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If you plan on keeping the car and upgrading ANYTHING in the future, I'd run four new strands of 16ga. (or so) speaker wire to the stock amp. Unplug the speaker output side of the amp, hook the aftermarket headunit to the stock speakers. Your aftermarket deck will outperform your 20 year old stock amplifier.
You can also get a Metra Part number 70-8590. This will plug into the factory harness in the dash. You will have to turn the stock amp on (blue/white stripe on the 70-8590), but then you will still be limited to the power/quality that the stock amp provides (roughly 10-12 watts RMS). Most decent aftermarket decks will give you about 16-20 watts RMS, plus the quality is better (unless you get a Dual/Kraco/Pyle/etc.). Stick with the name brands, you wont be sorry.
Kasei is right about most radios not looking correct in the dash. Blaupunkt's London, New Orleans, and Kingston all have an adjustable color (4096 colors) and you can match the orange rather well. Decent quality and mp3 capability.
Myself, I dont care about looks, I care more about the quality. Pioneer's pro line Premier makes some good quality decks. I have this one in my E34, and no it doesnt match anything in my car except maybe the color of the headlights :
Good luck on your install. If you have any questions gimme a shout...
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