In this article I will show you how to install a satnav ( gps or navigation system) in Opel or Vauxhall Vectra B.
This car has no factory fitted navigation system, except some premium version which had a rudimentary system.
One day I was thinking ..my Opel Vectra has : AC ,power windows , electric mirrors, heated seats..but no navigation system ?? Hmm. I need one! I searched days over internet for solutions ,and finally I did a custom install.
The only minus is :
-for this install ,the factory TID (triple info display) is gone, the new navigation system is fitted in it’s place. Generally the TID always has problems like missing pixels, etc and beside temperature and clock, it is a little piece of nothing..
For the navigation system I chose a Garmin for one option (auto start on ignition).It is a regular Garmin with 4,3″screen and powered by miniUSB cable ..I also use a sticky adhesive plate (round or square) made of plastic also known as dash adhesive mount for navigation systems,and some wood screws .
1.Remove the dash from Opel Vectra to access the TID display. This should be no hard work if you first check this tutorial about removing car dashboard (a part of it ) :
2.After removing the dash you need to take out the instrument cluster (disconnect the TID cable and then pull it through the right side of the steering wheel)
3. Take out the TID (it has four screws on the back ) and you get a nice space for your brand new Opel navigation system (or at least a custom one).
4.Here comes the tricky part : fitting the 4,3″ navigation (in my case Garmin ) in that space. Fit it behind the clocks, and fix the adhesive plate to the back of the gps.
Take the wood screws and making holes in adhesive plate put one right, one left ,one up, and one down fixing them to the edges of the dash like in the image. Find the right position to look good (similar edges, no empty space) then tighten screws one by one till is done. To lock in position , use silicon along the sides of the navigation system where it comes in contact with instrument cluster.
Wait one hour to dry, then is time to set up charging of the GPS. You could charge it normally to the cigarette lighter using hidden cable, but I wanted to be completely hidden.
From TID former wiring I take out ignition power (brown wire) and ground-negative (black wire) .I wired those to the navigation system lighter plug and isolated them (solder is better ).
The dash has plenty of space (you observed this by now) in the back …so I put the instrument cluster back, with some adhesive tape I fixed wires in the back and start mounting everything in reverse order.
The result : Opel Vectra B with the navigation system as seen here :