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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 08, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Stereo Woes

It seems I cannot keep a stereo working in any of my cars. My '89 S-10 is on # 3 in 8 years. My wife's '94 Camaro has been repaired once and 2 years later it let all the smoke out. Her Montana needed to be repaired after 3 years, My '69 has has blown 2 in 7 years and it currently needs to be replaced, and now the 18 month old Sony in my son's jeep is not working.

Is there a stereo around that really lasts? or am I doing something to them all? I will need to be getting 2 or 3 new ones and am sick of them not lasting.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 08, 05:37 PM
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Re: Stereo Woes

is a family member perhaps blessed with large quantities of static electricity?





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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 08, 07:38 PM
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There has to be something else going on. My truck has a cheepo walmart type that the guy I bought the truck from says he had installed 3 years before I bought it in 06 (thats 5 years no problems).
The pioneer I had in my firebird for 2 years, decided I just wanted to listen to the exhaust, moved it into the integra I bought, is not almost 4 years old. No problems either.
Are the insides of your cars dusty or bumpy roads?
How about the wiring (good ground only 4 ohms of speaker on each channel) and physical installation, do they have the strap on them to support the back?

Blessed with static electricity? Jim, your funny...
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Blessed with static electricity? Jim, your funny...
Maybe hang a chain from the crossmember (see current psycho dentist thread in bench)?
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=147490





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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 08, 02:17 AM
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Maybe you guys need to listen to better music!!! I don't have a serious answer for you, Mat, but since it seems to be several different cars. that rules out something being wrong with one of the cars. Static electricity is the most plausible cuase, but unless you are opening the radios up, they shouldn't be affected by that. Sorry I ain't much help.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 08, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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It could be static, and even if not, I do get annoyed by the zaps from it, so is there a way to stop it? other than hanging a chain or something from the car?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 08, 07:12 AM
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Mat, I would go with Alpine. I have never had any issues with them. Also, I know it may be a blow to your pride, but I would have a professional stereo shop install it. That way you get a warranty on the parts and labor. If they go bad, they remove and reinstall for free and if still under warranty, replace the unit as well. Head units are funny. It doesn't take much to make them go bad. A big bump in the road can break the circuit board inside and like also mentioned, static. I am well versed in stereo installation, but I bit the bullet and had a shop do it for the warranty factor.

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