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I have returned to the Renault Stable after many years (last time was with a 2.2 Renault 25!) and pick up a second hand Laguna 1.9 DCi Authentique (2001) on Thursday.

Didn't really pay much attention to the CD head unit in the vehicle or can I remember if it has steering wheel controls. Can anyone tell me what the factory fitted units are like on this model? I love my music so need reasonable quality!

The next part is to ask what happens if I want to replace this unit with a non-standard? There is the top of dash display which I think shows the station? Would I loose that with a non-Renault unit? What about the wheel controls?

However, if I keep the head unit which is already there (assuming the sound quality is OK), how do i go about adding a CD changer - does it have to be Renault?

Thanks for the hlep in advance - any other tips on my new motor greatfully recieved!
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Hi , I have an Laguna 2 1.8 Expession and the CD unit in mine is fine . If you change the head unit you will loose the display and any steering wheel controls , if you want a CD changer I suggest you look on ebay . you may be able to fit a seperate Boot changer of other makes , the last time I neede this kind of info for a Peugeot I asked at my local Halfords the were very helpfull.
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I'm no audiophile, but I think they have certainly improved the speakers a great deal when going from the Laguna I to the II. The quality of the head unit seems to be a lot better too, though definitely nothing to write home about. Crank it up, and it'll distort to hell well before it makes your ears bleed.

If you're serious about an upgrade, then a head unit swap is probably the way forward - then see if the speakers can cope with it. The good news is that it's a standard DIN-E unit with ISO wiring, so it should be pretty much 'plug & play.'

Some stereo manufacturers have optional interfaces to allow the remote and external display to work. Shop around and see what's available, but ask yourself if these really are essential features before paying too much extra for them. I swapped the Blaupunkt in my first (M reg) Laguna for a Kenwood radio/cassette/10 disc changer system that I already had, and didn't miss the remote control or display one bit.

I looked into it a while ago, and you can buy interfaces to connect certain brands of CD changer to the standard head unit. Some of the interfaces work with 10 or 12 disc changers, but the head unit will still only let you play the first 6 discs. Second-hand proper Renault/Alpine 6 disc changers crop up occasionally on eBay too, though I doubt they come with the cable, and I don't think it's fitted as standard on cars that come without the changer.
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OK guys, got the car yesterday and the CD player / radio quality is spot on. However, the comments regarding lack or extreme volume seem correct. I get trim vibration at louder volumes - anyone have this problem?
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The same here with the vibrations ( especially rear speakers ). But can't fault the carbasse tuner list stereo. Its the trim reverbing at certain low freq.s the annoys me to hell. Turning off loudness and keeping bass at +7 helps as you can listen louder without the rattles but thinking I must get around to putting some foam in certain places to solve it.

Who's thinking we should put together a how to for audio installs ??

I have a friend to runs so will be getting him over for a chat and see if I can get some tips with pictures for you all.

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