Originally Posted by earlage
I am a new compass owner and I have been reading a lot of threads regarding the installation process of an after market stereo. I get the process, but I dont like how the harness looks. How the stock dials and just plugged with the harness. Is there anyway around this? I saw how if you get the NAV system, the install kit comes with a whole new dash kit. Also, does anyone know if the iPod Integration Kit worth the money? How do you control the iPod through the stereo? Thanks!
I bought the Mopar IPOD kit, had it installed (With my REC NAV radio), and it's garbage. I subsequently had it ripped out.
The biggest problem is that it uses Sirius channel numbers as its "Commands" to the IPOD unit. You essentially select a channel from a list in the user's manual that represents "Playlists" or "Artists" etc. (All different channels). You then let a brief timeout go by and the kit navigates the IPOD into that next layer, at which point you make some similarly silly choices. It's extraordinarily cumbersome, and if you're driving at the time, downright dangerous. There isn't any "Last song" memory, shut down the system, you're back at square one.
Also, if you are actually using your Sirius, selecting the IPOD for use wipes out all of your Sirius presets.
There were other issues, but those were my big ones.
On the upside, sound quality was great as it always is with direct-wired systems.
It's almost like it was designed as a quick afterthought, and I'm patiently waiting for someone to properly design one.
Hope that helps.