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nyca4tq
05-09-2008, 11:29 AM
Looking into getting one, Does anyone here own one? Do you like it? What are the popular ones?
Eclipse Fujitsu ten avn5560?
Pioneer?

06B7audiA4
05-09-2008, 11:33 AM
Looking into getting one, Does anyone here own one? Do you like it? What are the popular ones?
Eclipse Fujitsu ten avn5560?
Pioneer?

I am wondering the same thing...BUMP

whoace
05-09-2008, 12:49 PM
I am wondering the same thing...BUMP

Pioneer AVIC-D3 for inexpensive option. AVIC-Z2 if you got the money.

nyca4tq
05-09-2008, 03:58 PM
Pioneer AVIC-D3 for inexpensive option. AVIC-Z2 if you got the money.

Does anyone have one installed? post some pics please. I have a 98 b5 a4, Im not very attached to the radio and if I put this gps unit in, what do I do with the top part of my led instrument cluster? Suggestions welcome....Im a picky bastard, I want a gps unit with illumination that matches the cars instrument lights, again, suggestions welcome.

belinko
05-09-2008, 06:15 PM
why not install the OEM RSN-E

bassed
05-09-2008, 07:23 PM
why not install the OEM RSN-E

$$ and overall functionality is weak comparatively to after market at this point.

newtonc2001A4V6
05-09-2008, 09:41 PM
I got the unit on eBay for $650 and install was about $350 (including the wiring harness kit and dash kit). The unit has the ability to change the backlight colors to match the interior.

http://home.comcast.net/~newtoncd/pics/Audi-Nav.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~newtoncd/pics/Audi-Nav2.jpg

JaVa
05-09-2008, 09:55 PM
D3 has red backlight. buddy has one in his b6 looks good

Stampy
05-09-2008, 10:42 PM
RNS-E or D I would do. Then you maintain your speedo lights and factory fit and finish. Real bolt on

nyca4tq
05-10-2008, 04:40 AM
That looks very nice. Do you like it? Is there anything you dont like? I was looking at the pioneer avic but I havent discounted the kenwood as yet. Does the Kenwood have 2 optical drives? One for audio/video and one for the gps?

newtonc2001A4V6
05-10-2008, 07:27 AM
I have had it installed since around mid-February and I really like it. I love satellite radio and if you purchase the additional modules, you can get bluetooth, etc.

The GPS is a hard-drive based system, so it just has one drive that plays DVDs, MP3 CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, etc.

Grangalan
05-10-2008, 09:02 AM
Heres a pic of my Z2, although i had a movie playing at the time.
But the 3D navigation ROCKS!!!


btw some of the pics show some off trim. I adjusted the unit and now it looks flush and stock
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/9682/clean002wo1.jpg

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/823/clean008hk1.jpg

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6640/img00246my4.jpg

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/719/clean013rh2.jpg

Grangalan
05-10-2008, 09:10 AM
I got the unit on eBay for $650 and install was about $350 (including the wiring harness kit and dash kit). The unit has the ability to change the backlight colors to match the interior.

I wanted the D3, but it didnt have a hard drive and everytime you want to switch destination you have to pop in the DVD. Thats what made me get my z2. 40 gig hard drive. automatically rips any CD put in the car onto the drive. room for over 250 CD's LOVE IT. Btw you paid 350 for a install. The harness is 20 bucks, the dash kit is 30

so 300 bucks for a 1 hour install?.......[headbang][headbang][headbang]

B5Burn
05-10-2008, 09:47 AM
Gosh, I know I have to go search but has anyone successfully installed one of those units in a pre facelift 98.5? Don't tell me I would have to do a facelift console swap or something... ?

B.

newtonc2001A4V6
05-10-2008, 10:18 AM
I wanted the D3, but it didnt have a hard drive and everytime you want to switch destination you have to pop in the DVD. Thats what made me get my z2. 40 gig hard drive. automatically rips any CD put in the car onto the drive. room for over 250 CD's LOVE IT. Btw you paid 350 for a install. The harness is 20 bucks, the dash kit is 30

so 300 bucks for a 1 hour install?.......[headbang][headbang][headbang]


I just didn't feel like running the satellite radio antenna from the back trunk area and I read where some folks were having issues with their Bose system and aftermarket radios (popping sounds); which in turn was causing premature failures of the aftermarket radios. Additionally, wrt the GPS antenna, the installer did an awesome job of hiding the wiring.

Maybe he was just going slow, but I waited around for the car and it took right at 3 hours for the complete install. So, perhaps I paid too much, but it looks and sounds great. The other shop wanted to wire around the Bose system and they were going to charge $700 for the install, so at that point, I considered $350 a fair deal.

Grangalan
05-10-2008, 11:22 AM
Yea the wiring on the bose system was a bit crappy but he made special plug in coax adapters so its perfect.

devmaster
05-10-2008, 11:50 AM
i got a external tom tom mounted next 2 my stereo, cheap and works.. everything has to many drawbacks in my opinion.. RNS-e is waaaayy to expensive, and aftermarket usnits just look out of place in our consols however that kenwood unit does look good, especialy 4 the price.. looks like its $900 new on crutchfield

newtonc2001A4V6
05-10-2008, 12:03 PM
i got a external tom tom mounted next 2 my stereo, cheap and works.. everything has to many drawbacks in my opinion.. RNS-e is waaaayy to expensive, and aftermarket usnits just look out of place in our consols however that kenwood unit does look good, especialy 4 the price.. looks like its $900 new on crutchfield


I also priced it on Crutchfield and locally at CarToys; at the time, they were $999, so I thought $650 was a good deal. CarToys was the place that wanted to charge $700 for the install plus $999 for the unit itself ... ouch.

If anyone is interested, I got it new from a seller on eBay (he has one listed right now; item number 300215476214 - total ~$660). Shipping may seem a bit high, but he uses FedEx for shipping; I had it the next day.