I'm going to assume most people prefer going aftermarket unless theft
is a big concern in your area.
That said, the Factory Look can be important. Some GM cars from the
mid to late 90's looked horrible with aftermarket radios as opposed to
just cheap with the factory ones. How does this car look with
Are the steering column remotes standard or only in the audiophile
package? Do they come off if I go aftermarket?
Now the most important part...with the speakers how much can I upgrade
the standard system. The Audiophile package comes with 6 speakers +
Subwoofer + amp + in-dash 6 CD Changer + small amp (I think). Can I
upgrade the standard system to have similiar features? Would I be
stuck either with the 4-speaker setup or trying to create extra
Our SVT came with the audiophile system. I use to install competition audio
systems and was REALLY impressed with the sound quality, level and amount of
bass the thing can put out. I just wish it could play MP3's. I think for the
money it would be hard to put together something that looks and sounds as
Before I bought my Focus, I bought a standard Ford audio system off E-bay
and mounted it in my Mazda MX-5. Why? The aftermarket Sony system which
had been installed in the Mazda looked terrible, had about a million tiny
buttons, had a Tokyo-by-night LED display and anyway didn't sound
particularly good. The ordinary Ford system looked good, had a big, analog
rotary knob for volume (why "improve" something that works?!), had a legible
display, and I could adjust every function without looking at it. It
produced enough power to keep up with the wind noise in a cabrio at 160kph,
so pretty good. Now my Focus wagon has the Ford audio system and I'm quite
satisfied. Cars are anyway an audio compromise. If I want to really listen
to my music, I do it at home in my "listening room", not in a relatively
noisy Focus which has 70dB of background noise on the motorway. To my ears,
the Ford system (for the money) sounds as good as anything I would cobble
together out of the aftermarket, it's neat, and it looks good. Normal
DIN-sized radios looks silly in the Focus's amorphous dash.
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