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OEM radio upgrade.

So basically I'm wondering is there a way I can upgrade my OEM HU with another OEM HU that's has more options like navigation an all that good stuff an if so does anyone have a link to where I can find one.
I have a 2014 Camry se
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You can replace it with any double DIN unit. If you want to retain steering wheel controls, OEM system setting access and other 'factory' features, you should get a unit that is supported by Idatalink Maestro RR.

Pick out your unit (as others have suggested, through Crutchfield or Amazon) and you'll also need the following:

Interface module, which requires you to flash the software from your PC, this allows factory integration:
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And I would highly recommend this so you can use all your stereo features whether you're in park or not (some units block certain functions, such as DVD playback)
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If I were currently in the market for a new headunit I'd go with Pioneer AVIC-W6500NEX. It has all the audio and video features you could want, HDMI, Android and navigation. Pioneer is absolutely the best in my experience. Drop a little cash and get some 6x9 Pioneers for front and rears.

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i am thinking about getting this but budget is tight :https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...40e8540cJuUebI

your steering wheel controls will work too as it comes with a module the link has video as well and they got the 4gb ram version too

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So basically I'm wondering is there a way I can upgrade my OEM HU with another OEM HU that's has more options like navigation an all that good stuff an if so does anyone have a link to where I can find one.
I have a 2014 Camry se
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So basically I'm wondering is there a way I can upgrade my OEM HU with another OEM HU that's has more options like navigation an all that good stuff an if so does anyone have a link to where I can find one.
I have a 2014 Camry se
So.

Basically.

And, no thanks for replies.<img src="https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/images/ToyotaNation_2014/smilies/tango_face_sad.png" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" />
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Basically is sounds like someone is a little salty cause I haven't responded
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New speakers may be more cost effective than a new radio?

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The OEM speakers will handle a new HU... however new speakers will give you better sound as they're normally not as cheaply built.



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I've been checking around to see what best options are I've been looking at new door speakers too, I like the OEM HU I'm just gettin tired of the bottom right corner of the screen not working so I can't adjust the EQ anymore so that's why I've been looking into a new radio my only concern with a new radio is losing the ability to change my light and door lock setting
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if you want to have a fully functioning stock radio again your best bet is to go used, i recommend ebay because you can see the condition before you buy. trying to swap a factory nav radio will not work, there is additional wiring and antenna that your car does not have

if you want better sound quality your best bet is to go aftermarket, you have much more options in the way of tuning the way it sounds. if you need nav then get a headunit with carplay/android auto and use your phone for navi

there are aftermarket modules available that will retain OEM features, i have the idatalink maestro with my pioneer headunit and have the option to change setting like door locks and also have gauges like trans temp, battery voltage and more

there are plenty of options as far as aftermarket speakers, personally i am running rockford fosgate and have been happy with them

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I'm looking at the Sony AX100 for my 2016 Camry:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-XAV-AX...frcectupt=true

However, this would be my first install (with a friend's help) and I'm trying to figure some things out. It seems none of these head units are compatible with the car's Bluetooth system, and some of them come with their own external mic. Is this true or am I misreading?

And it also seems steering wheel controls always require some kind of module. Are these modules universal? Or do they need to be specific to both the car AND the radio unit? Thanks for any insight.

EDIT: Oh and my Camry has a backup camera. How do I make sure it will be compatible with this Sony unit or whichever I get?
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I'm looking at the Sony AX100 for my 2016 Camry:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-XAV-AX...frcectupt=true

However, this would be my first install (with a friend's help) and I'm trying to figure some things out. It seems none of these head units are compatible with the car's Bluetooth system, and some of them come with their own external mic. Is this true or am I misreading?

And it also seems steering wheel controls always require some kind of module. Are these modules universal? Or do they need to be specific to both the car AND the radio unit? Thanks for any insight.

EDIT: Oh and my Camry has a backup camera. How do I make sure it will be compatible with this Sony unit or whichever I get?
I would look at www.crutchfield.com. Put in your car's information and it pulls in units that are compatible with your Camry. It also gives what you will need for installation. Buying that unit on Ebay, it doesn't show all the components you'll need to install the unit and work with all the features in the Camry. You can find good new units on Crutchfield for $300-$400; the installation gear will cost another $200 but you'll have everything you need to retain factory functions. And it comes with directions.

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I'm looking at the Sony AX100 for my 2016 Camry:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-XAV-AX...frcectupt=true

However, this would be my first install (with a friend's help) and I'm trying to figure some things out. It seems none of these head units are compatible with the car's Bluetooth system, and some of them come with their own external mic. Is this true or am I misreading?

And it also seems steering wheel controls always require some kind of module. Are these modules universal? Or do they need to be specific to both the car AND the radio unit? Thanks for any insight.

EDIT: Oh and my Camry has a backup camera. How do I make sure it will be compatible with this Sony unit or whichever I get?
"Bluetooth" is built into the head unit, factory or aftermarket. So once you remove the factory head unit, the new one won't be compatible with the unit that's not connected. Now that the education is out of the way... an aftermarket head unit will not interface with the existing car microphone. It will interface with the current speaker(s), which is why it comes with its own microphone.

See my post above about the Idatalink Maestro RR. If you want to retain your steering wheel controls you will need to the module that's compatible with your car and new head unit. Using a website like Crutchfield ensures compatibility with both. Most likely the one I posted. You then have to flash or program it through your home PC for your car.

For backup camera, you need to make sure the unit has a backup camera video input.


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OP, what are you trying to accomplish? Sounds like you are trying to replace an OEM HU with some issues. In this case, a HU would be your best bet.

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The OEM speakers will handle a new HU... however new speakers will give you better sound as they're normally not as cheaply built.
OP, what are you trying to accomplish? Sounds like you are trying to replace an OEM HU with some issues. In this case, a HU would be your best bet. Although adding new speakers at the same time will also cheaply improve audio quality even more.

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I've been checking around to see what best options are I've been looking at new door speakers too, I like the OEM HU I'm just gettin tired of the bottom right corner of the screen not working so I can't adjust the EQ anymore so that's why I've been looking into a new radio my only concern with a new radio is losing the ability to change my light and door lock setting
Front door speakers can easily and cheaply be replaced with 6x9's. As mentioned before, if you replace your HU with a non-OEM, you'll need an iDatalink maestro module to retain factory controls.

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there are aftermarket modules available that will retain OEM features, i have the idatalink maestro with my pioneer headunit and have the option to change setting like door locks and also have gauges like trans temp, battery voltage and more

there are plenty of options as far as aftermarket speakers, personally i am running rockford fosgate and have been happy with them
As mentioned before, if you replace your HU with a non-OEM, you'll need an iDatalink maestro module to retain factory controls.

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I would look at www.crutchfield.com. Put in your car's information and it pulls in units that are compatible with your Camry. It also gives what you will need for installation. Buying that unit on Ebay, it doesn't show all the components you'll need to install the unit and work with all the features in the Camry. You can find good new units on Crutchfield for $300-$400; the installation gear will cost another $200 but you'll have everything you need to retain factory functions. And it comes with directions.
As mentioned before, if you replace your HU with a non-OEM, you'll need an iDatalink maestro module to retain factory controls.


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