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Old 09-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Dealing with the 2003 Stereo...

Out of all the things that I love about my wrangler, the one thing that I cant stand is that I cant plug my phone into the stereo because it doesnt have an MP3 jack (its a 2003 wrangler, only a CD player & radio)

Right now I use one of those radio transmitter things but the volume is so low when it comes out of the speakers I can barley hear it.

Im happy with the stock radio and stock speakers, but I would like to find some way to play the music off my phone. any suggestions?

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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get a new headunit

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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I had one of those FM transmitters before I upgraded the radio. I had 3 actually. The first 2 sucked. The 3rd was made by Belkin. My wife bought it for me and I thought it was no name junk but man I was surprised. It was crystal clear. Later I found out they make a lot of stuff. Good company for phone accessory's.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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You could use one of these:

Chrysler auxiliary input adapter chry02-aux radio aux 300m pt cruiser caravan mp3 iPod


...which plugs into the connector on your stock stereo where the (dealer option) CD changer would be plugged in. You would plug your phone into it via a mini phone plug to double RCA adapter cable. When in use, the aux input causes the display "Disk 1, Track 1" on the stereo, and can be selected via the "Mode" or "CD Changer" button on the stereo.

I paid $45 for one of these entirely analog devices. Both the phone and stereo volume controls would work at the same time. For more money (at least $150) there are fancier digital adapters that will display the MP3 data on the stereo and allow you to select tracks with the stereo buttons. Some will also recharge your phone.

This was my choice for MP3's on an Android tablet. Years ago, I used a PC laptop.
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You could use one of these:

Chrysler auxiliary input adapter chry02-aux radio aux 300m pt cruiser caravan mp3 iPod

...which plugs into the connector on your stock stereo where the (dealer option) CD changer would be plugged in. You would plug your phone into it via a mini phone plug to double RCA adapter cable. When in use, the aux input causes the display "Disk 1, Track 1" on the stereo, and can be selected via the "Mode" button on the stereo.

I paid $45 for one. For more money (at least $150) there are fancier digital adapters that will display the MP3 data on the stereo and allow you to select tracks with the stereo buttons.
That's damn cool! And only a few more bucks than the Fm thing I had. I would have much rather had that!
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You could use one of these:

Chrysler auxiliary input adapter chry02-aux radio aux 300m pt cruiser caravan mp3 iPod

...which plugs into the connector on your stock stereo where the (dealer option) CD changer would be plugged in. You would plug your phone into it via a mini phone plug to double RCA adapter cable. When in use, the aux input causes the display "Disk 1, Track 1" on the stereo, and can be selected via the "Mode" button on the stereo.

I paid $45 for one. For more money (at least $150) there are fancier digital adapters that will display the MP3 data on the stereo and allow you to select tracks with the stereo buttons.
This is what I have in my Mustang. Works pretty good. Wish it sounded a little better but I haven't messed with it to try to get better sound. Definitely an upgrade from your favorite transmitter tho. :-)
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:04 AM   #7
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You could use one of these:

Chrysler auxiliary input adapter chry02-aux radio aux 300m pt cruiser caravan mp3 iPod


...which plugs into the connector on your stock stereo where the (dealer option) CD changer would be plugged in. You would plug your phone into it via a mini phone plug to double RCA adapter cable. When in use, the aux input causes the display "Disk 1, Track 1" on the stereo, and can be selected via the "Mode" or "CD Changer" button on the stereo.

I paid $45 for one of these entirely analog devices. Both the phone and stereo volume controls would work at the same time. For more money (at least $150) there are fancier digital adapters that will display the MP3 data on the stereo and allow you to select tracks with the stereo buttons. Some will also recharge your phone.

This was my choice for MP3's on an Android tablet. Years ago, I used a PC laptop.
I may be wrong but I do not believe all radios have the CD changer jack.

I'd just get a new head unit. It will not cost much more and sound better.
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I may be wrong but I do not believe all radios have the CD changer jack.

I'd just get a new head unit. It will not cost much more and sound better.
x2 on getting a new head unit. Why have extra wiring and components when a head unit is not much more, especially on eBay. If yours is stock, chances are it's near the end of its life anyways.
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Just this past weekend I put in a new head unit because of the same thing. I hate the local radio stations and wanted sirius as well as bluetooth. I had a Kenwood kdc-x597 installed and it has been perfect. And the stock speakers in my 2002 wrangler are awesome quality surprisingly that the head unit makes them sound awesome.

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