|05-25-2010, 12:59 PM
Pros: Nice features, GREAT price since it's been replaces by the X920BT, Bluetooth, HD Ready (need receiver), XM Ready (need recv), Sirius Ready (need recv and bus adapter), SD AND USB ports! Runs Windows CE.
Cons: Painful (literally - 20+ cuts on my hands) install, MSN-Direct being discontinued. SLOW boot time!
Comments: Not the best receiver I've ever seen, but pretty close given the price.
I was able to get everything I wanted - Bluetooth, Sirius, HD, SD memory slot, USB memory, rear video camera ready, etc. For a pretty reasonable price.
You will need some adapters - like a CAN bus interface, and dash faceplate "hardware kit" (couple pieces of plastic).
Installing also means taking a dremel to the 2 top tabs at the back of the dash as this unit is bit taller than the stock one. You might be able to bend them out of the way but cutting them off took 5 minutes with the dremel and a fiberglass reinforced cutoff wheel.
Routing all the cables wasn't fun... I mounted the extra boxes (optional recievers/bus interface) under the glove box (there's a panel that pops out). It's tight but fit.
Follow the CAN bus instructions carefully... but check on avic411.com for guidance on how to "mod" the unit.
Overall I'm happy. Got everything the RER does plus HD Radio and MSN-Direct, in a unit I like more, and spent less on it totally. But be prepared to work for it. If you want plug-n-play, find a RER (aka MyGig) unit.