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post #1 of 41 Old 08-18-2015, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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2015 Versa SV radio swap to SL

I recently purchased a new 2015 Nissan Versa SV withy the standard Bluetooth "calls only" radio. I also purchased a Nissan App radio pulled from a 2015 Versa note . The new radio has all the bells and whistles and ALL the hook ups on the back are exactly the same as the old radio. I installed the radio without any issues but here are the problems.. 1. My mic no longer works so when I try to pair my iPhone, it asks "do the codes match?" And I say YES but the stereo says that nothing was heard. I switch it to manual mode and I need to hit the "talk" button on my steering wheel but that button doesn't work either.. Note that the volume / source/ song skip buttons DO work on the steering wheel though.. So basically everything works but the MIC and the talk button on the steering wheel which mean I can't fully pair my cellphone.. Anyone have a clue? Again, the hook ups are identical. I'm hoping that the head unit is just defective.
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Upgrade OEM Radio

Did you ever get that figured out?

I have the OEM with no XM. I saw this:

14 15 Nissan Versa Note HTBK CD Single Disc Player Radio w Aux | eBay

Was that the same as yours? I don't need navi but I would like to change radios to get XM. I know I will need to install an XM antenna (which I hope doesn't take a special plug so I can just buy one at best buy).
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I was thinking of doing this as well. I want the extra features, particularly the streaming bluetooth. Navi wouldn't be bad either, then I don't have to use my phone.

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I would like to do this in my 2014 Note S. Does anyone know if the BT is built into the head unit itself or if it is a separate module?
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I'm in the middle of doing this to my kids 2014 Versa Note SV, swapping out the base radio for the next radio up (display audio, no nav).

The base radio has 3 harness connectors:
a 3-pin antenna connector
an 18-pin main connector (power, speakers, etc)
a 16-pin connector (telephone comm and steering wheel audio controls)

The display audio radio has 4 harness connectors:
a 3-pin antenna connector
an 18-pin main connector (power, speakers, etc)
a 32-pin connector (backup camera, telephone comm, and steering wheel audio controls)
a 16-pin bose audio harness (which I won’t use)

and:
a USB plug (4-pin connector)
an XM antenna connector

From comparing the terminal layouts of both radios (the Driver Information & Multimedia .pdf document), the 16-pin connector on the base radio handles steering wheel controls & telephone comm. These have to be remapped and connected to the 32-pin connector of the display audio radio.

Some Frontier and Altima owners that did the same swap actually soldered and fabricated their own 32-pin connectors for this purpose. I sourced a pre-wired 32-pin reverse Nissan harness online which i’m going to use to splice into from the factory wiring, to handle the

steering wheel controls
telephone comm
backup camera

Since the kid is not going to use the XM or USB features, I’m not getting an XM antenna or a USB cable/adapter.

As for SysTuner’s question, I think the BT is a separate module.

I’ll post pictures when I do the install next week.
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I didn't trust myself with this job, so I hired a local car stereo shop to install the OEM radio and backup camera. I sourced a Nissan OEM Display Audio radio from eBay for $80, an Axxess AX-NIS-ADD-CAM1 harness from eBay for $17, and a backup camera from Amazon for $17. You can also get the Axxess harness from autotoys.com for $24 if it’s not available on eBay. Instead of buying this harness, you could build one yourself. Just do a search for Nissan OEM radio swap and look for pinout diagrams for the 32-pin harness, buy a 32-pin connector and pins from Mouser electronics and fabricate/solder your own harness. This is a less expensive option, but since I didn't have the proper tools to build a harness, I opted to buy an Axxess harness which is already wired and pinned.

I also got a USB connector for iPhone/iPod control & charging from eBay for $8, a USB extender cable from monoprice.com for $2, and a USB to Lightning adapter on Amazon for $4. I connected all three together and ran it from the back of the radio to the glove compartment.

They used a non-marring plastic pry tool to pry the radio bezel from the dashboard. The radio is easily removed by unscrewing the 4 Phillips head screws that secure the radio into the dash, pulling the radio out halfway, disconnecting the three harnesses, then pulling the radio completely out.

