[ba] 1991 200q20v bose stereo

urq urq at pacbell.net
Sat Jul 26 23:31:54 PDT 2008

Hey there Robbie,

With 2 '91 V8s I know the Bose system well ... when it works I find the
system to perform well enough for my tastes while driving.  I guess I never
expected the interior of a moving vehicle to be a concert hall ... :-)

You had the recall done and they didn't verify that the thing worked
afterwards?!?!?!  Who did the recall work?  I'd suspect the head unit ...
maybe the first thing to do would be to triple check that the recall work
was completed properly ... make sure the speaker wires are attached and that
the amps are getting power.  

You do have to take the door panels off to remove the Bose amplified speaker
units on the front doors ... not a big deal to do.  Once the panel is off
the units are held in place with four Phillips Head screws.  

I have managed to collect a bunch of speaker units and head units ... if you
want to try to make the Bose system work perhaps we can do some part
swapping to find the bad part.  Of course you could do a bit yourself by
swapping the rear deck speaker/amp units from left to right to verify that
the problem remains on one side.  

If you want to go to the aftermarket system I have a set of the door mount
speakers which have already been modified to eliminate the Bose
amps/speakers ... I'd be interested in trading you for your stock speakers
plus a little cash (to you of course).  If you are interested I can look at
them to see what sort of speakers were mounted.  

Steve B

-----Original Message-----
From: ba-group-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:ba-group-bounces at audifans.com]
On Behalf Of robert weinberg
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:07 PM
To: ba-group at audifans.com
Subject: [ba] 1991 200q20v bose stereo

had the Bose recall done. two new amps. still only one rear speaker works
(why - isn't the amp integral with the speaker?). and the left front side
doesn't work. when i hit the fader on the deck, the sound sort of move
towards the working right side, but the rears get muffled and boomy.
probably bad electrolytics in the tone control circuit on the head unit.

amusingly enough, the CD changer works PERFECTLY! LOL!

eh, I'm a home audiophile anyway (vintage tube McIntosh amps, etc.) - Bose
sucks ;-)

from what i heard of the speakers that do work, it's that typical Bose
bloated tubby bass sound. I'm not much of a car audiophile though, but i
will need a decently functioning stereo.

so, i do have a nice $300 Clarion head unit from my old Taurus SHO. I'll
throw that in and run the rest of the system off it as well.

what size speakers do i get for the rears, the door panels and the dash?

anyway, do you have to remove the entire door panel to remove the bose
speaker/amps? or just the grill (does the grill even come off?)

and most importantly, where is a reasonably priced bay area shop that won't
butcher the car for a stereo install?


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