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#1609131 - 07/10/2017 16:40 Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit?
Ante Offline
Reaping the fruits

Registered: 22/10/2006
Posts: 89
I have a Clarion DXZ428R single cd-player head unit in my 20VT Plus. The car was produced in june 2000. Is that the head unit that was installed by Fiat when the car was new? Reason fpr asking is I want to preserve the originality of the car. Any input is appreciated.

#1609174 - 08/10/2017 15:41 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: Ante]
DaveG Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 7070
Loc: Muscat, Oman for a while
I wouldn't bother, the sound and ergonomics of the Clarion units fitted to the Coupe are universally acknowledged to be dreaful. I don't think the DXZ428R is an original head unit, is it silver? Original head units for UK cars were the ARX7170R and ARX7370R. My Plus was originally a German supplied car and came with an equally awful Clarion PU-1573A, since replaced. Do yourself a favour and fit something better, forget originality in this case.
1996 Portofino 20vt & 2000 Pearl White Plus
1985½ & 2016 2017 Fiat 124 Spider + XF Sportbrake

#1609188 - 08/10/2017 19:25 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: Ante]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
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Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6879
Loc: Southsea
I agree with Dave. Any modern headunit is going to be leaps and bounds over the original equipment.

I have kept my original head unit and 6 disc changer should I ever sell it I’d refit but for now I enjoy a much improved sound smile

#1609552 - 14/10/2017 09:04 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: Ante]
Ante Offline
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Registered: 22/10/2006
Posts: 89
I know its not the best unit, by far, but as of now im interested the origin of the unit, and it it was supplied with the car. Its a bit nerdy, I know. smile

Ive contacted centro storico fiat and they have confirmed my car came the a radio/cd from the factory.

Yes the unit is silver. According to ePer the 20VT Plus were supplied with a Clarion PV 2194, but I can not find any info on that one anywhere. Cars without CD had the PF 1573. The pre -99 cars had the ARX 7370 R.

#1624936 - 12/09/2018 17:51 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: Ante]
LuisFilipe Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 26/08/2006
Posts: 273
Loc: Matosinhos,Portugal
My car is a Plus produced in 31/07/2000 and it as Clarion with cassete tape!
The radio is Branded FIAT and Clarion!
Fiat Coupe 20VT 12/97
Fiat Coupe 20VT Plus 08/00

#1624968 - 14/09/2018 00:17 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: LuisFilipe]
Possum Offline
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Registered: 19/12/2005
Posts: 1578
Loc: Brisbane, Australia
My 1996 16VT also has a Clarion "Fiat" branded CRX87RM radio cassette with the 6 stacker CD fitted under the front passenger seat.

#1624975 - 14/09/2018 13:59 Re: Is Clarion DXZ428R a Fiat OE unit? [Re: Ante]
Freddie Offline
On a journey

Registered: 11/02/2014
Posts: 113
Loc: Hemel Hempstead
I had a clarion ARX7370R, but it just gave up working so i fitted a kenwood stereo with DAB and is compactable with my phone its the best thing I ever done.