radio problems in cold weather......

i own a 1989 300 te, this car's radio acts up in cold weather, i live in ohio so when the weather turns below 40 my radio will not turn on and the antena
refuses to work. occasionally the radio will all of a sudden turn on and the antena will go up but this is not very often. for the most part in the winter i have no radio. (this is the original radio in this vehicle) ps. in the spring and summer the radio operates great as does the antena. if anyone has any ideas please let me know... am thinking of replaceing the original radio for a new cd player at this point.
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I would double check the fuse. The fuses we have in our car is notorious for looking okay when it is not. So take them out and inspect.
Becker radio is nothing good to save so you are better off changing it to something you like.
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Tiger wrote:

thank's for the reply, i will check the fuse's. This leads to another question, will any off the shelf radio fit in place of the becker ? i just want a regular cd player nothing great.....thank's.
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Obvisously, of course, you just need to make sure it's DIN
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http://www.crutchfield.com can give you a list of stuff that'll fit. It's a standard size, but you might as well make sure.
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Tom Plunket wrote:

thanks again...
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The MB radio around 80s has only two channels, left and right. The front/rear is controlled by the fader on the center console. I am not sure how much effort it takes to change the setting to fit modern off the shelf unit.
I have a W201 and a W126. Both were already fitted with 4 channels when I bought them. The W201 has 4 brand new pairs of wires running to the speakers. I estimate that is 4 extra hours job if you need to do so (under carpet, behind dash, etc.).
The W126 is kind of interesting. There is no new wires, but some cut and connect. I was able to retrofit back to Becker without much physical change (though it took a while to figure out what wires mean what). Therefore, I suspect the wiring may support both 2 and 4 channels.
Anyway, take a look first before committing to any change.
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