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Old 02-26-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default 03 ion Radio replacement ideas?

Hi, What do you guys reccomend to replace the stock radio with? id like to go double din touchscreen, but stay around the $200-300 range. Thanks!
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Default Re: 03 ion Radio replacement ideas?

there aren't a lot of dependable touchscreen radios.
usually a lot of the top brand ones are pretty pricey.
the cheap radios that you can find on ebay and amazon don't exactly last long either

I used to have a Pyle touchscreen radio, and it went out within a year or so.
it wasn't a bad unit, but didn't last long.
I currently have the double din JVC unit (no touch), and its about ~$150 retail, and it is a remarkable unit.

If you are replacing the radio, you will also need a mounting bracket, a wire harness, and an antenna adapter. the antenna adapter is optional, but gives you plenty of slack if you ever need to pull the radio out again.
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Default Re: 03 ion Radio replacement ideas?

I bought a used Pioneer AVIC d3 about 5 years ago for my mustang and it's still working like it should.

It's a little dated now since it requires DVD updates to maps and they stopped making them, but perhaps you could get one of the (comparatively) newer F-series, which I believe uses SD cards for updates.

You could get a used unit in your price range.
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:30 PM   #4
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Question Re: 03 ion Radio replacement ideas?

I was about to post this same question. I'm on my THIRD OEM radio and it's crapping out now too...not playing CDs at times, sketchy speaker output, buttons failing, etc.

I'm looking for an aftermarket double-din however notice that with the stock panel trim, the corners will be covered up.

Will a replacement will need a slimmer profile to fit??
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Default Re: 03 ion Radio replacement ideas?

I have a double din JVC, and it is slimmer.
I have a small gap all around the unit that can be covered with a mounting kit.
otherwise, itll fit with the factory mounts that screw onto the sides.
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