The In-Car Cassette Deck Lives On; For One More Year

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
2005 Ford Crown Victoria LX.

For everyone out there despondent about the news that cassette decks will no longer be available in new cars, you’ve just been granted a reprieve. We are happy to announce that there’s still hope for your extensive collection of tapes from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

It turns out that the Crown Victoria still comes with a cassette player as part of its entertainment package. But, we’ve got some bad news, and some more bad news. The bad news is the Crown Vic will end production later this year, so if you really want the cassette deck in your new car, you need to get one before the year is out. The other bad news is it’s only available as a fleet sale. Now all you have to do is convince your boss to buy it as a company vehicle and you’ll be set.

For the bulk of us, it looks like the end of an era is upon us. What are you going to do with your cassette tapes?

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  • Debbie baker Debbie baker on Dec 12, 2011

    I think it is terrible that there are no cassette decks available for use in vehicles. I have an extensive collection of cassettes that I recorded from my favourite LP records of the 1970's and since. Most of the music from those Lp records are not available on CD. And while I was in the (somewhat tedious) process of copying the songs onto CD's, the various CD players "died". CD players are simply not as durable as the cassette decks. Oh sure, I know the tape and wheels in the cassettes eventually wear out, but they are still much more durable than CD's. I have had the "film" peel off a CD within months of burning it.... New is not necessarily better. I guess this is the built-in-obsolescence and corporate greed again...