Re: Clarion/Panasonic CD Changer for Jetta IV (samurai)
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.
Another alternative is the 8-disc changer, the Panasonic CX-DP88:
Here is some info about the 8-disc changer:
This unit costs $178.95 at logjam. It too can be controlled by the stock head unit (to access disc 7, you apparently have to push the "1" button on the head unit twice and to access the 8th disc, you push the "2" button twice). The cable adapters for this unit are different than those for the 6-disc changer; they can be found at the logjam page above.
Note: Both the 6-disc changer and the 8-disc changers *are* compatible with the non-Monsoon stereo system.
Sorry for the long-winded post. Hope it helps you!