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Old 04-09-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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I just bought a 1993 Camry LE today and of course the thing doesn't have a CD player, only a radio/cassette player...this won't work very long. At first I wanted to buy a new car stereo but I'd have no idea how to install and I really don't want to fork out the cash to get it installed (I'm only 16). I've been considering buying either an audio cassette adapter (little cassette tape that connects to personal cd/mp3 player) or an FM transmitter (a transmitter that connects to cd/mp3 player and broadcasts music on a certain frequency). The only knock I have on the FM transmitter is that the link requires batteries which could add up after a while (again, I'm 16). Anyone had any experience with either or have any suggestions?
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I just bought a 1993 Camry LE today and of course the thing doesn't have a CD player, only a radio/cassette player...this won't work very long. At first I wanted to buy a new car stereo but I'd have no idea how to install and I really don't want to fork out the cash to get it installed (I'm only 16). I've been considering buying either an audio cassette adapter (little cassette tape that connects to personal cd/mp3 player) or an FM transmitter (a transmitter that connects to cd/mp3 player and broadcasts music on a certain frequency). The only knock I have on the FM transmitter is that the link requires batteries which could add up after a while (again, I'm 16). Anyone had any experience with either or have any suggestions?
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I just bought a 1993 Camry LE today and of course the thing doesn't have a CD player, only a radio/cassette player...this won't work very long. At first I wanted to buy a new car stereo but I'd have no idea how to install and I really don't want to fork out the cash to get it installed (I'm only 16). I've been considering buying either an audio cassette adapter (little cassette tape that connects to personal cd/mp3 player) or an FM transmitter (a transmitter that connects to cd/mp3 player and broadcasts music on a certain frequency). The only knock I have on the FM transmitter is that the link requires batteries which could add up after a while (again, I'm 16). Anyone had any experience with either or have any suggestions?

1) The one good thing about the FM transmitter is that you can sit the CD player anywhere. The problem is that the CD player usually needs be connected to the cigarette lighter plug anyway so it's not all that great.

2) The other bad thing about the FM transmitter is that it is only as good as you regular radio system. If the antennae is not very good or prone to interference you will not get as good a quality of music.

3) The good thing about the tape casette converter is that it is relatively inexpensive and has a pretty good music quality in them. I used that system in both my mom's '95 Windstar and my dad's '94 Buick LeSabre when I drove in them. It worked well and I only had to replace the tape in 4 years.

4) A good thing to make sure you have is the cigarette lighter converter/charger for the CD player so that you do not have to constantly change the batteries.

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1) The one good thing about the FM transmitter is that you can sit the CD player anywhere. The problem is that the CD player usually needs be connected to the cigarette lighter plug anyway so it's not all that great.

2) The other bad thing about the FM transmitter is that it is only as good as you regular radio system. If the antennae is not very good or prone to interference you will not get as good a quality of music.

3) The good thing about the tape casette converter is that it is relatively inexpensive and has a pretty good music quality in them. I used that system in both my mom's '95 Windstar and my dad's '94 Buick LeSabre when I drove in them. It worked well and I only had to replace the tape in 4 years.

4) A good thing to make sure you have is the cigarette lighter converter/charger for the CD player so that you do not have to constantly change the batteries.

Hope this helps. Peace.

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Yeah, I think I'll stick with the cassette adapter, a little more practical and cheaper. Do you have flip/rewind the tape every so often like a regular cassette?

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It's not all that hard to swap in a new radio. Do a little research into it. Make sure the dimensions of the new one match that of the old and buy an adapter wire harness.

I bought a 95 corolla new. After 3 months of the am/fm radio I put in a new am/fm/cassette. Took about an hour I guess. First time I ever did it too.
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Yeah, I think I'll stick with the cassette adapter, a little more practical and cheaper. Do you have flip/rewind the tape every so often like a regular cassette?

Thanks for the advice, though. Rep points to you.

No you don't. There's no tape in it so nothing to rewind. I have one for a cd I bought years ago. Now I use it on trip for the kids' DVD player. We pipe the sound through the car radio.
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It's not all that hard to swap in a new radio. Do a little research into it. Make sure the dimensions of the new one match that of the old and buy an adapter wire harness.

I bought a 95 corolla new. After 3 months of the am/fm radio I put in a new am/fm/cassette. Took about an hour I guess. First time I ever did it too.
True, I looked into it and figured it wouldn't be way too difficult to install one, but I won't really have time to fool around with it until this summer so I just wanted a quick fix for right now. Thanks for the insight, though.
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The tape adapter is the best option for the short term. I checked up on cardomain.com for what the dash of a '93 Camry looks like and it does have the typical head unit replacement size. I attached a link that shows a '93 Camry that has had a replaced head unit. A good head unit can be found from $150-$500. All depends one what you are lookin for in the new head unit. If you need any other help, just lemme know and I'll give you any advice I can just from my basic car knowledge. Thanks for the rep points. Peace.

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