You came to the right place! Our eMarketing Manager, Breanne, just recently installed an aftermarket nav system in her RSX! I'll let her tell you about it:
I just installed a Pioneer AVIC-D1 into my 2005 RSX. The Pioneer system I installed is actually not their most recent one. They have a D2 and N1 as well now (probably even more). There are some key things to know about your car when looking to install a unit.
1) Is your car considered Single DIN or Double DIN? Yours should be a Double DIN, as is mine (it has some technical reasons, but basically it means the space you have to fill in your dash is larger than what a Single DIN would fill). And maybe you just want to do a dash-mounted one or a portable system. Decide this first.
2) Know what you want in a nav system. For example, do you want to be able to play CDs and keep the navi disc still in the unit, so you don't have to do the switcheroo all the time? Do you want a large screen? Do you want the system to have available XM NavTraffic info? (My AVIC does and it is great. It tells you traffic reports up ahead on your route, but you do have to subscribe). Do you want it to be XM or SIRIUS radio capable?
3) Know your budget. Navi systems range in price from $400 to $1000s so know what you want to spend there and look at the options. Remember to keep in mind the cost for any accessories and installation, unless you plan to do this yourself.
4) Figure out what accessories you will need for your unit. For example, with most units, you will need a replacement dash kit (the plate that goes around the new navi unit so it is flush and blends into your dashboard). You might also need a separate receiver if you are doing XM or XM NavTraffic (as I did). This can vary in price, depending on the manufacturer.
5) Research your products online. Look for forums or head to epinions.com for consumer opinions on certain products. Or even head to your local Al & Ed's Autosound store or other audio system store and talk to someone there about the features you want. Be sure that what you are getting is what you want.
5) Installation is just as important as the unit. I live in Orange County, California and prices here are higher than the
moon (for homes, cars, hair color, you name it!). I paid about $335
dollars for installation at a local Al & Ed's Autosound. Here is what that included:
- Installation of nav unit
- Dash Kit piece
- Installation of XM /NavTraffic Tuner (they put it under my passengar seat and you would never know it is there)
Cheaper is not always better. A friend I know installed the exact same unit into his Honda and paid $250 and the tech left wires out and his toolbox in the car.
To know you are getting a good deal, check with a few places first and get price quotes. You can always look up companies at www.bbb.org (Better Business Bureau) to see if they have consumer complaints listed against them. The best way to find a great shop is to ask a trusted friend who has done similar work. That is how I found out about my tiniting place as well and I am extrememly happy with the results on that, as I am with the nav installation.
Check out ASE certified shops and see if they will do the install or if they know someone who will that is reputable. You can find an ASE certified shop near you by going here:
Check out the article I wrote about my installation here: http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2006/12/happy_holidays__2.html
And good luck!!