October 19, 2013
Glad I decided to try this. LONG DETAILED REVIEW
Obviously, the addition of a factory "LIKE" navigation system could not be easy. You have hurdles to jump. Ford did a good job of integrating SYNC into their cars since 2008 and while some of the functionality is not used, the case still stands that its one of the best Bluetooth for phone and audio manufacturers integrations that has been rolled out.
The requirement of SYNC to install this system is not so bad, considering that ford has been installing the system for years now, and I believe this targets the broadest audience, thus making the product open to the single largest amount of buyers. The system is not made by Raxiom, its a product of Rosen. They had been making this for a bit of time, and while you don thear much about it, I think the marriage between Rosen and Raxiom on this one is a winning combination.
Lets go over the install first.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN on the factory system, Press 1 and AUX at the same time to display your Sat Radio ID, WRITE THIS DOWN!!! After installation, you will NOT be able to get this info (I printed a p-touch label and placed it in the glove box).
The installation is straightforward.
My car is a 5.0 GT Manual Transmission, so I begin by removing the shifter knob and opening the rear storage compartment. Lift the entire center console face up and three plugs gets it out of the way and in the back seat.
Once thats out of the way, remove the two screws on the bottom of the dash center stack and pull it out. At this point you will remove all the screws holding the display and the radio head unit. Here is another tip, The AM/FM antenna cable is VERY short. When you go to remove the head unit, its gonna give you problems. In my car they had the antenna cable running under a wire harness. DO NOT PULL THE UNIT OUT! Reach around the back of the unit and grab the cable and give it a yank. It will come out. I rerouted the antenna cable to give me more room to re-install. Once I had all the parts out, I followed the directions to wrap the display and the HVAC unit in foam. Getting the HVAC Control unit wasnt bad, I used a panel pulling tool to pry it up, a little on each side at a time.
I then installed the backup camera and the GPS antenna. Running the wire for the camera is easy, pull the back seat and follow the harnesses as you pull panels tuck the wire along the way. This took less than ten minutes.
Camera Install, My way. I removed a tail light (You have to remove two wing nuts and two clips to get the back panel off the car). Once the tail light was out (Three nuts and one wire harness, remove the rubber gasket with the light) I found a spare grommet in the back of the car.
Remove one of the lic plate lights and notch the corner to run the wire. Once the camea is dangling, replace the bumper light and then mount the camera. I took two 3/4" tek screws and simply screwed the camera between the Lic plate lights right into the bumper above the Lic plate.
The GPS antenna was placed on the dash on the passenger side of the car. I secured it with velcro and simply pushed the cable (VERY CAREFULLY) into place. Ran it between the "A" pillar trim and the dash and left the tied up bundle of wire right inside the removable side panel. With both wires in hand, I ran across the bottom of the dash in front of the glove box securing the wiring to other wires. I brought up the two cables into the cavity and began installation. The wiring is PLUG NAD PLAY, could not be easier. Follow the directions for model year plugs, and then you begin to re-install all the "Stuff" you took out earlier. Once every thing was back in place, I plugged in all the plugs for the nag faceplate and (without completely installing the panel back in) tested all my operations.
While I had issues with GPS reception, American Muscle replaced the unit for me. I replaced the GPS antenna as well as the head unit, and it all worked perfectly.
Once everything tests out, pop the dash panel in, Two screws to secure it and then re-install the center console remembering to connect the three plugs.
Think of the NAV button as a screen toggle (Like an input on a tv). Which ever input your on, thats what you see. The system utilizes the drivers speaker to provide the audio from the GPS.
Interestingly enough, the GPS can and does feed turn info over the screen when in (What I call Ford Mode). So even when you listening to and have Sirius on the screen, you will get a bar at the top of the screen that give you turn information, and of course you will get audio regardless.
The Nav screen provides great info, What house numbers are on each side of the road, speed limit warnings (I seem to anger the GPS, she is ALWAYS telling me that I have gone over the speed limit). The speed threshold is adjustable, and you can also turn off that setting. Since our cars can, you will find you seem to After all its a mustang, not a camaro or a challenger!
Menu's are very good, animation is smooth and operation is excellent, with little or no lag time at all. It seems like the manufacturer and iGo software really built the system to perform rather than just meet minimum standards (there is another camaro reference there if you get it).
All joking aside (and in conclusion) this unit looks as well as it works. I will be doing a video review for my friends on a mustang forum and will try to send the link to American Muscle and hopefully I can have my moment of fame (No offense to Justin's video).