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2012 JGC Radio Options

I just bought a 2012 Laredo. It had the stock radio and I would really like to swap it out for something with nav and possibly Bluetooth.

I was considering picking up a 730RHR (which I think is oem?), but was curious was the "best" option is.... Though I want to spend less than $1000.

I was also wondering about the antenna: if I swapped to something with nav, will I also ned to route another antenna?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

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I just bought a 2012 Laredo. It had the stock radio and I would really like to swap it out for something with nav and possibly Bluetooth.

I was considering picking up a 730RHR (which I think is oem?), but was curious was the "best" option is.... Though I want to spend less than $1000.

I was also wondering about the antenna: if I swapped to something with nav, will I also ned to route another antenna?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Greetings and welcome,

Yes, the 730 is OEM.

Since you have a 2012, you have the ability to install an aftermarket headunit, which is the best option you for you. The big 3 that I always recommend is Kenwood, Alpine and Pioneer. By the end of the spring, the 2014 models should be on sale. As for navigation, Kenwood uses Garmin and both Alpine and Pioneer uses IGO Primo as the navigation. The bigger screen size will be more money of course. The bluetooth functions from 2014 and 2015 have been updated. In any case, you do have to run a new navigation antenna.

The bottom line with an aftermarket headunit, the sound quality will improve, you have better navigation and better functions. It is just a matter of how much you want to spend.

Best for now.
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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

Just curious why you like after market instead of OEM?

Also, so you have a preferred source for aftermarket radios?

Thanks!
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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

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Just curious why you like after market instead of OEM?

Also, so you have a preferred source for aftermarket radios?

Thanks!
Like 1stjeepgc said, better navigation and better functions. I upgraded my 130 to a 430n, a huge improvement, but the navigation could certainly be better, and to upgrade maps is a pain. I can't believe they still put the 430n in caravans... I would much rather have an aftermarket unit so long as all the steering wheel and rear view camera still worked.

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Just curious why you like after market instead of OEM?

Also, so you have a preferred source for aftermarket radios?

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Greetings,

As member WickedXJ posted, aftermarket units are far superior than the OEM. Trust me, you will appreciate the all around results. IMHO, the money you pay for the OEM upgrade is throwing money into the water. In your case, you have the ability to upgrade, whereas, the 2014+ can not.

As for a source, if you do not have a reliable shop around, then any of the approved on line dealers that represent the manufacture. Crutchfield is an excellent sours and they have an install support program where they have an installer base you can use. Best Buy is another great sources and the Geek Squard warranty is excellent.

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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

What do you guys think of the Pioneer Avic-6000nex?

I'm pretty intrigued by the Car Play integration
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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

the oem is a nice unit but the maps suck good luck to anyone who actually follows the suggested routes
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What do you guys think of the Pioneer Avic-6000nex?

I'm pretty intrigued by the Car Play integration
Greetings,

Unless you like Apple Maps, then CarPlay as of now is still in it's infancy. The music apps and podcasts are pretty stable. Check out the CarPlay thread.

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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

I've got the NEX 6100 and with the new update it's pretty good. The stock nav now is pretty accurate, even with traffic.


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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

For MY11-MY13, third party is actually an option, unlike with MY14+. Vendors, such as Crutchfield, have adapter kits that will allow you easily install systems from a variety of manufacturers.

I have the 730N and it's been fine, generally, but there are no new firmware updates coming, likely ever at this point, and it's lacking some things that you can get with the third party units.
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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

I just upgraded my 730N RER to a 730N RHR. I bought the RHR on ebay for $500 and sold my RER for $480 along with the ipod classic for $150. So it worked out well. I have a 64GB thumb drive connected that I have 8000+ songs on. I like the fact that it is OEM. But, it does get finicky with album art as it uses gracenotes and naming has to be 100% correct and every once in a while it gets locked up if my son presses too many buttons at once while it is still starting to access USB after start up.

So some good and some bad.
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Re: 2012 JGC Radio Options

If it were my money I would definitely go third party unit. Some really great units for under $1k that are much better than stock system available. You can get the Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX off of Crutchfield for $1k, and that is a top of the line unit. Why would you do anything else?
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