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Hi all, I've read the other recommendations here. I'm really looking to replace the Touch 2 + Go headset I have in my 66 plate 86, without losing any of the benefits. By this I mean:

  • Steering wheel audio controls will work with new head unit.
  • Sat Nav that is as good as the standard type (will music dim as Google maps gives me further instructions and display it clearly on screen)
  • Head Unit fits neatly (I understand that the void where the unit sits was made smaller with the facelift - assume my November 2016 model is MY17)
  • Connect to Spotify on my android handset without the usual headaches of not being able to skip tracks and/or music data being correctly displayed
  • Must be DAB compatible and as capable like my current head unit is. Can I just plug another DAB head unit in to work with built in antenna on roof?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I've found skirmishes through searching but not full answers and want to ensure I'm doing the right thing before I yank out the aged yet capable Touch 2 + go setup.

Can anyone put my mind at ease that all the above criteria is possible?
 

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I got a Kenwood DMX-8019DABS and it checks all the boxes above - it has android-auto/apple-carplay both wireless, the music dims when you hear directions from google maps, it has spotify and DAB too. My car is a 2016 model so it doesn't have steering wheel controls, so you will need to look into that separately. You will need a separate DAB aerial because the one built into the car is not DAB compatible. You will also need connectors to connect the pin plugs from the car to the new head unit.

This is what it looks like after I fitted it, as you can see it fits pretty snug:
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I got a Kenwood DMX-8019DABS and it checks all the boxes above - it has android-auto/apple-carplay both wireless, the music dims when you hear directions from google maps, it has spotify and DAB too. My car is a 2016 model so it doesn't have steering wheel controls, so you will need to look into that separately. You will need a separate DAB aerial because the one built into the car is not DAB compatible. You will also need connectors to connect the pin plugs from the car to the new head unit.

This is what it looks like after I fitted it, as you can see it fits pretty snug:
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Thanks for the info! Your headunit looks great. My 86 does have steering wheel controls so perhaps I can enquire with a specialist to see if it can be controlled via them (I'd have thought it's possible). My GT86 does already have a DAB radio as standard so thought the usual antenna would be cross compatible?
 
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