View Full Version : Removing the Insignia's Centre Console!

04-07-09, 08:04 PM
This is going to be a post about how to remove the centre console in the new Vauxhall Insignia.

Reason Iím doing this is because I shall be fitting a Parrot bluetooth kit. Once I get the cable needed to connect it to the radio in the Insignia, Which I understand has not been released yet.

Step one:

Is removing the plastic/wood surrounding the centre console.

The ash tray and the pieces to the left and right of the radio.



You need to remove the ashtray first. It just pops out. But be careful as it is held in by plastic clips. They could be easy to break of.


You do the same for the piece on the right and the left.

The left one is easy, Just be careful when you get to the top. As it is held in with some sort of clip. It still just pulls out. But it can be a bit hard to get off. It is best to grab it at the top and pull it.


The right hand side is easier if you open the glove box and work your way from the door in to the radio. Probably the easiest piece to remove.


Step 2

Is removing the the centre console.

There is 4 screws/bolts you need to remove.


I couldnít get a good enough picture. But the blots are on the left and right hand sides of the centre console. There is 2 on each side. You can see the 2 blots better on the picture above(4th one from the top)

Once the blots have been removed the centre console just pulls forward and up. The whole thing comes of. Even the heater vents at the top, which has 2-3 clips in it so you have to pull it off.

Step 3

Is the cables attached to the centre console and radio. I couldnít really get a good picture of the cables.


There is a total of 5 as far as I remember. You can on hook them. The first 3 I found easy. But I had issueís unhooking the final 2. The one at the bottom I could not remove.

To remove the radio, your faced with another 4 bolts.


The radio isnít pretty! But it does look like it is smiling :) Once the 4 bolts have been removed. The radio just slides out.

You have two cables connected to the back of it.


Aerial cable and the data cable. Data cable is simple to remove, Push the top in and move the we lever down and pull it out. I could not get the aerial cable removed. Iím not sure how to take it of and I didnít want to force it. So I just left it on.

Here is a close up of the data cable interface:


That is it for now.

full link to it is here: http://www.hardwareoholic.co.uk/insignia/removing-insignia-centre-console/

04-07-09, 10:45 PM
Aw yea, Well.

I do have the Kit installed and fitted.
Was bit of struggle to get the radio back in when the extra cable was fitted for the Parrot Kit(So many wires lol)

Since then I have chanced my centre console display.

Order a new centre console surround. My car has the 1 line display.
I ordered the 7" satnav surround and have now fitted my Garmin satnav in there along with the one line display + my display screen for the Parrot MKi9100 kit.

Its not quite finished yet. I have lost my will to tidy it up.

But here is how it sits at the minute:


Not the best setup in the world but I enjoy having my sat nav in there and my Parrot kit. The fact I don't have to remove them every time I get out of the car is bonus too.
Done the same thing in my Astra too, which was slightly easier:


05-07-09, 03:33 PM
Aw yea, Well.

I do have the Kit installed and fitted.]

A couragous and interesting posting, the mechanic who changed my damaged audio surround the other week (scratched when delivered) could have done with seeing this post first..LOL it took him about 2.5 hours to do.

Your certainly a lot braver than I. :D A most interesting and informative post, cheers matey for putting it up.

What was the cost of the 7" nav surround ? I wonder what they would charge for OE nav system to be fitted,? I know it was £1200 for it to be added when ording new.

05-07-09, 03:35 PM
the 7" surround cost me I think £35-£40 I can't remember.
But I got it from www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk

As Vauxhall dealer kept saying the parts arent stocked yet etc etc.

LMF got it direct from General Motors/Opel in Germany.

27-07-09, 10:11 PM
Thought one or 2 of you may be interested in this thread I came across.
If you even need to remove any console bits. A bit late for me, as I had my console panels off last week to fix the creaks.


It may already have been posted on here, as I notice on reading page 2 of the thread he said he may post it on here in the general section.

27-07-09, 10:26 PM
It has & you posted in there too.

Link-to-joe's (http://www.vodc.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7964) post!!;);):cool:(-

Matt, ya know you love these sooo much.

Sorry, put it down to old age. Hmmm.. did'nt remember it until you put the above link up, and yes indeed I did post a reply there too..lol
Think I'm losing the plot... certainly losing something..lol

You can delete this thread then matey, though the link may be useful from here perhaps, leave it to you.

27-07-09, 10:39 PM
bin there done that .iv done at least 20 of them now and air bags and the seat belt control system .thats life at a vauxhall dealership

Thats interesting... in that case can you tell me how the 2 parts of the steering cowling underneath the steering wheel clips apart. I get the odd creak from mine.

I've removed the single screw underneath in the centre, and there does not appear to be any screws under the steering wheel (on top of the cowling) like the 2 that was on the Vecs, so it obviously just clips together some way, but it seems a little reluctant to come apart.

So whats the trick? appreciate any suggestions to remove it, as long as it does'nt involve a big hammer. lol