I have come into the unfortunate situation of losing
the little faceplate (the four buttons on the front) of
the radio in my Ford Focus.
Of course, the radio is dead in the water without it,
and I am forced to drive around without anything to
Ford wants $150 to replace this thing. I'm wondering
if I can get a better deal somehow.
My question is:
Are any of the radios from 2002 back compatible
with each other... at least as far as this faceplate is
concerned? They all look identical but I can't be sure.
If I could buy an older radio for $30 and just use
the faceplate, that would be cool.
Any suggestions or comments are welcome!
Bad news I'm afraid as the faceplate only works with the radio it came with.
As far as I can remember that is...you might be able to get one from a junkyard
or from someone that's changing out their unit. Why not just upgrade your radio
while you have a chance? Linda
I disargree there is some if not total compatability. My next door
neighbours had 5000 and 6000 radios and they were interchangeable. My 5000
is interchangeable with my son's 3000. Try to borrowing one from the model
you intend to buy you may be pleasantly suprized when it works :-)
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I had that impression when I bought the car but I thought I read here
that they're all interchangeable.
Just went back through the archives and found this:
Just did an interesting find: when I switch the "front" (*) from my own
Focus' CD player with the one that is in my temporary Focus' cassette
deck, it still plays.
I'm actually quite happy with the 6000 CD unit which I shoehorned into my
MX-5. It sounds much better than the Sony I took out. It also fulfils my
long-standing desire to have a radio which (1) has a nice, analog volume
control know (2) has big buttons which can be punched quickly in the dead of
winter and (3) doesn't produce a "Tokyo at night" light show when I turn it
As previously mentioned, Ford head units are a dime a dozen on E-bay,
cheaper than the lowest Sony or Pioneer, which *will* sound like garbage,
and the CD units or in dash changers are simply plug and play into any
previous installation (4000, 5000). If you're happy with the Ford sound, go
ahead. Of course, the above comment is certainly true if you are really
into audio, in which case you're looking for more than a cheap fix. I
myself think car audio is always a compromise, so I save my audiophile
tendencies for home, where I can control the acoustic environment.
Yes! as far as I know they are all the same - my 5000 radio fits my son's
3000 and a neighboor has swapped a 5000 and a 6000 faceplate.
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