Care & Feeding - Replacing the Standard Radio
The radio installed in the DMC-12 uses standard shaft-style mountings and can readily be replaced. The radio in my 83 DMC (the ASI one) is already pretty good and I keep it for the sake of originality. I cant say anything about the performance of the Craig radio installed in the 81s, although early cars suffered from poor radio performance in large part due to the inadequate windshield antenna. The windshield antenna was replaced by an aft mounted electric antenna in later cars. Should you do a swap, you should keep the radio as it is pretty spendy. A new original radio costs around $500.