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I am looking at a pumpkin android radio does anybody have one and how do you like it . I am not sure about one as the start up time seems to take ages ,would tasker work it helping it start faster .any help would be great
 

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Startup on my son's from full off is about 15 seconds. That is a bit of a guess as it is't long enough to be frustrating. All I can say is that it does everything it says that it will.

It also has 8 band graphic so is tunable to your speakers.
 

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I recently fitted one of the pumpkin double din and its not bad. Fitting to a 159 was a fiddle - I bought a special fitting kit with a harness adapter, cage and facia as I couldn't initially get the system to work. Its an autoleads kit off Ebay and wasn't cheap at £69. The harness wasn't wired correctly for the pumpkin (or the alfa for that matter) so I had to move switched and permanent live wires around but it wasn't difficult using the old harness and old head unit as a guide but then why fork out for a specialised harness if you still have to mess about? the one thing the harness did give me was a box which converts the CAN signals to something the Pumpkin can understand and now I have steering wheel controls. The facia also doesn't fit the Pumpkin which is a few mm wider so needs to be trimmed. i have made a right mess of that with a dremel so am going to try wrapping it to see if I can improve the appearance. I also found that with the security locking tabs the cage comes with you can't sit the unit far enough back in the cage to sit flush with the dash. I have done away with the security tabs and just bolted the unit into the cage and it sits much better then.

I do still have to sort out the radio as reception is terrible and only locks on to a few stations. A look here (I am posting a question also) suggests that the original HU supplies power to the aerial amplifier or possibly has an amplifier built in which the Pumpkin does not do. I need to find out which so i know whether to buy a special aerial lead which sends power down the co-ax to the aerial or a separate booster.
 

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A member here is selling Android units for a good price.

Be aware that if you buy from abroad you will have import duty to pay on the invoice price. Some sellers will show a smaller cost on the invoice but your insurance then only covers the invoice price.


Double DIN Pumpkin unit here fitted to my son's 147.
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-147-156-andamp-gt/866746-double-din.html


Very good thread here with photos and description fitting a double DIN to a 159.
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa...70-head-unit-stereo-upgrade-instructions.html

Note: do not use pliers to remove the air vents. Use a metal coat hanger, cut it so you have a single length of metal, bend it in a U shape about 2 inches apart and then bend two small legs about 1/4 inch long. Push that behind the vents and use it to hook and pull the vents out. Using pliers will almost certainly break the vents.



And an Android single DIN unit that should be much easier to fit in a 159 as it is single DIN and designed specifically for the 159 but is a lot more money that double DIN. Much easier to fit though..
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANDROID-4...100949?hash=item25abae0ed5:g:m9UAAOSwHnFVzdc-
 
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