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Q: Connect iPod to 2003 Mazda Protege5 ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Connect iPod to 2003 Mazda Protege5
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: astachel-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 08 Jul 2003 09:44 PDT
Expires: 07 Aug 2003 09:44 PDT
Question ID: 226552
How can I connect an iPod line out to the stereo of a Mazda 2003
Protege5 without a cassette player?  I want to be able to do this
WITHOUT buying the cassette player add on as the sound quality is not
that good going through the adapter.

Clarification of Question by astachel-ga on 08 Jul 2003 09:45 PDT
And I also do not wish to use an FM RF transmitter as the quality is
even worse with those.
Subject: Re: Connect iPod to 2003 Mazda Protege5
Answered By: alexander-ga on 08 Jul 2003 15:43 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Sorry, there's no current solution to make a direct audio-in
connection to the stock head unit in a Protege5:

Your only option other than a tape adaptor or FM modulator is to
replace the head unit with one that does have an aux-in. If you don't
have experience with car audio installations, you can have it done at
a local Best Buy, Circuit City, or smaller car audio shop.

You might be interested in browsing the Car Audio section of the
forums at
astachel-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Connect iPod to 2003 Mazda Protege5
From: jacksodj-ga on 06 Jan 2005 10:07 PST
try this link.

for a 2003, protege 5 (called a protege S, on the site it think) this
should work. you would be able to keep the stock head unit and still
use your normal controls.

I have a 2002, and created a setup where I used an inline FM modulator
(which plugs directly into the antenna port) and combined it with a
cannibalized belkin adapter, and ran it into the glove box to store
the ipod. this set up does not allow me to use the stereo controls,
which the ice link would.

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