!