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Pioneer 5200NEX with 2 12" subs in a 2016 Fiat 500 for less than $100
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    Pioneer 5200NEX with 2 12" subs in a 2016 Fiat 500 for less than $100

    Less than $100 doesn't include the unit or any speakers, which are still stock.

    I installed this Pioneer Avic 5200NEX DVD GPS playermyself about a year ago. I had just bought the unit for $750 and installed in my 2004 Civic, of which the hybrid battery finally died out and I couldn't pass emissions without it, so I bought a Fiat. That's the back story of why I decided to take this journey. Everything works as it should, no ODO blinking and I still have control over locks, lights, etc. The only thing I've lost is the steering wheel controls, which I can live without. I tried a couple steering wheel control modules, but they didn't work as I figured because they didn't have one for the '16 Pop when I did this. The only thing that was my fault as far as damages go, was I burnt out the OEM power wire to the stereo, which was simple to rerun all the way to the under hood fuse box. Damn illumination wire, I think, but it's sorted now.

    To be fair, I sought out professional help with more than one local company, and a few well known ones online also, and nobody would touch it- except of course Fiat, for $4200. I HATED that Uconnect. It's like technology from when portable GPSs were the hot new thing.

    So, being that the car just came out, there were no guides whatsoever and the only wiring guide I managed to get didn't accurately match the harness wiring nor the wiring diagram that comes on the Uconnect unit itself- and that didn't match every wire on the harness either, lol. It was scary, but I might be too confident, too ballsy or just dumb enough to try it.

    I still have a gap around the unit itself cause the dash is molded to the Uconnect shape and there are no kits I've found, but I haven't bothered to look lately. Every thing else works perfect.

    I wired everything from the vehicle to the corresponding wires with the Pioneer unit, and then wired the positive and negative power wires separately to the Uconnect unit, of which I built a box for and mounted it under the driver's seat. Then, I ran into the old blinking ODO and when I'd start the car, the clock would be showing the time it was when I cut the car off. So to solve this, I wired the CAN C bus positive and negative from the vehicle to the Uconnect. I've never had to, but if I need to adjust something, I can still do it.

    Forgive the junk in my boot in the video. I'd just unloaded after a 2200 mile road trip. The gap around the unit is something I think I'll have to have custom made. Any ideas?

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    Last edited by Newfiatowner; 10-04-2018 at 04:56 PM. Reason: Broken video link

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    DAAAAANG! Impressive! You're the only one I've seen replace the Uconnect radio with something in our tiny little 2016+ FIATs. Great job! What do you plan on doing with the gap around the unit? I'm thinking of replacing the crappy Uconnect as well and the lack of a fascia kit is holding me back a little bit, too.

    Also, do you have any tips on removing the stock radio?

    Edit:
    Found 2015+ double din fascia kit: http://www.connects2.co.uk/Product/ProductItem/CT23FT31
    Here's a video of it in action:
    Last edited by problem_417; 10-27-2018 at 03:19 PM. Reason: Added fascia kit and video (in german)

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    Thanks! It was quite a feat. Fiat doesn't like it, so if you do it, be aware they may grill you for it if you ever take your car to them for anything.

    That fascia looks nice. I tried to find it on the site, but I don't speak German. I'll look a little more later. Be careful buying from some sites cause some don't differentiate between, let's say, the 500 pop and the 500x. And they're different. Found that out the hard way. I was pricing local shops that make custom car parts. They take exact measurements. It's a little pricey, so if you find one online that matches, go for it!

    To remove the stereo is pretty easy. You take out by hand the panel that has all the A/C knobs on it. No screws, just pull it out. Then there's 4 25T(?) screws that hold the stock fascia. Then 2 more 25T(?) screws and it pulls out. There's two harnesses and the antenna in the back of the stock system. Make sure you disconnect the battery before messing with the wires. On top of the stock stereo, there's a wiring schematic. I found mine was inaccurate. I actually hardwired my stereo into the vehicle which anyone in this type of area will strongly advise against doing. I did take a big chance, admittedly.

    Here's a wiring schematic that is accurate that I managed to finagle from a friend.

    2016 ABARTH-AUDIO-SYSTEM---PREMIUM.pdf

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    Definitely sounds like typical dealership mumbo jumbo.

    I found the fascia on eBay... a little pricey, but... looks cost money!

    An expensive one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/CT23FT31-Double-Din-Fascia-Panel-Adaptor-Black-for-Fiat-500-2015-Onwards-/372396045154?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTa bs_0
    A less expensive one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/CT23FT34-Do...dqQA:rk:1:pf:0

    From what I can tell, both part numbers are compatible with our cars (2015+ Fiat 500). In the youtube video in my prior post, someone comments that the fascia kit in the video is CT23FT31 and the car looks like a Fiat 500 (vs 500x). But again, who knows who you can trust. CT23FT31 looks like it has a glossy finish vs CT23FT34. I'm leaning towards the glossier finish.

    Thanks for the instructions. I may do it, or I might just drop by my local shop who mentioned they also have a very trusted supplier.

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    Found another fascia kit, I have it installed in my 2017 fiat 500 abarth and not a perfect fit, but for the price ($20ish), it is worth it: Metra 95-6544B. The part comes matte black, but my local audio shop made this glossy black to match the rest of my dash. This part also fits the 2016 Fiat 500s.

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