Travis
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Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:42 am

I have a 2012 and had the battery replaced recently. While it was getting replaced I had a 2016 loaner. I would like to put the 2016 radio into my 2012.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that they didn't change the wiring at all for this new radio. It seems to display all the same info for the most part.

What do you guys think the chances are of this being a plug n' play install?

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:38 pm

Why?
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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:13 pm

arnis wrote:Why?


Because the 2016 does HD Radio. It also works a heck of a lot better. It has a better looking user interface. The maps would be updated.

I found one in a junk yard however I wanted to see if anyone knows if this is even possible before I waste money.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:26 pm

Anyone??? I'm tempted to just try it.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:54 pm

Travis wrote:Anyone??? I'm tempted to just try it.
Having a 2011, I can see why... It was old before it was sold. If you decide to lead, may you not bleed.

Somebody here knows... Well...?

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:01 am

JimSouCal wrote:If you decide to lead, may you not bleed.


That may be the best piece of advice yet. I think I'm just going to order it and try it.

The radio is the same form factor. The dash looks totally unchanged for the most part. I would bet money they didn't change the connector on the harness. Further I would venture to guess that it isn't "married" to the car. If they did it logically it just listens to the CAN bus and displays the information and allows you to change a few car settings.

The only thing I can think of that I would lose would be the ability to charge to 80% (since it doesn't have that option inside the menus).


I'll just buy it and report back the results.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:21 am

Dont sue me if wrong, but i think they are the same. Mine went south on my 2012, nissan was going to order a new one for a grand. In the end, i took it apart and fixed it myself. Nevertheless, the dealer led me to believe thst they were all compatible. There are wiring diagrams out there, you can check those. Maybe the junk yard will let you plug it in before you buy.

It is easy removing it.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:41 am

Travis wrote:I'll just buy it and report back the results.
You are more brave than me... I'd really just like to swap out the entire Clarion OEM branded unit with something real cool... That said, your approach is a step forward... Hoping for total success.... Standing by... Quick thought: have you thought to ask any local specialty shops what they might upgrade with just to see what they say?

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:01 am

If you want to update for other things, take a chance. If you want to update the maps, be aware that there appears to be very few updates to the map database between my 2011 and 2015. I doubt the maps would be much better with 2016.

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Re: Swapping 2016 Radio into 2012

Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:30 pm

Well folks, I am about to attempt this project as well. However, the 2016 Radio I found//Bought on eBay, looks nothing like the one in my LEAF. (Appears to be the same size, but it has knobs)

Any ideas?

I should have it in my hot little hands by next week. Looking at the pictures, the wiring harness looks a bit different, but the radio does have the "Pig Tails" still plugged in.

The reasons I'm doing this is 'cause (1) The Radio is Cheaper than the 3G upgrade, and (2) I really miss the Android Radio I had in my last car.

Time will tell.

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