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Old 08-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Looking for a stock radio/cassette/cd player-will it fit?

I have a new-to-me 2008 Wrangler Unllimited X with a Pioneer radio/cd player that I don't like. I have looked on e-bay for a stock radio and I would like one with a cassette and cd player and I've found plenty that will fit '02-'07 models- is it true they wouldn't fit in my '08? Any suggestions? Is it too new for a tape deck??
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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This is the one I want:
02 07 Dodge Chrysler Jeep Radio CD Cassette Player Factory P56038555AM | eBay

But it won't fit in my 2008 right?
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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You can still buy a new single DIN cassette player, which will fit fine in your '08 dash with a mounting kit. For example:

KEH-P2030 - Enjoy this XM Ready Cassette Player along with other Features | Pioneer Electronics USA
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #5
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This is the one I want:
02 07 Dodge Chrysler Jeep Radio CD Cassette Player Factory P56038555AM | eBay

But it won't fit in my 2008 right?
Not without some modifications. Why would you want to retrograde to one that old? That is the style they used in the TJ Jeeps from 03-06 I believe (could have started in 2002)
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Because I have more cassettes than cd's and I don't use MP3 technology whatever that is!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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Well the choice is yours, but with that said...... You could convert all your music on cassettes and put it all on one MP3 player (which you would have to buy) and have it all in one place without the hassle of all the tapes flying around the Jeep. And I would venture to say that you would come out cheaper by doing so.

To put that older stereo in you would have to buy a stock wiring harness to go with it along with another harness to use your factory plug, then you would have to wire those two together. (IF) all that works out then you would have the issues of it not fitting properly and would likely need a custom kit to fit that into your Jeep or make one yourself. I know because I am looking at upgrading to a factory style JK radio in my TJ that all this would easily run you $200 (figured very low). My best suggestion is to read up on MP3 and get yourself an MP3 player. Just my $.02 though.
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Thanks for the responses, you've been very helpful!!
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I know this is old school but when I had a vehicle with a cassette player I had this cassette adapter that had a wire with a connector plug that could plug into a headphone jack in my ipod. The sound quality was pretty good. I was happy to play my ipod through my car system. Not sure if you can still buy it. It was really cheap, like $4.99.
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I know this is old school but when I had a vehicle with a cassette player I had this cassette adapter that had a wire with a connector plug that could plug into a headphone jack in my ipod. The sound quality was pretty good. I was happy to play my ipod through my car system. Not sure if you can still buy it. It was really cheap, like $4.99.
Lol I have to admit.... I had a 77 Mustang II that had the factory 8-track player and I didn't want to remove it. There was an adapter I had as a kid that would accept cassettes and you put it in the 8 track player. I had my parents send me that adapter, then I bought the cassette adapter you are talking about for the CD player and used it for my iPod. Needless to say the sound quality was pretty crappy, but to say that I used an iPod and played music through an 8 track player was priceless. Lol
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I would definitely convert all your old cassettes to CD or MP3 regardless what type of car radio that you want to buy. The quality of CD and MP3 is much better than cassettes. Cassettes are analog recordings, whereas CD and MP3 are digital recordings. When you convert the cassettes to digital, you will hear how crappy they actually sound. There will be hiss, tape crunching sounds, and other analog noises. Although, with a good digital program restorer you can probably restore them to digital. But, it takes time, and learning the digital program. The big underlying problem is that cassettes will eventually be eaten by your Car Radio, and possibly destroy it. Cassettes build up static, and it is just a matter of time. Then, trying to get that eaten cassette out of your radio, will make it is useless. It will never play the same again, and it will constantly be eaten. Therefore, it is best to transfer them to CD or MP3. If you have a computer, you will have a backup or your favorite cassette for life. Cassettes and 8 tracks are totally obsolete. They do more damage to your car radio than they are worth in my opinion.

I got a cassette with my new wrangler back in 1997. My new wrangler started eating my cassettes almost immediately. I then added a 50 CD disk changer to my Wrangler in the trunk. My cassette player was useless and obsolete. The reason I brought the cassette player instead of the CD player is because people steal the CD players, and I didn't want someone ripping my CD player out of my new Wrangler, and destroying my dash in the process. I've had that happen in all my other cars. The good thieves will even cut your car alarm under the hood. I once found bullets and drug paraphernalia after my radio was stolen while my car was in a gated community in a car port directly below my apartment. Those drug users are desperate. But, no one cares about stealing cassette players. My 50 CD player became obsolete too. I quickly filled it, and the heat eventually destroyed my CD's in the trunk. My ultimate final solution was MP3, and a removable face plate on a great one din CD/MP3 player with bluetooth. No one wants to steal a Car Radio without a face plate. Because once they steal it, it is almost impossible to get the face plate, to sell it for their drugs. Stock CD players are a great target for thieves. When your dash is smashed only once, and you spend $1000 dollars or more, replacing your destroyed console, and replacing your radio, you will see what I mean. Just a word to the wise in drug infested America. It doesn't matter where you live either. I live in very nice areas. But, this is where the drug users know they can get their drug money by stealing car stereos.

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