This post is a following piece from my post about removing the original Clarion CD player in a Mitsubishi Magna ES TL.
It shows the steps to install a new in-car digital player with bluetooth for hands-free capability. The model I installed is the Sony DSX-A60BT. I did an article on unboxing of the unit here.
To connect the Sony unit to the Magna you can buy an APP0111 wiring harness from Aerpro5. (For Aussies, these can be purchased at JB-Hifi stores)
I prepared the earth wire so it could be attached to a metal part with a screw:
Once we have the accessory the steps are straightforward.
Note 1: I disconnected the battery before installing the new unit.
Let’s start by removing the enclosure from the Sony unit and attach the original brackets to both sides.
Note 2: the screws that are used on the Clarion don’t have the same threads as the Sony, you may have to buy 8 screws to attach the brackets. The screws I had handy were too long so I had to use stacks of washers to prevent them from damaging the unit’s internals.
Brackets attached to the side of the Sony head
Attach earth wire to a metal frame
The areas in cyan on the photo shows the wiring harness adapter APP0111
Connect the Sony unit. Don’t forget to plug in the aerial cable too
Re-connect the battery and turn the new unit on to check it’s powered
Bluetooth pairing with iPhone took less than 60 seconds to complete successfully
Let’s put all the covers back
- Radio works, aerial automatically extends out and pulls back in as expected
- Bluetooth works with iPhone,
- USB connector can charge mobile device too
A few notes
The black trim around the Sony unit could not be left in place as it’s a bit too thick and too wide which prevents the climate control cover to be put back in place. I took it off.
When the key is removed from dashboard, the unit also makes beeps to remind you to take the front panel off if you wish.
The Sony DSX-A60BT has been working fine since I installed it a month or so ago. Under the right-hand-side cover, there is a USB port that I use to recharge my iPhone while on the road.
Hands-free mode works great via both USB or Bluetooth.
Now I can play music and podcasts from my iPhone directly on the car stereo system.
Update following a question from a private comment
The installation from start to finish took me about 3 hours.
I think I could have done it under 2 hours if I had the right screws to attach the brackets to the unit. Because the screws I had available were pointy and too long, I had to sand the tips and use washers as seen on the photos below.
If you have installed a new stereo unit in a Magna 2004 please feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.