I have a 98 ford escort zx2 sport with original head unit and the original 6 Cd changer in the back. Is there a way to use the 6 CD changer wires to play the ipod? If not is there a better way to hardwire ( not using FM or cassette) my ipod into the car?

new head unit with ipod compatibility

It would require a new head unit. It does not necessarily need to be I-pod compatable. It just needs to have and “aux” input with RCA ports. You can then buy a cable that has RCA’s on one end and a headphone jack on the other end. You can then route the cord from the back of the head unit into your glovebox. That way, when you’re not using it, you can put the cord back in the box and close it. This option may be cheaper simply because it doesn’t require a higher end unit.

  • Darron

You could purchase one of the FM radio broadcasters which is made by iPod. With that, you are wireless and can transfer bettween cars easily.

A good point mirror, I’d forgotten about those.

  • Darron

The computer store that I work at sells these:

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Before I droped the two hundred or so for the ipod interface unit I used this and was quite happy with the results. I got the alpine interface only because I was getting tired of hiding my ipod when I park somewhere. I routed the connection cable into the glove box and that is where the ipod sits.

Get this and you should be all set. Its more exspensive than a FM transmitter but the csound quality will be good. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-cw4D65BXAwS/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=227450&tab=essential_info&i=541PXDPKF
If you are after somthing cheaper than the FM transmitter is your only option. Otherwise go the way of new head unit and make sure it has RCA inputs. Or find a head unit with a built in iPod functionality.

Oooh thats a good one too.