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E_S
10-21-2018, 05:05 PM
Anyone installed an aftermarked head unit? I have the small original one and would like to replace it - I know you have kits for both standard and 2DIN size aftermarket units, but also read about people having problems with blinking odometer, fault codes etc. after removing the factory head unit. Any info on this?

Ricksuiter
10-22-2018, 12:25 AM
It's the standard gas 500 head unit. I know the whole blue and me system I believe runs through it. It's been done. Here's a overview on Crutchfield:

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-seFGwi5Vpve/learn/2012-up-fiat-500.html

Personally, I'd try going the route of retaining the factory head unit and run a line level amp and upgrade the speakers.

EdWRX
10-24-2018, 04:58 PM
Will it reduce the range when installing an aftermarket stereo to the car?

E_S
10-24-2018, 05:34 PM
Will it reduce the range when installing an aftermarket stereo to the car?

Nope. Even a huge stereo system will have the same effect on range as peeing in a swimming pool will have on the water temperature. :)

Ricksuiter
10-25-2018, 01:07 AM
Will it reduce the range when installing an aftermarket stereo to the car?

Unlikely. Making sound from electricity at a level we humans like is a relatively efficient process. It is insignificant next to making a rotation torque to move a car, or heating air for human comfort.

What I would worry about most would be damaging the DC/DC converter. A modest system should not be an issue, but a huge stereo system could potentially be a problem.

Rambo
10-27-2018, 03:23 AM
I'm running the stock head unit and putting a 2000 watts system. The sound is amazing in this little car after some sound deadening and fine tuning from the Equalizer. I haven't notice a dip in my range and I been driving almost 70 miles daily for the past year bumping my tunes. Check out my custom stereo on my post.

chrisbare
11-20-2018, 05:54 PM
What year do you have? I have a 2015 and replaced the stock stereo with a Pioneer MVH-S501BS so I could stream via bluetooth. I also got the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter and wiring harness from Crutchfield.
The removal and install was pretty easy, but I never found the wires to the built-in mic, so I can't make calls through the stereo. It comes with a mic, but I didn't want that sticking out somewhere.
I'm not sure the steering wheel buttons are worth it, but the ones on the back work and the mute button on the left work. The other phone buttons don't do anything useful.
There is a contacts menu that comes up on the dash display, but that only works with the original head unit.

Rambo
12-01-2018, 05:35 AM
I have a 2014 with the stock head unit. To me, I'd go with aftermarket but since I wanted to maintain the stock interior look, I kept the head deck and tap into the amplifier which makes my life even easier. Although, I haven't tap into the Mic, I could but with the Aux Bluetooth available now a days why bother, connect the phone and go.