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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:14 am 
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Car Model: 9-3 2.0T Aero Convertible
Hi folks, I've just agreed to buy my 3rd 9-3 vert (1.9 TTiD Linear SE 2012 Auto) and will be collecting on Thursday. I didn't have much luck with my previous 2 but that's another story.
Anywho, I've always had older ones, and I know the stereos were mediocre at best, and were a ball-ache to upgrade. What I need to know am I going to have the same problem upgrading a newer one? I've tried to have a look on here but can only find info for older ones, and talk of tech 2 and divorcing/marrying stereos etc. which just baffles me :wall:
To be honest, I don't even know if the stereo fitted has bluetooth to connect my phone, and if it has I'll probably not be so fussed about upgrading. On the test drive the stereo didn't sound very impressive, a bit flat, but it might just need a bit bass/treble dialing in (although that's unlikely going to solve it all)
Do these models have the ridiculous fibre optic shenanigans going on?
If I upgrade I'll be fitting a double din android sat nav unit.
If I need a tech 2, are they expensive to buy and difficult to use?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:38 am 
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No issues. After 2007 the audio is all wired. Head unit can be replaced with no marrying.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:09 pm 
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Cheers sgould, that's what I was hoping for. Is it a pain getting the steering wheel controls to work do you know?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:34 pm 
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you can buy connection kits to make the steering wheel controls work. Mine has BT, but only for calls, not music. I just added a BT receiver plugged into the aux in socket for music.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:40 pm 
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There are two suppliers of connection bits. Look at both and see if it suits your system. The car and warning noises all work without the radio head unit in place, in 2007 and later models.

http://www.incartec.co.uk
http://www.connects2.com

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:31 am 
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Car Model: 2011 Linear SE 1.9Ttid4 Vert.
Daz wrote:
you can buy connection kits to make the steering wheel controls work. Mine has BT, but only for calls, not music. I just added a BT receiver plugged into the aux in socket for music.


Hi daz can you point out what you did and with what to get your music plz? I have the same vert 11 plate, I use a lead in to the aux point is there a wireless solution? It's the std saab single CD unit btw..Thanks.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:50 am 
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Mine's the standard single CD player too.

I bought something similar to this, I just made sure the 3.5mm plug was removable so I can use an extension cable. It needs a micro usb lead to charge it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mpow-Bluetooth ... 231&sr=8-8

I have something like this plugged into the aux in socket so I can still use the cup holder:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Headphone-Adap ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

Then a flat 3.5mm lead goes from there behind the stereo & into the centre console where the BT adaptor is plugged into the 12v socket. There's no reason why it couldn't be mounted to the dash next to the stereo though.

To use it, I press the button on the BT receiver to turn it on, press the aux button on the head unit. Then I have a NFC tag on my wireless charger, so when I put the phone on the charger it automatically turns the music player on & continues playing the last track I listened to.

Mine didn't cost as much as the ones I linked to, probably around £8 all in (from china) but those were the first I found just, it sounds great to me & takes hardly any input from me to start working.

I use the Saab bt for phone calls though, because this was rubbish :)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:15 pm 
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Thanks daz..not to bothered about the telephone calls just want to connect my phones music store to the head unit without wires if it's possible with the item you linked too 1st from amazon..the 5.0 receiver.
Am I correct in saying that I charge it up and plug in in to aux input on my head unit and it'll play my music bluetooth? Sorry to ask what might be stupid questions but tech isn't my thing!!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:10 pm 
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yes that's right, I don't know how long it would last from a charge though.

I just leave mine permanently plugged in inside the arm rest for ease & being a vert I was worried someone may come along and decide they need it more than I do. The whole thing is a lot smaller than a match box so doesn't take up much room.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:51 pm 
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Thanks daz..will give that a go...it says 10 hrs off a charge supposedly :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:59 pm 
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I have something like this : https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/24027576352? : wired permanently into the AUX. It does BT music or you can simply shove a stick or card into it. It isn't big or clever, but doesn't use FM or need charging.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:16 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 2.0T Aero Convertible
I've picked up the car, is has Bluetooth for phone, but not for streaming music. Is there a way to wire an aux from the back of the stereo without using the front aux?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:09 am 
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Not that I know of, you can take the head unit apart & move aux in socket if you're handy with a soldering iron.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:38 pm 
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Bought one of the bluetooth receivers and plugged it in to the aux. Input on the headunit. It works which is great but to get a decent volume both the receiver and the headunit have to have their respective volume turned to the max!! Not ideal but it gets rid of the wires. I suppose the only real way is to replace the headunit with bluetooth already fitted!!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:38 pm 
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Which app are you using for music? I have my phone at about 75% & the car stereo set the same as I would for the radio or cd.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:39 pm 
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Check the settings on your phone. A lot of them have a volume limit enabled. This is to prevent hearing damage when using headphones. Check that it isn't affecting the bluetooth output too. You may need to disable the limit.

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