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    Default 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    Glad I found your site. Sweet!!!

    Hyundai newbie looking for some advice:

    Just bought my first Hyundai and love it! (2003 Elantra GT)

    However, stereo is factory and in need of upgrade. Should I buy the Kenwood/Hyundai upgraded head-unit (Kenwood 00271-84000) for $100 and go from there, or go in a different direction? Will that unit fit into current head unit slot, and will the wiring harness be the same?

    I plan to upgrade all speakers and install subs in hatch area. So if someone has been there and done that and has suggestions on speakers that will fit, and a sub unit that works well in the hatch area, I would very much appreciate it.

    Blaine in Maryland

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    skip th hyundai branded kenwood. it wasnt great 5 years ago, isnt that great today.

    as for everything else -
    http://www.elantraxd.com/DIY/index.html

    budgets are always needed for recommendations on car stereo stuff though.

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    A good place to see what fits your car is Crutchfield Electronics www.crutchfield.com

    I believe most people found that the factory speakers sound pretty good if you replace the head unit. Then you can add a subwoofer and amp for the bass and you'll have a decent sounding system for not a lot of $.
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    ^^True. Though the stock Kenwood sounded pretty good, it had a lot of problems electronically. Mine was replaced 3 times in 2 years then messed up again. Finally went to a JVC with a single Alpine sub and an amp w/ the stock speakers. Sounds great. Welcome aboard.

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    I think the main problem with the kenwood system was the head unit. I had speakers very similar (if not exactly the same) as the ones in the car and they sounded fine. Kenwood's Tweeter technology (that minimizes interfering frequencies) is quite good.

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    I got a Pioneer 3900 off of e-bay for $50. The sound is greatly improved, but the AM reception is quite where I want it to be. It fit just fine without any of the spacers and was easy to install.

    Basically I would suggest going with an aftermarket head-unit, but be aware that it will make it more likely for you car to be broken into. How much depends on where you live and where you park the car.
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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    klyemorg is right that www.crutchfield.com is a great starting point. And regardless of where you get the head unit, get an install kit and any wiring harnesses from crutchfield. This will help you with removal and installation and is designed so nearly anyone can do it. I have done dozens of installs and always ordere the install kits from them.

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    Agreed^ Their install kits are great. I always use them.

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    Was i one of the only ones that just used the factory harness' and everything? Or does that not work on the 03 cause it worked fine on my 05.

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    Normally you can't use the factory harness unless you cut it off and wire it up directly to the hu. Which is ok if you don't ever plan on taking the hu out. Well there is the fact that you have to do the wiring in the restricted space that the factory harness provides.

    I bought a harness from Best Buy, since it was about the same by the time I would have paid for the part plus shipping on e-bay.

    I don't have an install kit, but I think it looks ok. That probably depend on the hu though. I've seen some that don't look good, i.e. gaps you can see through.
    Quote Originally Posted by BobMs_wht2k2 View Post
    Yeah. I drive a 16-second Elantra. The only "race wars" I'm going to win are against:
    A.) Parked cars,
    B.) People that didn't know we were racing
    C.) Yugos and 3-cyl Metros.

    Even then I have to be careful, some of those Metros came withTurbos

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    Used a harness adapter for both Pioneers. Neither one needed an install kit. Just a little patience in installing it to line everything up correctly.

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    Wow! Ten replies in one day. You guys are great.

    I will upgrade the head unit (avoiding the Kenwood) to get some RCA's for a hatch sub, and keep the stock speakers for now.

    Thanks all.

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    ya we lucked out our cars are standard 1 or 2 din stereos just grab a harness and a headunit and have at it. takes like half an hour and a little solder and elctrical tape to get things up and running. ive had good luck so far with my Kenwood KDC-MP235 being able to use mp3 cds and have folders and 200 songs is great. even has a solid preamp out for subs with a adjustable crossover and volume control. with the harness the the headunit i only spent 100.

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    Blaine,

    Do you still have the Elantra? I have a sub in the hatch and an amp mounted to the rear of the back seat. My ? is, what size speakers are in the rear of the car?

    I'm in Berkeley Springs.....not far from you.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: 2003 Elantra GT Stereo

    dood has 4 posts and this thread is from 2008. I'm going to go with your not getting a response lol
    last activity was 7/09

    in answer to your question check out the Sticky over at the audio section:
    http://www.elantraxd.com/forums/show...-Speaker-Sizes
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