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Date Registered: 09-2009
Location: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
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ok now... IYHO... what would be the best in-dash to purchase... there are many out there on ebay.. etc...

thanks emoticon emoticon

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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One that has Canadian street maps software and not the back streets of China emoticon

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 emoticon

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Date Registered: 07-2009
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My little combo head unit from eBay worked so good on our recent jaunt down to Qld and back. iPod, DivX, GPS (invaluable). I'd recommend it to others not wanting to spend around $2k and but instead around $600. Easy fit on your own with the relevant ISO harness connectors from SuperCheap or Autobarn or Repco. It made travelling so easy and entertaining, day to day around 1000kms each hop. Having a 16Gb iPod meant we never heard the same song twice throughout 3 weeks driving. I'm looking into upgrading some of the WinCE apps embedded in the headunit next. Maps are IGO8 compatible, but I can run any WinCE based GPS app on the device such as OziExplorer and the HEMA maps. But I like IGO8 as its in real time as opposed to a top down map with an arrow in the middle of the screen indicating where you are. Oh and the Nissan logo is cool emoticon

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Date Registered: 09-2009
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where are those units coming out of... china, usa...
how much duty do you guys pay on electronics...
being from canada, where would I get the maps...

I am interested in the ebay stuff... but there seems to be a big hold in support.

inquiring minds would like to know.... emoticon

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Date Registered: 01-2009
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I bought 2 units from the same place, the first arrived with a cracked screen and the unit was too deep for the Navara dash. The second was installed in Phillipa's exy but managed to destroy it reversing camera twice within minutes of use. The iPod connection was tested for the first time on the weekend and we were met with massive distortion, very high levels and a screen interface designed as an instrument of torture. The bluetooth was not much better - thank goodness the 45 day PayPal refund period had not expired.

If you just want radio and navigation these cheap units are great, it's pot luck to see if the rest works. The seller was great - eventually.

Whilst the VMS unit is almost the same in appearance you can see where the extra cost ($2395 vs $645) has been spent. When I factor in the extra time to fit the unit and all the stuffing around I would have been far better off buying 2 VMS units in the first place.

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Alan,

Where are the VMS units made in? I would assume it would be the same manufacturing plant in China somewhere that produces these cheap units, but because it is being imported into Australia by a distributing company where import tax is being added and also not forgetting the mark-up in price, they end-up costing almost triple the ones on eBay and for that kind of money, one might as well get the known brands like Pioneer and Kenwood.

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The VMS unit is made in China, and the cheap one I had appeared to be the same design as the previous model. The GPS software is identical, VMS is just a latter version and has a few more options as well as the topographic maps. The early VMS units had identical problems to the cheapo model. I'm going to do a comparison so everyone can make up their own minds. I'm not sure if I just got unlucky and had everything go wrong but if everybody selling reversing cameras charges $150-$200 for the camera and one guy charges $45 for one that self destructs then you wonder about the long term quality.

There was no option in the Navara - the cheap unit was too deep. My wallet would have preferred if both chepo units had been perfect but that wasn't to be.

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There was no option in the Navara - the cheap unit was too deep. My wallet would have preferred if both chepo units had been perfect but that wasn't to be.



Most of these cheap units require that you drill new mounting holes in the factory DIN brackets to make it fit properly.

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Date Registered: 07-2009
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Yes I had to make a subtle adjustment to the Nissan 2-Din mounting plate reused off the old 6 stacker head unit. Measured the difference in depth required and then accurately guestimated the area the new holes would go on the plate. Eventually I made a groove on the plate to enable me to slide the new headunit up or down or in or out to make it fit snug. Easy enough with a steel drill bit and a needle rasp file which cut the metal like butter. Depth wasn't a problem on my Exy I still had about 50mm behind the unit to stash all the cabling in. The headunit was almost exactly the same dimensions as the old 6 stacker with maybe a milimeter here and there difference. I agree the iPod interface was dated but worked fine, after all you didn't really leave the iPod screen on all the time only to select new playlists or tracks and then flick back to the GPS plotter. I'm looking into an upgraded iPod interface for WinCE and hopefully I can upgrade that one to something prettier but in the meantime I'm happy.

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