Originally Posted by AMG_55_cruiser
Nice details thank you. I have been considering the AVIC-8100 with Alpine PDX amps with full integration, steering wheel controls. My understanding is that I can use all the factory wiring with an integration module.
Wanted to ask how you have been enjoying the AVIC? Did you use the steering wheel integration module? How is the Navigation working for you?
I like the AVIC model a lot. It's capacitive touchscreen is similar in quality to a tablet or smartphone. It plays DVD's, MP3s, and regular CD's. I also have the hide-away XM module that connects to the rear of the unit. That, and it has all kinds of inputs for amps, and rear-seat entertainment. It also supports gestures and multi-touch. As far as the navigation, it's okay. Of course you will have to eventually update the maps. Unfortunately the updates are not free for life and you are required to purchase them from the company that makes them (NAVIEXTRAS if I remember correctly). I usually just use Google Maps while in AppRadio Mode. It's waaaay more accurate and the map updates are, of course, free for life.
EDIT: Yes, I do use a programmable CANBUS steering wheel control adapter. Setting it up is a little aggravating, but it hasn't given me a problem in the 4+ years that I've had it. It even survives a total loss of vehicle power (battery changes, jump-starts etc.....). Hope this helps you!