Upgrade to newer OEM Radio or Aftermarket?

Briny319

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Hi Guy,
I’m a long time lurker but first time poster. I have a 16 Murano SL that I use for road trips and teaching my daughter to drive. She’ll be getting it within 2 years.

I’m I really want to upgrade the radio for CarPlay. I’ve been reading lots of post and could use some input on a 2017.5/2018 head unit replacement or an aftermarket head unit (I was looking at the alpine ilx-f309 or ilx-f259).

I’m worried the OEM CarPlay is the a little buggy. But I’m not sure if I want to lose the OEM look and lose the 360 degree camera which has been great for parking lessons.

any input is appreciated.

vortex

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If I was upgrading, I would personally go aftermarket. Usually cheaper, better screen and apps. Also has Google Maps which is arguable the best map system out there. The only thing is that you need to have the know how to install it as sometimes the harness isnt what its supposed to be. Also, I heard some people say that the 360 cam no longer works.

I dont have an aftermarket, but a fair bit of the folk on here do. Maybe they can guide you a bit more.

Chauncy

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Hi Guy,
I’m a long time lurker but first time poster. I have a 16 Murano SL that I use for road trips and teaching my daughter to drive. She’ll be getting it within 2 years.

I’m I really want to upgrade the radio for CarPlay. I’ve been reading lots of post and could use some input on a 2017.5/2018 head unit replacement or an aftermarket head unit (I was looking at the alpine ilx-f309 or ilx-f259).

I’m worried the OEM CarPlay is the a little buggy. But I’m not sure if I want to lose the OEM look and lose the 360 degree camera which has been great for parking lessons.

any input is appreciated.

2young2retire

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Michael Martin

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Briny319

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Michael Martin

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just my opinion but I think a lot of issues related to CarPlay are actually caused by the phone and not using a Apple cord. I have had mine in for a few months now and I have not had any problems. I can toggle back and forth between CarPlay and the stock features at will. It is a simple swap. I got mine from a salvage yard using Car-Part.com—Used Auto Parts Market You just have to make sure you are getting the exact model match (for example 11 speaker Bose) as the connections are different. If the unit isn’t immediately identifiable, you can message the yard via that website and get pictures etc. It will also help you gauge the physical condition of the unit.

I had my dealer do the swap. One piece of advice if you do it, DO NOT let anyone (dealer included) try and flash or otherwise replace the SD card to try and match the radio to the car by VIN or anything. That could render the unit useless. It is literally plug and play. As a side note; when re-activating SXM with the radio unit number, it will identify the vehicle as a 2017 (because that’s what the radio is). That does not effect SXM services. I transferred them over easily. Added bonus, Maps were updated one year too.

You would just have to remember that your radio is now a 2017.5 and let the dealer know in case there are any updates to a 2017.5 unit, and ignore any updates for 2016. (The unit I used was model 25915-9UC1A which is 11 speaker Bose)

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