As cool as the standard radio, tape and cd player were, I just couldn’t keep limping along with a volume control that was either turned to eleven, or nothing. I had to replace it.
The criteria was that it had to be cheap, had to have at least AUX if not Bluetooth, and had to have NZ frequencies without a band expander.
After trawling TradeMe and Facebook for a bit, I stumbled across a near new Blaupunkt Hokkaido 100. I watched it for a couple of days, and when the buy now price was dropped, I pounced.
The Hokkaido 100 is a basic, cheap, mechless (no CD player) unit with Aux, USB and… Bluetooth. Nothing that fancy, but does exactly what I need. Not bad for $35.
Removal of the upper radio housing is quite easy. First, the center dash vents have to be removed. This is done by using a trim removal tool to lever the bottom clips out. The bigger top clips need to be pushed down slightly to completely remove the vents
Once out of the dash the connector for the hazard light switch needs to be disconnected by pressing the little tab and pulling the connector out.
The old radio was removed from the housing, and the replacement installed. I had to scrounge some short screws for this as they were different from what the original radio (and most other radios) used.
Looking good. Everything works, so it was just a case of tucking the wiring back, refitting the housing and remembering to fit the two screws that hold it together (because if you forget, you will need to take the vents out again to do it).
A job well done. Quite easy too. I’ve done other radio installs where you have to remove half the dash to get the radio out, which sucks.