Originally Posted by willwren
Your climate got messed up because the VF display is controlled by the stock stereo. Check Techinfo for the fix.
I suggest you splice back the stock harness, and go from there. Replacing it entirely would be a bitch.
Agreed, but aren't we talking about a '97 here? I thought the VF display driver in the stereo was on '92 and '93 Bonnes only.
In any event, it sounds like you've managed to cross-connect some circuits, including possibly shorting the dash backlighting to ground. Undo all the connections you made, take a deep breath, and figure out what color wires you need to reconnect. If you tell us what color of wires you need to deal with, maybe we can identify them.
1) You have a 1997, is that right?
2) Do you still have the factory harness plug to reconnect?