At first I thought about upgrading my GPS to include Bluetooth, giving me hands-free phone use in the car.
But then, I remembered that the old ‘98 Subaru Forester has a radio with a cassette deck – it’s ancient!
So I did some research on car radios, and came across a nice HD Radio that is Bluetooth capable – with great reviews on Amazon. Here’s what I eventually decided on:
- Dual XHD6425 HD Radio. Includes a Bluetooth-ready HD Radio receiver, CD with MP3/WMA support, and USB and aux inputs.
- Dual BTM60 Bluetooth Adapter. Provides a microphone and talk button that you clip to your sun visor.
When you order this type of hardware from Crutchfield, they provide a free wire harness for your vehicle and instructions for doing the install yourself. I hunted around for Crutchfield coupons and found one that gives you a $25 gift card with a $150 purchase. The whole order was $190, plus I have the gift card – almost like spending $165.
Since this was just a touch lower than buying the parts separately via Amazon, and it included the install directions, I went for it.
The parts came in recently – so this weekend I installed my new radio!
Tai at work suggested that I might have a hard time with the install – in particular getting the trim to look right. Interestingly, I ran into this exact problem as I was doing the install. Turned out I needed to set the receiver a little further back in the harness – not using the same screw holes as the OEM radio. Once I set the receiver back a bit, the trim fit back on fine and the radio looks great!
Here is one picture before the install, and two pictures after install. The third picture was taken after making a phone call with my HTC Fuze.
And here’s a cool picture in the middle of the install, with the brake trim, shift trim, and radio trim removed.
Here’s how it all looks after being put back together.
Why a car radio comes with a remote I have no idea – although the kids are pretty excited about using the radio from the back seats. Mom and dad aren’t as excited about that. 🙂