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Replacing a standard stereo with an aftermarket one


This is my first post on this forum after using the search feature to try and find the answer to my questions, i cannot see anyone who has actually had their questions answered specifically.

Right, as with most other owners of the Laguna II, I have had problems with the GPS / Stereo system. I bought my 2002 Sport Tourer with the screen / GPS not working, but the stereo worked - even though you couldnt see what CD track you were playing / radio station (because the screen was not displaying anything).

So i started off thinking that it was the screen itself that must be faulty, so i bought a new screen and fitted it but that didnt solve the problem! So i did a bit of digging around on the internet (hadnt found this forum at this point!) and decided to replace the GPS CD unit in the glove box. As soon as i plugged the new unit in, the display lit up and displayed a grey background with the time on it, but nothing else!

So i decided to replace the GPS control unit (the bit above the stereo). Once i had replaced this unit, everything to do with the GPS worked fine, but the only 2 languages available to select are German or French!

Here are my questions.

Firstly, does anyone know which specific CD i need to be able to load English language onto the system? I phoned Renault and they said it would be a 30 CD but couldn't assure me it was the right one, and if it didnt work i couldn't have my money back, so i have dismissed that idea!

Secondly, i have given up trying to get the original stereo to work, because i don't think the stereo fitted in the car is the original one that came with the car, although it is a Renault stereo and looks like the same as one that would have been fitted as standard. Speaking to Renault, there are about 5 different part numbers for the stereo's and they all look very similar. So, basically i have decided to rip out the Renault stereo and fit an aftermarket one. However, i don't know what adapters / leads i need to connect it up to the original loom and for use with the steering wheel controls.

The stereo i have got has the standard ISO connectors so i need a ISO - Renault harness, but i cant see one anywhere on the internet - can anyone send me a direct link or if not, a part number? Also, the same applies to the steering wheel controls - is this supported with aftermarket stereo's? if so, part number or direct link would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance and sorry this post is so long!

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It may be worth emailing the company in the link below
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

As far as I know you don't need a Renault to ISO connector because the connectors from the car are actually ISO ones,so they are just plug and play.

As for the hand controls,there are adapters available,but only certain makes of stereo support them.I know Sony and Pioneer do,I'm not 100% sure about others though.I'm pretty sure that none of the aftermarket stereos allow the head up display to work though.I worked on a Lag 2 with an aftermarket Sony head unit in it the other day,and all it came up with SONY,no other info,but then that is all on the front of the radio anyway.

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Yeah i wouldnt be expecting the aftermarket stereo to communicate with the standard GPS / screen, so i am not bothered by that.

The Stereo i am going to be fitting is a Panasonic CQ-C3530N.

I have emailed the people in the link provided and will hopefully get a definative answer from them so i can post it on here for future searches
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If you go to the respective sites of the ICE manufacturers they will have links to all manufacturers wheel adaptors that are supported by their units. The adaptor will plug into the rear of the head unit and run to wherever the wheel controls are connected from the OE head unit. Investigate who will do an adaptor before you purchase an aftermarket HU, i found only Alpine did a suitable one when i went aftermarket on my 9-5.
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