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got a Chistmas present from the family in the form of a MY05 R53 CooperS (so will probably be here asking lots of dumb questions because the last Mini I drove was 2 continents ago, and it was registered in 1975, and my primary transport since then has been motorcycles!)

As I use my phone for navigation (Waze is a lifesaver, though Here maps is a good fallback when there's no coverage) and play music through it, I was hoping there was a simple/not too expensive upgrade I could make to the existing Boost head unit (single CD in the HU, H/K Speakers, and an amp - no CD Changer - in the boot) that's readily available here in Australia (and ideally something I'll be able to fit without needing specialist tools or a degree in auto engineering!)

Minimum is the ability to play music from the phone via Bluetooth, and still use the MFSW controls to skip tracks / change volume etc. Bonus would be an external microphone for calls and using Google Assistant (or my wife to use Siri)

Don't really want to change the radio, as there's not many single DIN options that would support Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and still fit into the space (seems like a HUD would be a perfect option, but no-one seems to actually have decent offerings there)
 

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See if you can find one of these locally (in Aus).


We have one in our Mini with the HK stereo upgrade and it does all you asked of it.
 

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See if you can find one of these locally (in Aus).


We have one in our Mini with the HK stereo upgrade and it does all you asked of it.
fantastic! thanks ... that told me what I need to look for, and found one locally that should now be here in a week :)
Hopefully fitting it is as easy as the random youtube videos on getting the stereo out of the dash make out (I think I have the right Torx drivers, but if not... it's an excuse for a tool shopping trip!)
 

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Mine was a bit more complex due to having sat nav, but that was easy enough to solve.
 

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Mine was a bit more complex due to having sat nav, but that was easy enough to solve.
luckily (I guess) the Sat Nav spec'd ones are a bit rarer here - which is okay for me, as I use Waze on the bike (round here there's a lot of 'hidden' mobile speed traps!) so happy to stick to that, but can't live without my tunes!
Now just got to wait (impatiently) for the LaPower dongle to turn up, and work out where I want to mount the phone so it's visible without being distracting, won't get knocked, or fried in the sun (Australian summers are a killer!)
 

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thanks for the pointer ... ordered off eBay, arrived yesterday and got it installed in less time that it took to play the extended Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Welcome to the Pleasure Dome"! Luckily I'd watched a couple of the 'how to get the HU out' videos on youTube so had the t20 and a socket. Getting the radio and the new extension cable back into the space was a bit of a tight fit (the extension kept trying to go the wrong way) but was able to reach behind from the steering wheel side and guide it in.

Got the unit sitting in the little tray under the toggle switches for now, but as I don't really need access to the 3.5mm jack I might hide it away somewhere (looks like the USB socket isn't enough to power my Pixel3)

Works really well, and sounds fine. I guess it's a limitation of the CD interface that it just shows "T88" as the track, rather than any details but that's a really minor thing.
 
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