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Offline Steampunkwilly

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What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:33:51 am »
Had a couple of no name Chinese units give me issues. Current one doesn't want to boot naviextras nicely or keep time properly. Also cant find setting to keep music playing when using navi.

Is there a well known reliable head unit that most vw owners install?

Offline McDoof

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Re: What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 01:06:44 pm »
Running a 9" full touch screen Joying unit that I'm pretty happy with. Runs Android. Instant boot.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Automotive-Multimedia-Player-For-VW-Android-5-1-1-Intel-SoFIA-3GR-Quad-Core-Car/32749464936.html
If you go android, make sure you get one with 2GB of memory. Anything with 1GB will be slow.
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Offline Steampunkwilly

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Re: What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 08:42:47 am »
That looks like a good unit. Seems very little discussion on this topic worldwide generally. Did you install a reversing camera? I had to get the Passat decoded to stop searching for the original stereo.

Offline McDoof

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Re: What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 10:22:28 am »
This particular one needs steering wheel controls otherwise you changing volume becomes a bit of a pain. There are other options with the same internals that have an 8" screen and retain some buttons.
I have a camera installed yes. Works pretty well. I just wish I could get a decent HD camera. All of the cameras I can find are pretty low res, even if they say they are HD, they are far from it.
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Offline dummer

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Re: What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 12:00:44 pm »
Does it throw code when doing scan?

Offline McDoof

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Re: What aftermarket head units have you installed in 2006 VWs?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017, 02:51:28 pm »
It says that the radio gateway is not reachable. But that is the only place it shows. So not really something I am bothered with.
I should note that you may need to update your canbus unit. The Canbus interface on these is based on a later version that what I had and it ends up draining the battery, much in the same way that a radio out of a MK6 golf would drain the battery on an older MK5 like mine. Once the canbus was switched over, it also fixed a few other things like activating the reverse camera when putting the car in reverse.

Cost was $140

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