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    Cassette decks in cars

    I used to think that factory cassette decks in cars had been pretty much phased out by the early 2000s, but recently, I was surprised to discover that they continued on toward the end of the decade in some models. In fact, the last car to contain a factory tape deck was the 2010 Lexus SC 430.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/au...s/06AUDIO.html







    The most recent model year that had a cassette deck that I owned was a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan. It had a cassette deck only, no CD player. When I purchased a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan four years later, it contained a CD player only. The cassette deck was no longer available.

    But what I really liked was our old '95 Taurus which had BOTH a CD player and cassette deck.

    Nowadays, you'll be lucky to find even a car that has a CD player. In fact, virtually every 2017 GM model no longer has this device. I just purchased a '17 Ford Fusion which still had one, along with Blue Tooth capability and a USB Port, so I now have three different venues in which to play music.

    But I do miss being able to play cassettes. I still tape a show called Hearts of Space off of the local PBS station and this is the only venue that I can listen to this music. But alas, unless I buy an old car from the early 2000s, there is no way to listen to all my old tapes in the car.

    How about you? What is the last model year car you owned that had a cassette deck?

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    My current Jeep has both (1999 Jeep Cherokee). It's a single disc changer though. I almost never use either of them, mostly listen to the radio, or rather mostly scan through the radio channels looking for something that isn't commercials.

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    '02 Truck yes & a CD player
    '08 Car no, but a CD player and an AUX port
    '13 Car no, but a CD player and Bluetooth
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    My daily driver 1999 Subaru Legacy came stock with Cassette/AMFM Radio. I swapped in a stereo system from a 1998 Legacy GT that has a single CD/Cassette/AMFM/Weather Band reciever. It does me well, I buy old tapes on the cheap and listen to them in the car.

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    My wife has a '90 something Lebaron with a tape deck. My 01 Mustang came with a CD changer, but I switched it out for a nice CD/USB/bluetooth radio. Now the ipod is hooked up for my listening pleasure.
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    I have a CD player in my car. Apparently you can also plug in a Ipod, but I don't own one. Car is from 2012.

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    What no after market under the dash installations ?

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    Quote Originally posted by Super Amputee Cat View post
    Nowadays, you'll be lucky to find even a car that has a CD player. In fact, virtually every 2017 GM model no longer has this device. I just purchased a '17 Ford Fusion which still had one, along with Blue Tooth capability and a USB Port, so I now have three different venues in which to play music.


    How about you? What is the last model year car you owned that had a cassette deck?
    A good friend of mine is the head of "Infotainment Systems" for GM and we were just talking about this a couple of weeks ago. He says that their surveys show that almost nobody purchasing the lower-priced cars or SUVs care about having a CD player anymore but the old folks who are the primary buyers of Cadillacs and Buicks still seem to want them. And buyers under 30 don't care about them at all, no matter what the vehicle is. It's definitely becoming a generational thing.

    My Jeep has a CD player as well as an internal hard drive, blue tooth, USB, and aux in. While I probably have about 2,000 CDs at home that I listen to regularly, I think I've only used the CD player in my Jeep once and that was because I had just borrowed a Queen CD from the library and I had a song stuck in my head that I had to immediately listen to. Once I got home, I promptly burned the CD to my computer and put it on my phone.

    I don't think I've ever owned a car with a cassette deck. My first car was an '84 Escort without a cassette deck or CD player but my Godmother's husband bought me a new radio with a CD player and installed it for me for my birthday. The next vehicle I got was a '94 Ford Ranger that I got in 1996 and the previous owner had put a CD player in that one.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    A good friend of mine is the head of "Infotainment Systems" for GM and we were just talking about this a couple of weeks ago. .
    Tell him Mrs. P hates the "infotainment system" in her '13 Buick.

    We do like the CD player because we have a lot of CDs and always bring a couple dozen to play them on road trips. Otherwise the it's music from the radio or phone.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    What no after market under the dash installations ?
    In my '72 VW Beetle, damn right!

    I'm not sure if my 2000 Tacoma has one or not. It does have a CD.
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    I think the last car that I owned with a cassette deck was my '04 Mazda Protege 5. I never used it, though. Both of my current vehicles (both 2014 models) have CD players but they also have iPod hookups and Bluetooth.
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    1996 Lexus has a tape player. Haven't used it about two years.
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    My 1997 Camry has a tape player and a single-disc CD player. I use the CD player on road trips for audio books and music. A couple of months ago my 8-year old was asking about the tape player and I wanted to show him how it worked, but realized that I don't have any tapes around anymore. I'll have to pick one up from a thrift store just for the educational aspect of it.

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    I bought a new 2007 Kia Optima with a cassette deck. Drove it 9 years and 127,000 miles. Zero tapes played.

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    I dont trust new cars and refuse to own anything from after 2000 (unless its a new Ford Focus RS, those things are SIIIICK, 350hp and 6 speed manual trans only!). This will become harder as time goes on. I want an old Benz S Class from the mid 80s or an early 90s Volvo 240 DL wagon.

    Who has the oldest *daily* driver? My '99 Subaru (factory build Nov. '98) is still ticking and people tell me OMG ITS SOOOO OLD, to me it feels timeless!

    Also GM sucks and has been building Crap since the malaise era, I hate GM. But I love old B Body's though, especially Caprice Classics. I want a 79 Caprice as a project car.

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