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2012 base stereo options?
I'm a bit confused about the options out there for a head unit. In particular, what limitations/options are out there that use the existing wiring for USB, satellite, etc.
I have a 2012 base on which I predominately play music from a tiny USB drive plugged into the column between the driver and passenger, Pandora over bluetooth, or XM through an external unit. The bluetooth and USB sounds much better than the XM repeater, so I am considering swapping for a new head unit that has satellite built in. I don't need/want any navigation or video.
If I buy the RAV4 Limited radio off eBay can I just swap it with the existing radio? Is the wiring for satellite included in the base? Will the USB, etc still work? Any issues with the controls on the steering wheel?
If I buy a 'chinese' head unit off ebay or elsewhere on the Internet will the USB still work and are there gotchas with the 2012 wiring? (I saw a posting that the 2012 wiring was different from the year's previous.)
Last edited by vanstrien; 11-21-2012 at 06:39 AM.
Reason: Added question about steering controls