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Good morning ladies and gents,
Just bought a second hand 2007 Astra 1.6 Sxi for my son to use.
Starting to look around for various things to "add" or do to the car.

It is in very good condition. 67k miles. Body work well nigh on spotless. Four new tyres and MOT for a year. As long as he doesn't ill treat it suspect it will last a good few years.

A couple of things I would be keen to do......

1. Car has the CD30 MP3 stereo unit and keen to fit either an AUX cable or a bluetooth connection. Do not really want to replace stereo as it is always a pita doing it with various cables, extra stuff and so on.
See various historic discussions about best way but still not 100% sure what is doable.
My preferred option is the following....

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Details about CTAVX1A2DP Vauxhall Astra A2DP Bluetooth Streaming Interface Adapter iPhone 7



Has anyone used this adapter? All our cars either have bluetooth or AUX cable as everyone seems to stream their music from their phones.
Thanks


2. Interesting to see that you can retrofit cruise control. Did it on another car .....Peugeot 207 GTI and it works great.
See the stalk and clutch switch for say for about £40. Is it a case of installing the stalk and clutch switch (if needed) and then heading to garage or auto electrician to activate cruise? Have seen mention of making sure that the actual cabling is already there for installing the cruise control.

For both of these questions are there any definitive "stickies" that detail the possible options and the step by step process for installation?

If there is, and I have missed it my apologies, and will keep looking. If not then I will try and do a step by step instruction when I try and do mine.

Is there any way of seeing where people recommend to go for the cruise control activation in my area......Aberdeen, Scotland?

Thanks in advance for any help and assistance.
 

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If your son has a heavy foot you might need a bp tanker to follow him the 1.6 is heavy on fuel but non the less still a good car.

Cruise controll there is a sticky i beleive but yes you need stalk and clutch switch and it will need tech 2 programming.
 

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If your son has a heavy foot you might need a bp tanker to follow him the 1.6 is heavy on fuel but non the less still a good car.

Cruise controll there is a sticky i beleive but yes you need stalk and clutch switch and it will need tech 2 programming.
The car will not be used that much but noted the various comments about the 1.6 being thirsty compared to the 1.4 and 1.8. Will look for a sticky for cruise control. Thanks.
 

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I'm in Aberdeenshire I got a nice guy in my area with loads of experience on tech 2 he also did cruise on my last h he is in the drum of wartle area if you're needing help will get number for you
 

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I'm in Aberdeenshire I got a nice guy in my area with loads of experience on tech 2 he also did cruise on my last h he is in the drum of wartle area if you're needing help will get number for you
Live between Westhill and Inverurie so that would be great.
Did you do the cruise yourself or did he do it for you as well as the tech2 stuff?
Had a look at the sticky and it does seem a bit more involved that I first thought.

PM me the number and I will give him a shout.
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Welcome to AON :wave:

Being a 2007 model, is it a 1.6 VVT or 1.6 TwinPort?

2007 is around the crossover, but I expect it'll be a VVT. If it is, then you should have most of the wiring and quite possibly the clutch switch already fitted from the factory. Definitely have a look before you shell out any cash (Y) If you have these bits, then it'll just be a stalk and programming for cruise control. This is definitely the case on all the diesel and turbo models, but I've got a feeling the 1.6 VVT and 1.8 VVT also had this.

For the stereo, check if your headunit is AUX compatible already. I'd take a guess that if you don't have aux already, then it probably isn't, but Vauxhall are known for their inconsistencies. If you pull the stereo out, there is a PIN out diagram on the top. Any mention of AUX and you should just need to plug a cable into it. If not, then it'll either be replace the stereo with a CD30 MP3 that has AUX pins (will require a new screen and/or some programming to fit), fitting an aftermarket headunit (which I know you said isn't ideal but it's not that hard to do) or fit an intermediate like a Parrot. I couldn't see your pictures properly so you may have already suggested something like the Parrot.
 

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Welcome to AON :wave:

Being a 2007 model, is it a 1.6 VVT or 1.6 TwinPort?

2007 is around the crossover, but I expect it'll be a VVT. If it is, then you should have most of the wiring and quite possibly the clutch switch already fitted from the factory. Definitely have a look before you shell out any cash (Y) If you have these bits, then it'll just be a stalk and programming for cruise control. This is definitely the case on all the diesel and turbo models, but I've got a feeling the 1.6 VVT and 1.8 VVT also had this.

