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#1 Old 10-06-2010, 04:04 AM
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Aftermarket navigation

Hey guys, I'm somewhat new to this forum and i thought it'd be a good idea to get some feedback from some experienced altima owners before going through and buying an in dash navigation system for my Nissan 2009 Altima SL.

As of right now I'm eyeing the kenwood DNX 5160 for it's price and what it has to offer overall. I'd really appreciate some of your experiences with installing, choosing, etc. Thanks!

I also do have a small question on this matter. I've been doing research on in dash navigation systems and the one thing that I'm a little blurred on is do i have to get a pig tail for an aftermarket navigation or can i successfully install the navigation straight out of the box?
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Welcome to the forums. Please take some time to explore the forums to see what we have to offer.

I'm moving this thread to the car audio forum. You'll see lots of installs there and maybe you can pick up some ideas too.
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KENWOOD DOUBLE DIN DNX5160 DVD/MP3/CD Player W/ GPS NAV: eBay Motors (item 200519824820 end time Oct-14-10 18:53:18 PDT)

Dont know what kind of price range you found that double din for but thats the cheapest one ive seen.
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Ok so I think I've narrowed it down to two nav systems now.. the Pioneer AVIC-X710BT and the kenwood dnx 5160.. feedback please! which would be better in my altima?!
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After reading the reviews on both headunits i see that your best bet would be the kenwood here is what most people said about the pioneer on crutchfield:

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Unit Freezes up often, I would say 2 out of every 5 starts. Have to click ok everytime to access the navigation system. Takes forever to scroll thru a data cd or songs on a thumb drive. I have had it in my '08 F250 for about a month now and I'm already looking for a new double din.




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this unit freezes up a lot. you have to turn off the car to reset it if you realize its frozen while driving on the freeway. it takes a long time to load up once you start the car. some times if you create a destination on the nav, the automated voice will play out loud but the actions on the screen will not project. i'm a patient person but pioneer doe have some software kinks to work out. the interface for the ipod is one of the best i've seen so far except that on certain songs it doesn't display the whole title text on screen. it does allow the album cover to be displayed during song play but if you enlarge it the album image becomes distorted. i could probably say a lot more more but i'll leave at that.
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yeah, i was leaning towards the kenwood! thanks alot for your help man! i appreciate it
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I do have one last question.. I've been browsing these forums for a few hours trying to find more information about in dash navigation systems and the wiring that goes into it.
I'm a little bit blurred on the wiring harness.. Do i have to buy a wiring harness when buying the In dash Navigation system? or can i simply use my stock stereo system's wiring? Or do i need a "Pig Tail"? Please help me on this matter! this is the only thing thats holding me back from buying the nav system!

I realize that this is probably a rather dumb question but we all have to start somewhere!
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When i bought my kenwood Single din from crutchfield with the kna g510 navigation it came with all the wiring harnesses and dash kit. The only thing i needed to buy seperate was the bypass to watch dvd's and so forth while im driving. Since your buying a double din you should get everything the same besides the bypass(which you can get for 5-15 bucks on ebay)
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go for the 5160...thats been on my wish list for a while


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made the purchase today! thanks everyone for the feedback!
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Update! Finally had the time to install the navi today.. heres a pic
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Update! Finally had the time to install the navi today.. heres a pic
looks good.

did you use the OEM nissan dash plate?

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Yeah, i used OEM. Fits pretty well..
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How do you like it so far? I'm looking to do the exact same thing so I'd really appreciate any lessons learned. My questions:
- does the backup camera work?
- do the steering wheel buttons work?
- did you have to use the Kenwood antenna for the GPS or does the stock one work?
- did the wiring harness plug and play?
- Did you notice an input for the external CD 6-pack. I see in your photo that you don't have the external CD installed (where your storage is).

My OEM Nav system bit the dust as soon as the warranty expired (go figure). I contemplated replacing it but the OEM NAV doesn't have maps for Hawaii anyway. Now I'm shopping for the best (easiest to install) aftermarket Nav system. Thanks for any info!
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Also, do you find the Kenwood difficult to navigate screens? Some fo the reviews say it isn't very intuitive. What do you think of the way it works? Basically, could my wife get the radio to turn on without running off the road...?
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