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I came across this today on YouTube while looking for more Commander videos. Have you guys seen this yet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osY7FMdnsEE

Looks interesting and I like that you can do Bluetooth audio streaming along with controlling your iPod/iPhone when connected to the radio. Also has a tons more stuff that it can do. The only thing that isn't clear is that how will you upgrade the maps? Just thought I'd share this. What do you think?
 

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Oh yeah, I didn't see the others. Interesting. To be honest, such head unit should've been made earlier in the game considering the amount of technology that is available in smartphones nowadays. This is definitely a step in the right direction for aftermarket radios. Pioneer has been making some nice units but still isn't all-inclusive like this one. I wonder what the quality is like.
 

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These features are available in many, many aftermarket radios.

But, the Commander's (and all Chrysler Vehicles) do NOT directly fit Double DIN radio's, you have to chop up the dash to get them to fit. So this offering that looks like it is direct swap with no modification is very appealing.

As far as smartphones. I got an aftermarket radio that is suppose to connect to several smartphones and have all sorts of features, including porting the NAV over to show on the screen. These things are NOT ready for prime time, I was sorely disappointed with it and when I upgraded phones, the radio doesn't support my new phone. Aftermarket and OEM radios are NOT getting firmware updates to update and support the latest consumer electronics, so what ever you buy the features will probably go unused shortly.

What does work well with all the aftermarket radios and I'm sure these units you're talking about as well, is the Bluetooth.

The latest Bluetooth standards are great, and both radios and smartphones support it well and backwards and forwards compatibility. So the streaming and controlling audio features of the phone, Pandora, etc, the hands free all work great, and will work just as well with other phones or upgraded phones, including iPhone.

In fact my teenage son drives around our old mini-van, I got him a $100 single DIN JVC head unit, that has the latest Bluetooth standard. He loves it, he just manages his music from his phone, hops in the car and starts playing his music over the speakers from his phone.
 

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I went out and got a Clarion NX 501; which does the following

1 - Connects via bluetooth to my iPhone ( worked w/ the 4,5, and my 6 now )
2 - Backup cam input
3 - Bluetooth via the speakers for calls
4 - Yearly map and FW updates
5 - Works with the PAC Auto box so you can have dvd unlocked up front, rev cam when you change to reverse
6 - Bluetooth stream of music and apps ( i can even open safari and stream youtube videos ).

I ended up having to get a new dash ( mine was a stock, so the opening was small ). Got it on EBAY for like $100. I just don't have steering wheel controls, so IDK if they would have worked -
 

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...I just don't have steering wheel controls, so IDK if they would have worked -
That statement is confusing?

Are you saying your vehicle has steering wheel controls, they don't work with the new aftermarket radio?

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Are you saying your vehicle does NOT have steering wheel controls, thus your confused that you might be missing something?

If your vehicle actually has steering wheel controls, they communicate with the Head Unit through the CAN bus. The aftermarket radio does NOT use the CAN bus. But there are aftermarket CAN bus translators for aftermarket radios. You buy one of these little units and splice them into the harness between the radio and the vehicle connectors, and they will plug into the power supply of the radio and the remote control jacks of the aftermarket radio. Your steering wheel controls should work, (you can even program them if you want) and you'll even get the old delayed shut off like the factory radio.

If you have a factory amp, these things are mandatory, because the factory amp is controlled by the CAN bus and that is the only way to get the aftermarket head unit to control the factory amp.
 

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I'm a little late to the game on this thread but any options for 2006 Limited's with steering wheel controls? I just can not bring my self to spend $350.00 plus repair the junk OEM unit or spend $500.00 plus to buy a reconditioned OEM unit.

Like others I don't want to cut up my dash. Looking for plug and play.
 

