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I'm to the point where I want to get some modern connectivity in my 08 Fusion SE, and I will say... I was not prepared for the muddy comparison of double din stereos, as every other vehicle I've ever owned was single din only, which was easy. Does it have bluetooth? sweet! Now I'll slap an amp in it.

So what I'm looking for, is a touch screen, preferably with enough power in the head unit to push the stock components in the front, and rear door speakers. I have concluded that I don't care much about android auto/screen mirroring/nav built into the stereo, I've dealt with having my phone stuck to the windshield long enough that I'm not going to mess with success.

If thats an unrealistic goal, what is the best approach to adding an amp? In the past, I've just spliced the rear speaker wires into the front behind the radio and connected the amp that way, however since this car doesn't have rear deck speakers, obviously that wont work.

I'm a bit of an audiophile, but this car cost me $300, so I'd rather not spend a mint on audio. Looking forward to suggestions, thanks!
 

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Good morning all,

I'm to the point where I want to get some modern connectivity in my 08 Fusion SE, and I will say... I was not prepared for the muddy comparison of double din stereos, as every other vehicle I've ever owned was single din only, which was easy. Does it have bluetooth? sweet! Now I'll slap an amp in it.

So what I'm looking for, is a touch screen, preferably with enough power in the head unit to push the stock components in the front, and rear door speakers. I have concluded that I don't care much about android auto/screen mirroring/nav built into the stereo, I've dealt with having my phone stuck to the windshield long enough that I'm not going to mess with success.

If thats an unrealistic goal, what is the best approach to adding an amp? In the past, I've just spliced the rear speaker wires into the front behind the radio and connected the amp that way, however since this car doesn't have rear deck speakers, obviously that wont work.

I'm a bit of an audiophile, but this car cost me $300, so I'd rather not spend a mint on audio. Looking forward to suggestions, thanks!
Hi nyt. I would highly recommend you go to www.crutchfield.com and use their fitment guide to find exactly what you are looking for. Their fitment guide will help you find a system with the features you want that will fit your 2008 Fusion. Or preferably, call and speak to one of their customer service/installation specialists.

Then, if you find something you like, you can either purchase from them or use the information to shop elsewhere. I can highly recommend purchasing from Crutchfield. Their customer service is excellent, and they provide all necessary wiring harnesses and connectors to install the new system, detailed removal and installation instructions, and lifetime technical assistance. Their prices are not rock bottom, bargain basement low, but are more than competitive.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.
 

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Hi nyt. I would highly recommend you go to www.crutchfield.com and use their fitment guide to find exactly what you are looking for. Their fitment guide will help you find a system with the features you want that will fit your 2008 Fusion. Or preferably, call and speak to one of their customer service/installation specialists.

Then, if you find something you like, you can either purchase from them or use the information to shop elsewhere. I can highly recommend purchasing from Crutchfield. Their customer service is excellent, and they provide all necessary wiring harnesses and connectors to install the new system, detailed removal and installation instructions, and lifetime technical assistance. Their prices are not rock bottom, bargain basement low, but are more than competitive.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.
Outstanding advice. I've used Crutchfield for years and they've always treated me well, but I found the dizzying array of options a little muddy, which is why I asked here.

I decided to be impulsive, and bought a JVC KW-M560BT open box from Best Buy. It sports 21w RMS x4, and has Android auto, backup camera options, etc. Sounds surprisingly good over the factory speakers, and the Android auto features seem to be worth the cost. The only thing I have yet to do is explore connecting the steering wheel control, which with AA might be a wise move.
 
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