How to Install iPhone/iPod Adapter on 1995-2005 Toyota Echo

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Yes, it’s frustrating to own an older car with a stock stereo that doesn’t have USB or AUX connectivity. Those CDs are just too many and makes a rattle in the glovebox, not to mention their limited capacity and the fact that you have to change them regularly, don’t scratch them, keep them dry and in shade.
Luckily, some stereos support the addition of an aftermarket adaptor so you can connect your iPhone/iPad/Android phone to the stereo and listen to your favorite music at the touch of the screen.

To install such harness on a 1999-2005 Toyota Echo, you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver and a magnet. Here’s the how-to:
  • Remove the air conditioning knobs by pulling them towards you
  • Remove the two screws found behind the knobs
  • Grab the whole trimming piece and pull it out. Also remove the cables in the back that goes to the AC control unit
  • Remove the trimming panel surrounding the radio by pulling it off
  • Get the Phillips screwdriver again and remove the four screws holding the radio in place
  • Take out the radio unit and connect the aftermarket adaptor to it according to the video
  • Test if everything works and then find a way to mask the wires and put back what you’ve unmounted.

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