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2002 Volkswagen Passat, Door Speaker Upgrades, Suggestions?


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mark o 
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Posted: May†19, 2021 at 3:32 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote mark o
First post! My daily driver, a 2002 Passat GLS wagon has been fine for listening to the radio, but for music itís just fair. I replaced the dead factory head unit with Alpineís iLX-W650, and Iím pretty happy with it, but the factory speakers are nearly 20 years old and one rear midwoofer is completely out. Iím not sure if itís the driver or the factory amp.
My goal, if you could help me, is to replace the front and rear door speakers with moderately good drivers(raw drivers are preferred from a cost to performance ratio). Iíve been out of the car audio biz for so long, I feel a little stupid. Iím not really interested in a sub/ sat three way system, but would be willing to add a small amp if thatís the best way to go. Iím not trying to scare the neighbors, just improve the listening experience in the car.
First on my list is replacing the midwoofers. Suggestions?
Iím retired from car audio installing for a living, but I havenít forgotten everything I learned.
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Hi there. Any 6" to 6.5" component set should drop in. Be sure to remove one of the OEM woofers and check depth so you can choose replacements that will fit.
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i never give product advice since speakers are a personal preference item and like mentioned there 6.5 speakers and there is a million to choose from. Advice I will give is be very careful pulling the door panels, with it being a 2002 there is gonna be some from of dry rot and the panels and they will crack easily along with any of the window modules/door lock switches also brake easily. You will need 1' speaker spaces for the new speakers. The factory speakers are riveted to the door so you have to drill them out.
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