This is the next step in the ongoing Getz stereo install. To be honest, it’s been a long time since I did this, but I’m doing some more soon, so I wanted to update this blog.
Okay, the first thing I did was remove the seats – it’s a lot easier to get to the center console that way, and not a difficult thing to do. To remove the seat, push it all the way forward and start with the exposed bolts at the back where the seat fits into the rail.
The next step once those are removed, is to move the seat all the way back to expose the front bolts. be careful of this, however since the seat can jump around a bit. Also, I found the on the driver seat there is an electric connector that clips to enable the sensor for the seat belt warning. Below are two pics – the first a shot of the front bolts from the front, and the second showing the actual clip. The clip should come apart fairly easily.
It’s probably not a bad point to mention here that in the photo from the front of the seat, you can see there is a huge space under the seat. I will use that at a later point to fit the amp.
Anyway, so now you have the seat out. First things first – and trust me on this one – grab a piece of cardboard and write “Driver” or “Passenger” on it. Then put the cardboard on the seat so you know which is which. This will save time in the long run. I also use the cardboard signs for other equipment I take off cars so I know which side it comes from. Here’s a photo… and how the car looks without the seat.
Then do the same with the other seat.
Now it’s really easy to get to the center console. Three simple bolts and a bit of elbow grease…
First bolt – left hand side, right up under the dash, beneath the glove box on the console side. The actual bolt itself is on the most forward and lowest part of the center console. Undo this bolt and put it somewhere safe.
(note the above pic has the bolt removed already)
Next, remove the bolt that’s in exactly the same spot, but on the other side…
Then the last bolt is in the cup holder, under the little rubber coaster thing. Just take out the coaster and remove the bolt.
Okay, now this bit isn’t going to scare you a little, but it’s easy – just use elbow grease. Lift the console up from the cup holder end. In this pic (and on the car I’m working on) it’s automatic and therefore maybe be a little different from a manual. Anyway, the part that shows the gears is a little tricky, but push it down as you lift the console.
Lever the console up until it comes away from the rest of the dash and then you can just pull it out. It takes a little bit of persuading, so you may need to bear with it. Once it’s out, it looks like this.
And that’s how it’s done!