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jerhofer replied to jerhofer's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)No, I did not have to move my AC controls. The upper part on my car had the radio and the cup holders. I was originally thinking of the Pioneer AVIC D2 but one of the reasons that Rod prefers the Kenwood is that it has a mounting sleeve. According to him, the AVIC D2 does not have a mounting sleeve which makes the installation somewhat more difficult. Also, the AVIC D2 has two DVD's for separate halves of the country while the Kenwood has everything in the hard drive on the separate unit. I have a Garmin 2610 portable unit with which I have been very pleased. The fact that Garmin provides the navigation for the Kenwood was a big plus for me. With my 2610, when you do not have a destination set, it automatically displays the next crossing road as you drive, which is very helpful. The Kenwood navigation has this same feature. My wife has an Audi A3 with factory nav, and I had an Acura TL and a BMW X5 with factory nav. I would rate the Kenwood above all of these units with the Audi unit being the worst, the BMW next and the Acura the best of the three factory units. I really like the logical way the Kenwood works.
I am fast becoming a GPS junkie. Combine this with the sad sound of the stock sound system in my 2001 996 and I had to make a change. I installed a Kenwood 6019 double din head unit with navigation, Sirius Radio and the IPOD control. Plus I can play DVD movies and play back my camcorder. I talked to Rod at Car Audio Innovations about 6 months ago but hesitated on pulling the trigger on his recommendations. I am glad I did as the system sounds great. I sent my factory speakers to Rod so he could mount the new component three ways for the front dash and door panel and the two ways in the rear side panel speakers. He made up one of his subwoofer boxes with three 6.5" JL three ways which mounts behind the rear seats. For the amp, he gave me a good deal on the Audison Lrx 6.9 which has an output of 950 watts. While I could have purchased some of the components cheaper online, I am glad I bought from Rod as his written directions and his answering my phone questions was invaluable. The great thing about the finished system is it look stock.
jerhofer replied to victor's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Call Rod at Car Audio Innovations. He will be able to help you. www.caraudioinnovations.com I just finished installing a Kenwood double din 6019 in my car with the plug that Rod included in the package.
There may be a constant 12V. I didn't look for one. I have my Valentine wired into the same source so it was readily available. The self dimming mirror has a light on it and that could be a concern as a voltage draw if the car sat long term. I normally use the wall switch in the garage to open the overhead door. It has not been an issue for me to have to have the ignition on to use the opener in the car.
Here is another option. Besides the Homelink, you also get an automatic dimming rearview mirror. where can u get it I bought mine on E-Bay. I did a search on Google and found the following: http://www.aaaremotes.com/aurevimiwiho.html I am sure there are other places. It works great. I tapped into the switched 12V source in the overhead console area so running wires was not an issue. Easy install. You will not be able to use the standard mirror plug on the windshield. I installed the mirror plug that came with the mirror next to the original one. Unless you are really looking for it, you cannot see it.
Here is another option. Besides the Homelink, you also get an automatic dimming rearview mirror.