If a person was thinking about installing an aftermarket radio/cd player in his 2002 beetle, is there a difference in the stock radios, and the monsoon radio harnesses?
I replaced the stock radio in our '05 NBC with an aftermarket Pioneer unit and it was fine (the stock radio had a broken CD player and it was draining the battery). The only issue I'm aware of is related to the k-line (Ross-Tech: VCDS: Afterrmarket Radio Problem). The problem there is quite simply not wiring up the aftermarket harness correctly. You should not need to keep the stock radio in the car.Before you do anything with the stock radio, please be aware that it can go into a mode where you have to enter a code to make it work. And, when you do not have the code, there are other things in the car that will no longer work.
Did you have to swap the red and yellow wire or leave them matched? Having issue with my 02 Turbo S. Cleaned all the wiring up from previous owner (twisted wires wrapped in tape) and saw somewhere that the switched power needs to be swapped with the constant.all done
Took about an hour and a half to install the Pioneer stereo in my beetle today.
LOTS of cuts/abrasions on my hands from all the nice sharp metal parts inside the dash, but it's a done deal.
Hardest part was stuffing the 10 lbs of **** into the 5 lb. hole behind the stereo.
Wire install/kit was a cakewalk.
Sounds great. Looks acceptable. (most of the blood wiped off). :>)
Thanks for all the words of advice.