Originally Posted by tridentnyc
Would you happen to know if I would lose any functionality or info if I lost the stock head unit and went aftermarket in terms of the drivers info display?
I looked at the Kenwood DNX9980HD which I think is the only head unit that has the Garmin Nav plus all the other features of the 730N. Something like the PAC CR2-CHY4 adapter and its steering wheel control adapter would also be needed. The kenwood uses a proprietary GPS antenna and Camera, perhaps microphone.. so more cable adapters or use of the Kenwood mic and camera, although someone on the web has made the OEM camera work in a Dodge (no details provided). The USB connectors are different but one of the standard types, so more adapters. (you can play iPod video on the Kenwood). With all the adapters and splicing involved, I became a bit concerned about long term reliability. So about $1400 for the radio and $400 plus in adapters... and then you have to ream out the stock opening a bit (7/32") to fit the bigger double DIN chassis. Possible yes... sounds like some work if you want to DIY.
Reviews seem to indicate the Kenwood works very well, but some say the Kenwood unit is agonizing slow.
I would expect other double DIN radios to require the same type of mods and adapters. These radios seem to be designed for upgrading, not for a plug/play replacement.