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Aftermarket radio compatible with steering wheel controls?

Discussion in 'Ibiza Mk4' started by melat0nin, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. melat0nin

    melat0nin Full Member

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    Hi all

    I'm looking to replace my Alana radio with something aftermarket with the usual goodies (usb, bluetooth etc).

    Are the steering wheel controls generic? Or is there something in particular I should be looking for to ensure compatibility? It's absolutely key that they work, otherwise there's no point in doing the replacement :bleh:

    Any suggestions welcome :)
     
  2. R3k1355

    R3k1355 Senior Member

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    Yea you can get patch leads to make the controls work, although depending on the stereo you get and the patch lead you sometimes don't always get all the controls.
     
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  4. melat0nin

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    Thanks!

    That's quite a lot of money for the converter -- are there any brands/models of head unit that are compatible by default? Or that you'd recommend generally?
     
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    If an aftermarket unit works with vehicles with analogue steering wheel, does this apply to my Leon MkII?
     
  6. melat0nin

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    Sorry to resurrect this thread, but can anyone recommend an aftermarket bluetooth HU that is guaranteed to work with minimal fuss?

    I was looking at the Kenwood KMM-BT302 which gets decent reviews, but I don't want to buy something only to find that I need to spend a fortune on the converter lead, and/or the controls don't all work!
     
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    So I took the plunge and bought a Kenwood HU (it's mechless, so really shallow and kinda cute :D ), with connections on the back like this:

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    It came with this wiring harness (note the wire labelled "Steering Wheel Remote Input"):

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    The back of the existing Alana unit looks like this:

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    So, do I need the Connects2 cable (CTSST002.2)? I'm a bit confused by the presence of the "steering wheel remote input" wire on the harness that came with the Kenwood HU.
     
  8. R3k1355

    R3k1355 Senior Member

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    You need two cables, there's usually one that plugs into the alana bit and a separate one for the kenwood, those two cables join together and you get (some) steering wheel buttons.

    Kenwood don't make it simple, I had a right mare finding the correct harness for my mates Renault.
     
  9. melat0nin

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    Cool, well I've ordered the CTSST002.2 harness and the Kenwood Patch Lead (http://www.carcommunications.co.uk/...alk-lead-for-kenwood-headunits-ctkenwoodlead2 -- although not from them). Should that be sufficient? There are two Kenwood patch lead options, but with a bit of sleuthing I *think* I've got the right one...
     
  10. R3k1355

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    Yea I think so, the other patch cable usually has a DIN plug on the end and a large connector on the headunit
     
  11. melat0nin

    melat0nin Full Member

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    All fitted and working perfectly :)
     
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    Is this thread still on?
    On the picture of your Seat factory unit you on third connector you have 4 wires ( Purple, black and white are for aux )
    Is the yellow wire for steering controls and is it the only single wire for all controls?
    Asking this since somoone stole my head unit and ripped of my connectors
     

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