Lexus CT200h Forums banner

Has anyone tried the aftermarket "Tesla" screen radio upgrade?

3725 Views 45 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  MonkeyWrench
I'm seriously considering this radio. I've already been in talks with the company and it seems like it does everything I need. Has anyone tried this specific radio? I know people have tried the other aftermarket radios that aren't as big.

See less See more
  • Like
Reactions: 2
1 - 11 of 46 Posts
subscribed to see the outcome of this.

Thanks for taking the plunge. At times I wish I didn't have the stock navi as options like this would be neat to play with.

Can't wait to see an update.

  • Like
Reactions: 1
yes yes, just You are the only one going through with this. No one on FB or any other groups have even mentioned trying it. I'd say since the manufacture is trying to get it to work with the heated seats shows good support in trying to get it to work with what most people will have in terms of configuration wise.

Can't wait to see how this looks!

  • Like
Reactions: 1
Arg that blows. It's a good try. But I have a feeling you are right. They are sourcing it from the same manufacturer. A shame they can't get it to work with the heated seats. I have a feeling it's due to all the settings we have on the seats. I believe it's like 11. I think the Pirus uses 3. And I remember when someone retrofitted CT seats in their Prius they had to do some work around for the heated seat option of the CT to work with the Prius.

I guess a work around would be to keep or relocated the heated seat functoin/controls and place them somewhere else and then one could still use the screen. Definitely a neat concept for sure.

If you get a decent double din it'll be better than the android unit for sure. Ie: Pioneer, Sony, Alpine...etc. They make vastly better equipment/screens/hardware than the Chinese android stuff out there.

It technically wouldn't be hard to move wherever you wanted to place the switch. It's I believe 8 wires. All you'd really need to do is just extend the 8 wires to whatever length you want and then put the switch panel somewhere. it's modular on the console trim. Meaning you can unscrew the back and it comes right off the panel.

Input device Musical instrument accessory Audio equipment Electronic instrument Cable

And if you didn't want to cut and extend the OEM harness simply go on Aliexpress and find the two connectors for the harness/seat heat connector and then simply make your own harness that plugs into it so nothing is permanent. The connectors ends you'll end up getting 5-10 for maybe $3, you'll wait about 2 weeks from china but if you have any type of soldering/wiring skills this would be a 30 minute thing to do.

Back of panel/switch.
Toy Automotive lighting Vehicle Motor vehicle Toy vehicle

You could actually easily just mount that inside the center console compartment.
Since it's a box pretty much in shape you could mount it anywhere, right under the dash... have someone 3d print a small housing..etc. Looking at this, that would be the way to go and still keep/retain the heated seats but also have the cool tesla like screen in the center.

Doing the above method will retain everything and nothing would be permanent if you decide to ever go back to stock.

See less See more
  • Helpful
Reactions: 1
That's the thing, you'd have to play with the idea and move it somewhere that makes sense to you. Under the dash or somewhere that you still could reach it, but hidden enough that you aren't going to see it like how it's completely visible now... It wouldn't be in the external housing it's in now because it's in the trim piece.

If it was me, I'd put it in the center console compartment as soon as you open the lid it would be on the inside so it would be easy to reach.etc. I only use them when it's cold so 80% of the time here that's not cold it's not used. You could also experiment with the idea of using the heated seat housing as a template to measure the dial/hole distance and then drill two holes elsewhere on the console to then mount from the underside so you would only see the two turn dials...etc.

Yea there is going to be no interface to manage the seat heating...

So it comes down to tesla screen and remote seat heating or double din and keep the dash intact...

If the tesla screen is cracked up to be worth it, then I'd 10% just move the seat heaters somewhere..

I'm taking my entire dash apart btw so this is what the seat heater looks like apart from the console. (I'm changing all green LEDS to white. So I have multple things of everything taken apart)

Pictures will be put here from my phone:

Electrical wiring Gas Circuit component Cable Electronic device

Circuit component Gadget Cameras & optics Camera accessory Technology

Circuit component Finger Computer hardware Engineering Electronic component

Automotive tire Automotive exterior Gas Bumper Automotive wheel system

Automotive tire Wood Floor Rolling Flooring

Gadget Finger Audio equipment Electrical wiring Gas

Engineering Electrical wiring Musical instrument accessory Gadget Electronic device

Engineering Electrical wiring Gas Electronic device Machine

Hand Finger Circuit component Hardware programmer Electrical wiring

Hand Finger Thumb Electrical wiring Cable

Sorry my phone did not put them in order, but you get the idea.

See less See more
  • Helpful
Reactions: 1
I guess it's what you think is worth it. Does having the larger screen give you more options/benefits than using the seat feature? To me I don't see an issue at all relocating the seat heaters. Most of my cars have a button that is in the dash.. For example, on our Mercedes it would be impossible to relocate the switches with how they are spread out and how it's wired. At least with the CT it's a small rectangle box. You could literally put it anywhere out of site and still have full functionality of it. Whether it's in the center console (This would be the easiest and you could still easily access it, plus all wiring would be under the center console and hidden), under the driver side dash...or even on the left side of the dash where we have all the blank buttons... lots of possibilities.

You wouldn't be losing the feature at all which to me is the key. I hate gloss black, so I actually have more of a problem with that than anything else. You could always wrap the bezel of the unit. That would be better and much cheaper than trying to have someone match the sparkled paint that our dash has. I wrapped my RCF's center console in brushed aluminum and it looks wonderful. For the CT I'm using 3m's ebony wood grain which looks really nice and classy.

I have to find the thread but apparently someone has already installed this in the FB groups and is already complaining about sound quality or lack thereof.... i'd have to find it and screen shot it. Take it for a grain of salt but who knows.

