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    Guys (& Gals?),

    I have a 2007 Facelift Vectra CDTI SRI and love some of the replacement headunits that I've seen on here. I want to spend around £500 to replace my CD30.

    Would welcome some help from you experts; I will buy a facia in the right colour, have picked up I need that. I also know that I need leads to ensure my Kenwood/Pioneer unit can still be operated by the steering wheel controls and the tool to remove existing stereo.

    However, how easy it is to remove and instal a new unit as a complete novice?

    I am not an idiot , but have not done anything like this before - are there any websites/threads with step by step instructions for me to follow?

    Finally, can anyone give me a complete list of ALL the extra stuff I need to buy (other than the headunit model, which is still to be decided) in order to instal and ensure that the steering wheel controls work too?

    Really finally, I will also be installing bluetooth handfree kit (want it to be part of the headunit I buy) and if I need any extra cables to make this happen, please tell me?

    I look forward to your helpful comments.


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    you will be able to buy the necessary leads to convert standard input to make/model selected and a SOT lead (sound on top lead) for the parrot kit with a feed off of the bottom of the cigar lighter- if you go for a single din you will also need a facia adaptor - very easy to do youself and the money you save (probably between 60-80 quid) can go to the cost of the head unit/carkit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markyboy72 View Post
    Guys (& Gals?),



    Really finally, I will also be installing bluetooth handfree kit (want it to be part of the headunit I buy) and if I need any extra cables to make this happen, please tell me?

    I look forward to your helpful comments.

    A lot of the new Pioneer and kenwood units have the bluetooth biult in nowadays. This would make life a lot easier and possibly cheaper for you. I've got a kenwood bluetooth unit and it's brill, the quality of the phone calls is awesome.....

    As for the fitting if you go for one of these units it is as simple as 1 2 3.

    1. Remove the old unit using some keys, available from your dealer and local motor store
    2. Fit the fascia adaptor in place.
    3. Plug in and fit the new stereo in place.

    Dead easy............

    If i can do it. SO CAN YOU!

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    Definatley do it yourself, quite easy and enjoyable I think !!

    Youc an be proud of yourself then lol :-)

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    This pioneer unit seems very popular. And available for less than £300.00 it's a bargain. Bluetooth and Ipod ready.

    http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/products...0BT/index.html

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    Sorry to hijack the thread with a slightly off-topic question:

    When replacing the factory HU with an after-market one, is it necessary/advisable to disconnect the battery? Also, can the job be done without removing the glove box or is this also necesary? (I plan to fit a steering control adapter on a Pioneer HU)

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    No need to disconnect battery just turn off ignition,hth.......

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    I never disconect the battery.

    Getting the wires behind the radio can be a pain but no real need to remove the glove box. FYI the glovebox only has about 5 torx bolts so takes 30 seconds to remove and pulling the wires behind becomes easier.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Anyone know what size torx screws hold the glove box in? I bought a t25 screwdriver but looks to be fractionally too big.

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