Great End Result, Long Journey
2006 Toyota Matrix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
You certainly get enough pieces in this kit to do the job, at least I can say that for my vehicle. However, the instructions clearly show the first step as installing the stereo's DIN sleeve. This should be the last step. For my 2006 Toyota Matrix, doing so made inserting the tabs for the side mounting brackets completely impossible. Also, test fit each piece without placing into final "clipped in" position, and compare to the original radio's mounting points. My kit's side brackets had confusingly identical numbers. Have a rotary cutting tool ready and make sure to cut off the unused mounting carefully before assembling the side brackets. The poor instructions and part numbering make me drop my rating to a "3". There are more than 2 steps needed, but that's all the instruction sheet has. However, once mounted with the radio inside and the dash trim piece installed, it matched the curved contours of the trim as well as the original radio.
Pros: Once installed, a nice aesthetic look.
Cons: Requires a LOT of cutting. Many waste parts. Instructions out of order and sparse.