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    2003 nav radio upgrade

    Has anyone upgraded their nav radio unit to a Rosen unit? I understand that it is for the most part it is a plug and play retaining the steering wheel controls and On Star without an adapter.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Is a Rosen unit the touchscreen that came out in 2005? If so, the dealer swapped mine out after having to replace mine twice for the fan burning out. I think they are just plug and play, but I would verify.
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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    They are an aftermarket custom fit nav receiver I don't know if they are plug and play but I know you have to hard wire it for the steering wheel controls to still function. They are also very expensive I would rather buy an Alpine orPioneer and the adapters.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by enger126 View Post
    They are an aftermarket custom fit nav receiver I don't know if they are plug and play but I know you have to hard wire it for the steering wheel controls to still function. They are also very expensive I would rather buy an Alpine orPioneer and the adapters.
    it is all about the fit and finsh with that brand and they do have more compatibility with the stock features but some are the same as other radios best bet is stick to oem if you want everything to work without worry.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Everthing to work without worry like what rear entertainment sound thru the speakers what else?

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by enger126 View Post
    Everthing to work without worry like what rear entertainment sound thru the speakers what else?
    if you go aftermarket you will lose the rear seat audio controls and the audio from the dvd player you might be able to keep the steering wheel controls but that is pretty much it from some of the adaptors i have seen it is about 100 dollars on top of the radio cost and that is to retain the bose system and rap feature and the one for the steering wheel controls has to be factored in to the price also.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Who would want to spend the money on the Rosen nav and have to keep the bose system to retain all those features to me its just not worth it.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by enger126 View Post
    Who would want to spend the money on the Rosen nav and have to keep the bose system to retain all those features to me its just not worth it.
    best post i have read so far

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    I put in the 05/06 touch screen nav into my 04 Platinum, all the controls work perfectly even the factory dual rear monitors

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    How much did the dealer charge for the reprogram?

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-TDZ View Post
    I put in the 05/06 touch screen nav into my 04 Platinum, all the controls work perfectly even the factory dual rear monitors
    yes if you put a 05/06 touch screen nav in your truck everything will work without a problem you just have to have the dealer use the tech-2 to have it relearn the vin of your truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enger126 View Post
    How much did the dealer charge for the reprogram?
    this depends on the dealer and if you know anyone that works at the dealer.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    The Rosen is cheaper than Pioneer or the Alpine and you dont have to buy adapters to my knowledge. After reasearch the Rosen has a better nav system.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Where can you buy a Rosen cheaper than a Pioneer or Alpine? The adapters cost around $160 for the interface and steering wheel control interface for an aftermarket deck. What is better about Rosen's nav I don't think I have ever messed with the nav on one?

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by enger126 View Post
    Where can you buy a Rosen cheaper than a Pioneer or Alpine? The adapters cost around $160 for the interface and steering wheel control interface for an aftermarket deck. What is better about Rosen's nav I don't think I have ever messed with the nav on one?
    i don't think you can get one cheaper unless it is hot by that i mean stolen which is a big no-no.

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    Re: 2003 nav radio upgrade

    I can honestly say there is no way the 2nd generation Escalade Nav is better than aftermarket. Bluetooth, 3D, POI searches... Aftermarket nav, especially Kenwood w/ Garmin are fantastic!!!

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