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HU from America...?

Does anyone know if the HU's from America are a straight plug and play system as if I'd bought a HU from Halfrauds?

I'm looking at one on ebay (item number 5782473220) as I can't afford a brand new HU as I'd originally planned so was looking at used ones...

Is there a difference and how easy are any problems to overcome? I've also got the Pioneer 6 Disc changer - would it be compatible with the above HU?

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AFAIK theres no problem with the plugs. but you wont have a warrenty most likely and i remeber seeing an article once where the radio didnt cover UK frequencies
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The FM tuner is different, we're odd, they're even (ie, we are all 98.9fm, 102.5fm etc).
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also are you keying in import tax?you cant be sure you wont get charged
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How much are you looking to spend Baz?
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Quote Originally Posted by paulbfd
The FM tuner is different, we're odd, they're even (ie, we are all 98.9fm, 102.5fm etc).
Trent FM Nottingham is 96.2?? Century is 106.0
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Oops.

Thinking before I type this time it's the how it tunes up, we use 0.3 steps, they use 0.2.

Or something like that anyway, it means that you might not be able to get the station you want exactly.
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That makes more sense Though I know nothing about the way digital tuners work so will take your word for it.
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Quote Originally Posted by paulbfd
How much are you looking to spend Baz?
I was originally looking at 200 but now it's got to be as cheap as possible!!!

I need/want it to be a Pioneer as I've used them before and really like them & got a 6 Disc changer sat in the shed waiting to go into car once I get a HU sorted!!

So basically everything should work alright but I might not pick up some stations as clear as possible? I've already got an antenna booster from when I had a Pioneer in my old Polo (reception was **** in that car!!)

It just the HU I saw on ebay (see first post) is still at 50 with no bidders - the guy seems to be in the UK so tax wouldn't be a prob. What does everyone think? Should I risk buying it or not?
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What HU? Don't worry I won't poach it
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It's the Pioneer DEH-P8600MP. The ebay link is here and it's on the caraudiosecurity.com site here for 299.99
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Just had another thought - will the ISO connectors be the same on an american unit as a UK one...?
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Yes they will, if they didn't then everytime the car was released in another country they would have to redo all the wiring
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Re: HU from America...?

the radio/tuner wont work if you buy it from america, my mate bort a sony HU from america and the radio still doesnt work 2 yrs later! however if you dont like the radio, CD's will play fine!

Btw watch out for the expensive tax they charge for shipping, my mate had to stump up 20 extra quid just to take it home from the post office!
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