I purchased a Metra 70-7001 Radio Wiring Harness from Amazon to connect the new stereo without cutting any wires.
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On the SE with Nav package, the amplifier is located behind the plastic cover on the left rear side (behind the left rear door) - I guess that's called the C-pillar. First remove the plastic threshold guard that runs athwartships at the base of the aft hatch. At the base of that left plastic panel remove one plastic "rivet" (it unsnaps easily) and then the rest of the plastic cover either unsnaps or uncatches to provide access to that amplifier. I'm using one of the heavier 12v inputs to the amp (fused at 20A) as the source for my trailer lighting buffer.grathke wrote:...anyone know where the factory amplifier is located? ...
johnr wrote:As Plankton has prepared the path, I too have completed the install. I opted for an Android based unit which I found on aliexpress (link here). The bezel was also available on aliexpress from a different supplier (link here). Got a wiring harness from a local shop. It's a great upgrade, now I have GPS navigation, stereo, DVD, besides everything the Android OS has to offer, including web browser (not to be used while driving of course!!) and I've loaded up a few apps including plugshare. So I can see all the charging stations right there on my car's computer. Yes, now I can say my car has its own computer, much like a Tesla albeit a bit smaller