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Since I didn't think that getting an OEM navigation unit was a very viable option I opted to go aftermarket. I did a lot of research and put together a very nice system of my own. I was expensive but the quality is top notch and it matches our interiors very well.
I chose an Eclipse 7301 for the headunit. It is a nice stereo that has both CD and tape in dash with CD changer support. One of the nicest features is the HU has a set of RCA outputs for a subwoofer and has a built-in subwoofer control in the headunit so you can keep your bass settings and still adjust the amount of "bump" you want.
Here are some pics of the head unit in action during the day.


Here is an evening pic of the unit.

Here is a pic of the controller. It is very nice and fits well in the coin holder. It even comes with a mounting bracket so it snaps into place.

Here is a pic of the brain. Sorry it is blurry. It is mounted inside the glovebox and fits very well. The back of the glovebox had to be cut for it to fit but it was a nice install. This is a DVD based unit so only 1 disk is needed for the entire US and Canada. BTW, it also plays DVD videos. It is also voice controlled so you can use it as a handsfree unit. Surprisingly the mic still recognises my voice with the stero turned up and the windows rolled down on the highway.
One other nice feature is the "extra" speaker. This gives voice commands while driving so you know where to turn. Addtionally since the voice is not pumped through the stock stereo you can still have the CD player running and listen to driving directions.

Finally here are some pics of the navigation in action (night time)


Sorry about some of the pics not being very clear. I need to set some time aside during twilight hours so I can get lighting right for some clear shots.
What do you guys think? Was this a good idea or should I have gone OEM?



[Modified by Jeff Andrews, 1:25 AM 8-2-2002]
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (SimonPieter2)

quote:[HR][/HR]Absolutely beautiful..
Estimated total cost?[HR][/HR]​
Too much. Let me put it this way. If I took the money I invested in this and put it towards a Z-Charger I would be a few hundred short.
Oh yeah, I also have it hooked up to the stock steering wheel controls. This is about as close to OEM as you can get without getting a VW unit.



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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (Jeff Andrews)

You!!! I hate you!!!!!!
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It is so beautifully done Mr. Andrews! Very nice!!!!! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (Jeff Andrews)

do you use any sound processor or an eclipse add on accessed in the menu system? i have an alpine cva 1005 with my 800? nav unit. i didn't go with the alpine processors b/c i'm a loyal zapco user (PX) and when my monitor is up i have no way of accessing the cup holders where i was planing to put my zap's. instead it's under the unit and still couldn't use my cup holder or hit my emgency flasher. just an input though. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (ATO)

Was the other thread locked?

Anyway... I love the look of your system but it's too costly for me. Way beyond reach. Besides I don't like the fact that you have to stare down and take your eyes off the road to check your position and play with the multiple options your system has.
I went the cheaper (but not necessarily less good) way. I got me a Garmin Street Pilot color map (pic below). It's got great detail, great features and I love the fact that you can take it with you (using AA batteries) when you go camping and hiking but I especially love the fact that I have it right next to my line of vision which allows me to keep my eyes on the road even if I have to check something on it. The only drawback is a takes a little more time to acquire the satellites and requires downloading the maps from your computer but I can definitely live with that


 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (Jeff Andrews)

Good stuff.....I remember it from the other post, but I am glad to see the remote and the addn'l speaker. It sounds expensive for a nav unit, but if that's what you're into (and/or something you really need) then I think you did it the right way. And for that, http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (PA_Jetta1.8T)

After I get done paying back my Credit Card and Line of Credit accounts I will get a TT exhuast, GIAC chip, and finish my bodykit.
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (nianmuzik)

quote:[HR][/HR]Was the other thread locked?

Anyway... I love the look of your system but it's too costly for me. Way beyond reach. Besides I don't like the fact that you have to stare down and take your eyes off the road to check your position and play with the multiple options your system has.
I went the cheaper (but not necessarily less good) way. I got me a Garmin Street Pilot color map (pic below). It's got great detail, great features and I love the fact that you can take it with you (using AA batteries) when you go camping and hiking but I especially love the fact that I have it right next to my line of vision which allows me to keep my eyes on the road even if I have to check something on it. The only drawback is a takes a little more time to acquire the satellites and requires downloading the maps from your computer but I can definitely live with that


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looks realy nice, but it screams STEAL me, both of them do. I hope you guys are parked in secure areas, cause I would hate to see either of your rides vandalized. By the way did I say the systems look tight as ****. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Ok. Here are the pics. OEM Navigation alternative. (VR6-KID)

I thought about getting a Garmin system too but I wanted something a little cleaner looking. Good job though. It looks really nice. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 
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