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I just purchased a 2015 Passion Coupe with 13,000 miles California car equipped with the Brabus Sports Equipment package in Crystal White and just flat love the car.

One downside is that it only has the basic "516" AM/FM radio with two speakers. I really wanted to find a car with the Technology Package but couldn't find a low mile late model car in my time frame.

So what have others done to upgrade their Audio system with a GPS/NAV/Hands-Free/Multi-Media unit with Upgraded Stereo Radio/CD/DVD?

Does anyone make a complete kit with all the necessary items including additional speakers, wiring harnesses, amplifier, etc.?

Your reviews and recommendations are gratefully appreciated.

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George
 

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Sometimes someone comes and sells their unit here in the classifieds section.

Can also try:

www.car-part.com

(Most likely a lot cheaper getting parts 2nd hand).

One warning:. I have not been successful, nor have I read of anyone being successful, in updating the map data. The latest that I had was '12 - '13.....
 

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To be honest, unless you find a wrecked smart with technology package, your most affordable option would be to have everything aftermarket installed.

To go the stock route you’d need new rear quarter panels to accommodate the rear speakers, new sail panels for the tweeters, the radio/nav unit, dash trim and the subwoofer. (If you wanted to go the whole route of surround sound system).

Aftermarket they can trim the rear quarters and mount a couple speakers there with a grill on them.


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Thanks. I didn't think about the Map Updates. That's the same problem that we're now having with our other two cars when the factory stops supporting the "older" models. That just really

I'll look into the aftermarket units. I see where Kenwood offers a unit with Garmin software. I'll check into that to see how Garmin supports the Kenwood unit - CD or wifi updates??? I've had Garmin units for years and have always liked them. The only issue I ever ran into with a Garmin is when the FCC/Garmin stopped supporting 2G for my first unit.

Thanks for your insights. This starts to head me in the right direction. And I really don't want to be cutting up quarter panels and sail panels so maybe I'll just look at upgrading the two door speakers an add an audio unit with CD/DVD. I would love to have "handsfree communication" though. Maybe I just find an upgraded audio unit and stick with my standalone Garmin and/or a smart phone.
 

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They have a Bluetooth option that I vaguely remember seeing. It goes right on top of the dash towards the center. There are two "pods" and one of them is a screen for the Bluetooth functionality......
 

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I do not have a smart anymore, so I'm not sure about the updates lately..... (I'm guessing I would have tried again by now, but....). They had a website where you could check availability of current updates depending on serial number, but seems like they shut it down....
 

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If you don’t mind loosing a little trunk space you could always go the old school route and add some 6x9 speaker boxes in the back. Would just require running the wires and then using a quick connect set up so you can pull the speakers any time you need full trunk space.




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Most aftermarket cd/dvd units have built in bluetooth now a day. If you decide to go with a stand alone GPS, you can still easily add hands free bluetooth.

My ED did not have much of many upgrades, but did have a USB and Aux plug in glove box, so I added a bluetooth kit from amazon. So far it has great sound and call quality.

This is what I bought.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0739RGDFJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_dKwjAb5V9M11J

I plugged in both cables in the glovebox and routed the controller/mic right behind the steering wheel. (The black disc with blue light)

 

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I recently upgraded my 2008 cabrio with the Sony XAV-AX100 with CarPlay from Crutchfield. It works great with my iPhone and I really like the physical volume knob and track fwd/rev buttons. Crutchfield once again did a great job of supplying the correct wiring harness adapter, bezel, etc.
 

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I chose to put an Andriod radio in my Smart made by Atoto. They are available on Amazon and Ebay. They have great customer service. I chose to use the free version of Google Offline maps instead of TomTom. The radio sounds great and is very quick in responding to commands. You do need an installation kit to install the radio and convert the radio connector. The install kit will also have an antenna adapter because the Smart uses an oddball type connector. I opted to connect mine to a couple of amps. There is room for a subwoofer behind the glove box. I actually crammed 2 small subs up in that area and used 4 satelite speakers on a aluminum rod overhead behind the seats. My powered system is unorthodox because it is 2 complete computer systems from Altec Lansing (ACS44). I run them from a 200 watt power inverter also mounted behind the glove box. and controlled by my button bank. I also added 2 more speakers behind the seats overhead just for the radio itself. For normal listening I just turn on the radio and it plays through the 2 door speakers and the 2 mounted behind the seat. Then when I want some serious volume I press the button on the button bank and both sytems kicks in and you can hear it rattle your bones. DCO

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get an aftermarket head unit, mount compact 3 channel amp under passenger seat. decent door speakers and a shallow 8'' subwoofer in the trunk will work wonders in the smart.. i ve done a few installs in those cars from basic stereo swap to a full blown setup with custom speaker pods and 15'' subs
 

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Thanks. I'll look into this to start with. I still would like a CD player though. I might just be better off going with an AM/FM/CD with hands free and using my Garman unit or an iPhone for GPS.
 
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