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    Thread: Pioneer AVIC-D3 DIY

    1. Member DRIVEN 1323's Avatar
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      01-12-2008 12:04 AM #226
      Quote, originally posted by spotter29 »
      Ouch, sorry to hear that man. In fact, I'm surprised you actually got your HU, unless you payed through the ass for it (which I'm assuming you must have). 86th St. is running a huge scam on ebay and through their website.



      Well I got lucky I got my HU in 2 days to Maryland. I am curious about this scam your talking about could you elaborate?
      Did you go from being a person who stuck out from the rest of the crowd to a person who blends into the crowd?

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      01-12-2008 02:14 AM #227
      Any Major differences between the AVIC D-3 and the AVIC-Z2

      http://www.pioneerelectronics....0RCRD


      Modified by DRIVEN 1323 at 2:36 AM 1-12-2008
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      01-12-2008 03:27 AM #228
      Quote, originally posted by johnnyR32 »
      hey greg....wanna do a d3 install in the spring? just ordered mine yesterday with bluetooth and ipod interface...dont feel like messing around with it

      Sure, no prob.
      Quote, originally posted by Own’d By Boost »
      Great DIY even though I didn't use it. BTW, you don't have to tap into the VSS, well I didn't have to on my 04 GLI and I get extremely accurate MPH and navigation readings.

      True, the VSS is not 100% necessary, but it does make the accuracy a lot better.(You'll get the full '3D Hybrid' accuracy -found in the diagnostic screens, with it connected)
      Quote, originally posted by DRIVEN 1323 »
      Any Major differences between the AVIC D-3 and the AVIC-Z2

      Yes, there's quite a bit different. (there's good reason that the Z2 is almost double the money) Outside of the Hard drive of the Z2, the most notible feature is the better Navi functionality of the Z2. The Z2 has 'smart' navi algorythms that ultimately 'learn' your directional driving habits. For instance; ever wonder why a navi may take you on a route that sometimes makes no sense? Or maybe you just flat out like your way better? The Z2 will learn that and start to adjust itself to the routes you like to drive. It'll recognize what roads you regularly frequent, and stick to them. The longer you have the Z2, the better it becomes. By contrast, the D3 is not an intelligent navi and will only stick to its' perimeters. POIs and other info is also more plentiful on the Z2 software.
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      01-12-2008 12:14 PM #229
      Quote, originally posted by spotter29 »
      Ouch, sorry to hear that man. In fact, I'm surprised you actually got your HU, unless you payed through the ass for it (which I'm assuming you must have). 86th St. is running a huge scam on ebay and through their website.

      http://www.resellerratings.com...Video
      Now I know what your talking about. I paid $199 for the 5 year warranty which I think was fair, but they kept going and after this guy was finish talking the order was now up to $999 I told him no that's all sir
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    5. 01-12-2008 01:43 PM #230
      Quote, originally posted by GomobileR32 »
      True, the VSS is not 100% necessary, but it does make the accuracy a lot better.(You'll get the full '3D Hybrid' accuracy -found in the diagnostic screens, with it connected)


      Hey Greg... My Avic D3 is off about 10-15 yards and I have the VSS hooked up. Do you know any easy fix on this? When i had it installed it was very accurate and then is not. Thanks [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-13-2008 02:48 PM #231
      Scary reviews on the Z2
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      This unit is loaded with features. Unfortunately it has so many practical flaws that it virtually unusable and should be avoided.
      The most glaring issue is that when the vehicle is in motion almost every feature becomes disabled because the touchscreen interface is blacked out. The touch screen becomes completely inoperable! This is supposedly a "safety" issue, but it makes the unit virtually worthless.
      If you are going to a meeting and get a call that its been changed to the office across town, you have to literally pull the car off the road, put it in park, enable the PARKING BRAKE, and then enter the new address. If you are cruising through a city and think that you'd like to find a nearby Chinese restaurant, you have to find a place to park the vehicle before it will allow you to ask the question.
      Your music and video controls are also disabled. You can't change channels, choose a new playlist on your iPod, etc.
      I called Pioneer because I couldn't believe that this is true. They confirmed it. It is true.
      Other major flaws exist. It is VERY expensive, coming in at almost 2X it's competitors. It is very slow to boot up. You have to sit for quite a while before you can begin to input the address that you need to drive to.


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      The good:
      Great graphics, loaded with features, pretty easy to use.
      The bad:
      - Sometimes the screen goes blank and the only way to get it back is to turn off the car.
      - iPod interface is SLOW with no alpha lookup - BIG GLITCH! And scrolling is SLOW.
      - GPS is off when you first get going - it shows that I'm in the middle of a field when I leave from home. It takes a bit for the GPS to find the unit. I didn't experience this with my last NAV system.
      - Bluetooth interface is ok but could be improved. So far I haven't found how to remove a device previously paired.
      Overall I like the unit. I hope Pioneer updates the software. The previous review that stated you can't change music selections while moving is wrong - you can change radio stations, iPod selections/playlists.

