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Swapping the Stereo on a V50

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Old Oct 13th, 2021, 19:00   #1
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Default Swapping the Stereo on a V50

Hello,
Recently bought a 2010 R design V50 as a first car, but upon receiving the car realized it has the bottom spec sound system. No aux jack, no USB ports, CD and radio is all I've got.

I'm pretty much exclusively gonna use Bluetooth to stream from my phone, so was hoping to be able to get something semi-permanent set up via an aux cable, but as the car doesn't have that that's not an option, as well as this I've seen a couple of videos of inline Bluetooth adapters for the Volvo head unit but all rely on being able to switch to "aux" as an input source.

So my question is, is it possible to just swap the whole unit from a different car in? There are a few scrap yards around me breaking v50s of a range of years, is there anything that'd cause problems if I swap the whole centre console over from one of those cars? I'm sure physically it'd fit, but is there any software issues that'd get in my way?

In the meantime I've settled for a Bluetooth FM transmitter, which does the job, but is by no means ideal, and definitely not the permanent solution I'd like.

I'd also love to get the trip computer added, though this seems to be something you've got to go via a dealer to get, and can be ludicrously expensive.

Honestly thought these features would be standard for the R Design models, but it seems not!

Thanks very much.
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