Newb Questiong About Head Units

Hi all,

I usually stick to the computer forums, but I have a very basic question and I was hoping someone could help me out here. My girlfriend's car was broken into for the second time in two months; first time they cleaned out all the change etc, the second time they got her stereo. She's pretty upset. The problem is that her car is worth about $800 -- even the cheapest new stereo in would almost be a waste. I've got the tape deck from my old car back home and I'm wondering how feasible it would be to put it in?

I would need to have my parents ship it to me, so if it's totally impossible I won't bother. My old car was a 1997 Dodge Intrepid; her's is a 2000 Saturn LS. The now-gaping hole where her stereo used to be looks big enough (2 DIN? Is that how you say it?) and the connectors seem standard, but I know when you buy a car stereo they give you an adapter kit for the specific car.

As I'm sure you can tell from my post, my knowledge of cars is minimal. I once replaced my instrument panel in the aforementioned Intrepid with one out of an identical car from a junkyard, so I'm not totally helpless, but that's it.

What do you guys think? Should I have it shipped?

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  1. It's hard to tell. What sort of stereo was in it originally, i.e. was it a CD player? If you have it shipped, take a look at the connections and if it doesn't work, you can always check out a place like autozone or a car electronics place to see if they have any adapters. If I were you though, I'd just go out and buy a cheapie stereo with a CD player for $30-$40, as it will be far less painful to install.
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