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adz83

Hi all, i've recently bought a 2005 mk2 focus zetec and i'm somewhat underwhelemed by the standard audio system. Is it worth upgrading the 6000 head unit to the Sony unit fitted to the higher end models? and what is the standard speaker size? can someone reccomend a plug and play option that would give me a better audio experience.

 

Thanks

 

Adam.

 

 

Stoney871

I upgraded mine from the standard 6000 to the Sony 6 disc one and it's far better, sound through the speakers is nice and crisp with plenty of bass.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-ST3-2006-SONY-6-CD-MPV-HEAD-UNIT-/251249830257?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item3a7fa82971

 

For this type of radio be sure that it's not from a Mondeo as else it won't fit (it's wider, deeper and the faceplate is wider at the top whereas the one for a  focus is smaller and the faceplate is a rectangle)

 

Another option is the Sony Gen2 radio-

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Sony-Gen-2-MP3-CD-Car-Stereo-From-Fiesta-ST-Fits-Focus-Fusion-Kuga-also-/111038152637?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item19da63bfbd

 

Or if you want to dress it up a bit more get one like this -

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MK3-FORD-FOCUS-SONY-MP3-CD-PLAYER-BLUETOOTH-RADIO-INC-CODE-YEAR-2008-/160996641277?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item257c25c9fd

 

and follow my guide here-

 

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/tutorials/article/56-guide-to-swapping-a-focus-mk2-radio-for-a-mk25-radio/

 

 

The speakers are a real faff to change as it involves removing the door cards and drilling out rivets.

You would need wiring and speaker adaptors and tbh won't get as much improvement as you'd think.

adz83

Thanks for the great reply, was looking at the sony units for the Mondeos and wondering if they were the same. i might stick with the standard speakers for the time being and see what a change in H/U makes. I'm sure i read somewhere Titanium models had upgraded speakers or am i just making this up?

adz83

Oh and one more question, i'd like like ipod connectivity. Is this possible with the Sony unit?

 

Cheers.

Stoney871

There are three ways to add iPod connectivity,-

 

Use the Ford aux connection which just gives you a loop-through option unless like me you use a Griffin iTrip like this-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Griffin-iTrip-FM-AUX-Dual-Connect-iPhone-iPod-Car-Kit-/130863749644?pt=UK_MP3_Player_Accessories_FM_Transmitters&hash=item1e78165a0c

 

Or you add a USB converter, you then have full control of the iPod via the wheel controls but no track listings on the radio-

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251224717949?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

Or you add the full Ford Bluetooth system which requires the wiring, microphone and a Bluetooth module which is a real hassle to find cheaply and get working.

 

I currently have as stated an iTrip and a non standard aux cable coming out from where the lighter socket is in the cubbyhole so the cable plugs straight into the controller.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-6000CD-AUX-in-to-3-5mm-Jack-24-220-3-5-/300471701053?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item45f5824e3d

 

My iPod then just sits in the tray on the centre console and charges while playing, all controlled by the buttons on the iTrip.

I find it quite handy as then I can switch on mobile internet on my phone and have internet radio through the car without having to add a DAB radio or anything else like that.

The beauty of the iTrip is that it also transmits to an unused radio channel if you don't have an aux cable installed.

In my view the Ford fitted aux connection is a bit hit and miss at times but never had any problems with the one I listed above.

adz83

ok thanks, gives me something to think about

Stoney871
Glad to be of service.
mrbelly

Hello, I'm a newbie. I just bought myself a mk2 Focus after my 9-3 finally bit the dust and was thinking about the possibilities of replacing the stereo. Will all the newer oval type stereos work? I've seen some pretty good looking ones on ebay with touch screens and GPS and all sorts. They all say Focus 2008 onwards, but is that simply because of the size and shape not being correct? I have the black shiny one in your guide but the one you replaced it with looks so much cooler. And the surround bit as well.

Thanks

Stoney871
The oval radios will fit quite easily.
I have heard a couple of reports of upgraded radios not working properly but never seen it myself.
I think my guide is pretty thorough but if you need any advice then feel free to contact me.

Sent from my S5
mrbelly

Cheers. I'll start my hunt for the fascia bit like you have.

Stoney871
Are you after a carbon type or would a silver one suffice?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=231269467462&alt=web

Sent from my S5
mrbelly

Actually I was going to wait until I found the carbon one or at least a black one but that one looks quite good with the silver stereo in it.

Stoney871
It will be an inexpensive fix until a rare carbon one shows up on ebay.

Sent from my S5
mrbelly

Hello again. I've finally gotten around to ordering all the bits I need. Unfortunately I missed the end of an ebay auction for one of the carbon fibre ones but I have a silver one anyway. What I was wondering was did you already have the bluetooth stuff on your original stereo or have you added it? I can't seem to find it apart from a site that is out of stock and charges £299 for it (no way man!). I've seen these on ebay, do you know if they'd work?

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-FORD-BLUETOOTH-VOICE-CONTROL-MODULE-NOVERO-8M5T-19G488-EN-STEUERGERAT-/181490257365?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item2a41a98dd5

 

They look very similar but have 'Nokia' on them.

 

Cheers.

troy45

That looks like a pukka Ford Bluetooth module, it's off a car from 2008 onwards so I'm not sure if it'd be backwards compatible with earlier models/head units. They are made by Nokia and you can see the Ford part label in the photo (disguised by saying FoMoCo instead of FOrd MOtor COmpany)

 

Long time back I priced up all the bluetooth upgrade bits listed on another forum and even with some discount it came to over £300 with all the connectors, extra looms and the module  :o

mrbelly

Ah that's what fomoco is. £300 is way too much. I might get one of those parrot things. I just wanted to be able to use the stereo's phone buttons really. But at least the parrot thing would let me stream music from my phone.
:)

Hassen

For ideas about sound system upgrade and parts sizes etc, check out my recent thread of my stereo upgrade build. It might be of use to get ideas and where to find the cheapest parts.

 

Message me if you guys have any questions :)

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/52338-2014-upgrades/

Hassen

Forgot to say, happy modding the sound system. It's a very rewarding process as you get to hear it everyday :)



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