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    2018 Abarth Uconnect Replacement

    Just wanted to post about my recent replacement of the 5.0 unconnected. I had a lot of questions and concerns before installing and had a lot of trouble finding answers. I wanted to answer your questions if you have any. I ended up installing the following

    maestro RR with CH3 harness
    sony xav-av219
    satellite radio tuner using factory antenna
    hooked up factory USB port to new headunit

    This replaced the 5.0 uconnect with factory nav and beats sound system.

    Let me know if you have any questions about the install, everything went really smoothly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmark View Post
    Just wanted to post about my recent replacement of the 5.0 unconnected. I had a lot of questions and concerns before installing and had a lot of trouble finding answers. I wanted to answer your questions if you have any. I ended up installing the following

    maestro RR with CH3 harness
    sony xav-av219
    satellite radio tuner using factory antenna
    hooked up factory USB port to new headunit

    This replaced the 5.0 uconnect with factory nav and beats sound system.

    Let me know if you have any questions about the install, everything went really smoothly!
    Whatís the NAV, built into the Sony? What features were lost from stock headunit, daytime running lights? Anything else? Pictures are good - showing the finished install, look in good light - maybe some screen shots. Rear view camera?

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    Love to see photos of your new system install in the car. All the OEM steering wheel control still function?
    Did you have to modify the dash board? Was it a prefect fit?
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    There's no Nav built into the Sony head unit, however apparently you can tap into the factory nav antenna (though I didn't look into it much since I planned on using CarPlay for Nav). Maestro sells the Nav1 attachment which allows pass through of that functionality. All original features were kept from the factory head unit except for daytime running lights. I set them to "on" before I did the swap and have no intentions of ever changing the setting. The factory Mic is also impossible to tap into I've heard, I ran a new one and it sits just above the mirror. This seems to work quite well as Siri dictates perfectly. I also lost functionality of the factory AUX jack near the cupholders, though I'm sure you could retrofit something if desired. Additionally this head unit allows for CDs and DVDs to be played, I simply grounded the parking brake wire to bypass the necessity of having the parking brake turned on (though I wouldn't ever use this while driving, I just don't want to put the parking brake up in order to get features).

    The install was actually quite easy, I followed the maestro wiring guide and everything went together without any hiccups. I was a bit concerned originally because the Maestro unit doesn't list the 2018 Abarth as a supported model, however they list the 500 "all trims" as supported. They also don't mention the Beats audio system and was a bit concerned that the factory amp would interfere (however after a quick email to idatalink, they confirmed it will work with the beats audio). Everything fit well and I didn't have to trim any plastic in the dash to make the new unit fit (was told that might be necessary, luckily the Sony headhunt I picked is a bit shorter than a full double din behind the screen and allows for a bit extra room to tuck wires / allow for the plastic piece behind the dash to clear it).

    I used this YouTube video to dismantle the dash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsVmDAyDFU
    and at 1:34 you can see a clear view of the USB running to the factory head unit. Fortunately for us, this is just a male usb mini. I was able to get a female mini to usb type A male converter and that plugged right into the Sony head unit. This retained all functionality of the factory USB jack on the floor near the cup holders. In this shot you can also see a white plug and yellow plug running to the back of the factory radio. The yellow is the wire for the sat radio (something I couldn't really find information about). The white connector is for the radio antenna (which will need a Euro conversion wire).
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    All OEM steering wheel controls were kept via the Maestro RR unit (super easy to configure using their flashing software). The only thing is that I mixed up the middle round button function button on the backside of the steering wheel so now the one on the left side changes source, and the one on the right goes to next preset. This is more my fault than anything and will just take some time getting used to, but doesn't limit functionality. The voice control now summons Siri which is great, being able to ask for directions or for music has been a dream come true!

    As mentioned before, there was no modification of the dash to fit the head unit. Everything was a perfect fit. The Metra dash kit slid right in and connected easily. Also as mentioned before, modifications to the dash are dependent on the radio purchased. Get one that's a little more shallow and you won't have to cut a couple plastic tabs inside the dash.

    This is the only photo I took while doing the install, but gives an idea of how many wires you need to fit!

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    Here are some pics of the finished install.

    CarPlay:
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    Sony head unit home screen (with customized background)
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    "track pack" gauges (Maestro T-Harness connects to the OBDII for this functionality: Actually quite impressive as it shows 0-60, breaking distance, 1/4 mile, intake temp, fuel%, and more)
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    Rear back up camera screen (factory lines are still available and move when turning)
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    I'll also add a list of items I purchased for the install to complete the job.

    -iDatalink Maestro RR interface module: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794ADS...ce-Module.html
    -iDatalink Maestro HRN-RR-CH3 T-Harness: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794HRR...-required.html
    -iDatalink Maestro Sat1 adapter (for retaining factory SXM antenna): https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794ANT...stro-SAT1.html
    -Sony XAV-AX210SXM (same as XAV-AX210, but comes with Sirius XM tuner which will be necessary even with integration with factory antenna): https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794ADS...ce-Module.html
    -Metra 95-6544B Dash Kit: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_120956...tte-Black.html
    -40EU-55 Antenna Adapter: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_12040E...a-Adapter.html
    -USB mini female to USB A male: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Grand total for the job: ~$750


    Again please ask if you have any questions whatsoever and I'll try my best to answer them about my specific install. I had a lot of concerns going into it and was hoping I didn't run into any weird problems. I'd love to help anyone with their install questions. My specific model was the 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth with Beats Audio, and Factory Nav / Satellite radio.
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    That system looks really nice. Does that unit incorporate Apple CarPlay, and Android auto? It looks like it does. If so, you really don’t need navigation unit. Is the rear camera wired, or Bluetooth. It looks like there’s still a CD player too. Are your using the OEM usb slots.

    Thank You for sharing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    That system looks really nice. Does that unit incorporate Apple CarPlay, and Android auto? It looks like it does. If so, you really donít need navigation unit. Is the rear camera wired, or Bluetooth. It looks like thereís still a CD player too.
    The head unit supports CarPlay and Android Auto. Google maps and Apple Maps will blow away any factory nav that I've seen anyway so getting rid of the stock maps was no issue for me. The rear camera is actually the stock 2018 supplied backup camera. This head unit does add a CD player as well as it will play DVD videos.

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    Tmark, do you still have you old OEM head unit? That supports a rear camera. TVmasters, is looking for a 2018 one. for his 2017 car. You might want to contact him. Make a deal selling him your old factory unit.

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    ya, this would be worth chatting over for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvmaster View Post
    ya, this would be worth chatting over for sure
    I do have the original head unit. I think I want to hold onto it for a bit, just to make sure everything is working for me long term, and then maybe I'd part ways with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmark View Post
    I do have the original head unit. I think I want to hold onto it for a bit, just to make sure everything is working for me long term, and then maybe I'd part ways with it.
    Cool - and it's from a 2018 with rear view and factory nav, correct? Can you do me a favor and either post or PM me a photo of the unit you removed, say one of the back panel showing all the connector points, and one of the manufacturer's label, showing the model number, info etc.? If you decide not to sell yours, then I can use that info to hunt down the correct one elsewhere.

    Oh, regarding that faceplate you installed surrounding the Sony - did it also come in shiny, piano-black like the old radio?

    thanks

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