See less See more
It can be bought, but be forewarned it's not cheap...

Rectangle Handwriting Organism Font Parallel

Rectangle Beige Parallel Font Pattern

Or do what I did and go on eBay and pick one up. Cost can range anywhere from $50-120+ depending on condition/seat heaters..etc.
Automotive tire Floor Wood Flooring Gas

These are what I am going to be testing my different white LEDS on. It's much easier to do it to test units rather than continuing to solder/desolder leds on my good unit.

See less See more
Yep, Ebay is your best bet then for just the bezel. Depending on how long this takes me I wouldn't be opposed to selling just the bezel once I'm done doing all this stuff with the LEDS. I don't need 4 bezels that I currently But, I know it's going to be a couple weeks before I'm completely done.

Yep that's the parts page on Lexus. Just go to Bell Lexus parts and you can look at all the parts for our cars or other Lexus models. Sometimes it's a pain to navigate because what you'd think a part would be located is somewhere else... but it's all there for the most part which is nice.

Ok, good to know. Do you know how to repair the LEDS that light up the heated seat indicator? Not the orange light, but the green backlight that illuminates the text. The passenger side light died. I could send you mine if you offered repair work. I'm working with two problems here...

1. The bezel around the shifter was cut to accommodate my Kenwood radio. I'll need to replace that.

2. The backlight for the heated seat text has died on the pass. indicator side.

As you already said, I'll have to either buy a new one or get one on eBay.

Just so my mind is clear...Is it really not possible to control the heated seats from ECU? IE: Plugging a radio into the car's main harness? The manufacture seems to think a software update would enable the heated seats to work. I don't exactly believe that because our knobs are analog, but it got me thinking. If we're able to change drive modes and turn on/off EV mod, traction control, why wouldn't we be able to do the same for the heated seats? Again, is it because those buttons are digital and the heated seat relay is analog?
I'm doing my heated seat module LED swap this Wednesday when I get the second batch of LEDS I'm testing for color/hue/brightness. From looking at the leds on my module that I took apart, I don't see an issue at all with swapping/changing/repairing leds. I see no reason at all why I couldn't fix/repair yours unless the actual board is bad. I'd be able to test that once I make a wiring harness Wednesday for mine.. I saw your other post about a phone mount. It would save on shipping if we did both at the same time rather than you ship the seat heater module, then I ship a mount then ship the seat module back..etc. Be able to put them in the same box and then you pay shipping once rather than on two separate items..etc.

This is what the heated seat module looks like:
Circuit component Hardware programmer Finger Passive circuit component Electronic engineering

Yea, they aren't going to have the screen work with our heated seats. One, we have an incremental dial that has something like 11 or 13 positions. I'd have to count tonight but MOST cars have on/off, or 1-2-3 settings. I don't understand honestly why we have so many. If it was controlled through the BCM then in theory they'd be able to have it interface with the software of the screen. But that's not the case in our cars. They aren't going to invest time into doing that because it's going to take a crap done of software tweaking along with other hardware/relays to interface between the two... If this was a thing made by a known company we'd probably have better luck... it's coming from China.... you'll be holding your breath for a loooooong time.

Are you going to hook it up and see if the heated seats work? I still have hope that they will have options in the settings somewhere.
It won't work. They'd have to interface from a digital system to an analog seat controller. Couple that with how many settngs we have they aren't going to put R&D into such a thing. If it came from a major brand maybe... but not from If we had heated seats through the navi/software then it would make sense to be able to to tap into that via the can-bus network interface but that's not how our's works.

See less See more
Thanks Nigel!

I wouldn't mind doing a swap for your heated controls just for the OEM lights. I'm not very particular about wanting them to be white, so I'm happy with the green. Just to be clear, I only need the shifter bezel and the heated seat knob. The shifter bezel was slightly cut on the side to allow for my Kenwood radio to fit. Is it possible to just swap those out? If it's too complicated, I'll just take the phone mount now and call it a day.

I spoke to the manufacture for a pretty long time last night. They claim that in April 15th there will be some sort of Chinese convention with cars. At that time they would be able to test a CT200H to get a digital version of the heated seats to work. They specifically noted that we have analog nobs and they would have "1-2-3 Gear presets" on the radio to control it. This would be done via the can bus I was told. Who knows?

I'm still struggling with the return of the radio. The website offered a $150 refund, or a full refund, but I have to pay return shipping. I declined because I was lied to about the features before I made my purchase. So, I don't feel like I should have to pay return shipping. Still in the dispute department....
The extra bezels I have aren't in 100% perfect condition. Not sure if that matters to you, some have spots on them and where areas have worn through, but I believe one of them might be in the nicest condition out of all of them. Take a picture of your bezel and I can see if it matches up. There are several different revisions that I wasn't aware of until I started taking them apart (w/without traction, preface lift..etc. Certain things are moved to different locations on the bezel). I didn't much care the condition they were in because all I cared about is that I was testing LEDS so I wanted to get them as cheap as possible and not have to spend hundreds of dollars per bezel and most importantly not damage mine in the process of desoldering/soldering leds. These would have been the sacrificial units had I messed up (I didn' I've gotten the method down now to where I can remove the LEDS in about a minute or

As far as your heated seat module, I figure I will have extra green leds once I start taking them off of the ones I have so if you want to keep it stock but have it working that's fine by me. No need to change it to white if you don't want to..etc.

That sucks with the problematic return... Depending on how much you bought it for, you might be better off taking the partial refund then just selling the unit here or on FB. That way you aren't shipping it back to china which isn't going to be cheap...

EDIT: Somehow my post was after all you posted. Good to see and hear that they are taking care of it! Now you won't have to deal with the nonsense!

See less See more
1 - 11 of 46 Posts