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Alice C's 2004 Toyota Matrix

Items installed:

Installation Description

The only things I did differently from the default instructions given were on the plastic mounting frame I punched off the extra bracket holes on the left so I could fit the Matrix's main panel back on.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

My Matrix will last me for plenty more years but I wanted Bluetooth to make my car more gadget friendly.


Why did you choose these products?

Sony has always been good to me as far as anything audio.


What was the most difficult part of the installation?

The wires. I've done wiring before, but I don't do it enough to do it fast or very well.


What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

Speakers and a mount for my gadgets.

Installed and working great! Installed and working great!
  • Dr Y. from Los Angeles

    Posted on 2/3/2019

    Based upon your story, I decided to install a Kenwood BT325U (with the free installation gear) in my 2003 Matrix XRS. Crutchfield kept me informed on the order and delivery status. The wiring of adapter harness to the Kenwood wires took an hour of pre-work and pretty easy though I am partially color-blind. I, too, took off the extra bracket holes (both sides for me) from the mounting plate to help re-install the main panel. After re-assembling everything, the new radio was working great except for the AM reception. Talked to Dustin at Crutchfield and he diagnosed that I forgot to connection the antenna power wire from car to the radio (he was right). So I took apart my great work of art and corrected the problem. My music now sound much better with the added bass from the radio, compared to the original OEM. My family now wants me to drive everywhere so that they all can connect to Bluetooth and take over my radio. WORDS OF CAUTION: I broke a top mounting clip from main panel when I took off the panel the first time so take some care lifting off the panel. Also, there is a pull cable assembly in the lower left of the cavity which I inadvertently dislodged; it may be part of the air recirculation switch. FINAL WORDS: Thanks Crutchfield for great products, service, and being a reputable company!

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield on 2/4/2019
    Thanks, Dr Y!
  • Shone from Wenatchee

    Posted on 1/23/2017

    You did a nice job on the install. Looks great!!!

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