I selected the Kenwood radio DNX6980 to install with my Metra dash kit. It offers AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio, optional Backup Camera, Nav System, CD/DVD Player and Bluetooth. The Kenwood allows customization of the colors and I configured the radio button colors to match the Camaro’s light blue interior lighting. I selected the CM0S-200 backup camera because the color seemed washed out on the more expensive CM0S-300.
I didn’t feel comfortable installing all of this myself, so I ordered all of the parts below through a local car audio company. I could have gotten a few of the items a little cheaper, but I wanted the installer to be responsible for everything. This provides a faster resolution in the event an item arrives defective.
Kenwood & Options:
$999 – Kenwood DNX6980 (Nav/Bluetooth/CD-DVD/Sat Radio)
$20 – Kenwood Video/Sirius cable
$200 – Backup Camera (CM0S-200)
$75 – Satellite Radio Adapter
$40 – iPod cable
$75 – Satellite Tuner
$485 – Installation
I’ve had numerous problems with this unit, including the following:
- On a recent trip to Boston, the NAV system froze twice. I had to turn off the system and turn it back on to reset the NAV assistance.
- Changing songs on the iPod via steering controls is sluggish. Sometimes it takes 1-2 seconds and other times it takes 4-5 seconds. It seems like every other change is delayed.
- The NAV system will randomly leave the normal screen and act like someone touched a part of the map, taking you to a different map format. I have to hit the return button to get back to the normal NAV screen.
Please note: the rating below is for the Kenwood system and does not include the Metra dash kit
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