Thursday Twister: ISO 7736
The standard car audio head unit is designated in ISO 7736, but in common car guy parlance is called DIN for the older Deutsches Institut für Normung standard DIN 75490. The ISO standard was adopted in 1984, but for some reason many OEMs continued (and continue) to produce radios shaped like modern art. Today for the Thursday Twister let’s share our favorite non-DIN radio setups.
This was a suggestion from an anonymous commenter who we shall now name DinMan who posted the suggestion on feature with the 1999 Ford Taurus.
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This one seems like it will be too easy now that pretty much everything new has a touch screen.
Yeah, almost nothing's DIN any more.
I'll note that (a) I inadvertently got a RHD image (b) the same head units were shared with the E53 X5 and E46 3-series though with different trim…
Beat me to it….first thing I was thinking of was the stupid BMW "Business Radio".
I will leave the 4×3 and 16×9 nav-display head units just so you don't feel left out…
Oooof, the good old MkIII ones…horrible. Nothing looks worse to me than the aftermarket conversion kits for the e39, but the AVIN unit (not sure if they're still made) was a pretty sweet upgrade.
2005 Legacy GT. Integrated with HVAC controls. The JDM double DIN conversion part from Subaru is basically unobtanium, and installing something in the "cubby" between the center HVAC vents just looks "off". I think Metra made a kit and maybe one or two others, but it never really looked like it fit.
Who could forget the awesome late 80's/early 90's full size GM truck radios…..
The pre-2003 FJ100 Landcruiser radios were real gem too. The nav models had the climate controls integrated with the head unit, so if your radio goes, it's a 4 figure replacement cost. If you try to kluge it up with an aftermarket radio, you lose your hvac.
The ST162 Celica, one of a vast number of vehicles that use vaguely rectangular chunks of transistors that aren't DIN-shaped.
Many of these are readily adapted to DIN packages.
I might be missing something, but that IS DIN sized, it's just the double-DIN configuration that Toyota was in love with in the 80's and 90's.
"Nothing says poor craftsmanship than lumpy tape." – Red Green
2015 Ford Escape – base model.
1999 Ford Taurus SE Wagon 3rd Row Only 86k No Reserve
I have a friend who is an auto-eletrician at a Ford dealership. The town his dealership is in has a lot of Exclusive Brethren, many who are quite successful business people, and like buying high end cars. Their religion prohibits them from listening to mainstream media (probably any media).
Back in the day, they would buy high-end cars and have the radios removed. Now, with in car entertainment systems integrated so thoroughly into the electronics, and the design such a complete part of the dash, when a member of the Exclusive Brethren buys a new car, at their request my friend goes around and disconnects all of the speakers, so everything still functions but they can't listen.
Nothing to add to the DIN debate, but who are the Exclusive Brethren?
I was gonna ask the same thing. I like to stay current with the list of groups that I should be worried about….
Curiosity, and the heavy rain this morning, led me to google this. It's a Christian sect and some subgroups practice a policy of separation from other denominations and prohibit radio and tv usage, and limit the use of computers. Probably not much to worry about unless you buy a car from one of them and the radio does not work. 😉
Too obtuse, there….the crux is that James Taylor is a Saint…or is he?
Nutz. The joke is that the EB are also known as Taylorites. As in James Taylor. Really.
Of course, it's not that James Taylor, it's a different one.
Aw, forget it. Wrong crowd; it's like spinning Gorgoroth disks at a nursing home.
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1981 Honda Prelude side tuner
Chevrolet Citation. Does it count as DIN if it's sideways?