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Difficult to install correctly, lots of good features, but screens not intuitive
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019
This unit took me a long time to install. The documentation for installation is lacking. Searches on the internet showed many people with similar issues. The two biggest things with connecting it is figuring out if the dash light power needed to be variable (dimmer) or a full 12 volts to signal that the headlights were on. Tech support finally told me that it requires a full 12 volts. Hence, I needed to rework the wire harness I purchased for my vehicle.
The next problem was figuring out the speed sensor signal wire for the gps function. Man, nobody knows anything about this! And the documentation makes it clear that the unit should have it. There are two problems with this wire. Nobody knows where this signal wire is and some cars have a pure voltage signal, and others have a data signal. Wire harnesses that you purchase are not wired for it! Ugh! After two days of searching, I was able to download the wiring diagram for my existing original audio system to find the wires I needed. Turns out that the wire adapter spec'd for my car did not have that speed sensor wired wired into the connector. Furthermore, the voltage for the dash lights were dimming. I was able to hack the wire harness I purchased to put a wire in the spot to grab the speed sensor wire. I then hacked into my dash wiring to find a wire that gave a full 12volts when the headlights turned on. Do note: most new cars do not run 12 volts to the dash lights. They use circuit boards that control it. Do nto tap into those.
Another problem is that they made the gps antenna cable too short to reach behind the rear seats so I could not mount it under the back window. (after tearing the car apart to run it back there. (6 inches too short) And they absolutely tell you to not use an extension cable. Thus, I needed to put it in the front window area. The next problem is that they do not tell you if the gps antenna puck can be mounted on the windshield. After hours of research I learned that it cannot because the top of the puck needs to face upward and the included little metal plate must be mounted under it. Ugh! There is not a flat spot on my dash to mount this thing! I ended up using 3M double sided tape to mount the top of the puck to the windshield in the upper corner passenger's side. I then stuck the flat metal piece to the underside of it. It works. More engineering needs to be put into this antenna aspect.
Once everything was wired I turned it on. It went through a few screens of setup and then it was done. And I had no sound. Ugh! The problem is that you cannot enable some of the speakers until you play music. Once I connected by Bluetooth and attempted to play music from my phone, I got sound, but not every speaker was working. I pulled everything out and checked the connectors. It was wired correctly. Back in it went. Same thing. I finally figured out that I could now enable speakers because I had attempted to play music. Once I enabled speakers I had all speakers working.
And then it died. Oh man! Now what! I tried to turn it back on and it would fail the boot stage and the screen turned black. I checked my battery voltage and it was 11.76 volts. I called it a day (after working all night) and put the battery charger on the battery. The next day it fire up immediately. Whew! This unit is VERY sensitive to low voltage! Do not run it without the vehicle running! It has a protection mechanism in it to shut down if the voltage goes below 12 volts. Most cars are pushing 14 volts when running.
Once the unit came back up, the sound was poor. Oh man! The instructions (on a CD) do not tell you how to adjust the speakers. I needed to watch YouTube videos to figure it out. It now sounds great.
You have 45 days to upload new maps (once) after the gps gets a signal. I didn't want to risk waiting, so I did internet searches to figure out how to do this. The instructions do not come with the unit! Turns out that I needed a USB memory stick formatted with FAT32. All I had were 64 GB or larger sticks. Windows will not format any media with more than 32 GB for FAT32. Fortunately, I had a utility to do that. The head unit would not recognize the stick. Ugh! I went to a store that sells staples and purchased a Verbatim Tough MAX usb 2.0 stick that was 32 GB. Turns out that the head unit must initialize the stick first. The head unit did recognize the stick this time and initialized it. Now you need to go to a website, not owned my Pioneer, to create a user ID so you can download the maps. (This process is really crazy!) I let it download the maps for several hours, as their site is slow. It ran overnight. I put the usb stick back into my head unit and followed the instructions to upload the maps. That went well and did not take a long time. However, there is no way to identify map versions, so I have no idea if it worked. The instructions said if the update appears to not have worked, to redo the upload. Only, there is no way to tell.
Everything appears to be working now. I did need to watch more YouTube videos to learn how to calibrate the speakers, as the instructions are lame.
I also had to install a 12 volt to 5 volt resister for signaling my amps to turn on. This is an issue for Ford vehicles that have factory amplifiers.
Somewhere the documentation stated that you can use SD cards of any size. However, one user said that the max was 32 GB. I used one of my 32 GB SD cards for music and it works. I do not know if it will take larger ones. However, I would be willing to bet that it will need to be formatted with FAT32. Some card manufacturers ship larger SD cards preformatted with FAT32. That might work. However, if you reformat that SD card with another utility for FAT32, there is no guarantee that it will work.
Right now it works great. I need to learn to navigate its menu system, but I'll get there with time. I believe I will like this head unit a lot once I get accustomed to it. There are some stupid things with the menus, like needing to get into navigation to see through your rear camera (if not in reverse) and it is not intuitive in how to back out of screens.
Some people paid to have theirs installed. Many had problems afterwards. These new units are complicated and every car will be different. I am positive that my unit would not have been installed correctly if I paid somebody to do it. The head unit will work without doing everything correctly, but it will not be fully functional. I did it and mine is fully functional. They really need to make this easier, though.