Tech Article Title Author Date
B6 Avant Stereo Upgrade (continued) GTakacs 2004

The color match is perfect with the rest of the system. During the day the stereo display is a bit washed out when compared to the rest of the lights, but at night it looks awesome!

After making the bracket I knew that I would not be capable of making a decent trim plate so I paid a stereo shop to make one. It cost $125 and they matched it to the rest of the fiberglass trim in my car. I think it came out pretty good. I know that no aftermarket piece will look as good as a factory radio, but this is as good as it gets when you just have to have an aftermarket HU. The piece is velcroed to the bracket and the HU can't be removed without removing the trim plate first.

Hands-free installation

I just mounted the control module for the hands free phone in the center console on the right side. It uses the center speaker as the speaker, and I have routed the mic into the sunroof control where the OEM hands free adapter microphone would go. Since I had the A pillar trim already removed it was pretty straight forward and easy.

All together and working

My completed setup

This install took me several days and nights to complete, but I will surely get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Would I do it again? You bet! Would I pay a shop to do it? NO WAY! There are just way too many things that can be broken, scratched and not put together right. Call me a worrier, but I rather do the install myself than pay someone to break stuff.

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