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Old 02-26-2014, 06:32 AM
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Default Looking to change my stock GPS on 2009 350z any thoughts?

I have just recently got a 2009 350z in excellent condition. The only feature in it I wish it had was a better GPS system and maybe bluetooth.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

I was looking at this to maybe replace my current OEM gps.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:20 AM
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They made the 350 in 2009? I thought thats when the 370 came out..
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I'm going to go down a list of why this is all kinds of wrong.
  • First of all, it's Chinese junk
  • I wouldn't trust a loosely photoshopped picture of a headunit fitting into the factory navigation slot.
  • The factory oem navigation slot is not standard. It doesn't comply with any universal sizing such as double din.
  • The dimensions listed for this unit on the manufacturers website have me believing this is just a universal double din sizing unit that someone has taken liberties of thinking it will simply slide right in.
  • Why wouldn't you use the standard sizing of your oem radio and fit anything and everything on the market inside there instead of keeping that garbage factory radio.
  • The trend is moving away from built in navigation units and moving towards phone integration. Navigation on your phone is going to be 100x better than anything built in. The future is google maps and apps like waze. Content generated by its users and will warn you of traffic, speed traps, and accidents all on the fly.
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Originally Posted by 07maximan View Post
They made the 350 in 2009? I thought thats when the 370 came out..
The roadster continued for a bit longer.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by bender View Post
I'm going to go down a list of why this is all kinds of wrong.
  • First of all, it's Chinese junk
  • I wouldn't trust a loosely photoshopped picture of a headunit fitting into the factory navigation slot.
  • The factory oem navigation slot is not standard. It doesn't comply with any universal sizing such as double din.
  • The dimensions listed for this unit on the manufacturers website have me believing this is just a universal double din sizing unit that someone has taken liberties of thinking it will simply slide right in.
  • Why wouldn't you use the standard sizing of your oem radio and fit anything and everything on the market inside there instead of keeping that garbage factory radio.
  • The trend is moving away from built in navigation units and moving towards phone integration. Navigation on your phone is going to be 100x better than anything built in. The future is google maps and apps like waze. Content generated by its users and will warn you of traffic, speed traps, and accidents all on the fly.


I couldn't find any more information online for that unit. thanks for your 2 cents.

I did find an upgrade DVD for the GPS which is being used. I am still looking around as I don't particularly like the OEM unit.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:16 PM
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you can throw a back up camera in there instead That's what im gonna do with my 2008
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No way that will fit in the OEM nav location - the depth just isn't available in that part of the dash.

If you're serious about this, get a non-nav waterfall/cubby and a good headunit with nav capabilities, bluetooth, etc. I do agree that the aftermarket and phone-based nav units are far superior to any OEM nav I've seen in any car (not to mention much cheaper and easily updated).
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I agree that Internet mapping combined with a GPS device provides the best features (live updates for traffic and weather, detours for construction zones, etc.). With this said, navigation on your phone can fail. That isnít something you want when you need to find your way.

The problem with smart phone navigation is you need contact with GPS satellites (which is reliable unless you have overhead interference) and cell towers supporting your carrier.

Built-in GPS navigation that uses GPS satellites and a resident database always works when you have a view of overhead satellites (which is almost 100%).

Smart phones depend upon Internet access (i.e., cell towers) and viewing GPS satellites.

My experience is that built-in GPS devices provide much better navigation than navigating with smart phones.

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I'm going to go down a list of why this is all kinds of wrong.

[Ö] The trend is moving away from built in navigation units and moving towards phone integration. Navigation on your phone is going to be 100x better than anything built in. The future is google maps and apps like waze. Content generated by its users and will warn you of traffic, speed traps, and accidents all on the fly.
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I tend to agree. I installed a Kenwood DDX470 headunit, which will grab the GPS from my phone, but also installed a separate Garmin GPS in the cubby.
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thanks all for the info. Hope this helps others with the same question in mind.
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Here's what my 2-screen setup looks like (the GPS has a 5" display):



I might have the OEM console for sale, since I'm going to keep this hydrodipped one in place.
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2008 350Z Touring. added Garmin and Pioneer

stereo with backup camera
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Originally Posted by Pelicanpirate View Post
2008 350Z Touring. added Garmin and Pioneer

stereo with backup camera
4+ years late to the party
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Originally Posted by travlee View Post
4+ years late to the party
I'll keep the party going...

Back in 2017, I added a Garmin Drive 51 LM into the cubby of my '05 and recessed it enough where I can still close the door. The fitment is just about perfect for that space.



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