Welcome to the world of the Nissan Figaro, a charming retro-styled car that captivates enthusiasts with its unique design and features. One of the standout features of the Nissan Figaro is its original 1991 radio, specifically designed for use in Japan.
In this article, we will explore the original radio’s limitations for use in other regions like the UK and US, the options available to Nissan Figaro owners, and the exciting upgrades that can enhance your driving experience.
The Original 1991 Radio: Limited Compatibility for Other Regions
The Nissan Figaro, originally manufactured for the Japanese market, came equipped with a radio that is not compatible with other regions.
This means that if you own a Nissan Figaro outside of Japan, you may encounter difficulties in using the original radio due to frequency differences and band limitations.
The radio’s frequency range and band settings are tailored specifically for the Japanese market, making it challenging to tune into local stations in other countries.
Options for Nissan Figaro Owners to Upgrade their In Car Entertainment
- Band Expander Conversion
As a Nissan Figaro owner, the first option you have is to connect an FM Band expander to the original radio. An FM band expander does exactly that – expands the radio’s frequency range, allowing it to pick up signals from a wider range of stations.
By installing an FM band expander, you can overcome the limitations of the original radio and tune into local stations in your region.
However, it is important to note that band expanders can be temperamental and may require adjustments to achieve optimal performance. Expect intermittent signal and likely you will not get access to all your beloved stations.
This is however the cheapest and simplest option available to you and may get you something, rather than nothing.
- Clarion Upgrade Level 2: Adding Bluetooth Functionality
The next available option for Nissan Figaro owners is to upgrade their radio to a Clarion unit with Level 2 functionality.
This upgrade expands the radio’s features with a digital screen and upgraded CD player with MP3. It also adds Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to seamlessly connect your smartphone and enjoy hands-free calling and audio streaming. Auxiliary jack input for playback and USB port for fast charging are also included.
With the Clarion Level 2 upgrade, you can bring modern convenience to your Nissan Figaro while still maintaining its retro charm.
- Clarion Upgrade Level 3: Introducing DAB Radio
For those seeking an even greater audio experience, the Clarion Level 3 upgrade is the way to go.
This upgrade not only includes Bluetooth functionality and everything that you get with the Level 2 Clarion, but also introduces Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio.
DAB radio offers superior sound quality and a wider range of stations compared to traditional FM/AM radio.
With the Clarion Level 3 upgrade, you can enjoy crystal-clear sound and access a diverse selection of radio stations, enhancing the fun that you can have driving your Figaro.
- Double DIN Facia fitted with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Screen Stereo
If you’re looking for the ultimate in-car entertainment system, the double DIN upgrade with a complete Apple CarPlay screen is the answer.
This upgrade replaces the original radio with a double DIN unit that features a large touch screen display and full smart phone compatibility.
With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can seamlessly integrate your smart phone into your Nissan Figaro’s audio system, allowing you to access your favourite apps, make calls, send messages, and enjoy music and navigation, all from the convenience of the touch screen display.
There are a plethora of options available ranging in price and specification from all the top manufacturers including Kenwood, Pioneer and Alpine. The Double Din Conversion Facia Kit can be purchased from our shop and comes complete with the brackets and hardware for a smooth and secure fit. This is a bespoke piece developed specifically for the Figaro, painted in ivory in house and even features a Fleur De Lys logo moulding.
The Nissan Figaro radio, although originally designed for the Japanese market, offers a range of options for owners looking to enhance their driving experience through in car entertainment.
From FM band expander right through to the ultimate double DIN Apple CarPlay screen, there are solutions to suit every preference.
Whether you choose to retain the retro charm of the original radio or opt for modern upgrades, the choice is yours to make. Enjoy the journey with your Nissan Figaro and get in touch with us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Can I use the original 1991 radio in my Nissan Figaro if I live outside of Japan?
Unfortunately, the original 1991 radio in the Nissan Figaro is not compatible with regions outside of Japan. The frequency range and band settings are tailored specifically for the Japanese market, making it challenging to tune into local stations in other countries.
How does an FM band expander work, and is it a reliable solution for tuning into local stations?
A band expander is a device that expands the radio’s frequency range, allowing it to pick up signals from a wider range of stations. It works by converting the frequency of the local station to a frequency that the radio can receive. While a band expander can be a solution for tuning into local stations, it can sometimes be temperamental and may require adjustments for optimal performance.
What are the benefits of upgrading my Nissan Figaro radio to Clarion Level 2?
Upgrading your Nissan Figaro radio to Clarion Level 2 offers several benefits. Firstly, it expands the radio’s features, allowing you to access additional functionalities. Secondly, it adds Bluetooth connectivity, enabling you to connect your smartphone for hands-free calling and audio streaming. This upgrade brings modern convenience to your Nissan Figaro while preserving its retro charm.
How does DAB radio improve the audio experience in my Nissan Figaro?
DAB radio, which stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting, offers superior sound quality and a wider range of stations compared to traditional FM/AM radio. By upgrading your Nissan Figaro radio to Clarion Level 3, which includes DAB radio functionality, you can enjoy crystal-clear sound and access a diverse selection of radio stations. This enhancement greatly enhances your audio experience while driving.
What features does the Double DIN upgrade with Apple CarPlay/Android AutoPlay offer that the original radio doesn’t?
The double DIN upgrade with Apple CarPlay replaces the original radio with a larger touch screen display and full Apple CarPlay or Android AutoPlay compatibility. With the Double Din option you can seamlessly integrate your smartphone into your Nissan Figaro’s audio system. This allows you to access your favourite apps, make calls, send messages, and enjoy music and navigation, all from the convenience of the touch screen display. It offers a more advanced and interactive in-car entertainment system compared to the original radio.