How and what kind of radio can I fit in my corsa S

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I have a Vauxhall Corsa D model, I currently have the touch & connect stereo. I wanted to replace it with a Sony one that has Apple play would anyone who is smart with cars know wether this would fit or what I would need to make it fit. Adapters and fascia brackets ect. Thanks in advance.
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Hi there,

I have a Vauxhall Corsa D model, I currently have the touch & connect stereo. I wanted to replace it with a Sony one that has Apple play would anyone who is smart with cars know wether this would fit or what I would need to make it fit. Adapters and fascia brackets ect. Thanks in advance.
I had a Pioneer double DIN head unit in my old Corsa D. You need a fascia and a cage, but Halfrauds can supply it all.
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Yep, you'll need something like this: Corsa D Fascia and Harness. Pretty standard plug and play - the only extra wiring you'll to do is hook the red wire up to an ignition switched 12V source, and if you want it the unit backlight to dim when you turn on the headlights then you'll need to hook the orange wire up to a 12V source that becomes live when you turn your headlights on.

I have a Sony XAV AV3005DB in my Audi A6. Android Auto/Apple Carplay, bluetooth, and reversing camera input. The only brands worth buying are Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood. Pioneer and Kenwood offer better SQ features but the design of the Sony units and the UI is leagues ahead. Pioneer and (and to a lesser extent, but it still stands) Kenwood units look like they're stuck in 2005. It's a shame because they offer a ton of features but personally I'd rather a unit that looks as close to factory as possible.

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I routed the USB cable under down behind the dash and under the centre console to pop out next to the handbrake under the centre armrest. Keeps my phone nice and tucked away.

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If you get a Sony unit then splice the light green wire into the black wire. It will make the unit think you're parked up and will allow you - sorry, your passengers - to mess with the unit while you're driving.
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Hi there,

I have a Vauxhall Corsa D model, I currently have the touch & connect stereo. I wanted to replace it with a Sony one that has Apple play would anyone who is smart with cars know wether this would fit or what I would need to make it fit. Adapters and fascia brackets ect. Thanks in advance.
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I had a Pioneer double DIN head unit in my old Corsa D. You need a fascia and a cage, but Halfrauds can supply it all.
Do you have a name for any of the stuff that you had brought so I would be able to look into it?
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Yep, you'll need something like this: Corsa D Fascia and Harness. Pretty standard plug and play - the only extra wiring you'll to do is hook the red wire up to an ignition switched 12V source, and if you want it the unit backlight to dim when you turn on the headlights then you'll need to hook the orange wire up to a 12V source that becomes live when you turn your headlights on.

I have a Sony XAV AV3005DB in my Audi A6. Android Auto/Apple Carplay, bluetooth, and reversing camera input. The only brands worth buying are Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood. Pioneer and Kenwood offer better SQ features but the design of the Sony units and the UI is leagues ahead. Pioneer and (and to a lesser extent, but it still stands) Kenwood units look like they're stuck in 2005. It's a shame because they offer a ton of features but personally I'd rather a unit that looks as close to factory as possible.

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I routed the USB cable under down behind the dash and under the centre console to pop out next to the handbrake under the centre armrest. Keeps my phone nice and tucked away.

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If you get a Sony unit then splice the light green wire into the black wire. It will make the unit think you're parked up and will allow you - sorry, your passengers - to mess with the unit while you're driving.
Haha! It looks really good, I don’t have a reversing camera in my car. I just don’t know much about cars and electronics. I’m just trying to find a good touch screen radio with ApplePlay, and those 4 brands you said are the ones I’ve been looking at. I am just unsure what kind of fascia brackets I need, are they universal for radios or cars. Or does it need to fit the exact model of the unit and the car. And are after market head units able to work with new speakers if I get them down the line.
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Do you have a name for any of the stuff that you had brought so I would be able to look into it?
Sorry, no, it's been quite a while.

If you give your local Halfords a ring they can give you the info of the parts you need - that's what I did.
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Haha! It looks really good, I don’t have a reversing camera in my car. I just don’t know much about cars and electronics. I’m just trying to find a good touch screen radio with ApplePlay, and those 4 brands you said are the ones I’ve been looking at. I am just unsure what kind of fascia brackets I need, are they universal for radios or cars. Or does it need to fit the exact model of the unit and the car. And are after market head units able to work with new speakers if I get them down the line.
So aftermarket units are either "single DIN" (old school CD player style stereos), or "double DIN" (touch screen style). You can get non-touch screen double DINs but they're not as common. Single DIN and double DIN are standardised sizes, so you buy a fascia to turn the random sized hole in your dash into single/double DIN. Most fascia kits are double DIN (assuming the hole in the dash is big enough, some cars only have room for a single DIN) and come with a pocket to fill in the gap if you want to use a single DIN with them.

