That's not me in the photo, he is the branch manager cum technical lead. I sent my CX-5 to the ever trusted installer, KL Auto for a professional job. By the way, the head unit (for 2.5 CBU model) is a product from our motherland exported to the land of rising sun :)
Proper wire harnesses are used to reconnect all Mazda's original harnesses and wires.
I hate this idiotic question "will this void warranty?". If you silly butt insist to ask, I can safely tell you, drive back your car to KL Auto before heading to service center for warranty claim. Since all wires are in its factory state, the stock head unit is a matter of plug and play with all original wires without a single scar! This is what I called professional service!
More complexity on the installation if you have factory Bose's 9 speakers with its closed proprietary processor. Other installers would probably tell that the system cannot be used with aftermarket head unit, and ask to change the speakers, add a subwoofer, sound processor, amplifier etc you name it. No worries if you go to KL Auto, unless you demand much better sound quality, the manager knows how to make it work without even knowing the location of the Bose processor. This is what I called professional expert service! :)
Here's the end result...
Does the dashboard now look more sophisticated and futuristic versus the stock dashboard? This should be the dashboard for a vehicle that is only 2 years old from it's first mass production!
With a little GPS antenna on the left front speaker mesh and I decided not to hide the microphone for optimum reception...
This project is not fully completed yet, 3 pending items:
- To reactivate the stock rear camera.
- To activate the Bose's center dash speaker (the CenterPilot feature in stock head unit) for all music sources.
- To reuse the stock USB (see next post, link at the end of this post).
The Bose's center dash speaker will only output sound when CD is played in stock head unit. This center dash speaker does not work with aftermarket head unit. We are looking for a way to make it work again, not limited to CD playing but all music sources.
I just found a solution to reuse the stock USB. Will update later once confirmed working which I will cover in the next post (see the links at the end of this post).
That's all about the "implementation". Much efforts were invested (jointly with KL Auto) to study the feasibility ensuring a perfect integrated solution. Click link below for other episodes on this AppRadio franchise:
CX-5: AppRadio 3 Ep2
CX-5: AppRadio 3 Ep3
CX-5: AppRadio 3 Ep4
CX-5: AppRadio 3 Ep5