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Ive got on of the Renault/Philips 22DC258/62B radios with 'Tuner list' written on the front in my X-reg Kangoo. I also have a Kenwood CD changer, a KDC-C465. Now I am told that the radio has CD-Changer compatability. My problem is that the only place I can see where I can stick the changers cable in the back is next to what looks like the Stalk/console display plug. Its the one with 8 holes in a 3-2-3 formation in a square hole. Now the cable from the CD changer is 13 pin in a 4-4-4-1 formation in a round plug.
Is there any way I can get a cable that would work my CD changer from the radio header unit?
The Kenwood header unit is full of coffee hence why I havent just put that in the kangoo.
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There's no industry standard on CD changer connectors or the protocols that the head units use to talk to them. Even if you could get a plug to fit, the head would be talking to the changer in a protocol that it wouldn't understand.

But if you're lucky, you might find an interface box available. These are third-party devices that sort out the connector issues and translate the protocols. A quick Google search for "Renault Kenwood CD changer interface" turns up quite a lot of hits. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be for pages with lots of options on them (e.g. "Renault to Blaupunkt" and "Rover to Kenwood") so that they match the seach criteria but don't help you much. Still, it might be worth your time digging around them all.

If an interface is available, then it'll probably set you back 50 quid or more. Be sure to look into the possibility of just replacing the changer with one that's actually compatible with the OEM head. They might not be as expensive as you think.
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