Aftermarket head unit for model 2 2016 Prius

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Audio and Electronics' started by freakinfreak, May 5, 2016.

  1. ssdesigner

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    Glad you got it all worked out!

    The aftermarket mic is SO much more responsive. People told me they could hear me much better and more clearly after I had my Pioneer deck and mic installed.

    I honestly don't even remember the things/stats you needed the OEM head unit to display. IIRC though they were things that you can still check, but appear a bit different (and smaller) on the HUD. Do you remember what they were by chance?
     
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    I'm a bit confused by this....did your USB not work before? Or does it do something different now?
     
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    The new head unit installation wound up being done in two parts. The initial installation did not involve the steering wheel controls and the USB adapter from autoharnesshouse.com, so there was a USB extension cable hanging from the bottom of the dash to attach the iPhone to and the OEM USB port was disconnected. After the steering wheel controls were installed and USB adapter was used, the OEM USB port was active again.

    The only outstanding issue I have is that the Sony radio tuner is not picking up any stations! My installer is not the best communicator, and does not seem to understand this from my emails, so I will try to get this straightened out. What he did at the second installation appointment was to confirm that the autoharnesshouse AM/FM antenna adapter was the same as what he used during the initial installation, but if he had tested the radio, he would have had to have seen and heard only static! Of course this is not an issue when using CarPlay, but I am sure there will be some situation when I want to rely on conventional radio, i.e., forgetting my phone, or having a failed lightning cable. Anyway, I am learning more than I ever wanted to know about this process.
     
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    So now that you have had the new head unit for a while, can you give a list of pros/cons? I'm seriously considering doing this in my '18 Two Eco. I do use the past trip screen a lot under the car menu, but it is duplicated from the small screen menus too so I don't think I'll miss it too much if gone. Most of the car menu options in the head unit are just lights\locs that can be changed with carista if needed, but the defaults works for me. Did you keep your current head unit or did you sell it to recoup costs?
     
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    I don't regret my decision at all. Just getting away from Toyota's head unit and their crap software was worth it alone. This Pioneer is way easy to navigate and I don't miss the couple of things you can do on the OEM unit.

    I kept mine just in case I ever sell the car, but I probably won't. I didn't know there was a market for the OEM units...is there?
     
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    I don't think there is necessarily is a market for OEM units other than to get a replacement. I am thinking of doing the same one as LSeanS and having Best Buy do the installation: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-6-4-android-auto-apple-carplay-in-dash-receiver-black/5664822.p?skuId=5664822

    I assume there will likely be another $100 or so in extra parts etc.
     
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    I would NEVER use Best Buy, EVER. Garbage company with garbage service....I know first hand, and they are headquartered here in MN. Terrible company all the way around.

    I got my original head unit from a BB sale, (the last time I've given them any money, and never again...for anything) but they wouldn't install the microbypass for me because of legal reasons. So after BB screwed the basic install (they had a week-1 newbie do it at the end of the day and it was a complete MESS) I hired a local guy to fix BB's garbage install and add the microbypass.

    I do recommend the microbypass. Not so you can watch movies while you drive, but so your passenger can navigate all features while you drive without having to stop and put the damn car in park with the E-brake on. It adds $15 to the install and it is worth every penny.
     
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    Yeah, I just talked to an audio friend of mine and he told me the same thing, he recommended a local shop to me and that it's worth the small difference in price.

    So you do lose some functionality (light and locks menu, trip info, and energy monitor, etc.) but gain the functionality you mentioned above as well as whatever the head unit featured. I'm playing around with getting this little beaut:
    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500ILXF309/Alpine-Halo9-iLX-F309.html?tp=78184&awkw=408225223667&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=248794266672&awdv=c&awug=9029578

    Some days I wish I had bought the Prime Premium or the Touring for the 11" head unit.
     
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    nobody for help me :(

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    houston, i have a problem

    the device turns on but no sound, if you have an idea .... :(

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