Fuel Files Discussion: Do Headunit Changes Ruin Cars?

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After having driven various, older collectible vehicles, I've come to notice one thing. Throughout their lives, previous owners have changed headunits out for more modern, less dated technology in their cars.

This may seem like something unsophisticated to the purist and the collector, however, is it truly something that can ruin the sale of a car further down the line?

When talking about the senses and fully enjoying a car, what you feel through the steering wheel in the road really connects you with the driving experience. The sounds that you hear with powerful engines and exhausts really amplify the feeling of speed and increase the pumping of adrenaline throughout your body.

But what if the car isn't an extreme performance car?

The prime example would be this G50 targa, a car that is loved by many, but we all know is not an adrenaline machine by today's standards, yet still is a collectible and a conversation piece.

When talking about a car like this, your senses won't be heightened with any feeling of euphoria anytime soon from the speed, but you will have a smile from ear to ear with satisfaction. These cars are extremely enjoyable to drive and are important to most people for sentiment and their beauty.

With that being said, people enjoy them and spend time in them driving them the way they're meant to be driven. Yet, there is a key sense in driving and every day life that people take for granted and that is hearing.

Imagine being able to enjoy all the songs you love, being able to take yourself back to the good days when you were younger when cars like these first came out by being able to have a soundtrack to your driving experience. At that point, speed won't matter, time is especially relative, and if you add the mixtape/playlist you've put together on your phone with Duran Duran and INXS you will feel like a GOD.

So that being said, when talking about enjoying your collectible vehicle, are headunits dealbreakers or relationship kindlers?

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Comments (3)
  • An aftermaket headunit has more features compared to the factory one, the factory radio in my Peugeot 107 was so bad i changed it after one week of owning the car, witch added MP3 playback on cd and usb.

    Four years ago i've changed the headunit to one that has Bluetooth, DAB+, even though the DAB+ reception isn't always good, its sounds better than FM radio in the Netherlands.

    I would keep the factory headunit in storage, just to put it back in the car when its time so sell the car.

    22 days ago
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  • I’m all for updated audio in a car don’t get me wrong. However more often than not the install was a DIY affair to with disastrous or at least poor results.

    Case in point. I recently acquired a ‘97 corvette that had the stock head unit replaced with a aftermarket Alpine unit with all the trimmings along with the addition of top end amp and subwoofer But while the previous owner dumped some good money into the components he botched the install. Cut up panels with what has to be a hatchet, did not properly secure the sub which slid around a broke a bunch of trim pieces, the speakers were not correctly connected so balance and fade are effectively useless, the install of the head unit broke several plastic fasteners so the dash rattles and the trim or panel filler piece looks it came off a milk jug. The same is true for a ‘99 F-350 I bought last year and the ‘84 AMC I got two years ago.

    Bottom line if you are going to do it do it right or don’t bother. If it’s a real classic consider a hidden remote unit that won’t require you to fit it where it was never intended to go.

    23 days ago
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