The fascia I linked in my last post will fit your Corsa and allow any double DIN unit to drop right in. One of the reasons to stick with the brands I mentioned before is that they stick to the DIN size standards. Many cheap units straight from China do not conform to these standards and are slightly too large to fit in a double DIN cage.

I'd try and avoid Halfords if possible. The parts are overpriced a lot of the time and it's pure luck whether anyone you speak to in there will actually know anything in detail about car audio. If you do some Googling you may well be able to find a local car audio specialist who will actually know what they're talking about and be able to recommend various parts. They'll still be more expensive than buying from eBay or Amazon but you're paying for their expertise at that point.

Any door speakers under £100 will work with your aftermarket stereo just fine.
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Sorry, no, it's been quite a while.

If you give your local Halfords a ring they can give you the info of the parts you need - that's what I did.
Okay great! Thanks
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So aftermarket units are either "single DIN" (old school CD player style stereos), or "double DIN" (touch screen style). You can get non-touch screen double DINs but they're not as common. Single DIN and double DIN are standardised sizes, so you buy a fascia to turn the random sized hole in your dash into single/double DIN. Most fascia kits are double DIN (assuming the hole in the dash is big enough, some cars only have room for a single DIN) and come with a pocket to fill in the gap if you want to use a single DIN with them.

The fascia I linked in my last post will fit your Corsa and allow any double DIN unit to drop right in. One of the reasons to stick with the brands I mentioned before is that they stick to the DIN size standards. Many cheap units straight from China do not conform to these standards and are slightly too large to fit in a double DIN cage.

I'd try and avoid Halfords if possible. The parts are overpriced a lot of the time and it's pure luck whether anyone you speak to in there will actually know anything in detail about car audio. If you do some Googling you may well be able to find a local car audio specialist who will actually know what they're talking about and be able to recommend various parts. They'll still be more expensive than buying from eBay or Amazon but you're paying for their expertise at that point.

Any door speakers under £100 will work with your aftermarket stereo just fine.
This is really helpful, I never really understood the facsias until now. I’ll look round and find someone local to take a look!
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Yep, you'll need something like this: Corsa D Fascia and Harness. Pretty standard plug and play - the only extra wiring you'll to do is hook the red wire up to an ignition switched 12V source, and if you want it the unit backlight to dim when you turn on the headlights then you'll need to hook the orange wire up to a 12V source that becomes live when you turn your headlights on.

I have a Sony XAV AV3005DB in my Audi A6. Android Auto/Apple Carplay, bluetooth, and reversing camera input. The only brands worth buying are Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood. Pioneer and Kenwood offer better SQ features but the design of the Sony units and the UI is leagues ahead. Pioneer and (and to a lesser extent, but it still stands) Kenwood units look like they're stuck in 2005. It's a shame because they offer a ton of features but personally I'd rather a unit that looks as close to factory as possible.

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I routed the USB cable under down behind the dash and under the centre console to pop out next to the handbrake under the centre armrest. Keeps my phone nice and tucked away.

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If you get a Sony unit then splice the light green wire into the black wire. It will make the unit think you're parked up and will allow you - sorry, your passengers - to mess with the unit while you're driving.
That's quite clean fair play. Did you drill that hole for the USB cable to come through there?
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That's quite clean fair play. Did you drill that hole for the USB cable to come through there?
Thanks! I'm super anal about my car dashboards. I hate stray wires and having to faff with them and them floating all over the dash so I make it a priority to come up with some kind of solution for every car I own.

In this case the USB pigtail from behind the stereo is long enough to terminate under there, so I have a stubby USB to USB-C to plug my phone in. Android Auto gets suuuper picky about how many plugs are in the chain and how long the cable is, along with the quality of the cable. Typically I'd rather have a surface mount USB socket on the centre console behind the handbrake and plug a stubby cable when I want to use it but that doubles the number of connections in the chain and I didn't want to risk instability with my connection. This setup works fine with zero instability issues so far.

I just drilled a small hole in the bottom of the pocket big enough to squeeze the USB C connector through. Then I slit a rubber grommet so I could slip it over the cable and then work it into the hole to give it a reasonably finished look.
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