Bose radio stopped working


#1

I have a 1996 Nissan Maxima with a factory Bose stereo system. The entire Bose radio/tape unit will not turn on.
The strange thing is that I could get it to work by cutting the power to the unit (removing the fuses AUDIO and ELEC PARTS for a few seconds and plugging them back in).
However, it would stop working the next day or even after a few minutes or few hours with the car off.


#2

22 year old car radio stops working. Sort of a “dog bites man” headline, don’t you think?

Time to replace the radio.


#3

The factory head unit from that year Nissan is made by Clarion. The speakers may be Bose, but the head unit is Clarion. It’s actually a fairly decent unit. Your best bet is to go Aftermarket from someplace like Crutchfield.com


#4

I’ve run into issues when replacing a Bose System head unit, because the amplifiers are associated with the speakers rather than in the head unit. If you are looking for a cheaper way out it is often possible to find original equipment functioning head units on Ebay that are exact replacements for your car. It’s a bit of a risk because you don’t know for sure that what you are buying is in good shape, so be careful.


#5

Places like Crutchfield have replacement systems that take all that into account.


#6

Sounds like an ideal opportunity to get a new aftermarket unit that has BlueTooth and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay capability.


#7

Outside chance the car’s battery is behind this issue? I’d look into that before digging into my dashboard!


#8

I’m sure Crutchfield has compatibles, but I was throwing in another option. We never really know the economic situation a person is in, or their ability to use tools to perform repairs. While a used part from another Nissan isn’t the best performing choice it is cheap and should be easy to install.


#9

If the person is unskilled, then they better get someone to help him with a used unit. There were several flavors of head units for that vehicle…better get the right one, or you’re wasting your money.