Hi Simon, et al
Please be very careful when taking the door trim out as it is tricky to get the cap off the door handle. During the recent repair of my car, the guys at the panel shop tried to prise the cap off using a screw driver, and in the process damaged the inner door handle. They had to fork out A$590 for a new door trim from Alfa Romeo, as a new door handle can not be purchased seperately!!!!
My local Alfa service guy tells me that the safest way to pull off the door trim is to "DRILL" into the small cap on the handle to expose the screw underneath. A replacement cap is only A$12, and a much cleaner way to pull the door trim off.
I still am curious as to how the owner's manual could show diagrams of one thing and the real scenario being so different.
Alfa 147 CD Autochanger Installation
* Blaupunkt CDC-A08 CD Autochanger (The CDC-A08 is about £170 in the UK.
I believe the factory fit option is £385)
* 1 x insert for CD to head unit connector (a car audio or electrical
supplier should be able to supply something suitable)
* Self-adhesive Velcro hook tape
* Cross-head screwdriver
Head unit extractors (U shaped wire loops to fit the holes in the front
panel) If you don't have this, your local Alfa dealer can extract
the headunit for you.
Stiff wire e.g. coat hanger wire
This should take about one hour. No modifications are necessary to the
car. The changer will sit on the boot floor but can easily be removed
if it gets in the way. Obviously, I accept no liability for any injury
or damage incurred following these instructions.
1. Extract the head unit from the dashboard
2. The top connector on the back of the head unit consists of several
parts clipped together, there should be a blue part with no wires.
Unplug the whole connector (don't worry, you won't have to re-enter the
radio code or anything) separate the blue part.
3. The cable supplied with the autochanger is an exact match for the
blue part of the connector but has two flying leads for the battery and
earth supplies. These are for after-market installations but the 147's
head unit has these connections in the blue connector. Tape the brown
earth wire out of the way. Crimp the red battery wire into the extra
insert and push it in to the one blank socket in the blue connector.
4. Attach the blue connector to the rest of the head unit connector and
re-insert in the head unit.
5. Connect the other end of the autochanger cable to the changer. The
head unit will automatically recognise the changer and it should now
play. Testing over, switch the radio off and disconnect both ends of the
6. Now the fun part - routing the cable through the car. Remove the
trim panel from below the steering wheel. Poke the changer end of the
cable behind the dashboard until it comes out near the fusebox. Pull
most of the cable through leaving plenty to reach the head unit.
7. Remove the screw holding the front end of the sill trim panel and
pull the door seal off along the bottom edge. Now poke the cable through
from the fusebox side and in to the top of the sill trim panel. Pull
the cable through and lay it into the channel revealed by removing the
8. Lift the rear seat cushion and remove the two screws holding the
carpet down near the B pillar. Take a straight length of stiff wire and
push it through from behind the B pillar towards the front following the
existing wiring looms that run under the pillar trim. Tie the wire to
the end of the changer cable. Pull the changer cable through to the
under seat area with the wire.
9. Again following the existing looms, push the changer cable under the
rear seat back. It will probably come out in the spare wheel well.
10. Remove the spare wheel cover and the tie down loop from the rear
corner of the floor. Route the changer cable alongside the existing
loom, up behind the trim panel and out of the tail lamp access flap.
11. Replace the tie down loop and spare wheel cover.
12. Stick Velcro hook tape to the bottom of the CD changer to stop it
sliding around and place it in the corner of the boot.
13. Connect the changer cable to the changer and re-insert the head
unit connector. Test the changer again.
14. Replace the two carpet screws by the B pillar, the door seal, the
one sill trim panel screw and the trim panel under the steering column.