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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.
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.
 
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