Spider Hifi/ICE upgrade
I have read quite a bit on the forum regarding Hifi/sat nav/Bluetooth fitted to the Spider/Brera and the associated problems. When I got my Spider I really wanted a Bose system, but as that was not fitted to the 2.4 diesel I had to settle for the standard system.
To cut a long story short, I pulled it all out and replaced with an aftermarket. When you remove the factory fitted speakers you can see clearly what utter rubbish they are.
The head unit is a Kenwood double din with satnav, Bluetooth and iPod connection. Replacement 6.5 inch speakers in the door and tweeters in the dash. I removed the passenger seat and carpet in order to run the wires to the back of the car. Below the removable bottom panel where the roof stows there is enough space to fit a 4 channel 800w amplifier. I also removed the rear interior panel and fitted 3 inch replacement rear speakers. I also fitted a compact amplified sub speaker in the boot, which fits snuggly underneath the panel in the front area of the boot. I did however make an MDF insert to cover the unit in case it got damaged as you put stuff in the boot. Phone mic sits on the instrument cowling behind the steering wheel and the iPod sits in the glove box. Its touch screen and everything is controlled through the head unit including the iPod.
The whole exercise is really quite straight forward, and is relatively easy when you have the roof down making easy access to most of the car. You do however need to remove the passenger seat and carpet on the passenger side so that you can clip in all of the many wires you need to run front to back.
Needless to say, the whole system sounds fantastic and well worth the effort. The Kenwood unit has variable colours so it is set to red to match the rest of the Alfa instrument display. Looking at it you would not know it was not an Alfa factory fit. At some point I will change the background wallpaper so it has the Alfa badge which should make it look even better.