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What's a Good Radio / CD / USB / AUX / SD to Install nicely in 85 Fiero? by Bill DeTucci
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Where to buy a good Radio that will fit good? Do I need a Kit too and Wire Harness? Thanks.

Is the Fiero Radio a Single or two Din? What are the dimensions?
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Originally posted by Bill DeTucci:

Is the Fiero Radio a Single or two Din? What are the dimensions?


Neither. 1.5 DIN. Bunch of places sell adapters that allow you to install a standard single DIN size radio. My Blazer has the same odd size stereo. The adapter I bought puts the stereo at the top of the hole and a cubby hole under it (although I think you could flip it around).

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You will likely need some sort of harness if you want to make it plug-and-play, but some of that will depends on what type of radio you go with. If you are good w/ electrical and just from the the schematic, you can do it yourself w/o one.

The Fiero uses GM's funky 1.5 DIN head unit, which are not easy to find anymore in the aftermarket world. If you want something stock looking, a lot of people put in Monsoon CD player out of a Trans Am (and other Pontiac vehicles of that era).

If you go with a single DIN unit, then you'll need some sort of trim kit. The ones from humount look really good, but are out of some peoples price range. Here's an old thread that shows some of the options:
Head unit mount options

You _can_ make a double DIN unit fit, but not without cutting the trim bezel (among other things). Not worth it iMHO.

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Bill, there is a replacement for the stock sized radio but they are pricey. They have Bluetooth, aux in, usb input, and include the wiring harness adapter and are supposed to look stock:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ret...em51b7dde96e&vxp=mtr

 
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The RetroSound® Newport is a direct-fit solution for GM, Chrysler, Ford and Jeep vehicles with 1.5 DIN dash openings. This radio looks like the original radio but offers the most modern high-tech features including a Made-For-iPod® interface, built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, dual USB ports and two auxiliary inputs for portable devices. Until now, the only solution for these vehicles was to install a standard DIN-sized radio -- an installation that looks out of place and awkward. The Newport closely mimics the original radio for an attractive factory-like look. Dual color (amber or green) illumination and back-lighting enhances the Newport's look in your dash. The Newport features a built-in 25 watts x 4 channel RMS power amplifier plus front and rear RCA outputs and subwoofer output for adding external amplifiers. RetroSound includes the vehicle specific installation kit and wire harnesses with your purchase.


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I seen that before, thanks! Very pricey. Any other options? Funny, hard to Find in Red (light-up)...I was thinking there might be a color Code to change from Blue to Red, is there on most newer radios?


 
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Bill, there is a replacement for the stock sized radio but they are pricey. They have Bluetooth, aux in, usb input, and include the wiring harness adapter and are supposed to look stock:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ret...em51b7dde96e&vxp=mtr






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Thanks Chris!

 
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Originally posted by Chris_narf:

You will likely need some sort of harness if you want to make it plug-and-play, but some of that will depends on what type of radio you go with. If you are good w/ electrical and just from the the schematic, you can do it yourself w/o one.

The Fiero uses GM's funky 1.5 DIN head unit, which are not easy to find anymore in the aftermarket world. If you want something stock looking, a lot of people put in Monsoon CD player out of a Trans Am (and other Pontiac vehicles of that era).

If you go with a single DIN unit, then you'll need some sort of trim kit. The ones from humount look really good, but are out of some peoples price range. Here's an old thread that shows some of the options:
Head unit mount options

You _can_ make a double DIN unit fit, but not without cutting the trim bezel (among other things). Not worth it iMHO.




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Do you want to stay with the stock 1.5 din size or would you consider going to a standard sized single din stereo? If you don't mind using a standard sized stereo, there are thousands to choose from with the features you want. If you only want a 1.5 din for a stock fit, your options are very limited.
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Just a rough idea...I know this is cheap but looks good...I would like to stay with a Single 1 Din. I could buy a kit....

[url=]http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-Dash-Car-Single-1-Din-Planel-FM-CD-DVD-Player-USB-SD-Radio-Reciever-BNIB-/331063702586?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item4d14ef343a[/url]


 
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Do you want to stay with the stock 1.5 din size or would you consider going to a standard sized single din stereo? If you don't mind using a standard sized stereo, there are thousands to choose from with the features you want. If you only want a 1.5 din for a stock fit, your options are very limited.


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lol...how do you add website links correctly???

 
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Originally posted by Bill DeTucci:

Just a rough idea...I know this is cheap but looks good...I would like to stay with a Single 1 Din. I could buy a kit....

[url=]http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-Dash-Car-Single-1-Din-Planel-FM-CD-DVD-Player-USB-SD-Radio-Reciever-BNIB-/331063702586?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item4d14ef343a[/url]




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That radio is just fine. If it is in your budget, I would recommend this Pioneer. It pretty much does everything and even has 34 different color combos for the lighting. It has Ipod control plus Pandora link.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PIO...em1c306650ca&vxp=mtr



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Originally posted by Bill DeTucci:

lol...how do you add website links correctly???




Get rid of the = sign after the first url so you start with [url] and end with [/url]

This is what you posted:
[url=]http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-Dash-Car-Single-1-Din-Planel-FM-CD-DVD-Player-USB-SD-Radio-Reciever-BNIB-/331063702586?pt=Car_Audio_In_Dash_Receivers&hash=item4d14ef343a[/url]

Here it is without the = sign:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-...&hash=item4d14ef343a
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Originally posted by IMSA GT:

Here it is without the = sign:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-...&hash=item4d14ef343a


And if you want to look like a pro... do it like THIS.
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no usb or sd but this is a pretty nice option //www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/067918.html
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