Friends, Requesting help in finding a head unit for my old car(Toyota Camry 2003).
Car is running fine with 150K miles and plan to keep it for another 3-5 years. OEM head unit(Double DIN) plays CD/Cassette,FM/AM Radio flawlessly. Missing Bluetooth and navigation. Want to upgrade the head unit -don't want to spend too much on the head unit for fear that car might give some major problem and then have to buy a new car in which case this investment is down the drain. Bit wary of the navigation head units as most reviews complain about issues with the head units and some wish that they never went for the upgrade. I am not Handy myself and need to take it to a shop to get this done. I am comfortable spending $300-400, or some more if it is really worth it. Is it worth spending this money or should I continue with my garmin/ blue tooth speaker?
Can anyone please recommend a good head unit - Kenwood seems to be over $900 and Pioneer seems to be $400-700. Anyone has experience with this? I live in SF bay area. Any shops/mechanic that you can recommend?
If you are going to go to a 'shop' expect to pay lots of money Go to Crutchfield.com and look at radios there to fit your car (They have a size checker) and if you buy from them with the proper adapter kit, you get full instructions on how to do it yourself.
You can go to BestBuy and have in-dash Navigation installed by GeekSqaud for $99+tax. At least in my area they would install any unit, regardless of where you've bought it. Going to a specialty shop can be much more.
Just bought the Garmin 60LMT with the Garmin back up camera from Best Buy for a mid size SUV. Had them install it. Out the door after some price matching was around $400. Back up camera is wireless, works great and now we have back up camera, killer Garmin with lifetime map and traffic updates, blue tooth, etc. Well worth the investment. Take it with you to the next car.
This is really a trivial job. It should not take more than an hour even if you aren't mechanically inclined. You will need a double DIN unit and a wiring harness adapter. There are many how-to videos on youtube for your model.
I keep considering buying one for my newer model Camry, which is why i know about it. I think the one for my model looks more stock though. The one i'm considering is also on Amazon with reviews and Q&A. If interested, maybe search for that one on Amazon too.
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TheDealMaker said: why not just use your phone? Google map can go offline now. Maybe they don't have a smart phone?
P.S. Using your everyday phone is fine occasionally, but IMO it is not a long term solution. One needs either a standalone unit or a spare phone. I used my phone while traveling overseas, but I had to pull it from the dash bracket and unplug the power cord every time I wanted to take a picture.
Thanks a lot for all the advice. I already have a smartphone with Garmin's viago app installed. It works just fine in an emergency. Call me lazy or whatever- my phone is sponsored by office - this security software installed forces me to enter a 8 digit password every time I have to unlock the phone when attempting to make a phone call -while driving it is such a pain. Same goes for doing anything with the stupid phone. So I don't do anything while driving- it is receive/call only mode. So was thinking an updated head unit would make life better.
BTW the shock seems to be just fine - it is running with factory shocks -after a recent throttle body cleaning it is running like new and ride comfort is as good as new rental I have been in.
I went with Magellan 7 inch gps, lifetime maps, Bluetooth, and Magellan wireless backup camera About $240 to purchase I looked on craigslist to find a guy to come over to the house and install the camera into the reverse lights, a nice install for $40 cash, he worked at a big box install place and was moonlighting When the vehicle shifts into reverse, the screen shows backup camera
I keep considering buying one for my newer model Camry, which is why i know about it. I think the one for my model looks more stock though. The one i'm considering is also on Amazon with reviews and Q&A. If interested, maybe search for that one on Amazon too. I bought one from that company last year and it has worked well. It has BT, navigation, and Wi-fi built in. I don't use Internet stuff through it, but since it is an Android it can use the included navigation software or any other that will run on the system. I did side load some apps such as a GPS speedometer and they all worked OK. I dual-loaded iGo onto an SD card and can switch between them if needed. I play my songs from the same SD card. I added a rear view camera and the picture during the day is beautiful- much better than the one in my late model GM truck. The only glitch so far has been the steering wheel controls are intermittent- but I think I did something when I had the lower instrument cover off to adjust an alarm shock sensor. Oh, and it does not play CDs or DVDs, which was not a problem for me. They make models that do so if needed. The company has a forum, but it's based in China so it takes a day or 2 to get a reply. I think I paid about $270 for it with free US shipping.
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