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Old 31st January 2007
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Default Aftermarket CD Deck 900SE

I am looking at installing an aftermarket CD deck in my Saab 900SE 1995 and was wondering if anyone had insights or advise? I donít want to have any issues with the LCD above the stock tape deck and I have not been able to find a mounting kit anywhere. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 31st January 2007
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My best advice would be go to the ng900 forumns as your car isnot a classic 900....
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Old 1st February 2007
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Hi there,

The ng900 is prewired to install a CD changer in the rear left side of the hatchback. If you pry the carpeting on the left side, you'll find the plug there.
You need to buy a clarion CD changer though
If you go that route you only have to get the CD changer and it's plug and play
If you can't find one, PM me I have an extra unit
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Well, I'll try to actually address the question you have.

First off, genuinesaab.com sells a wiring harness and a fill kit, so you don't have an empty space if you put a single din unit it. Secondly, with my kenwood excelon head unit, it didn't snap into place when I installed it. For now, I've stuffed cardboard in the sides to firm it up so it doesn't slide out.

Also, if your unit has a memory feature(such as remembering which track it was on, what part of the song, etc etc), which I'm sure it does, you're probably going to have to pull a lead from your battery. This will need to come off the positive side of the battery, and go through the fire wall, to your head units memory input.

Other than that, just make sure you buy a quality unit. Good luck!!
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There's no reason to run a wire directly to the battery, as there is a constant +12V lead in the factory harness.
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you can get the install kit at a best buy or circuit city along with the wire harness for around $40 total. I put a aftermarket radio in my 98 900 SET and if you have the SID display, then yes you will lose some of the functions as the stock radio has hardware inside it that runs with the SID. I lost my Distance till empty, MPG, and I think thats about it. I only use the temp gauge anyway and that worked fine. If you really want to keep all the functions of the SID then you have to install the stock radio along with the aftermarket one....Relocate stock one to trunk and run a bunch of wires. Takes a long time, better off just having pro install it that way.
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...if you have the SID display, then yes you will lose some of the functions as the stock radio has hardware inside it that runs with the SID. I lost my Distance till empty, MPG, and I think thats about it.
If the radio's installed correctly, you won't lose any of that. I know I didn't. The only difference you should notice is that the lower line where the radio information used to be will go blank.
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There's no reason to run a wire directly to the battery, as there is a constant +12V lead in the factory harness.
While this is true, I have heard that running a larger gauge wire directly from the battery (with an inline fuse, of course) for the constant-on 12v source and another wire for a chassis ground results in clearer sound when using the headunit to power the speakers (depending on the car in questions wiring harness). This is akin to using very large diameter power wire for an external amp.

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