Audio player (radio/cd) upgrade on a 2006/2007 c3

Audio, ICE, Speakers, Head Unit, CD, CD Multi changer. If you have a question about any Citroen C3 related Audio, then this is the place.

Please indicate if there is a Citroen CD multi-changer, drawer or cubby under the CD/Radio, if there is the Navigation unit, CD or Radio options.
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So, the images below show the audio player I have. The issue is that when I slot in a cd (not dvd) it won't read it. It just spins it and doesn't even eject it. Had to disassemble the whole thing to get the cd out. My question is how to proceed with changing the current player.
Citroen C3 CD radio
Citroen C3 CD radio
However, I'd opt for one that has a USB port to be able to play audio from a USB stick, cos I'm fearing playing audio from a cd will end up with the same problem as the one I'm facing now, probably due to vibration and holes on the roads we have here. That's why I'm thinking of upgrading with another audio player, different than the original one. Is it possible or do I have to stick with the original type? Any tip, suggestions or limitation?

If I upgraded to a different player would I still be able to access the menu and all other things from the on-board computer? The buttons I use from the current (faulty) player are - Mode/Dark and Menu/ESC and clearly the arrows and OK. I guess any other player would also have those options so I guess it would be possible to simply slot in any other player? Huh? On the attached images it is visible how the current player connects with the cables. I guess it's a standard set-up that other players would conform to, too.

Inserting the player into place probably has something to do with the options for upgrade i have. This is how to remove and insert back the current player I have -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHBFJ-JNPbA

(doesn't matter that it is for a c2, still the same way). So I guess the options for upgrade I have are limited to players that insert in the very same way. Otherwise how would the thing stay in place?

Any tips or comments are welcome?
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soewhaty wrote:Had to disassemble the whole thing to get the cd out. My question is how to proceed with changing the current player.
If you fit another identical citroen radio to the one you already have, it will need to be coded to the car or be modified by the vendor to bypass the coding.
soewhaty wrote:If I upgraded to a different player would I still be able to access the menu and all other things from the on-board computer? The buttons I use from the current (faulty) player are - Mode/Dark and Menu/Esc and clearly the arrows and OK. I guess any other player would also have those options so I guess it would be possible to simply slot in any other player? Huh? On the attached images it is visible how the current player connects with the cables. I guess it's a standard set-up that other players would conform to, too.
If you access the menu for the car via the radio buttons, you will loose this function if you remove or change the stereo.
soewhaty wrote:So I guess the options for upgrade I have are limited to players that insert in the very same way. Otherwise how would the thing stay in place?
Any of the aftermarket stereos will physically fit the C3 that are single DIN, its getting the right adaptor for electrical that is the problem.



This is a solution to keeping the controls for the menu and having a new stereo :cry:
Citroen C3 audio install with access to menu
Citroen C3 audio install with access to menu
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Thanks for the reply!
If you fit another identical citroen radio to the one you already have, it will need to be coded to the car or be modified by the vendor to bypass the coding.
Can't I find a radio out there, which does not need to be coded to the car? Sounds too much of a hassle for me.
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I guess you are right in suggesting that other option (on the picture) of keeping the original radio and fitting a 2nd one. However, I must ask a few questions about that. First off, I have to remove the little tray, seen on my pic, and if in its place I fit a radio I have no idea if it'll stay put. Won't it just fall off due to vibrations? However, that's the minor issue, the major one is figuring out how the user from that picture of yours has managed to have both radios connected. As you can see on the images below there are only 2 cables (1 thick and 1 thin), which currently connect to my faulty radio. If I keep both of them connected to the old one, how do I then connect the new radio? Do I keep one in the old and plug in the other cable in the new or what? Would any radio work, or would it also need to be coded?

Thank you in advance for your time! :) Muchly appreciated!
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I can't see why you need to have two radios with all the complication that gives.

If you fit one of these clicky or similar you can keep the function of the radio remote control and also the settings that were made from the OEM radio.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
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Thanks for the input, but I really didn't catch your thought there, Missing Lincs. As it is now, on my steering wheel there is sth like a bar that allows me only to adjust volume and ... I think search btwn stations, nothing else. On the actual radio I have all the important buttons needed to access the main car menu.

Do those 'clicky', as you called them, have something to do with that bar on my steering wheel or are they like a separate remote giving access to the main car menu or what? So if I purchased them I still didn't quite catch your idea. Perhaps it was that the 'clicky' are meant to give me access to the main car menu and meanwhile I should remove the currently faulty stereo and slot in a new on, eh?
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Missing Lincs wrote:I can't see why you need to have two radios with all the complication that gives.

If you fit one of these clicky or similar you can keep the function of the radio remote control and also the settings that were made from the OEM radio.
If you remove the Citroen radio,can you still program the date and time on the little display above it?

Like this topic?
https://citroenc3owners.com/audio-citroe ... t1205.html

Because you loose all those buttons in the picture below

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To adjust the date and the time:
• Press button A.
• Using B, select the sub-menu for Display Adjustments, then confirm with a press on C.
• Using B, select what you wish to modify: Day, month, year, hour, minutes and display mode.
• Make your adjustment by presses on E. You can continue your adjustments, selecting further parameters by pressing B.
• When you have finished your adjustments, simply wait for the display to disappear.
soewhaty wrote:As you can see on the images below there are only 2 cables (1 thick and 1 thin), which currently connect to my faulty radio. If I keep both of them connected to the old one, how do I then connect the new radio? Do I keep one in the old and plug in the other cable in the new or what? Would any radio work, or would it also need to be coded?
That's a bit of bother too, I should have posted the link to the post that goes with the double radio install, I will look it up for you.
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soewhaty wrote:Thanks for the input, but I really didn't catch your thought there, Missing Lincs. As it is now, on my steering wheel there is sth like a bar that allows me only to adjust volume and ... I think search btwn stations, nothing else. On the actual radio I have all the important buttons needed to access the main car menu.

Do those 'clicky', as you called them, have something to do with that bar on my steering wheel or are they like a separate remote giving access to the main car menu or what? So if I purchased them I still didn't quite catch your idea. Perhaps it was that the 'clicky' are meant to give me access to the main car menu and meanwhile I should remove the currently faulty stereo and slot in a new on, eh?
The adaptor allows you to replace the OEM radio, keep the functions of the steering wheel controls and also adjust the other settings on the car which you would otherwise loose.

Follow my link to the product page, then have a look at the install instructions, they show how to access the settings to change clock etc.

BTW - it's only 'clicky' because you 'click' on it :lol:
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
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