It can be done
Hi, I didn't get any responces but I figured it out and thought I'd let everyone know. I bought a head unit off ebay it said it worked when taken out, but after it hooked it up it didnt. So I decided to give it a try and switch the faceplates.
1.) You will want to get the same unit as you have installed. ie. 6 disc or single
2.) there are 4 torx screws on the sides of the faceplate( 2 on each side)
remove these and the faceplate is loose
3.) there are 2 wiring harnesses connecting it to the body of the cd player, I used a pick to pry them out.
4.) Just switch the faceplates and put it back together.
I did this last night took about 5 minutes to switch them, I checked all the function and they al work.
Hope this helps someone else, the reason I did this was simple:
The buttons on my cd player had the paint flake off of them, the cd player worked fine, but was ugly, So switch!