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I just bought a 2006 Jeep Commander Limited 4x4 5.7 Hemi yesterday and I love it so far. The only thing is that it came with the 6-disc CD changer and not the NAVI system (which looked a little cheap in the one I test drove that had it). I want to install a double din that has the following features: navigation, bluetooth, possibly apps like facebook or pandora, and maybe a dvd player. I'm a total newbie when it comes to car audio stuff but I understand that the bezel trim needs to be changed or cut or swapped out. A couple of questions I have are: if I was able to find a Jeep Commander being parted out that had the NAVI bezel trim, could I buy that and swap it out and then purchase a different double din head unit? Anybody have any experience doing what I'm trying to do? Or am I just better off taking it to a shop to deal with it? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

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I just bought a 2006 Jeep Commander Limited 4x4 5.7 Hemi yesterday and I love it so far. The only thing is that it came with the 6-disc CD changer and not the NAVI system (which looked a little cheap in the one I test drove that had it). I want to install a double din that has the following features: navigation, bluetooth, possibly apps like facebook or pandora, and maybe a dvd player. I'm a total newbie when it comes to car audio stuff but I understand that the bezel trim needs to be changed or cut or swapped out. A couple of questions I have are: if I was able to find a Jeep Commander being parted out that had the NAVI bezel trim, could I buy that and swap it out and then purchase a different double din head unit? Anybody have any experience doing what I'm trying to do? Or am I just better off taking it to a shop to deal with it? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
There is no OEM NAV unit bezel trim. You would have to get the whole dash. And the OEM Nav unit is not double din, it is slightly smaller. You would still need to get a trim kit.
 

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Ok, I'm digging this thread back up because I also just bought a 2006 Commander (Limited) with the 6-disc in-dash changer and the cd player doesnt work. I don't like the look of aftermarket radios and I don't care about having NAV, but I would at least like to have the option of playing a CD if I want. I've seen these on ebay (sorry, cant add links yet. It's a factory stereo that they refurbished and added an aux port) and was wondering if anyone had tried them before. Basically, it replaces what I had and adds an aux port.

Not to confuse the thread, but one thing I wish that I DID have back was the hands-free (I had a 2010 Commander Limited before it was totalled). Can I swap in the radio from a newer Commander or will I have to go aftermarket to regain that feature?

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Ok, I'm digging this thread back up because I also just bought a 2006 Commander (Limited) with the 6-disc in-dash changer and the cd player doesnt work. I don't like the look of aftermarket radios and I don't care about having NAV, but I would at least like to have the option of playing a CD if I want. I've seen these on ebay (sorry, cant add links yet. It's a factory stereo that they refurbished and added an aux port) and was wondering if anyone had tried them before. Basically, it replaces what I had and adds an aux port.

Not to confuse the thread, but one thing I wish that I DID have back was the hands-free (I had a 2010 Commander Limited before it was totalled). Can I swap in the radio from a newer Commander or will I have to go aftermarket to regain that feature?

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I haven't heard of these refurbished stereos, but I'd question their reliability depending on who manufactured them. They may be high quality, but it's hard to know for sure.

You can swap in a newer head unit with the use of a Lockpick, but you'll be looking at $300 just for that, plus another few hundred for a new stereo.

An option I think might be better for you is to look for an OEM fit aftermarket stereo. There are plenty of Android units around with varying reliability, but one company I've heard good things about is Seicane.
 

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Ok, I'm digging this thread back up because I also just bought a 2006 Commander (Limited) with the 6-disc in-dash changer and the cd player doesnt work. I don't like the look of aftermarket radios and I don't care about having NAV, but I would at least like to have the option of playing a CD if I want. I've seen these on ebay (sorry, cant add links yet. It's a factory stereo that they refurbished and added an aux port) and was wondering if anyone had tried them before. Basically, it replaces what I had and adds an aux port.

Not to confuse the thread, but one thing I wish that I DID have back was the hands-free (I had a 2010 Commander Limited before it was totalled). Can I swap in the radio from a newer Commander or will I have to go aftermarket to regain that feature?

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I'm pretty sure you need a MyGIG Lockpick as @consumedbywater said - here is a thread about it:

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/10-electronics-nav-discussion/60954-bluetooth-mp3-upgrade-2006-a.html
 

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I have a stock NAV stereo unit from an 06 Commander. I bought it from a salvage yard, confirmed working condition, and then went in a different direction. I can get you pics and part numbers later if you want.
 
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