It’s obvious that I prefer to keep the WRX300 standard, and this extends also to the In Car Entertainment. However, shortly after putting the car back on the road in December, the original head unit failed. This gave the perfect opportunity to upgrade the head unit. As a teenager, I had lusted after Alpine audio gear. Maybe it was the fact that I loved Japanese cars, and the Alpine gear exuded the same understated, functional quality products. So when it came to choosing a new head unit, Alpine was the first port of call. Their entry level UTE-BT200 fit the bill perfectly – Bluetooth, USB, iPhone/Android connectivity and at a price that was befitting of a car that wouldn’t be used as a daily driver.

Once the head unit arrived, my attention turned to fitting it.

The first steps are to remove the plastic surround around the gear knob, then the fascia around the head unit. As usual this has to be done carefully so as not to damage the plastic. There are four screws around the head unit that need to be removed to release the old head unit.

Once the old head unit is removed, its a case of filling the double DIN space in the dash with an adaptor to take the single DIN head unit. Connect up the wiring harnesses, run the microphone around the A-pillar fascia and connect the aerial adapter.

Then, test it by banging out some choons!

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