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I currently have a base 2018 STI with the dual climate zone and back up camera. Does anyone know if the base 2019 radio unit fit in the 2018? Attempting to retain the stock look and obtain Apple Car Play. There is a Subaru dealer in NJ who is offering the upgrade to older 2018 WRX's, just looking to see if anyone has attempted this.
 

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I wanted CarPlay and improved sound so I went with a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX. It looks close to stock, but not exactly like OEM. You'll get way more for your money going this route.


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Hey Craig,

I noticed that in your picture of your Pioneer Head Unit, you also have a mount that holds a Scosche Magnet. Did you buy that mount somewhere by chance, or did you make the mount yourself?
 

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Hey Craig,

I noticed that in your picture of your Pioneer Head Unit, you also have a mount that holds a Scosche Magnet. Did you buy that mount somewhere by chance, or did you make the mount yourself?

I purchased the mount. For $20 is wasn't worth trying to make my own. You have to remove the head unit and it attaches to the dash. Super easy to install and really solid. Here is one option for buying it: PanaVise InDash Mount for Select Subaru Vehicles Matte Black 75134-212 - Best Buy



It works great for phones or a Cobb AccessPort.


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I also was looking for apple CarPlay with OEM radio.. Some research that I’ve done points to the harness being different. It would be great if one of the tech gurus can figure something out. :tup:
 

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Did you contact ae64.com I think they can come up with a harness that is compatible with the 18' sti, like caschnd1 said the Pioneer is much better than the factory, I have an AVH-4100NEX installed in my 15', Apple Car Play and Bluetooth connects every time.
 

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Did you contact ae64.com I think they can come up with a harness that is compatible with the 18' sti, like caschnd1 said the Pioneer is much better than the factory, I have an AVH-4100NEX installed in my 15', Apple Car Play and Bluetooth connects every time.
I have the AVH-4200NEX and it has been very good. I believe the newer version connects wirelessly to apple car play and Anroid Auto. I'd recommend it over any stock Subaru navigation.
 

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I wanted CarPlay and improved sound so I went with a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX. It looks close to stock, but not exactly like OEM. You'll get way more for your money going this route.


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I have found a great deal on a unit without navigation. I’m going to use Apple/google maps so don’t need it. Any problems that you know of with compatibility, my 18 doesn’t have NAV.

Which harness did you use in the 2018 to retain all the factory functions? Also the dash surround used?

Thanks in advanced.
 

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I have found a great deal on a unit without navigation. I’m going to use Apple/google maps so don’t need it. Any problems that you know of with compatibility, my 18 doesn’t have NAV.

Which harness did you use in the 2018 to retain all the factory functions? Also the dash surround used?

Thanks in advanced.
Apple and Google maps work great when you have cell connectivity. They can get expensive if you have to pay for roaming while on a road trip (make sure you download any maps you'll need before you leave home).

Here is a list of all the extra bits I bought to do my install...

1) Metra 70-1761 - Provides speaker connections, power and ground, and illumination power. This connects to your factory harness plugs and you need to solder it into the harness that comes with the Pioneer head unit. Source autoharnesshouse.com

2) Subaru 28-pin harness from autoharnesshouse.com. This allows you to use the OEM backup camera, Aux input, reverse gear signal, vehicle speed sensor, E-brake switch, and provides connections for steering wheel controls. Source autoharnesshouse.com

3) Metra 40-LX11 antenna converter for a 2009 Lexus. Plugs into your OEM harness and converts the antenna plug to fit the new head unit. Source amazon.com

4) iDatalink Maestro SW ADS-MSW Universal Steering Wheel Integration Module. You need this for using the Subaru steering wheel controls with the new head unit. This device must be connected to a Windows computer and programmed via Internet Explorer (other browsers won't work) before installing in the car. Source eBay.com (best price).

5) Two USB dash mount plugs with 3ft cable. These plug into the back of the head unit and allow you to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Pioneer head units do not support the USB hub in the Subaru console. You need to use these extension cables. I installed them next to the cigarette lighter. Source Amazon - USB Port

6) Scosche double din mounting kit and bezel. You need this to make the radio fit the dash like OEM. Source subispeed.com - Scosche Double Din Mounting Kit and Bezel - 2015+ WRX / 2015+ STI / 2016+ Forester / 2015+ Crosstrek
 
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