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gammasphere
02-19-2005, 12:13 AM
Hey, I was wondering if there is a general basis for how long an HU lasts on average. I just want to know how expensive this hobby might become...(also look at my previous thread if you have the time).

Abel
02-19-2005, 12:20 AM
I probably change HU's at least once per year <i get sick of looking at same one> but i have seen them last years and seen some only last months.

and BTW its only as exspensive of a hobby as you make it, but carefull car audio is like crack once you start its hard to stop!

Acidburn
02-19-2005, 12:38 AM
i've had mine for a year and a half, might upgrade in a couple months though

they usually last atleast a couple years of you get a good one

zane
02-19-2005, 12:48 AM
All depends on how they are cared for.

If you are constantly installing, un-installing, it - etc, then the wear will be greater.

Keep it clean, make sure it's mounted securely and that all connections are tight and covered, and they can last quite a while.


My current HU (Sony CDX-M630) in my T-Bird is pushing 2.5 years without issue and still does everything I need it to.

I have an Alpine(Can't recall model # presently) going on 4 years old in my Cougar Show Car. -Also without issue, however, it will be upgraded this year as it no longer can provide everything that I need.


Also have a Sony EXCD-21 (Circa 1996- IIRC ) that is still working flawlessly, and has been without issue the entire time.



I tend to border well beyond that of obsessive-compulsive in maintaining things, however, it just goes to show you that the life expectancy of a product largely depends upon its owner.


Car Audio/Performance becomes addicting. Really addicting.


Expense wise. Yeah........ :)

Randy Savage
02-19-2005, 12:52 AM
I've got a 5 year old Alpine that is in perfect condition...it's now my back-up radio :)

3.5Max6spd
02-19-2005, 09:04 AM
I'll hold on to mine for at least 2yrs, before passing it on to another vehicle....so i'll be looking for something new come summer

paikiah
02-19-2005, 09:10 AM
Up until last year, I was running my sony XR-u700 mobil ES since 93 or so. It worked flawlessly, till last year when the detachable face connection wasn't making good connection to the unit.

My c90 looks like it'll last me at least another 10 years.

BOOKER
02-19-2005, 11:50 AM
Like someone said before, if you take good care of it, keep it clean, firmly support, and with nice connections it can last years.
My pioneer is almost 5 years old and still working like a champ.
:2thumbs:

Dtowncats
02-19-2005, 11:56 AM
My old Kenwood Excelon lasted 4.5 years.

somekook
02-19-2005, 11:57 AM
i ALSO have an alpine thats been perfectly good no problems for over 2 years now.

soundstreamer
02-19-2005, 12:02 PM
i've had decks last up to 3yrs in my street vehicles before i just upgraded for a change...but in offroad/dusty conditions, you are lucky to go 1yr before changing decks. that's my experience in new mexico anyhow...

halucinations
02-19-2005, 03:26 PM
I have had my alpine 9813 for 15 months it has never given me any problems...needs to get cleaned tho...i might do that tomorrow actually.

Brad

Looney_Tune
02-19-2005, 03:39 PM
had a deck, lasted 2 yrs and then got jacked.

amedeuce
02-19-2005, 04:57 PM
alpine - 4 years and still going like brand new. Although I just ordered a new alpine 9833 and Im gonna sell this one I have now. I bet I can still get over 100 bucks for it. Saw used ones just like mine go for any where from 120-180.

Norcalracer283
02-19-2005, 05:01 PM
Hey, I was wondering if there is a general basis for how long an HU lasts on average. I just want to know how expensive this hobby might become...(also look at my previous thread if you have the time).



This hobby is very expensive....lol. Flat out, from any perspective, this is expensive.


Unless you buy sony!

wErd
02-19-2005, 07:53 PM
i had a p6600 had it for about 4-5 months before i ****ed something up, now i cant hook an amp up to it...and the volume knob wont pop out, sold it for 75 bucks.

ighettoboyi
02-20-2005, 12:27 AM
i'd be more afraid of the motorized face breaking than the h/u itself...or losing the remote, or something stupid

RCwhat
02-20-2005, 10:14 AM
i've had decks last up to 3yrs in my street vehicles before i just upgraded for a change...but in offroad/dusty conditions, you are lucky to go 1yr before changing decks. that's my experience in new mexico anyhow...
****, you live in the place that i dream about. farmington is rock crawling heaven. :yumyum:

c0la
02-21-2005, 11:40 PM
Had my 7875 for 4 yrs. and still going with no problems at all.

Johnny Drama
02-21-2005, 11:52 PM
I had a pioneer deh-10 or 1000 cant quite remember, had it since high school. recently sold it on ebay. That would mean that it was atleast 6-7 years old

joeboxer5876
02-22-2005, 10:08 AM
i have a 3 year warranty on my alpine. i dont have to worry about it breaking for atleast 3 years. i'll probably sell it before the warranty is up though.

preunnerv6
02-25-2005, 02:15 PM
Kenwood Excelon x-659. Getting close to 3 years - deck and remote still working great. Deck looks almost new because I always use the remote and seldom touch the deck.

Kenwood DPX-440 double-din. Was top of the line in its day. Over 6 years old. Used as part on a carputer system. Some scratched paint but the deck and remote still works flawlessly. Due to it's large display, it's still a strikes up a conversation whenever new people get in the car.


I usually like non-motorized face decks.

redswingline
02-25-2005, 08:36 PM
Your first radio will probably last you six months(due to u upgrading it or it getting stolen-my situation). But as far as money goes it is relativeley expensive. Dont buy anything at retail if you dont absoluteley have to. Every other person you see has either a connection or a "buddy". Ebay is awesome as well. If this is going to be your first experience with a system, enjoy it cause like most people will tell u it is addicting but bad *** none the less.

ANeonRider
02-25-2005, 08:38 PM
My first deck was running like new for 4 years before it was stolen, my present one I have had for 3 and no problems at all, besides losing the remote. Treat your equipment well, and it will treat you well right back.

unrealii
02-25-2005, 10:50 PM
I hope for a while. I dont plan on replacing the one in my sig for at least a good 7-10 years from now.

netherland24
02-25-2005, 11:17 PM
i found my dads first CD player in his old car and it STILL WORKS perfect it is soo nice it is a
Pioneer DEH-245 high power 35w x 4 haha this is the ****, it has been working since 1997 so about 8 years thats quality... and how do u clean the head units?