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Old 09-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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After market NAV head unit

I know people post tons of things on here about this and that head unit, but what I am wondering, in your guy's opinion, what is the best head unit that is NAV, Ipod, bluetooth phone, etc... that works in the 03 C203 W203 mercs that can utilize all of the speakers, and will not loose steering wheel control functions??? And not looking to spend alot of money here < 1000 USD!!

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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I have a Pioneer X940bt and I like it. There are a lot of people who do not like the Nav part but love the sound quality. My experience with Nav is portable Garmin units and my Pioneer and I'm happy with mine. I wouldn't say it's better than the Garmins but I like it just fine and there's some things I like better than Garmin. I think if you don't like the Nav on the Pioneer, you can use the Nav on your iPhone since it allows "supported" smartphone apps to run on your HU with the touch screen interface. I don't have a smart phone so I've never tried it.

I've heard from people on the Pioneer forum (http://avic411.com/) who loved the Nav on the Clarion but were severely disappointed with the sound quality. If you're really happy with Garmin, Kenwood uses it with their HUs.

I'd recommend the X940bt as it has everything (and more) that I wanted (nav, bluetooth, microSD card, DVD, USB, iPod/iPhone interface, backup camera, etc.). I got it at a good price from Amazon. I'm happy with mine. Having said that, there are other options.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
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Pioneer z140bh here and love it. Then bought an axxess aswc to integrate the steering control. Easiest module to get steering control buttons on an aftermarket hu
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #5
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Phinster can u post a pic of your HU?
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I have the AVIC F700BT and thats the best IMHO. Of course more current Pioneer AVIC's are probably better, but you cant go wrong with an AVIC for ease of use (voice dialling, voice command, touchscreen) and for the OEM look as much as possible.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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do you have pics? did you keep steering wheel control? did you loose any of your speakers?
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should be pics on my thread, theres a link in the signature
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:38 PM   #9
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not seeing any pics of your interior, dash or head unit about half way through the 51 pages

Nevermind I found it... nice, yours must be newer than mine, is yours an 2005?

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:54 PM   #10
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Hey Zac,

Here's a picture of my AVIX X940bt:

Click the image to open in full size.

Not the flashiest splash screen I have, but it seemed to photograph well...
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #11
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that's cool, is that a boot pic, or is it a wallpaper? I'm assuming its customizable?
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It's the boot screen and, yes, it's customizable. A guy on the AVIC411 forum made them. If you go here, you can see others: http://avic411.com/index.php?/topic/...page__st__1200
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Thats pretty sweet, are they just jpegs you put on a SD card or something?
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do you have pics? did you keep steering wheel control? did you loose any of your speakers?
Yep theyre in my thread...
http://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w2...-thread-3.html
post 67.

Yeah all my speakers work, and they sound so much better compared to when they were connected to the stock HU. Also, I had to buy an adapter for the steering controls that was about $60, but once I got that all my steering controls and the display became active for the Pioneer HU.
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Thats pretty sweet, are they just jpegs you put on a SD card or something?
Yes, they're jpegs of a certain size. AVIC411 forum has instructions for photoshop.
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