Car audio gurus? Alpine ILX-107 car play

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Purchased a 1998 LC over the summer with an Alpine ILX-107 wireless carplay. This install looks clean, has a great backup camera, and works really well.........except for the navigation.

It’s a well documented problem with this head unit if you get beyond the initial google results...of course I learned that after buying the car lol. The problem got marginally better with the iOS 13 iPhone update but still very glitchy.

I’m considering a new head unit but not sure what’s involved. Are the hookups proprietary or interchangeable between brands? What about the backup camera?

Any suggestions on replacements?

car audio noob here
 
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Depends on how the original Installer did it. If he did it correctly (in my opinion) they would use a plug and play adapter from the head unit pigtail to the original LC plug. And you can reuse the plug and play adapter with some help from the inter webs. The backup cameras are mostly all the same I have not seen a different aftermarket one. It’s a RCA connection and a reverse input.
No real suggestion on a replacement just don’t go Chinese go name brand. I had an old JVC it was for the old IPhone plug so I didn’t use the Nav.
 

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What he said, the aftermarket plug will be Land cruiser in one end and alpine on the other in this case. If you bought another alpine it would just plug in. If you buy another brand would prob need another plug. Look on Crutchfield. They have great info.
I maybe interested in the old alpine if it ends up extra
 
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@TRFCSUX

would definitely be willing to pass on the old one for a fair price.

confirmed it looks like they used a harness....phew. For $25 crutchfield will pre-wire new connector to the new head unit. Sounds like I just swap out that and the other standard ports like rca for the camera. I’m looking at Pioneer and Kenwood.

I really like it but the nav is so frickin’ annoying. When it’s works it’s amazing.


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I really like the Kenwood Excelon that I put in my 3rd gen 4Runner. Bigger screen since the CD slot is hidden behind it. It also lets you set the unit to default to any of 6 different screen angles. I can't picture the 100 series dash, but this really helps in the 4Runner because the DIN slot is low on the center stack.
 
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What's the difference between those two?

Capacitive doesn’t rely on pressure (uses your fingers conductivity). They’re more responsive, and higher resolution. It’s what an iPhone (and I assume most smartphones) has. Better at things like pinch and zoom.

Resistive is older tech and is what you’ll find in ATMs, self checkout lines, etc. I imagine they’re mostly fine in headunits these days but the capacitive isn’t that much more $. The pressure causes a voltage drop in the sensors layered in the screen.
 
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I agree with you they are better tech. But like your cell phone it will not work with gloves on. I ran into this with a touch screen computer at a hospital I worked in it is something you don’t think you do until you do it.
 

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I’m leaning towards the Kenwood Excelon DMX906S over other Kenwoods mainly because it has a capacitive touchscreen over resistive.

Mine is a similar unit. Only difference I think is that mine plays CDs. I didn’t care about the actual CD player - I just wanted the tilt screen.

You’ll be happy with it.
 
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