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The truth about factory stereo replacement ??
Just joined this evening - feel welcome already.
I drive a 2004 Laguna Dynamique ( 04 plate ).
The stereo is the original factory supplied model.
Recently the CD has started skipping. I was considering replacing it with a newer, MP3-ready model ( maybe also with iPod connectivity ).
HOWEVER, I used to drive a 1997 1.8 RT. I distinctly remeber asking my local Renault dealer about a stereo swap on this older car and was told in no uncertain terms that only a Renault-supplied model would be suitable ( i.e. would work with the satellite/stalk control ) and would set me back in the region of £500...
What with a satellite and a separate LCD display on the newer Laguna's dashboard I suspect that the dealer's assertion may be even truer today than it was a few years ago.
Therefore I was wondering if you guys could clarify the true position re: replacing the factory stereo.
(by the way, I'm not interested in a CD autochanger )
i) Was the dealer right ?
ii) If so, is replacing it yourself a realistic proposition ( either DIY or via e.g. a Halfords-style "fiiting included" deal )
iii) Will the satellite and remote display work ?
iv) Are there specific makers / models to avoid in the case of the new Laguna
v) When all is said and done, is it better to get a Renault dealer to do it for me.
Looking forward to any advice you can offer, especially if you've changed your stereo and lived to tell the tale.