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Hi Azurael

I'm trying to install the PC99 adapter too. Can you describe how to run the cable from from the facia display down to the headunit? It's such a tight fit behind and around the climate control.

The instructions that came with the adapter has the following written in caps at the very bottom: "YOU WILL NEED TO REMOVE THE DASHBOARD TO INSTALL THE ADAPTER" These Autoleads people must be insane! Please tell me that I don't have to do that!

BTW does anybody know how to remove the cubicle under the radio (I think it's for a CD changer). If I can get this out of the way I might be able to get my hand up under the CC.

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I never had to do that, since mine doesn't have a screen!

It's a pre-04/97 model and the cable for the steering wheel controls was just another slightly differently keyed ISO connector that I found laying in the bottom of the stereo area of the dashboard along with those for the speakers and stereo itself.

The little cubicle under the stereo is easily removed - there are tabs around the inside edge at the front - if you bend these in, the tray should pull out quite easily. I had a lot of cabling to go in behind the dashboard and had to have the tray out while I pushed the stereo in so that I could spread out the cabling sufficiently to allow the stereo to slot in properly (there wre a lot of cables behind mine as I have all the wiring harness for the steering wheel controls, the bluetooth unit as a seperate device with a thick cable, and the iPod connectivity (which I ran into the back of the little tray, which is now used as an 'iPod cubby hole')

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Finally got around to give it at another go at installing. This time with succes!

When running the cable from the clock to the HU, I this time aimed for the footwell and the cable end emerged just above the gas pedal with no problem at all. From there it was a simple job to route the cable behind the centre console to the space behind the HU.

I had the same problems you describe regarding the huge bundle of cables. It really takes a lot of fiddling to make enough room for the unit to be pushed fully into to console.

I've been trying to remove the cubicle by pushing and pulling on the tabs but so far with no succes. When I look in the Haynes manual it would seem that it's held in place by screws concealed by the lower center console (the part with gear changer and handbrake etc.). Perhaps phase 1 and 2 differs on this point.

But changing the HU is really woth it though. I have installed a 4x55 W Pioneer unit and even with the original speakers the sound is a huge step up from the OEM Phillips unit.
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