My wife owns a 2000 Nissan XTerra SE that has all the trimmings and it was the first year that the car was offered. It had some flaws in it as any first run production car has and it has its little quirks that make it unique. The car is 10 years old this month and I decided to get my wife’s car a much needed speaker upgrade.
The car came with factory speakers and over the years these speakers have deteriorated quite a bit. It got to the point where there wasn’t any bass in her music. The car has 6 speakers (2 of which are tweeters) and a factory stereo which is still working alright. The fact that the music coming from the car didn’t have any bass was bothering me for a while but I never did anything about it but I finally decided that since Claire’s sister’s friend was coming down and knew how to install car audio, I would use the opportunity to get her some new speakers.
I bought some 6 1/2 inch speakers for the front from Infinity. I’ve heard about the Infinity brand in car audio and they sounded pretty good at Best Buy. My sister-in-law trusts Infinity and I can say I’m not disappointed with the purchase. These speakers seem to have a decent punch to them and it even came with some cone tweeters to give it some high end range. The speakers in the front were by far the worst of the 6 in her car. I opened up the speaker panels and the foam holding the speaker together started falling out. So at least now I knew why there was no more bass in the music. XTerra’s use a speaker adapter so the wire needed to be spliced so it could be installed. I did the tear down, my sister-in-law’s friend did the assembly which helped to get things installed a little bit quicker.
For the rear speakers I went back to a trusted brand, Pioneer. I had Pioneer speakers a long time ago in my first car and they greatly improved the music in my car. The rear speakers weren’t nearly as bad as the front speakers but since I had already spent some money on buying the front speakers, it only made sense to upgrade the rear speakers as well. These speakers also added some tweeters to the cars sound system for some better sound in the high ranges.
Both the front and the rear speakers were a perfect fit and are well hidden behind the factory speaker grills. Of course the new speakers needed to be tested so we used some of my wife’s rock music to give them a trial run. I need to stick in one of my CD’s in order to really test out the bass on these bad boys though.
Next up will be a head unit so that my wife can use her iPhone with her stereo. Right now there is no AUX output so it can’t only take CD’s and tapes (who the heck uses tapes now anyway??) so changing it for something better will be the final upgrade to the sound system unless I get the OK to put in a sub woofer but I doubt that will ever happen.