I've been driving a 2001 ford ranger for a while now, but it in dire need of an audio upgrade. The stereo in it is a factory stereo and no modifications have been made to anything... yet. When I bought the truck, the CD player was on the verge of crapping out (skipped discs very often and would randomly just eject discs when playing) anyway now it is completely dead. The volume knob is very prone to interference with cell phones (if I have my phone within 1-2ft of the stereo, volume freaks out because of the interference.)
The radio portion is just fine, I actually had a nice Itrip to broadcast my ipod to the radio and it worked wonderfully.... Until some punk-ass broke into my truck a month ago and stole the transmitter, my ipod, and a few other odds and ends.
Anyway I've been looking for a decent aftermarket stereo with a working CD player and direct connect of any usb device (NOT just auxiliary inputs)
I have stumbled upon this one by pioneer and it seems like it will work: HERE
After reading up on installation and such I have realized a few issues at hand:
1. My current factory stereo is (or appears to be) Double DIN, not single, and I do not want a gaping hole in the bottom DIM slot if I use the top one. Is there a faceplate included in the kit in the link above? Or is that something that I will need to buy seperately?
2. Several of the "direct ipod connect" stereos mention that the device can use a usb flashdrive just as it would for an ipod. Is that true on this model as well? ATM I do not have an ipod anymore and would absolutely love the ability to use a cheap flashdrive.
3. Are there any additional parts that I will need to install it that are not included in the kit?
Thats about all I can think of, any help would be great =)