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Hi there!

I replaced my Radio/Cassette player with an Alpine CD Head Unit - and boy was it a pain in the butt!

Here's what I was said recently on ClubClio's website, when somebody like your good-self wanted to do the same as you...

Hi looking for a little help. I have a clio 1999 and i am trying to find a stereo that fits to the in car display and the steering controls scoured the internet with no success!! be grateful for any advice. Thanks


Hate to say it, but try halfords, although they will usually charge an arm and a leg, plus a couple of ribs

i had a go at doin tha steerin wheel control thing, but managed to blow a 30 amp fuse by connectin tha rong wires!!! dont even think its possible in most cases!

I Wrote on the same topic:

Hi there!
Regarding your 1999 Clio, I also have a 1999 Clio and after originally removing my Renault/Philips CD Tuner,
I opted for an Alpine CD Tuner - I originally bought it from Halfords (in a sale at the time with free fitting), but the Idiots at Halfords could install the Radio, but were unable to link it with the steering wheel controls!

They apparently tried 2 different set of leads to link it and had my car in twice trying to connect it, but to no avail!

I got a refund on the leads I bought at the same time and went to a local In car Audio specialist and using the same leads they got it working within an hour!!! - That included having to remove the top part of the dashboard to install it properly! Only good thing that came out of it all was I complained about the level of service I got from Halfords and they sent me £50 worth of vouchers that nearly covered the cost of installation with the other installers (used it for my service bits n' pieces!)

My Alpine Tuner can be controlled fully by the remote steering control, however the in dash display does not function (but was told this was quite common by the audio installers) - however everything is displayed on the tuner's screen anyway.

Regarding the leads required - if I remember correctly, the set of leads needed for this Alpine Tuner was an Autoleads PCX9901 (I was told that what did cause a minor problem was that although my Clio was registered as a 1999, my car was produced in 1998 and had a very slightly different "Control Box/Brain" for the radio control (I believe they used a >1998 control box with the 1999> leads to make it work - but don't quote me on it!)

Incidentally, I also replaced the front door speakers with Alpine SXE 1325S Speakers (same size as original speakers) and rather than crudely wiring them up, I purchased a set of Autoleads PC2-805 Speaker adaptor leads (Package says they're for VW, Audi & Vauxhall - but they work on MK2 Ph1 Clios also)

Sorry my answer's long winded and hope it's some kind of help? Wouldn't go to Halfords for installation if you want steering wheel control - but perhaps only my local Halfords is run by incompetents!?

Good luck!

I hope this gives you some idea of what could happen?

I suppose it'll depend on what make of CD Head Unit you want and it's compatibilty with Steering wheel control - some people use Kenwood or Sony, or JVC - best advice would either go to a reputable car audio installer in your area and have a chat with them before commitment (NOT Halfords!!!!!) - or the easy less flashy method of getting steering wheel compatible CD player in your car would be to search eBay and find a Factory Original (for your age of car) - they should just plug in and play - I had a factory radio/cassette and then a factory radio/CD player before my Alpine unit and I changed them over in a matter of minutes and worked fine with the controls.

Please also bear in mind that putting in a new CD player in the car with steering wheel control will also involve a lengthy (and costly) removal of the top of the dashboard to get at certain pieces of wiring and even when installed - these Autoleads patchleads/adaptors are a hit-and-miss affair - they either work or they don't - it took 3 attempts to get mine to work - you have been warned!

Please also note that if you have the in-dash display on the top of your dash that shows the radio station etc - more often than not, you either lose this function (I did with my Alpine) or all you get is the brand name of the CD unit you have installed. All relevant details would be on the CD unit's display anyway!

My advice if you just want a standard CD player - get a factory fitted one and save the hassle!

Apologies for a long "quick" reply - but it's not something that can always be answered in a few words!

Hope my experiences will be of help????

Good luck with your decision!

Gary (BeanoClio)
Currently in BeanoClio's garage:
1999 Renault Clio Mk2 Ph1 1.4 8V RT

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