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      01-14-2008 02:02 AM #232
      Doing the bypass eliminates most of those issues.
      The iPod admittedly isn't as good as the D3...oh well, can't have it all I guess...that is, until the soon-to-be-released Z3 comes out.
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      01-14-2008 08:35 AM #233
      Quote, originally posted by GomobileR32 »
      Doing the bypass eliminates most of those issues...

      Don't you think we should double-check that with the new resident expert?
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...95537
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      Modified by speedbump2 at 8:52 AM 1-14-2008

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      01-14-2008 05:27 PM #234
      Quote, originally posted by GomobileR32 »
      Doing the bypass eliminates most of those issues.
      The iPod admittedly isn't as good as the D3...oh well, can't have it all I guess...that is, until the soon-to-be-released Z3 comes out.

      Do you have any Idea when the Z3 will be on the market.
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    10. 01-18-2008 10:52 AM #235
      First let me say as many have said thanks for the detailed info for us DIY'ers. In respect to the inline 5 amp fuse, do you use a slow-blow fuse or fast acting? Also is the ignition wire you refuse to connected to a harness that needs to be pulled out from? And finally wihen you tap in to this brown/red wire do you cut the wire and add butt connectors at which point you insert the inline fuse then but connect the ignition wire that runs to the HU?
      I know this is probably a piya but it would really be appreciated!!!
      Thanks in advance.

    11. 02-07-2008 05:18 AM #236
      Awesome FYI!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    12. 02-13-2008 01:35 PM #237

      bump [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    13. 02-13-2008 05:10 PM #238
      [QUOTE=speedbump2]
      Don't you think we should double-check that with the new resident expert?
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zer...95537
      --Chuck--

      Modified by speedbump2 at 8:52 AM 1-14-2008[/QUOTE

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      03-11-2008 01:24 AM #239
      Been thinking about picking up a avic d3 and I plan on doing the mod to make gps and dvd work while driving. Also plan on getting the BT and Ipod adapter but I want to know what all do i need for my b5.5 with monsoon? Install cage, wiring harness and that is it? Also any things special i need to do since the car has the monsoon system with the amp thing in the back ( i dont know much about the monsoon system other then a friend got a stereo intall about 4 years ago and the monsoon got f'ed up).

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      03-11-2008 01:25 PM #240
      Also what to do to make the steering wheel controls work with this deck as well.

    16. 03-16-2008 11:45 PM #241
      Installed the D3 in my 2004 Jetta TDI today and everything works great! Thanks to this site and AVIC411.com Highlights below:
      VSS:
      - Blue/White wire behind cluster, Blue Plug
      Reverse Wire:
      - Black/Blue wire behind drivers kick panel (I grabbed in in the lower channel as it begins to run toward the rear)
      Bypass:
      - Moved yellow/black wire up one in the white connector and then grounded this wire along with the parking brake wire (green) to the ground in the harness. (works perfectly )
      Harness Used:
      - Metra XSVI-9003
      Antenna Adaptor Used:
      - Metra 40-EU55
      Install Kit:
      - Pioneer ADT-VA133
      Everything is working perfectly and since this was my first install in a VW i now no more about the vehicle and the interior


      Modified by diesel04 at 10:28 PM 3-16-2008


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      03-17-2008 11:50 AM #242
      There is also a VSS wire going into the rain sensing wiper relay.
      It joins to Pin 1. Strangely it is green and purple. Do not confuse it with another green and purple wire coming from another pin.
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      03-17-2008 12:35 PM #243
      Can someone with the D3 (newer maps) who is willing to do a "favor" send me a IM....

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      03-17-2008 08:53 PM #244
      anyone have this screen

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      03-17-2008 11:07 PM #245
      Just ordered mine off of Amazon for $573... figured Id go ahead and get it now and still cash in on the rebate while theres still time... But anyway, after reading through most of this thread, I see that even after ordering the unit that there will be extras I will need to purchase/modify to fit the unit.
      Is it possible to compile a list of extras that need be purchased? I understand that things like the the iPod adapter, rear back-up camera, GPS, and Bluetooth can all be options for it, but I think it may be a good idea to have a running list of those options AND extras any VW owner might need to purchase, to utilize this particular unit... ? maybe im wrong haha... just a thought or idea...
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    21. 03-18-2008 01:18 PM #246
      I also would like this background please

    22. 03-18-2008 02:27 PM #247
      the soon-to-be-released Z3 comes out--i'm all ear's.......i hate the buttons on my d3-small as hell.

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      03-18-2008 02:51 PM #248
      Is it possible to make an img of the D3 nav discs and use them in my D2 (really would like the upgraded maps).

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      03-18-2008 02:57 PM #249
      Im still debating this, jsut not sure if i like the fitment, or that the unit is a bit smaller than the DD HU should be

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      03-18-2008 03:01 PM #250
      LKR...you really don't notice it. Believe me dude, you need to get one of the pioneer units, my R came with it (w00t), and I can't imagine the car without it. Such a great mod. You WILL NOT regret it man.

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