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Old 06-05-2003, 05:59 PM
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Talking Looking for speakers!

Looking for a pair of OEM front speakers for a 1991 300E. Can anyone point me in the right direction??
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Old 06-06-2003, 05:49 AM
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if you really want the stock speakers get them at the dealer.

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Old 06-14-2003, 10:50 PM
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Exclamation New OEM ain't cheap!

So I'm looking for a used pair. Are these stock speakers 2-way or mid-bass speakers. If I did go after-market...what would be an accurate replacement??
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Old 06-15-2003, 01:47 PM
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The OEMs are about $25 each. You might want to look here to get a good overview of whats available ...

4" speakers

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Old 06-15-2003, 05:51 PM
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The stock speakers are 120mm - about 4.75" diameter. ( http://www.peachparts.com/Wikka/W124Stereo ) Many 5 1/4" speakers require dash work to place in this area (others don't fit at all). True four inch speakers will drop through unless an adapter plate is made. Most speakers are not exactly 5 1/4" or 4", however. They are usually a bit larger or smaller diameter than advertised. The Diamond audios are 4 1/2" speakers, and still a bit small for the hole. Polk makes a 5" speaker that some people also found easier to install, but it is not a direct 'drop in' replacement (127mm nominal diameter).

The only 'no hassle, drop right in" speakers I know about are the factory speakers, or the Rainbow 2 way replacement speakers SCLA offers through his shop, and Blaupunkts from Steve Brotherton's shop. Anything else seems to require at least minor rework, and often major rework of the dash area to keep the stock look.

Almost ANY aftermarket speaker sounds better than the factory paper speakers and is worth the installation hassles, IMHO. The Rainbow and Blaupunkts seem a reasonable compromise, with no modifications, but with improved sound. If you are replacing the head unit, installing amps, subs, etc, then installation intensive aftermarket speakers are probably worth the added work, as the speakers, head unit, and amps can be tailored as a package. But I wouldn't use them with the factory head unit and amps.

The Blaupunkts are shown at Steve Brotherton's Continental Imports http://www.continentalimports.com/ic_114.html

The Rainbows can be described by emailing Scott SCLA, above.

I have been to Scott's shop in San Diego and ordered from them - they know what they are doing, have a great shop, and treated me fairly. I haven't been to Steve Brotherton's shop, but he is a long term respected member of this site, and I would have no problem ordering anything from him, either.
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Old 06-17-2003, 05:40 PM
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Anyone install the Blaupunkt or the Rainbow Speakers?

The Blaupunkts are $96.18 pr. The Rainbow are $160.

Just curious which sound better.
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Old 06-18-2003, 12:29 AM
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Zander300e, if you really want the stock speakers I have the two from my 92 300E at my house. Email me if you are interested.
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Old 06-19-2003, 06:02 PM
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And if that doesn't work, I'll give you mine from the Benz model noted below for the cost of shipping from 95818. Email to me at dtanesq@msn.com.

Heck, if anyone needs a backup set of 15-hole wheels, I need to get rid of a set of those too - scrappy shape, but taking up too much room in my garage/storage shed with all the BMW wheels and parts lying around. Anyone in my area can come pick them up.
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