Re: Anyone know which CD changer works with the '02 Monsoon? (wookie1)
Your memory serves you right. The Panasonic CX-DP610 6-disc changer is the aftermarket equivalent to the unit offered by VW. One place a number of us Vortexers have purchased this unit at is logjam.com:
This unit costs $195.95 at logjam.
In addition to the changer, you will need to buy an adapter (to match the style of connector pre-wired in your trunk to the connector on the changer). There are two different connectors:
VWPCPAN6: all CD changer functions (including mix) work. $49.95 at logjam
VW98PAN6: all CD changer functions (except for mix) work. $29.95 at logjam
Here is a helpful site that explains how to save beaucoups bucks by installing it all yourself:
It is very easy to install. I recommend getting the brackets and screws from the dealer (~$15 for a complete set of brackets and screws) to secure the changer in the slot in the trunk (see roadsleeper's site, the link above, for details). Note: some people have reported that there is a plug covering the actual connector that is attached to the pre-wired cable in the trunk; apparently this plug is there to protect the actual connector. This plug is very cleverly disguised, such that some people have confused it with the connector. If this plug is there, it has to be removed before you attach the adapter.
Finally, you will hear the dealer mention that the head unit needs to be specially programmed to adequately accept the CD signal. I recommend you hook it up yourself and listen to it before you consider having this done. For most of us, it has been unneccesary to have the dealer program the head unit. Furthermore, there should be no need for you to disconnect your battery in order to install the CD changer, nor should there be any need to re-enter your head unit's security control.
As llcaptive points out, you also have the alternative of installing an Alpine 6-disc changer. For this you will require a different adapter than the ones noted above. Blitzsafe makes such an adapter. For more info on this adapter, go to:
The application guide is located here:
(you'll have to scroll down to the Volkswagen section)
I don't have any experience going this route, so this is all I am going to say on this subject.
There is a third option:
I don't know anything about this unit. It appears from reading the blurb at the above site that you would not need an adapter for this unit. Even so, it is still more expensive than the Panasonic changer.
Hope this helps you,