Just bought a 2006 Touring and I love it... dealers demo - 4K miles by the owner and it came w/ all the options plus a couple more except that it doesn't have the JBL system (or the navi). The basic stereo it does have is kind of 'muddy' or maybe dullish would be a better word. It's driving me nutz. It has 9 speakers, not sure what the HU is. Anyhow, I've inquired w/ a couple of audio installers and the general consensus is that to remove the HU would be cost prohibitive as so much of the electrical is integrated into it. Dealer could do it but that would require replacing panels, etc., again major league dollars, way out of my station in life.
It seems to me that so many of the new cars are like this... not stereo upgradeable unless money is no option. What I am thinking is installing "clean sweep" by JL Audio and maybe a subwoofer in the trunk... dunno if I can add Sirius to the HU... any suggestions out there? The stock stereo system would be OK for someone who doesn't care about music but I love music - don't require (and can't afford!) a top of the line system and whatever I do would have to be professionally done since time and ignorance on my part play in as well.
Why oh why didn't it come with the JBL? Why do the 6 CD/Cassette upgrade for $200 and not include JBL for a few dollars more? Silly. But there you go... any help would be so appreciated. Thanks for your time.
PS. Love the car, fun and nice to drive but the stereo really stinks - CD's aren't too bad though.