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Hello,

I am looking to replace the headunit in my Brera (with an iPod and BT enabled unit from old GTV) and it seemed straightforward enough having looked through a few threads on here.

However, I removed the existing unit and....how do you take the cage out?! My replacement unit is a Pioneer, so won't seem to fit in the existing cage. However, the cage seems to be screwed in from behind so do I need to remove the entire front dash? If so, how easy is that?

The replacement unit was a single DIN (with a double DIN fascia add-on with tray), but if I really need to go through all the hassle I may just get a new double DIN touchscreen effort. if so, where does everyone put their iPod - through to the glovebox, or through to the armrest unit?

Any help appreciated!
 

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Hello mate,

Haven't done the fitting myself but judging by JB Smith's threads I believe you need to remove the centre console to get the cage off?? Could be wrong.

Most people route the ipod through to the glove box,1) because there's a hole in there to route your ipod lead through, 2) there's a shelf in there which actually fits an ipod and 3) because the centre arm rest is chilled for refreshing tangy drinks and it would probably be messy to drill through the plastic.

Doesn't mean you can't put it in the centre console, you can do what you like.

Personally I've got a Panasonic double din (AVH4200DVD) with the ipod in the Glove box. Works a charm :thumbs:
 

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Hi,

I can confirm you need to remove the centre console to remove the OEM cage from the back. Not as scary as it sounds, the worst bit is trying not to scratch the aluminium trim :eek:

There are threads with pictures on here somewhere, but put simply you need to 1) remove radio (which you've done) exposes one torx screw actually in the radio cage, 2) Remove left and right air vents to expose one torx screw on each side 3) remove gear stick surround (pops off with firm but even force as its only held on by retainer clips). I think this exposes two more torx screws at the base of the console.

Remove these 5 torx screws and the console just lifts off. The cage is held on to the back of the console by 4 screws.

While the console is off you can easily route the ipod cable into the glove box.

Done this all very recently with a Pioneer AVIC unit. Make sure you get a good matching cage and trim. I can also recommend the Connects2 steering control and can-bus connector.

Good luck!! :)
 

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Thanks for the help AwB!

Think I may go for the stereo upgrade if all that is involved, but at least it is fairly straightforward - and not scratching the aluminium is clearly the tricky part.

I am not so bothered about the steering wheel controls - the location of the stereo makes it fairly close - but there didn't seem to be Canbus controls on my car (06 plate Brera). From what I heard that's a good thing as it keeps things much simpler.
 

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^^ Brilliant! I could have used that info a while ago when I reinstalled my system!

One comment though. The pioneer cage I had didnt quite fit the console, so the headunit is almost impossible to fit. If you look closely at the photos in the link, the top of the cage is bowed due to squeezing it into the hole in the dash. So I replaced the cage (fitted by an ICE specialist in my original setup) when I bought an AVIC 920.

Great guide though - makes it look easy :cheese:
 

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any tips on removing the vents, broke one already :cry:
I've recently put a Parrot Asteroid in my Brera and have the official workshop procedure for removing the vents.

1. Snip approx. 12 inches from a wire coat hanger.
2. Using a pair of pliers, bend over about 1cm of one end to form a hook. Make sure the hook is flat enough to easily slide through the vent.
3. Open the vent
4. Slide the hook end of the wire through the very bottom part of the vent.
5. Now use the hook to catch hold of the back end of the vents outer casing. Then pull - you'll feel a small amount of resistance but that's ok.

It should just slide out now as it is only meld there with a couple of pressure clips.

A damage free solution. Although to be fair, the workshop manual says to use a 'special tool' but a coat hanger is just as good.
 

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Hello Higenbs1, I have actually (finally!) got round to putting my old 1 DIN headunit into the Brera. I bought a kit that provides a 2 DIN surround, with room for the stero along with a nice tray that an iPod or phone can slot into. All works great, although the iPhone is a bit big for it.

As for the grey 'gap' on the Pioneer PDF, that just looks a really bad Photoshop job. Mine fits fine, and I am sure a normal 2 DIN unit would also fit great.
 
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