Unlike most here, I happen to think the stereo in my car sounds pretty good (I have the "hifi" option system not the basic system).
I took the car out tonight after reading about DiStephano's RSR build thread and a few others (hadn't driven the car in some time) and found my radio not working right.
I searched every radio post and only found one other having the same issue followed by useless responses.
The radio cuts out with the press of any button, it will turn on and off with the on/off button but any other button it just cuts off. I made it worse by disconnecting it when I got home now I can't even type the code in to get the radio back on (the radio shuts off)
This happened when I first bought the car, and for the life of me, I don't recall what I did to make it work again.
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I have the the same unit in my car. I would give Becker Autosound in Saddle Brook, NJ a call (no affiliation). They are the supposedly the last Becker repair facility on the planet and will probably be able to help. http://www.beckerautosound.com/
1996 Carrera 4
1988 Carrera Cabriolet
2013 Audi TTS Coupe
2014 Audi A4 S-Line (The Wife's)
Or just get a replacement off Ebay, they are in the $100-150 range.
Current: 2010 GT3 - exhilarating!!! 1996 Carrera - Sonderwunsch
2006 E55 Wagon - family hauler
Wish I still had:
2007 911 turbo - RS Orange
1996 Carrera 4S - my mistress with wide hips
1993 RS America #17 - supercharged flame thrower
1991 Carrera 4 - met its match at Lime Rock
1986 944 turbo - 32K mile garage queen
I took the face plate off and opened it up all looked good and contacts couldn't have been cleaner. Thinking it's in the faceplate though so going to call Becker auto. I was able however to get the tape out of the deck by holding the pin receiver down that tells the deck the faceplate is on which is why I think the face is the issue. Well see
Anyone near you with the same unit? If so try switching faceplates to see if that's the problem. I'm guessing it is.
If it is a bad faceplate, rather than buying a new one you might consider upgrading to the CDR-220. It's easier to use (***** instead of rocker switchs) and has a much better quality tuner and amp. By no means is it state of the art but IMHO it's 100% stock looking and has better sound that even a non-audiophile dweeb like me can hear.
I just went ahead and sent it out. After 15 years, could probably use a service anyway and theyll send it back with the jack installed to plug my iPhone into it so no sense in playing around anymore. The guy assured me he'd send me back a working unit and the service has a one year warranty! Seemed reasonable. Probably a five dollar item and ten minute fix that'll cost me a couple hundred but I don't want an aftermarket deck in the car. I use it so little anyway ........