My stock unit is skipping pretty seriously on many new CDs (and old) even after running a cleaning CD thru it several times so I'm looking for a new unit. I want a stock unit because my fiancee works in a pretty rough neighborhood as a 4th grade teacher and her last car (a 1992 Corolla) was broken into so they could take a really crummy non-stock stereo.
While I can find many double din stock units on ebay, I'm not sure which will easily fit into my 1999 Camry LE. Can you help?
My understanding is that the 2002 and newer Camry units won't work. I'm not interested in getting a much older unit (1997 and newer are what I'm looking at basically).
BUT I don't know which units will swap right in.
(1) Does the 1999 LE have an external amp? (I've done installs on other Toyota's with this amp, like a family member's 2000 4Runner, just removed the amp to put in a Pioneer system) If it has the amp, can it be removed and replaced with a head unit that has an internal amp?
(2) If it doesn't have an external amp, which stock stereos with internal amps will fit nicely in the space of my car?
(3) Is there any way to tell if mine has an internal or external amp without removing it from the dashboard?
Here are some reference pictures:
Stereos with external amps (right?):
1998 Camry (not mine, do not know if it was 4 or 6 speaker, etc):
Stereo's with internal amps:
1999 Camry (also not mine):