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Hello friends.

New to the forum and haven't explored around very much yet, but wanted to introduce myself. I have plenty of questions and I will certainly search around before asking (I'm not new to message boards).

I'm an American living in London and recently purchased a 2006 Commander in mint condition on the cheap. So far it's been wonderful. Look forward to seeing what these forums have to offer.
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Ok I looked around a bit and I did't exactly see what I'm looking for. I am very sorry if there was a simple search to answer some of these questions, I couldn't find them.

Does anybody have any advice for upgrading the Jeep's audio/navigation system? Currently I have no way to hook up an iphone, no satalite radio, no touch screen nav, no bluetooth for handsfree driving, etc. The current navigation seems a bit cumbersome to use. I saved a lot of money on this Jeep and am willing to pay to have these things professionally installed and would like some top-dollar stuff.

Any advice on which hardware I should be checking out, or even better a London-based garage who specialises in this kind of stuff?

Appreciate your help.
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ebay is always good for OEM radios really cheap, people getting aftermarket radios, looking to recover some expense by selling the OEM one they took out.

Check out everything, just because its satellite, doesn't mean it automatically has world wide coverage. As well, radio may work off a different standard in the U.K. then U.S., don't know the specific, but would NOT be surprised in the least if a U.S. radio would NOT recieve any stations in the U.K.

First talk with the dealer, I think for 2006 you'll be OK, but in 2008 or 2009, Chrysler went to even more digital network design, using the CAN Bus, and locked it all up in a tight proprietary drum. NOT sure on the year, or any, this changed, but it can complicate aftermarket radios, features or retro fitting features to your vehicle greatly. But, this system can complicate changing radios, features or using aftermarket radios, including having to have the dealership use special tools to reconfigure computers to make things work properly.

Arguably, this improves anti-theft features of the radio, because the dealer will check if the radio was stolen before enabling it.

There is a forum here, "Electronics/NAV Discussions" forum, I'd ask the question there, might get better responses.

I looked into retro fitting the Bluetooth hands free module to my 2010 Commander that has the right radio to work with this kit Chrysler sells as a retro fit kit. It won't work after installing it and will have to be brought to the dealership for them to use their proprietary tools to configure the radio to work with it. According to the instructions, the dealer only needs to perform a 1 minute procedure with the tool, but most dealerships will charge at least $100 to do this. How this improves anti-theft is beyond me.


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Welcome. My sister lives about 200 miles north. I also have a good friend there on a work assignment for two years. Is your right hand drive, or left hand drive brought over from the states? The newer Commanders have what they call MyGig, which would offer all that you require .They run around $2,000 and there would be some wiring issues to make it compatible. Members here have made the switch. Search MyGig on the forum. Good luck.
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Welcome. My sister lives about 200 miles north. I also have a good friend there on a work assignment for two years. Is your right hand drive, or left hand drive brought over from the states? The newer Commanders have what they call MyGig, which would offer all that you require .They run around $2,000 and there would be some wiring issues to make it compatible. Members here have made the switch. Search MyGig on the forum. Good luck.
Thank you, I will look into these. Mine is right hand drive.

Would this modification be something I'd have to do myself or are there professionals who can do this for you? It's been many years since I've gotten into this sort of thing and I don't have the time for it anymore.

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Thank you, I will look into these. Mine is right hand drive.

Would this modification be something I'd have to do myself or are there professionals who can do this for you? It's been many years since I've gotten into this sort of thing and I don't have the time for it anymore.
Is there a Jeep dealer there? They should be able to accomplish this for you.
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I found this out accidentally a while ago: If you have an AUX plug on the front of your radio where you would plug in an MP3 player you can use the same wire to plug your phone into it and you can hear your phone call through your speakers. I know it works with smartphones but I have yet to test it on my wife's non-smartphone. This could be a cheap and very simple option to use if you don't want to spend the money on a new radio just yet.
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