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    Default 2000 Z-71 GPS / A/V Update - on the cheap!

    I wanted to update my electronics without replacing panels or spending a bunch of money, and it turned out pretty sweet.
    I'm sharing this in case anybody else is thinking about doing same.
    Went from stock CD / radio and wierd lilltle cassette player in the lower panel, to a 2 DIN Touchscreen Controller / Amp and a seperate, but integrated CD / Tuner / Amp - all without changing any stock dash panels. I also upgraded the speakers and added a powered subwoofer recently.
    I got a Pioneer AVIC F500BT new for about $175. Also got the little amplifier option for another $60. The amp's important to get to benefit from many of the features. Then used a Sony CD / receiver with built-in 4X45 watt amp. Some Infinity speakers and a powered tube type subwoofer. All totalled, less than $600 into it. For all the features and quality I'm enjoying - some have easily spent 4 times as much or more.
    A pic is attached. Here's an overview of what it does for me:
    - Now have a full-blown GPS / map system that broadcasts turn by turn directions through the audio system. Also mutes stereo for directions when needed.
    - Have reverse camera that takes display automatically.
    - My phone automatically connects through Bluetooth when the truck's started. I initiate calls with my voice, and the calls are broadcast through the audio system. My phone's contacts are also synchronized to the touchscreen. Everything's totally handsfree. Also shows who's calling, etc.
    - I can now store music and video directly on the Pioneer and/or a USB thumbdrive. With a couple modifications I'm able to watch video while rolling down the highway as well. (required a hardwire parking brake bypass and a software hack)
    - I can also drop an iPod on it and operate that through voice or touch, and view the art, etc. on the touchscreen.
    Pretty cool for a 13 year old truck!
    Johnny MacClick image for larger version. 

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    everett, massachusetts


    that would look/work great in my 2000SIL. how about the details on your installation. part/component suppliers etc.interface with on board car body wiring etc.

    like I just looked for the Pioneer AVIC F500BT and it goes for 700 clams . that is a budget buster . so how did you get a 700 dollar device for 175 ?

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    Hi -
    Yes, I just searched for a new F500BT and am seeing "full kick" on the prices too. I bought mine a couple years ago actually. Used it in a company work truck, and recently swapped it to my personal truck. As I recall I saw it on Amazon and grabbed it. Not sure why no deals now but...
    there are a few on ebay, starting at $49.00.
    Anyway - If you do pick up one of these as your head-end, get back to me and I'll talk you through the details.
    Johnny Mac

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    everett, massachusetts


    thanks for that help offer. I did also look up reviews of this device and they stated it was problematic. also updating maps was a problem. they I guess stopped production, it is a couple of years old. could be these reviewers did do install properly.

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    True that... It was somewhat problematic. I have worked through the problems and everything works great now, but I definately paid some dues in time / research along the way to make it work the way I wanted.
    Apologies for not pointing that out. Regardless - if you (or somebody else that comes across this thread) integrates using an F500BT - my offer to talk you through the (firmware) modifications stands.
    Take care,
    Last edited by JohnnyMac-Tahoe; 03-24-2013 at 06:29 PM. Reason: Incorrect model number

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