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My CAR: 2002 targa with UPGRADED Hi-Fi (i.e. Cassette)

My RANT: Ok, I really don't know why this love affair thing with cassettes on high end German Cars (Porsche, MB, BMW) still exists, but why is CD an $$$OPTION!!

My SOLUTION: I can get a in-dash DVD Player for slightly more than a Factory CD Changer.


1. Do I need to retain the Stock Radio for ANYTHING (reading/ re-setting codes, etc.)

2. Are there any aftermarket Wiring Harness Adapters so I don't have to chop up the Factory wiring.

THANKS in advance.


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My opinions:

1). You can throw away the stock radio if you reaaly hate it. Or you can have it on eBay for somebody who really need it.

2). Definitely you can get wiring harness for aftermarket radio. If you plan to change all your wiring, you don't have to worry about harness.

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1. I always keep my stock "stuff" just in case you need to bring the car back to its "original" state... you know for that "just-can't pass up that gt2 type deal" :D

2. do you know which company makes an applicable "996 harness stereo connection"

3. do I need the factory radio for anything else: Auto Alarm Resetting; Diagnostic Features; etc???


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2. I don't think anyone makes a harness -- I think they are all custom (not that many 996s around). Most aftermarket radios will plug and play. If you want an amp, larger speakers, DVD or anything else it will likely be custom from the ground up. Much easier on MY02 and older cars before the MOST bus stuff.

3. You will need to tape the alarm wire from the stock radio since your aftermarket radio won't have the same feature. This will not hurt anything -- just keep the alarm from chirping (open zone).

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BTW would you know where I can get any info on replacing my Cable Release for my 1989 speedster roof-cover "humps" (not the one that 'locks' the humps in place, but rather the one that PULLS down the Humps in the Closed position)

Thanks again!


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