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Adding an aux in to CD30 MP3

Discussion in 'Car Audio / Electrical / Security / Diagnostic Related' started by AmazingSteve, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. AmazingSteve

    AmazingSteve New Member

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    Hi all, this is my first post here and i'm looking for some help and information.

    I've just bought an 07 plate Corsa Design with a CD30 MP3 headunit in it.

    I want to add a 3.5mm aux in for my MP3 player (not an iPod) while maintaining the standard fit HU so that the car retains it's look (which I like) and so that I can keep the use of the steering wheel controls for normal CD/radio usage. I've done some searching on this forum and elsewhere already and there seems to be a few different options.

    I'm ruling out a wireless FM transmitter as I've had previous bad experience with one.

    What is the Dension FM modulator sold by Vauxhall like in terms of sound quality?

    I also have a bluetooth capable phone so would be interested in any handsfree systems that can integrate with the existing OEM stereo. Can anyone offer any recommendations along those lines?

    I guess my ideal solution would be a handsfree bluetooth that also has an aux in but that might be asking a little too much!

    I've checked and the car does not already have an aux in down by the cup holder unfortunately.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. ninjabob

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    seems your in the same situation as me then steve!.if you remove the small storage compartment on the center console behind the handbrake you should find a loom looped back on itself with 3 holes in.if you have one of these looms you can buy the aux socket from vauxhall for about £14 then get it "tech 2"from vauxhall too. ive bought the socket but not had it tech 2 yet but i believe that thats all i need to get done
     
  3. AmazingSteve

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    Forgive the newbie question, but what exactly does 'tech 2' mean/involve? :)
     
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    Tech 2 is a machine that the main Vauxhall dealers use to find faults and also programe the cars with if you know what i mean.
     
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    I see, so they need to do some trickery to make the HU accept an input from this unused cable in the centre console. And no doubt that'll cost an hour's labour!

    So, ninjabob, what did you actually ask for in the dealership? Just an aux socket? Were they aware of what you were trying to do?
     
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    i phoned them up and asked for parts then told them i was after the auxillary input socket which included the loom that was located beside the handbrake on my car,then to make sure it was the right one asked them if it was one with 3 pins on to plug into your original loom.they seemed to me as if they knew what i was trying to do because they told me that id have to get it activated via tech2.
     
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    steve, just been trawling through the internet and found the vauxhall part number.....13255833,should make life a little easier.or just found one on ebay item number 280481013659 thata buy it now for £10.99...good luck either way
     
  8. AmazingSteve

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    Superb mate. Many thanks for looking that up.

    Gonna go to my dealer this weekend and see what they can do. I'll post back with progress.
     
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    Hi chaps I would plug it in and try it first b4 the dealer does the tec2 as I know some cars radio have it activated so try it and if it don't work then take it in to dealer all the best
     
  10. AmazingSteve

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    Can't imagine anyone cares about this now, but it turns out my CD30 MP3 didn't have the appropriate connections for an aux in. It seems your stereo needs to have been manufactured after October 2006 (there's a date on the label stuck to the top of the unit) and mine is from June 06 despite being in an April 07 car siiiiigh.

    Anyway, undeterred I'm going to go with something called an iO Connect (http://www.my-io.com/Products/iOCONNECT.aspx) which will hopefully give me what I want for around £50 without having to lose the OEM stereo.

    Fingers crossed!
     

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