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Price $1995
Rating 3
Average Price $666.06
Manufacturer Alpine / Mopar
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The RB1 is a single unit in-dash AM/FM/CD/Navigation Radio. It was released as a Mopar accessory for Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in November 2002. The unit features a 4.1 inch (actual size) navigation screen and is DVD based. It uses just one disc for all of the U.S. and parts of Canada, and features turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts. Also featured is a single slot CD player with CD changer controls. The RB1 has a built-in fan on the rear for heat dissipation. Sirius Satellite Radio® capable. The MSRP for the RB1 package is $1595. (Author note: they can be found on Ebay for ~$550 NEW with warranties from dealers around N. America).

The RB1 Navigation Radio is designed for selected 2002 and later model Chrysler vehicles, but will also fit some earlier models including all WJ's. The RB1 is available as a factory installed option on 2004 Grand Cherokee models (except Laredo 2WD), as well as on many other 2004 Chrysler vehicles (see list below). It appears that all of the factory installed RB1 systems include the remote 10-disc CD changer as part of the option package.

The RB1 will NOT work in vehicles outside of North America. No maps have been available other than for the U.S. and Canada. There are no future plans to offer maps for other countries. A model RB3 us offered in European countries. See Models RB3/RB4 for more information.
 

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Price $613
Rating 4
Pros Factory Look, great "Trail" function
Cons Still somewhat expensive, model becoming older, not that many POI
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Comments: I've had it now for about a month, and only used it on short trips. Took it to some apple orchards (say: classic NoVA wheeling) this weekend and used the trail function to map my way back out... worked pretty good, and saves the trails for later use.

The main reason I purchased this was the factory look. It's compatbile with all 02-04 WJ's with no adapters and 99-01's with an adapter. Installation is easy and takes about an hour. Took me 2 hours, because I had to route the CD changer cable back to the 10-disc changer. The navigation function is simple and clear, just be sure to adjust the direction voice volume or you might blow those inferior WJ dash tweeters.

A quick search on here or JU for "GPS" and/or "Navigation" will give you some other's views on this unit as well as some great installation tips. I'd be happy to answer any more questions, just PM me.
 

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Pros OEM look, full Sirius info, ipod compatibility
Cons Outlook for new map updates, inconsistent POI info
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Comments: I primarily purchased this to maintain a stock look while getting GPS and title/artist info for Sirius. Wasn't too bad to install, the most annoying part was having to purchase extra pieces to get full Sirius info... I ended up purchasing the Sirius CD Changer install kit from a WJ as well as the Sirius Title/Artist cable made specifically for this purpose... almost $200 in extra parts. At least I now have the capability to add a cd changer later (you can't play a cd and use GPS at the same time, as it requires the nav dvd to be loaded), and also the iPod adapter if I desired. Overall the interface is pretty slick, it's been mostly accurate (couple of issues when there are several parallel roads but nothing major), I just worry about how long Navtech is going to keep making update discs for it (uses the same disc as the WK nav system at least, so that should help). If you're looking for an in-dash GPS that thieves hopefully won't find too tempting, I recommend it.
 

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Pros custom look, steering wheel controls, cd changer, uconnect, song artist & simple to program
Cons no rear view camera, no new cd firm ware
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Comments: Upgrading the RB1 with uconnect, displays the incoming phone number or name of caller, signal strength etc. broadens its capabilities. To bad this unit can't be retrofitted for a rear view camera display. Great for trips.
 

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Price $1995
Rating 5
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Comments: It's the MyGiG and believe it or not I have Wrangled (get it? ) the current Nav release and, Gracenote ( 2 cd's ) Wife can view video's while I drive ( one wire ) and it really comes with VR, they just don't tell you. You need a mic from Amerus.
 

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Comments: Came installed when I bought the Jeep. Disks are rather expensive though. System supports Satellite radio and CD changer
 

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Price $516
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Comments: Easy install, except one thing: the bracket requires that you cut away part of the plastic behind the bezel, and then drill through a metal bar... It's hidden, but I hate doing that to my Jeep. The unit works great though, except won't show song titles for the radio.
 

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Price $600
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Comments: Just bought it off ebay, love it with the exception of have to load the navigation disc in every time u want to use it
 

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Price $800
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Comments: Accurate navigation unit. Does lack some functionality like Bluetooth and built in map data.
 

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Price $430
Rating 3
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Comments: Got a brand new one for $400 off eBay. Works well, has a nice factory look, don't have to worry about hiding it at night. Not as user friendly as a Garmin but it does have dead reckoning and a cool "Trail" (Breadcrum) feature.
 

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Price $1300
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Comments: This is a decent Radio with a single CD changer. GPS function is fine for getting drections in town. GPS is not the best off road. Limited by not having PC interface, downloadable maps, etc.
 

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Price $500
Pros Display screen, in dash GPS, sattelite radio capable, ipod capable, aux capable, CD changer capable, OEM oval face plate matches to dash bezels with oval opening for radio
Cons GPS requires use of factory map DVD's, player does not play DVD's
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Comments: I purchased mine used on ebay for 500. The GPS function of this radio is very detailed and the female voice directions are in my opinion less annoying than the one used for Tom Tom or Sprint GPS. The display screen starts with brand specific chrysler, dodge, or jeep logo depending on the vehicle its mounted in if using a newer vehicle. The sound and tone adjustments are very nice in that you are provided with a display image and menu selection of treble, bass, fade, and balance. This radio although liscensed for Mopar is actually an Alpine and the sound quality is reflective of being an Alpine. With the Mopar Ipod adapter, mopar sirius or xm sattelite adapter, or mopar cd changer artist and song info are displayed on the scree. If the proper adapter is used songs from a source such as an Ipod can be selected by artist, album, genre, or playlist either alpabetically or sequentially. This radio provides a very diverse and full music experince for a jeep while retaining the OEM look.
 

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Price $300
Pros This thing is awsome, has a huge screen, can find just about anyplace and had the phone number of rinkydinky shops, and restraunts. The factory sirius kits works amazing with it.
Cons CANT USE A CD WHILE IN NAV MODE
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Comments: I love it, it fits right, looks right, and feels right. The voice is a soft girls voice. Its sirius unit works well with it. I love this thing
 

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Price $485
Pros vast phone book. improved sound over stock head unit.
Cons not many
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Comments: Great product. The only thing I would add would be dedicated RCA inputs for an auxiliary device such as an iPod or portable DVD player.
 

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Price $600
Pros works great nice navigation with Sirius built in
Cons None
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Comments: installed the RB1 5 years ago and has been working great Navigation works great
and having Sirius built in is really nice and have enjoyed it a lot
one of the best upgrades I have done
 
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