The gray AM/FM antenna and white main connector harnesses on the back of the new radio are plug-n-play. However, the Bluetooth steering wheel controls, audio steering wheel controls, and backup camera have to be spliced with butt connectors into the Axxess harness

The Axxess harness HAS to be implemented to connect the:

-Bluetooth steering wheel control wires
-audio steering wheel control wires
-backup camera wires

to the radio. This Axxess harness lets you use any aftermarket backup camera with your factory radio. But this is also where we ran into trouble, I thought the pinout were identical the Altima and Frontier radio pinout diagrams I found online (vehicles I've seen on other Nissan forums that have done the similar upgrade), but they're a little different. My installer is going to call Nissan this week to get the actual pin outs. So the Bluetooth steering wheel controls aren't working right now. However, the audio steering wheel controls work fine.

Placed the new radio halfway in and connect the AM/FM antenna harness, main harness and newly wired Axxess harness.

They installed the backup camera into the rear license plate finisher (the lip just above the rear license plate) by drilling a hole into the finisher, running the camera wire through the hole, and bolting the camera to the finisher lip. To feed the camera wire through the inside of the hatch door, a non-marring plastic pry tool was used to pry the interior trim panel from the rear hatch, to gain access to the inside of the hatch door. The camera cable wire was run from the camera through the inside of the hatch door, through the protective boot that houses additional rear hatch electrical wiring at the hatch door hinge. The camera harness/cable is fed through the headliner, down the C pillar inside the plastic interior side panels, out of the cargo area, into the back seat area, and underneath both door sills to the dashboard, behind the radio/kick panel. There it's tapped into the reverse wire for power and wired with butt connectors to the Axxess harness.

Finally, we secured the radio back into place with the 4 mounting screws, snapped the radio bezel back into place, and tested it.

The reverse camera works fine, but there's an extra set of parking assistance parking lines that appear on screen. One set is from the camera, the other set is from the radio. The camera offered lines are easily disabled by cutting the green wire in the harness which I'll have done when I take it back for adjustments.

iPod control and charging is working as well. What's playing on the phone/iPod appears on screen and the iPod menus can be navigated with turning the right side control knob and pushing the right side control knob Enter/Setting button.

I'm taking it back there next week after my installer learns the correct pin outs for the steering wheel controls. But for now, the kid has a backup camera, iPod control and charging, and a better sounding headunit.
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Last edited by colonel clink; 02-04-2017 at 12:52 PM. Reason: The audio steering wheel controls have always worked, it's the bluetooth (handsfree) steering wheel controls that don't work.
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Thank you for your above posts. I am trying to do something similar with my car. I have purchased the new stereo. I do not want to install a backup camera. I just want to install and attach the Bluetooth and steering wheel controls. I have bought your suggested items above. If you learn the pins for the AXXESS for Bluetooth and steering wheel controls, please post here.
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No. I've had no luck. Although I must say a lot of good info has been posted here on this thread. The stereo I bought has the EXACT same hookups on the back. I can't believe Nissan would make different wire configurations for different versions of the same year vehicle in production but I guess they did. Everything works but the Talk button on the steering wheel and the AUX.
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Nissan Versa Note SV radio swap

This thread has been a great resource. I purchased the top of the line Nissan Versa stereo (EBay) with cd, SiriusXM, blue tooth streaming, backup camera, Nissan Connect (which I cannot get to work at all, the Nissan Connect help desk was of no help on this since the car did not come equipped with it when built)
The Navigation works great. I did have to purchase a GPS antenna from Amazon for $15, It took a few weeks to arrive as it came from China. It had the proper blue connector so it was a piece of cake to install.
I've been trying to hook up the OEM backup camera to no avail. I've located all the correct wires for the camera within the hatchback and the same wires in the 32 pin connector. I tried using splice connectors for a direct hookup but this just has not worked. So for now I have no backup camera and cannot use the phone buttons on my steering wheel. The phone setup on the stereo was easy and I can stream Pandora and IHeart Radio. I even got a free trial from SiriusXM. It would be nice to get the other things to work. My original radio worked fine and had the backup camera but the screen was smaller. I'll post some pictures shortly of what I've tried thus far.

Brad Stenstrom
Greenacres, FL

2014 Nissan Versa Note SV
Metallic Blue
(My second Versa)
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I'm taking it back there next week after my installer learns the correct pin outs for the steering wheel controls. But for now, the kid has a backup camera, iPod control and charging, and a better sounding headunit.
Were they able to get everything working?

I currently have the base model stereo, and I'd like to upgrade it and keep the bluetooth steering wheel controls (and add a backup camera, and the OEM USB port by the e-brake).
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