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#16 Jwsturner

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:03 AM

Hi Torchwood.

This is a photo of the label. Sorry for the delay

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#17 Torchwood

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

Thanks jws,

Yes it is the same model i had a few months ago... It went into my vehicle fine, but i was told all fiesta 2011 onwards have the same plug connector.

All redundant now as me car is kaput..

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

I think (and check with your dealer before purchasing as I cannot be held responsible) that the part you need is 1748714.

fiestadabaerial.png

 

Hi, I have a 2012 fiesta. It had the standard Ford stereo in, none DAB. I bought a Sony/DAB stereo off ebay, I have fitted it and I get no DAB menu, Do I just need this cable to be able to get it working? How does it connect. I went to my local Ford dealer Today, the part number is now 1803231 and it costs £36.20  but the man in the parts department wasn't sure that's all I needed.

The Sony DAB stereo I have is model  RADIO AHU DAB, Part number AA6T-18C815-XB. Any help would be apprecated.

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:44 PM

Hi. Did you ever sort this?

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 02:25 AM

To fit a DAB radio to your car you need the DAB aerial, base and associated wiring.

You're best off getting all the bits from Ford to guarantee compatability.

I did a guide for fitting one into a Focus but apart from the aerial all the other part numbers are very likely to be different.

 

Attached File  Fitting a DAB radio to a MK2.5 Focus.pdf   660.67KB   23 downloads



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:19 AM

To fit a DAB radio to your car you need the DAB aerial, base and associated wiring.
You're best off getting all the bits from Ford to guarantee compatability.
I did a guide for fitting one into a Focus but apart from the aerial all the other part numbers are very likely to be different.
 
Fitting a DAB radio to a MK2.5 Focus.pdf



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:24 AM

Ignore stoney871's reply. With that model if radio that might be correct. With the stereo fitted in newer fords there is more to it than that. Even with a DAB Ford stereo I do not even get a DAB option on the unit. My local Ford dealer were clueless and pretty much said it can't be done. I use Pure Highway DAB tuner sending it over FM to my Ford stereo. I gave up trying to get it working

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:39 AM

It can be done or else why do Ford sell DAB radios for the Fiesta.
Telling someone to ignore my post is a tad presumptuous.
The guy asked for advice and I offered some.
I reckon you need to change your dealers if they can't do something as simple as plug in some wires.

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:46 AM

Sorry Stoney. I didn't want a Forum member going out spending hard earned money based on your guide only to get nowhere. The method you quoted will not work for the newer stereos. They don't even get a DAB menu unless the car was originally fitted with a DAB stereo. Nobody has been able to tell me how to resolve that.

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:09 AM

That is why I recommended going to a Dealer to check parts.
I posted my guide as a reference only.
I did not state that my guide was how it should be done on the Fiesta.
Personally I reckon DAB is all a waste of money.
Poor coverage, bad signal, outdated infrastructure and expensive radios.
I use Internet radio streamed from a Ipod touch 4 linked to a 4G Mi-Fi and can get pretty much every channel available in hi-def sound for a couple of megs worth of data per week.
Pretty much anyone could stream from a 3G/4G phone for pennies a day.
I once considered a Highway DAB radio but felt it was bulky and not pleasing to the eye.

BTW read up on DAB and DAB+ for facts concerning how outdated DAB is.
It was never fully rolled out due to lack of frequency availability and interference from adjacent frequencies.

https://en.wikipedia...io_Broadcasting

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:21 AM

Stoney your guide works for the older models. My last fiesta had that model of stereo and it was a straight swap from a none DAB version to a DAB version. I didn't even bother changing the aerial, just ran a seperate DAB aerial in.

That doesn't work on the newer models. The stereo display also shows engine management warnings etc, so it's more integrated. I think either the wiring is totally different between DAB and none DAB versions or something needs to be reprogrammed to tell the car there is now a DAB stereo there.

I'm with you on your views of DAB, the boat sailed a long time ago. The technology is out of date and it was not pushed out when it should have been.

OFCOM are looking into rolling out DAB+, too little too late some might think

http://www.ukfree.tv...ryid=1107052195



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:28 AM

Personally I reckon DAB is all a waste of money.
Poor coverage, bad signal, outdated infrastructure and expensive radios.

 

I agree, if you don't have DAB in your car it's not worth the hassle getting it installed (unless they are actually going to turn off the FM signals like they said, is that still happening?)

 

My DAB keeps dropping out in built up areas, mainly in Leeds, and it's not like FM where you just get a fuzzy sound for a few seconds, it just cuts out completely and randomly comes back even when stationary in traffic. It makes me think about switching back to FM, I mean the only advantage is sound quality but with road noise that isn't noticeable.



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:35 AM

For me DAB is about choice, the FM stations in the North East all sound the same to me, play the same pop songs all day long. I prefer rock/indie music. That isn't available on FM here. I could listen using mobile apps, but I drive through patches of no/poor 3G/4G signal. So I prefer DAB.

 

I agree, if you don't have DAB in your car it's not worth the hassle getting it installed (unless they are actually going to turn off the FM signals like they said, is that still happening?)

 

My DAB keeps dropping out in built up areas, mainly in Leeds, and it's not like FM where you just get a fuzzy sound for a few seconds, it just cuts out completely and randomly comes back even when stationary in traffic. It makes me think about switching back to FM, I mean the only advantage is sound quality but with road noise that isn't noticeable.



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:35 AM

I have a DAB radio in my kitchen.
It's in a strong signal position and still only picks up 5 channels.
To be honest I rarely listen to radio in my car, I mostly play my choice of tunes off a memory stick, no ads and no inane DJ yap pluz no loss of channels :D.
Pretty much 60% of anything released in the last 10 years is crap anyway.

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:12 PM

Thanks for the replies guys...looks like it probably isn't possible then...


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