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I have a base model Cube and am going to add some factory features to it.. I want to add cruise control, auto climate, and maybe a few others.. Im going to go over the schematic for the Cube this weekend and see what I can come up with.. Has anyone here done this before to the Cube?

With the cruise control, it looks like there is a different steering wheel that ill need.. :(
And again, I dont know the ins and outs of the Cube just yet(I know Hondas forward and backward) so I dont know if the Cube has throttle by wire or not.. If it does then the ECU will/should control the cruise control and it doesnt make sense to make different ecu's for cruise and non-cruise models.. If thats the case then adding the cruise buttons and a "cruse control module" should be all that is needed to make the ecu support cruise control..

The automatic climate control should be even eaiser.. Im not sure if they are difference harness or not but again, it wouldnt make sense to make 2 different climate control harnesses for the manual and automatic climate control.. It should be as easy as changing the control unit to the auto one and adding some sensors to the car somewhere and/or the AC duct..

Feedback is welcome..
 

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I have a 1979 Pontiac that I was going to add a gauge to. The dashboard bezel already had a blacked out place for the gauge, so I figured it would be a simple thing to put in the gauge, then run wires to it. Not a chance. There was a circuit board right behind the blacked out bezel, and the more I dug into it, the more problems I found to overcome. It seemed like half the car was different, depending on whether you factory ordered the gauge package or not. On my Subaru, they used different wiring harnesses, depending on which rearview mirror you ordered! I learned my lesson, which is the reason I ordered a 1.8S instead of the 1.8 Base. Not trying to rain on your parade, but there tend to be a lot of differences in car trim levels that don't make sense.
 

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I have a 1979 Pontiac that I was going to add a gauge to. The dashboard bezel already had a blacked out place for the gauge, so I figured it would be a simple thing to put in the gauge, then run wires to it. Not a chance. There was a circuit board right behind the blacked out bezel, and the more I dug into it, the more problems I found to overcome. It seemed like half the car was different, depending on whether you factory ordered the gauge package or not. On my Subaru, they used different wiring harnesses, depending on which rearview mirror you ordered! I learned my lesson, which is the reason I ordered a 1.8S instead of the 1.8 Base. Not trying to rain on your parade, but there tend to be a lot of differences in car trim levels that don't make sense.
Well forgetting about the pontiac, they do things that never make sense(bye bye 30 billion tax dollars).. I know in the Hondas, everything has a place and its either there or not.. If the AC harness is different then it should be just removing the old harness and using a new "auto" ac harness.. Again I havent looked into the wiring schematics at all yet so I might be wrong on this with the Cube.. The japs are very smart and tend to think alike so that why I mentioned that since its this way on Hondas..

There are many different models of cars(speaking civics and integras) and you can swap basically any engine you want, you just use the engine harness that comes with the engine.. The plugs on the car itself are all the same and all the wires are there weather that model of car had the feature or not.. Im hoping this is the same with the Cube(not swapping the engine)..

Again, only way to tell is to look over the schematics which ill do this weekend.. Its never as easy as anyone thinks, I just hope its not so hard that its "impossible".. :(

And honestly, if its not worth doing its no big deal.. Its not my everyday driver, I just got the Cube to replace my old and dying isuzu rodeo that got 16mpg and didnt have working cruise control and only have 2 climate control settings(off and full blast).. I used the rodeo(and now the Cube) for hauling my scuba gear and tailgating at football games, even the base model Cube is better than the rodeo was.. :)
 

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GM cars are great this way - you can swap in things from higher level models with ease! I added steering wheel audio controls to an HHR for $20. The harness was already back there, connected to the radio.

But for more expensive options you may have to buy additional components. I doubt any manufacturer includes a Bluetooth brain, for example, unless you paid for it.
 

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But for more expensive options you may have to buy additional components. I doubt any manufacturer includes a Bluetooth brain, for example, unless you paid for it.
I agree with you there.. Parts need to be bought to make new features work.. Im just hoping that the wiring harness is "generic Cube harness" with just the components missing.. Add the missing stuff and your good to go.....maybe...hopefully.. :yes:
 

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I just cashed my clunker for a new base model cube and have the same questions. I'm particulary interested in the cruise control which is sorely missed. There might be aftermarket kits avail that don't require a steering wheel change .

It appears that the radio is set up for rear speakers, but fading to rear leaves no sound. With any luck I'll pull the panels to see if there are wires in there. Should be easy.

As for climate control, I'd bet that the added luxury of that feature would not be worth the time and money to do that changeover.

I'll report my success/failure on this forum.
 

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I also want the climate control upgrade for my S, and as I have seen on newer card and trucks, there are connectors to use just in case a certain option will be installed by the dealer, it just saves money for the car company. I imagine the climate control will be easy if the manual knobs are not connected mechanically to the system, if they are electric then the swap should be simple. On a side note, has anyone figured out how to pop off the dash panels to gain access to the climate controls?, or the radio bezel?, they look like they have individual bezels. How about the door panels, so far I have notice a single screw in the hand grab right behind the power window switches.
The truck I traded in for my Cube was super easy to upgrade the audio system, it was 3 screws, 2 trim panels and the lock bezel which all easily popped out with a screwdriver, and remove the manual window crank and the door panel lifted straight up, and away in less than 2 minutes.
 

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Well after looking through the service manual it appears to be you may be right. It only shows one harness configuration.

I was kind of hoping for this too because of Nissan's opinion that you shouldn't have a fully loaded 6 speed car :mad:

If anyone is taking the climate control panel (auto or manual) off can you take detailed pictures of the connectors so I can see the wiring colors. :)

-Dylan @ Kei Garage
 

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I had that off 3 weeks ago to see if I could change the hideous orange color lighting. I can post some pics this weekend.
 

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Figured I would bump this up to see if anyone has made any headway with this. Has anyone swapped the dials out for the auto climate control? I'm curious if the outside temp would work if one were to do this swap too. Is it possible that Nissan put all of the necessary stuff there?
 

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momzbox said:
I had that off 3 weeks ago to see if I could change the hideous orange color lighting. I can post some pics this weekend.
I thought I was the only one hating the orange! Can you change it?!?!?!
 

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will good luck on the auto ac u need the auto ac control unit and the auto light swith on the dash bcuz it reads temp to and the wire harneds i did it on my s model
 

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Must be a matter of taste as I like the orange. What I don't like is the dog-bone tach and mph. Looks cutsie Japanese kid like. I would prefer two round gauges and the orange.

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what about adding the factory navigation and rear view camera? Has anyone looked into that? If it wasn't too expensiv I would be up for that so I can keep my factory bluetooth.
 

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what about adding the factory navigation and rear view camera? Has anyone looked into that? If it wasn't too expensiv I would be up for that so I can keep my factory bluetooth.
with the camera i think you'd have to drill a hole in your door to install it, since there is no exsisting hole where the camera is normally mounted. but factory navi should be a breeze to install, since the radio the cube uses is universal double din.
 

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I just bought my cube about five days ago and i just had the dealer install cruise in it this morning.
All in it was little over 450 usd (i don't really care if that was too much i'm happy and thats all that matters)
The stalk is a lil cheapish but functions good I do not have many details about the unit other than it is not a nissan part (obviously).
it is a little close to the tilt switch but not close enough to interfere with it's functions.


 

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looks like its in the way of the steering tilt.
 
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