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Yes, I still use the cassette player in my 04 G. I use it for the cassette adapter that you can buy anywhere. This has honestly been the best method for me to listen to my own music off my iPhone. I enjoy the stock sound of the Bose audio and never really wanted to shell out the cash for a aftermarket audio system. The cassette adapter has worked flawless for me over the last 6 years.

Lately, I've been having an issue where the cassette player will just pop the cassette out whenever the hell it wants, like it has a mind of its own! I put the cassette in and it starts playing on Tape Side 1, then it instantly switches to Tape Side 2, then switch back to Tape Side 1 then pops it out. It used to happen in the past once in a blue moon but now it's gotten so bad that I can't even listen to it anymore because as soon as I pop it back in, it pops it right back out. I've been forced to listen to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus songs on the radio, and quite frankly...I can't take it anymore. I've tried replacing the cassette adapter as well but same results. I uploaded a video of what is happening.

Has anyone else had this issue before? Is it time to just spend the money on an aftermarket system? Arggghh it's sooo frustrating.

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I used to use the tape adapter too and it's a lot better than the different iPod adapters. Mine would try to eject the cassette right away sometimes but I would hold it in place to keep it in and it would be ok.

If your radio needs to be replaced, I'd look for a used one instead of spending the money for a double din. Make sure you get one from the same year as your car and it will help to get the trim piece to make sure everything lines up. Sometimes the cd slot doesn't line up right.

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Thanks for the info Gilley. An entire radio will set me back 300-500

I was looking around and found some aftermarket adapters that would connect to the AUX port on the back of the radio and allow me to connect my iPhone that way along with steering wheel and radio controls as well as charge the iPhone. Has anyone seen this or have it?

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I have the OEM iPhone adapter that I took out of my sedan. It plugs in through the satellite radio port in the trunk. None of the adapters work really well with the first gen radio.

It is this one that I got from everythingg35.com. Another OEM iPod link install (with pics) - G35Driver
I'd sell it for $100 if you want it.

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I have the OEM iPhone adapter that I took out of my sedan. It plugs in through the satellite radio port in the trunk. None of the adapters work really well with the first gen radio.

It is this one that I got from everythingg35.com. Another OEM iPod link install (with pics) - G35Driver
I'd sell it for $100 if you want it.
I see the cord is in the trunk and also it's a old school iPhone connection and not the new lightening cable. Is it a proprietary cable on the other end of the iPhone connector?

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I saw a cassett player from a 04 infiniti coupe being parted out on another g35 parts forum. Give me your email or phone # and I will pass it along to the seller.
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I see the cord is in the trunk and also it's a old school iPhone connection and not the new lightening cable. Is it a proprietary cable on the other end of the iPhone connector?
Yes, it's proprietary so you would have to use a lightning adapter.

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Gilley did you run the iPod cable from the trunk to the front of your car?

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I ran it into the center console of my sedan.

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So to bring this up again...I went ahead and bit the bullet and had a local shop install a AUX input into my G. Long story short - the audio is NOT anywhere near the quality of the cassette tape to AUX or CD quality (both were pretty similar in sound). It sounds very muffled almost to the point to where I don't even want to use it. I think it may have to do with the connection going through the radio input. It's not a wireless transmitter, it's actually hardwired and plays off a FM radio station.

I contacted the shop and let them know about the sound and the owner explained to me that he has installed tons of these in other cars and it always sounds full quality. He offered to have me bring my car back in and he would exchange the entire unit thinking it may be a faulty unit...but no luck. It still sounds the same even with the entire AUX unit he installed replaced with a new one. He offered me a refund but I told him not to worry about it as it was better than nothing.

My next question is...is it possible to just replace the CD and tape portion of the G35 radio's instead of buying the entire unit. I don't know if this will solve my problem of my radio spitting out the tape but it's the last option I have. In the pictures I attached, the circled portion is what I am talking about replacing. I found one on eBay but want to know if anyone has ever done it and if you think it will work. I don't want to buy the unit which is like $300 and it not work and then not be able to return it.

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I have found FM transmitters to be of lesser quality sound from my limited experience. Were the hard wired adapters more expensive? I still prefer the cassette adapter sound over my PAC-Audio ipod adapter.

I have not seen where anyone replaced just the tape player but it might be possible. You might want to look for good used OEM radios.

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Just a quick update to this thread. I found the issue of the cassette not wanting to stay inside the cassette player. It wasn't the actual cassette player (of course not! It's a G!) it was the stupid cassette.

I guess these stupid cassettes that have the 3.5mm connector in them have some gears inside of the actual cassette that make the cassette player think the tape is over and that it needs to be flipped, hence why the player would spit out the cassette.

If you remove these gears (as they serve absolutely no purpose) and close everything back up your cassette player in the car won't think the tape is over and spit it out trying to get you to flip the cassette. It was really that simple!

I've included a picture and circled the gears that need to be removed in case anyone else is having this issue as this may help you.

Ever since I've done this, the tape player hooked up to my iPhone works JUST GREAT and I'm one happy camper!
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Thanks for the update.

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That is pretty strange. I understand how and why tension on a cassette is there and that it triggers the auto-reverse feature to 'flip sides' but to replicate that for an adapter is what you don't want.

Maybe the rubber wheel that is pinched and 'driven' by the player was hanging up or causing more tension than normal.

Tape head cleaners might be that design and maybe those are converted to these adapters. For as inexpensive as they are they are quite ingenious.

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I have an 06 and replaced the stereo 3 times under warrAnty. It finally died again but after warranty expired. I got a ken wood stereo with blue tooth and 3.5mm jack and sub including all adapters and new fitting face plate which has all the ac buttons on it for under 400 at Crutchfield.com. Was easy to replace myself. Just an idea instead of paying the same for an OEM or one removed from another G which may break anyhow. All stereos in Gs regardless of whether are Bose or not are actually made by a cheap company. The Bose just has Bose speakers. This was confirmed by my local Infiniti dealer who I know the guys well.
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