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Old 01-31-2010, 11:24 AM
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Becker Radio Refurbish DIY?

I have one installed in my 300TDT. I was wondering if it can be pulled to resoder some of the pins to see if it can be refurbished. Some buttons don't work, and the LCD display is not displaying correctly. The speakers also go in and out of "stereo" and i suspect its the head unit and not the speakers. I figure if i can get the buttons working again and the speaker outputs then It would be worth it. Any ideas?
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:06 PM
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Becker Radio Refurbish DIY

1. Remove radio from car.
2. Wrap and place in box with plenty of cushioning material.
3. Write large check.
4. Send to Becker-USA.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:12 PM
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Grab one out of a pick and pull after establishing it is good. May require you to take a small twelve volt battery to test it. German car radios were never my favorite playground when I repaired electronics proffessionally.

European electronics were always a little strange compared to north american products. The oriental stuff I found closer to ours. For example one of europes leading electronic manufacturers phillips wanted to stay in the north american market so bad. They paid my firm a lot of money to deal with their products. They were such a nightmare that rather than repair we developed running modifications for their product. There reliability was still horrible.

Or advertise on our parts wanted site. Quite a few members have pulled good becker units to replace them with modern radios. They should be willing to sell them cheap just to eliminate storing something they will in all probability never use again.

Do not send the radio out to becker for reconditioning. It will in comparison cost an arm and a leg. Or if the radio appearance is not too important to you a lot of aftermarket units preform much better than your radio ever did or will .Some decent replacement units are prettty reasonable today as well. Your call.

If I was not retired and caught up with everything. I would start to re engineer changes for the problamatic newer mercedes. There has to be a gold mine there. I have no ideal why their product degenerated so badly. Other than the cars where not considered to be a major profit centre of their empire. Perhaps their egos did them in but a lot of their electronics where and probably remain junk.

Tired old european speakers are not the best either remember. The speaker cones where not even average climate resistant and will decompose with time alone. This did apply to the majority of other manufactures speakers back when these were made as well.

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Old 01-31-2010, 03:55 PM
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I wanted to convert my radio to one that has an AUX input jack.

Becker wanted $100 to do the conversion Oh well my cassette adapter works very well.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:25 PM
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Buy a 1480 model from a 1990 car and modify it for the Aux In if you want to stay OE appearing. It is the best, drop in radio, for the least cash.

I had a Becker reman 612 I just gave to a member on this board.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:07 PM
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I was thinking about fixing my Becker Europa Cassette myself cause I like the look (the volume was flaky and the cassette player didn't work), but when I opened it up, it looked bad, and I'm not an electrical engineer. I can handle a pair of wire strippers and a soldering iron, but you'd want to be reasonably well versed in audio hardware before you take on one of these. I've got an after-market JVC that I took from my parts car. It works, but if I want the Becker back, I'd send it to them and I'd get the aux port.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:52 PM
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I'd say those radios are the most complicated pieces of electronics in our cars.

I didn't realize it , but the radio actually lowers the volume so you won't hear static when you are getting a bad signal. I love those little features like that.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:53 PM
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Buy a 1480 model from a 1990 car and modify it for the Aux In if you want to stay OE appearing. It is the best, drop in radio, for the least cash.

I had a Becker reman 612 I just gave to a member on this board.
Yep, and even the tape player worked!!!
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:02 PM
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LOL, awesome. Glad you could use it along with that wood trim. I have about 8-12 Beckers laying around. Even one from a '61 model!
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Buy a 1480 model from a 1990 car and modify it for the Aux In if you want to stay OE appearing. It is the best, drop in radio, for the least cash.

I had a Becker reman 612 I just gave to a member on this board.
That's my plan! Got a 612 at PnP to hold me over. $15. The cassette deck is finnicky though... sometimes ejects my mp3 cassette for no apparent reason.

And yeah.. Becker NA charges an arm and a leg for ANYTHING from them, service or product.
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I bought a european Becker 2647 (I think) from Germany for $200. I love it.
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