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Old 08-07-2009, 03:15 PM
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Factory Ford Escape in dash 6-CD changer installed

Just like to pass along this "budget" stereo upgrade I did today. (Thanks to a tip from shodude on MCM)

It's a factory stereo from a 2005 Escape, it has a in dash 6-CD changer and it works with the steering wheel buttons and sub, the factory changer in the trunk won't work though.

It suppose to be able to play Mp3's , but I can't get it to work.. But it plays burnt CD's with converted MP3's just fine.

I like the Factory look and the 6-CD in dash is very useful and the DSP button really improves the sound, no more tape-player!

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Old 08-07-2009, 03:45 PM
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Neat conversion idea!

BTW: For a second I thought that you were going to install it with 12 penny nails and a hammer!..
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that is the same radio available in 04 Mustangs, Fseries turcks, and Rangers.... I always wandered but never knew if it would work.

Awesome!!
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Old 08-07-2009, 03:57 PM
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The nails are perfect for removing the old stereo, no need for any special removal tool.
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IIRC There is a harness you can get that will add an 1/8" aux jack to the location of your choosing for that radio.
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Also Mustangs use a different mounting system for the radio. My friend at work offered me the one from his 05 but it mounted with flanges and screws.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:04 PM
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Connectors?

So the connectors fit perfectly with no extra adapters needed?

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Glenn from what I read on MCM it is a straight plug and play.
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Did you need a program code to get the radio to work? I also have a non working stock radio. Is the sound quality any better or is that a funtion of the speakers.
Thanks for the great update info and pictures.
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Question Radio Year?

Will ONLY '05 - '06 Ford Escape 6-CD radios work in our MM or are they other years?

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Will ONLY '05 - '06 Ford Escape 6-CD radios work in our MM or are they other years?

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Rangers and F series in 03 have the same radio, but it might not have the sub hook up. Mustangs from 03/04 have the same radio, with sub hook ups, but mount defferently with plates, ill have to check mine to see if it has the pin olders on it still though.

05 stangs have different radios I believe.

there are 2 models for the Mach300 stereo for Escapes form that year. 32 other choices, but only 2 say Mach300, which is what 252life used.

exc. Hybrid; AM-FM-CD (6 disc, in dash), ID 5L8T-18C815-CD (Mach 300)

exc. Hybrid; AM-FM-CD (6 disc, in dash), ID 5L8T-18C815-CE (Mach 300)

You need to find which one he used to be sure it will work, sometimes the cars are picky.

there are 3 in your area. I put the link up for you in the last of the 2 options.... I selcted either one and both came with the same results, so it may not make a difference, sometimes its just build date, or a stupid clock like the 300Bs had.

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IIRC There is a harness you can get that will add an 1/8" aux jack to the location of your choosing for that radio.
Does anyone have any specifics on this?

I think this is a great set-up, but without the tape player I will need another way to plug in my mp3 player (I hate the FM transmitter way, so that's not an option.)

Does the radio "sound as good"? As in same power and clarity as the stock system?
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IIRC There is a harness you can get that will add an 1/8" aux jack to the location of your choosing for that radio.

That would be really nice to have. Anny chance you can find a link, e-bay maybe?
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Linky no work

http://car-part.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi

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Sorry Glenn, it cant put up a direct link due to the way it searches...

Go to Car-Part.com and enter your area code and 05 escape and select Radio/CD Player. select either of the Mach300 stereos ( both of which sare next to each other and exclude the hybrid) and it will show you what you want.

Car-Part is what many parts stores use to sell or price their stuff.... I used to be a slavage parts salesman. lol
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