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Old 09-09-2013, 04:46 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2013 Crosstrek and love it. One of the only things that really appealed to me on the limited was the HD Radio capabilities on the head-unit, but I couldn't justify going with that trim-level for just that. Does anybody know if you can swap a limited head-unit into a premium and have all functionality still work? My gut says "sure it's gotta use the same wiring harness and everything" but you never know with this kind of stuff, it may be totally incompatible.

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Im also curious if it has more power for the speakers than the base head unit.
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I did that swap about two weeks ago. I 'feel' like it has more power (no scientific data, but my ears are happier), especially with the kicker upgrade. The sound quality is so much clearer in all modes that even if it isn't much more powerful its still worth it. The HD thing is pretty cool too, never had that in a car before. Basic FM stations also sound way better on that 4.3" Limited radio as well.
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I did that swap about two weeks ago. I 'feel' like it has more power (no scientific data, but my ears are happier), especially with the kicker upgrade. The sound quality is so much clearer in all modes that even if it isn't much more powerful its still worth it. The HD thing is pretty cool too, never had that in a car before. Basic FM stations also sound way better on that 4.3" Limited radio as well.
About how much did it run you

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And are you guys talking about upgrading to the GPS touch screen radio from the basic

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I did that swap about two weeks ago. I 'feel' like it has more power (no scientific data, but my ears are happier), especially with the kicker upgrade. The sound quality is so much clearer in all modes that even if it isn't much more powerful its still worth it. The HD thing is pretty cool too, never had that in a car before. Basic FM stations also sound way better on that 4.3" Limited radio as well.
Thanks for the reply. Was the wiring the exact same (ie the harnesses could just be plugged into the limited head unit and all features worked?)
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Thanks for the reply. Was the wiring the exact same (ie the harnesses could just be plugged into the limited head unit and all features worked?)
Completely plug and play. No changes necessary at all.

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And are you guys talking about upgrading to the GPS touch screen radio from the basic

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Talkin' about the 4.3 non nav, no touch. I think the Nav one has a different dash bezel, and probably a GPS antenna somewhere. Probably a much different swap.
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It's all the same. I did the swap a few months ago.. plug-n-play. I paid good money for it though, lot's of other XV and Impreza folks have the same idea as we do (did.) Works great, sounds great, nice upgrade.







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It's all the same. I did the swap a few months ago.. plug-n-play. I paid good money for it though, lot's of other XV and Impreza folks have the same idea as we do (did.) Works great, sounds great, nice upgrade.







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U get it from a dealer?

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