For the stereo, check if your headunit is AUX compatible already. I'd take a guess that if you don't have aux already, then it probably isn't, but Vauxhall are known for their inconsistencies. If you pull the stereo out, there is a PIN out diagram on the top. Any mention of AUX and you should just need to plug a cable into it. If not, then it'll either be replace the stereo with a CD30 MP3 that has AUX pins (will require a new screen and/or some programming to fit), fitting an aftermarket headunit (which I know you said isn't ideal but it's not that hard to do) or fit an intermediate like a Parrot. I couldn't see your pictures properly so you may have already suggested something like the Parrot.
Brilliant reply..and many thanks. Going to have a look later today for clutch switch as well as take the stereo out and have a look at the back of it. Been talking to the nice people at Connects2 and they say that it is hard to determine whether or not it has AUX available.....ie they implied that some of the CD30MP3 units do and some don't. As you say inconsistencies abound...just need it to stream music and the bluetooth option is so much neater and tidier.

Will report back and let you know.

Many thanks as I say.
 

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Brilliant reply..and many thanks. Going to have a look later today for clutch switch as well as take the stereo out and have a look at the back of it. Been talking to the nice people at Connects2 and they say that it is hard to determine whether or not it has AUX available.....ie they implied that some of the CD30MP3 units do and some don't. As you say inconsistencies abound...just need it to stream music and the bluetooth option is so much neater and tidier.

Will report back and let you know.

Many thanks as I say.

Car is dated march 2007.
Where, physically, should I be looking for the clutch switch. Do I need to drop the kick panel under the drivers knees to see it?
Had a look at the sticky and difficult to see where the actual switch sits.

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Car is dated march 2007.
Where, physically, should I be looking for the clutch switch. Do I need to drop the kick panel under the drivers knees to see it?
Had a look at the sticky and difficult to see where the actual switch sits.

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Found the clutch switch..felt for it and there is was.
All I need to buy is the cruise stalk and install it and get it enabled in tech2.
Hopefully.

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Stereo removal keys, insert them into the four holes. Then just pull. Sometimes you might need to push slightly outwards as you pull.

I'll admit it did take me a while the first time, but eventually I got it and tended to find them easy to remove afterwards. That said, I've not done one in ages and I've got the CD70 NAVI to remove from the Siggy soon so that could be entertaining :lol:
 

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As above, it sometimes needs a good yank first time. Not quite as bad as the old Escorts that were glued in but they are tight
 

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Can you tell me where did you look for the clutch?
I'm also thinking about fitting cruise control and probably should make sure my car has a pre-instalation.
 

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Can you tell me where did you look for the clutch?
I'm also thinking about fitting cruise control and probably should make sure my car has a pre-instalation.
Best way I found was to remove the kick panel just below the steering wheel cowling where the drivers right knee is. There are two "screws" that you need to take out, very easy and the panel just drops down. Then get someone, or you in some way to depress the clutch and then run your hand up and over the clutch pedal arm and feel for the clutch switch. I found it quite easily and just pushed the plunger part in and out a couple of times. You would have to be a contortionist to actually get in a position to see the clutch sitch.

Hope that helps.
 

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Some of the late MY7 cars had the wiring for aux in but not a compatible head unit. Easy to check the wiring, it would be taped up under the access flap for the diagnostic port under the handbrake.
Had to be a really late 7 though, think they had already started using the MY8 spec loom in production.
 

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Some of the late MY7 cars had the wiring for aux in but not a compatible head unit. Easy to check the wiring, it would be taped up under the access flap for the diagnostic port under the handbrake.
Had to be a really late 7 though, think they had already started using the MY8 spec loom in production.
Got the unit out and it is non AUX compatible......:'(

So two options.....
1. Replace existing head unit with direct replacement and buy either physical AUX cable or newer bluetooth connector from Connects2. New AUX compatible head unit about £30 on ebay then bluetooth AUX cable is £35. So a total of £65.

2. Replace with new head unit. Total kit - aerial, fascia, cage, connectors, etc - £50. I have a Sony Mex-4100BT unit already available. It was £40. So total is £90.

Keen to do option one as probably easier, less swearing involved and the look and feel will be identical just with bluetooth music streaming but not full phone capability which I can live with.

BIG QUESTION......if I do a direct replacement with CD30MP3 unit with aux for my CD30MPS without aux will I have to fiddle around with tech2 to enable aux etc or should it just be a straight swap?

Still waiting for cruise control stalk so will need to visit tech2 person at some point. If it is a straight swap then that's probably the route I will go.

Thanks again for any help and assistance.
 

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