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Save the picture and open it in photoshop/paint shop pro/etc.

Make a line almost exactly as wide as the cassette slot.

Measure a cassette as it would be inserted into the deck.

Reference the line you made. That is your scale. Measure the height and width of the face of the deck. Compare this with yours.

I'm not sure if factory decks fit into all vehicles like aftermarket ones do.

I would recommend getting a high quality aftermarket deck. You don't know if the one on ebay works. It also might have a theftlock code and if you aren't sent that, you're screwed. They go by the vehicle VIN # for the unlock code -- So if the radio is stolen and sold, you're SOL. If you get an aftermarket deck, you will need to get a faceplate adapter and wiring harness convertor (unless you like soldering wires). That is like $30 combined at Circuit City. I guarantee the aftermarket will blow away any factory stereo.

www.techronics.com for new car stereo parts.

It's very easy to install a deck. Search the internet for screw locations/install procedure. There is one free website that has instructions for almost every car in existence. Your first time might take up to 20 minutes. Once you know how to do it though you can get a deck out in less than a minute (thats why they get stolen so often)

What really sucks is installing speakers. I hate taking off door panels.

Also, if you get an aftermarket deck, get one with a removable faceplate. That way the radio won't get stolen if you remove it. What I do is detach it and put it in my glovebox -- No thief suspects that :)
 

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As long as you're not swapping between Bose and non-Bose that unit should work in your car assuming they give you the VIN info to unlock it. Calll your local dealer and make sure that's all they need to give you the code.
 

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Echoing the others, Texas - make sure you have all the info you need to make the darn thing work!
 

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The others are right. That deck will be locked. That is what the RDS in the lower right corner is. You will need to make sure they supply you with the unlock code for that. I purchased one and tried it in my '96 Deville. Light up and played static thru my speakers. Just couldn't tune it or play CDs because it was locked. It was sold to me as an unlocked deck, but I guess it locks itself if you plug it into a car with a different VIN. My local Caddy Dealer would not unlock it for me. Look for a stock deck that is non-bose and does not have that RDS on it. Those should work fine.
 

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The others are right. That deck will be locked. That is what the RDS in the lower right corner is. You will need to make sure they supply you with the unlock code for that. I purchased one and tried it in my '96 Deville. Light up and played static thru my speakers. Just couldn't tune it or play CDs because it was locked. It was sold to me as an unlocked deck, but I guess it locks itself if you plug it into a car with a different VIN. My local Caddy Dealer would not unlock it for me. Look for a stock deck that is non-bose and does not have that RDS on it. Those should work fine.
Umm... RDS is Radio Data System. This is the display on the radio that receives sideband information on the FM broadcast to display Artist and Song Title information on the Radio's readout. This has nothing to do with the anti-theft part of the radio, that is called THEFTLOCK.

TexasCad... you can use this radio in your car provided you use a Bose headunit if its Bose, and a NON Bose headunit if its not. As mentioned above, to get around Theftlock you will need to be given the radio unlock code OR take the radio to the dealer and have them match it to the VIN, but this is minor stuff.
 
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thanks for the advice I better have a new aftermarket CD player put in my Deville. I did not bid on the ebay radio. thanks TexasCadillac
 

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Tex, if you are going to install this unit yourself, read the section in the audio video forum about intalling into 97 to 99 Devilles. If its FM modulated then it will be no problem other than medium sound quality and the chance to hear everybody else's ipod when you drive down the highway. Because your car has the BCM with the battery save feature, it will give you kittens trying to put everything right. IT CAN be done but only in some ways. For your info as well, there was NO BOSE option for a 98 Deville of any model. There were only two Sound options available, the six speaker cassette, and the 11 Speaker CD/Cassette both Delco units. Both use the Vehicles VIN for a theftlock code so without that and a Tech 2 they cannot interchange. Another option for you instead is to buy the IPOD with the cassette adaptor. It really sounds great on both setups and best of all you keep everything stock.
 
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