Re: iPOD direct connect kit 82209617 experiences
I just had this system (82209617AB) installed the other day. It seems to work all right, though it's a little awkward to use. I'm not sure which iPod functions you are talking about, but I'll try to describe how it works so that you can decide if it's right for you. I have the larger screen system (the manual calles it REC) with NAV and all that.
First off, the iPod plugs into a cable that's hidden in the glove box. The iPod shuts off a few minutes after the car is shut off, and it comes on again when you start it up. If you switch to another mode (Radio, CD, Sat, Phone, etc) or turn off the car then the iPod pauses and waits for you. If you're an audiobook person that takes long trips, this is excellent.
Operation of the iPod from the main console and steering wheel is, to me, awkward but workable. If you were hoping that your iPod screen will show up in some form on your console, then you're out of luck. What you see is what looks like Sat channels. It's hard to describe, but channel 1 would be the first item in the list you are looking at, channel 2 would be the second, etc... I don't remember exactly how it goes now, but the first list lets you choose from artists, playlists, genre, etc. Once you find the channel you want (lets say Playlists), just wait a few seconds and the unit reads in the next set of items. Then you start again at channel 1 in Playlists. It's sorted alphabetically for convenience. So, once you go to the list you want (for me, My Top Rated is channel 20), then you wait a few seconds for the list to be loaded and you can scroll through the list or just start at the beginning.
If your list of songs (or playlists) is more than 100 items long, you have to go to channel 101 to advance to the next 100 tracks. 102 goes back 100 tracks.
There are also other channels that have been assigned functions to help in navigation through your iPod. Channels 130-157 let you jump to tracks that begin with a-z or number or certain symbols. Channel 200 turns shuffle on and off. Channel 204 lets you browse composers. 205 for audiobooks. 208 for albums. And more.
All of what I described above can be accessed using the steering wheel controls as well as the controls on the radio. Also, you can skip to the next and previous tracks with the steering wheel controls while music is playing, as you would expect.
From the console, if you press the PTY button twice you get a menu that will put you in the different lists quicker.
The iPod actually runs through the Sat channel on the radio, so don't get confused there. To switch between iPod and Satelite, it's a matter of hitting the Mode button a few times: CD > SAT > VES > CD > iPod (SAT) > VES.
Your Satelite radio presets will disappear each time you use your iPod, so it that's important to you then you will be bummed.
Hopefully I was able to describe how it functions clearly enough. It's kind of hard to imagine iPod navigation in a radio tuning idiom, but while it's a little awkward it still works.