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Old 08-10-2017, 04:09 PM   #1
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Compatible Navigation Drives

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after some testing im convinced I gotta send my unit to Alpine for $358 with a measly 3 month warranty. Being that I need an aux input so I can finally hook up the navtool I bought last year, I wanted to ask if using a 2008 navigation unit is a possibility. I call d and asked someone at Acura and they told me, they have different part numbers for 2005, 2006, and 2008 so they ARE NOT compatible. However I see these units posted all over eBay stating 2005-2008. So I gotta ask here. Has anyone upgraded navigation unit or are they interchangeable?

Please drop any info you can. I find it rediculos to send $358 to Alpine and only receive a 3 month warranty. I'd rather take my chances on a used one with a month warranty for half the price
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I cant say for sure, but I would think they are interchangeable. That said, if you're installing NAVtool why bother replacing the drive? The OEM nav is garbage compared to Google Maps or even Waze. I say save that loot and put it towards something else. If you get a used one at a scrap yard or ebay then go for it.
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I remember seeing that the 07-98 part numbers were different as well. Now, whether that translates to a different harness or not, I'm not 100% sure. I agree with Chocboy, if you can find a junkyard unit, go for it.
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I agree 100%. I thought the drive had to be in working condition. Like maybe it used a portion of it's processor or video card. Only question now would be, where to find a plug in aux. I've heard about many of them but not sure which one will plug and play and which goes up front, to the xm radio, or to the dvd player.

Any suggestions, I'm ready to get that thing installed. It's literally been in my trunk jus sitting for over a year.
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If you looking to add a OEM Aux port I would HIGHLY recomend SKIP it and get a USA Spec BT45-ACU. As far as the Navi unit goes you can put in the 06-08 model, the only thing differences is they revise so it can take wirring for OEM back up camera. Several member here with a 05 bought a unit from 06 model and add a OEM back up cam.
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Thanks a lot truonghthe
do you know by chance if this unit connects to the dvd drive or the factory radio?

I appreciate your input
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The BT45- ACU will connect to your XM unit, you will give up XM1 for BTA streaming function but if you have XM radio like me you can also use XM2 for all the preset.
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