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Old 06-26-2018, 07:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so second insight i have and love the cars.

I am swaping my base 2012 honda insight radio to the nicer looking ex or lx radio i believe. The plug dont match and i have not been able to find my answers on this most just want a new crazy radio and i really just like the standard honda one see pictures and ready set go internet. The one on the right is the new one the one on the left is out of the car as you can see from additional photos both are factory.

thanks for your help
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Wrong section you have a generation 2 Insight, this part of the forum is for the 2000-2006.
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I'm afraid you are going to be better off just using an aftermarket radio. Go to:

Results for: 2012 > Honda > Insight > Base > 4-door > Hatchback | Vehicle Fit Guide | Metra Online

If that link did not copy correctly, do the drill down for your exact model.
The base Insight has like 2 speakers, no usb, no steering wheel controls. The vehicles wiring harness is completely different. There may be a way to get that radio from upper model to wire in, but not without hacking things up. I think you are better off just adapting a cheap unit to the Insight. I have been looking for another car and you can get units by JVC, Pioneer, sony, or Kenwood for under $90.that have usb inputs and bluetooth. You just have to run a mic cable.
Once you have the Metra model numbers, an online search can save quite a bit over what the seller of the aftermarket radio will want.
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I have to agree. Although the radio connectors are (mostly) documented - except for GPS and rear view camera connectors - a lot of the functionality, like mobile phone connectivity, is not in the radio, but in external boxes that talk to the radio via the CAN bus. There are adapters available that connect the base adapter (and the antenna adapter!) to standard ISO (or open wires) and one should go from there. Other radios doii have the proprietary Honda adapter, but, frankly, I would rather go for a generic ISO radio and use the Honda to ISO adapter. I added a nice 10.1" Android system that basically outclasses the stock SatNav/Radio.
One last thing: the Gen2 Insight has an amplified battery. You will have to find the connector (usually on the antenna adapter) and connect it to +12V. Otherwise no radio.
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I have to agree. Although the radio connectors are (mostly) documented - except for GPS and rear view camera connectors - a lot of the functionality, like mobile phone connectivity, is not in the radio, but in external boxes that talk to the radio via the CAN bus. There are adapters available that connect the base adapter (and the antenna adapter!) to standard ISO (or open wires) and one should go from there. Other radios doii have the proprietary Honda adapter, but, frankly, I would rather go for a generic ISO radio and use the Honda to ISO adapter. I added a nice 10.1" Android system that basically outclasses the stock SatNav/Radio.
One last thing: the Gen2 Insight has an amplified battery. You will have to find the connector (usually on the antenna adapter) and connect it to +12V. Otherwise no radio.
Hello again, back with another insight,UK /EU variant ES ,can I ask you had your original system bluetooth and or sat nav? Mine has neither and I particularly miss the Bluetooth, appreciate some advice
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Mine has had the useless JDM HDD SatNav/Stereo/Bluetooth. I replaced it with an Android Bluetooth/SatNav. Lost the phone keys on the steering wheel and the reversing camera. Haven't had time to look into the camera as life has become a bit more busy than I need it to be...
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Thanks for the reply
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When you're free maybe more info pls,as in did u put it in yourself,was it hard/ expensive,time consuming etc thankd
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