If I found a non-nav GX 470, is a stereo swap possible?

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  1. Pyrenees

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    A little background...

    I’m on the prowl for a 100-series LC, LX or possibly a GX. Installing an aftermarket stereo in a LC 03+ with nav is utterly impossible and it seems that way for the GX with nav as well. The 2001-2002 LC/LX seem like the simplest models to replace a stereo in.

    But what if I found a GX without nav? Is it reasonably not-insane to do it? I’m just talking about throwing a name brand double-DIN headunit in, either with a harness or some splicing, but I am not interested in one of those 10” Chinese android units with questionable firmware.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Almost all of the DD GPS units are from China, at best. Yes, you can. You can also switch out a Nav model as well. It is more complicated but doable. The guys over on GXOR have had success doing both versions.
     
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    It's a lot easier to swap the stereo and speakers on a non-nav GX470. Or so I hear.
     
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    Yes, it is "easier" to change out an non Nav unit. However, both are doable.
     
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    Since stereo seems to be a deal breaker on your list definitely get one without Nav and put whatever you want in it. I would also recommend getting one without the Mark Levinson Sound System as well.
     
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    Indeed, I first plan to upgrade to a carplay stereo (I have one in my subaru, can’t go back now, haha). If money and time allows, eventually a full aftermarket system with speakers.

    Mind letting me know why to avoid the ML? I’ve read that JBL and ML are the two choices and they both have the 2-ohm speakers. Beyond that, not sure of major differences besides wiring pinouts.

    Thanks!
     
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    Now you know why non-nav sport GXes are called unicorns. Super easy to swap a non-nav.
     
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    @Pyrenees if you get a non ML system then you have an abundance of options for aftermarket speaker replacement.
     
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    With all the newer car audio digital signal processors, I would think integration is easy on either nav or non nav. I could be wrong and haven’t actually found out but it’s in my plan to use either an Audison bitOne or bitTen, or a JL Fix. These go in post OEM amp and flatten all the channels allowing you to install your own amp and speakers while providing awesome tuning capabities. Has anyone gone this route yet?
     
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    The difficulty with the Nav units on the GX is that the climate controls are integrated into the screen unlike the Non Nav units. And the rest of what you are talking about is another language to me, sorry.
     
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    Are the ML units all marked as such on the faceplate or somewhere obvious?
     
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    You should check these things out. I have the Audison in my 2013 Acura TL and it’s awesome. It only effects things post OEM amp so the head unit stays the same and the nav and climate should be unaffected.
    It says ML on speaker grills and on the faceplate
     
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    The 2003 gx470 mark levinson speakers and subwoofer were rattling and sounded horrible. I tried to fix the subwoofer myself with a kit to replace the round foam seal. It doesn’t rattle as much but doesn’t sound clean. Still rattles.

    Not happy with how the oem ML speakers have deteriorated in 15 years! I replaced the front door speakers with pioneer ones at a local shop. They had to replace the whole ML casing.

    By comparison, the Mark Levinson system on my 2008 LS460 (with a repaired amp) sounds awesome. I’m not an audiophile, but awesome sound. Still original components other than the repaired amp.

    So, maybe getting used speakers from a 2008/2009 gx470 might be an option to refresh the sound.
     
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    Swap it all. I did Alpine and JL audio and it is super good!
     
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