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I purchased a 2018 with basic radio( no media option). i have seen aftermarket radios. Which is the best option that fits with radio, bluetooth, etc...?
 

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I went with a double DIN adapter kit and a generic 7" touchscreen off ebay. Works great. BT, GPS, DVD, CD, USB, multi camera in/out, etc.
I spent about $200 3 years ago, might be cheaper now.
 

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I went with a double DIN adapter kit and a generic 7" touchscreen off ebay. Works great. BT, GPS, DVD, CD, USB, multi camera in/out, etc.
I spent about $200 3 years ago, might be cheaper now.
Thank you will check out, what brand radio/gps/navigation did you buy?
 

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I don't know about all the cheaper models but I bought one of those cheap name brand Dual stereos about 10 years ago and when I got out to my car and opened it up to check it out i noticed that it didn't provide the entire frequency spectrum , and so in no way was it going to have good sound quality.
The main reason I bought it when I saw it was it looked really nice with good lights.
I immediately took it back to Best buy.
Sometimes the cheaper models offer more features then the expensive ones but you really have to look the stuff over or read the reviews.
 

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Thank you will check out, what brand radio/gps/navigation did you buy?
some no-name generic. I chose that particular one over other no-name generics based on the location of the controls. It came with GPS software, Torque Pro, and other software also installed. Android operating system, so it runs any apps that a phone or tablet would.

I think the "sort of brand name" models like Dual and Pyle are pretty low quality, and the generic ones are better featured and quality for less money. That's been my experience, but it's not like I'm buying car stereo equipment all the time, either. Just once with every new-to-me vehicle, so maybe 1-2x every 10 years. The generic double DIN I put in my 03 Sprinter worked great for 10 years.
 

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This one LOOKS like mine, mostly:
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I see that a popular new style is a 10" touchscreen that is basically a tablet that connects where your radio WOULD be. That's fine if you don't want or need to play CD/DVDs. I rarely do. I mainly want GPS, Torque and ability to play off of thumbdrives, as well as an FM radio. Another one with a 10" screen has the double DIN housing and plays CD/DVD etc. The issue I see with a huge Tesla size screen in the middle of the dash is that it would attract thieves.

Do an ebay search for "double DIN radio android" to see all the wonderful generic options starting at $75
 

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I went with the double-din Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX because of the built-in GPS/maps and I am sorry that I did. It truly is a POS.

I'm an audiophile and had an older version of this in a Mini Cooper that worked very well. This one is a dog. Sound is only fair, the unit will not consistently read the USB drive, and it skips parts of songs.

Worked for about 9 months and then all heck started unraveling. Plus the interface for the maps is just hoaky. For example, when naming a state highway, sometimes you guess right and other times not.

Looking at the Kenwood now since it uses the Garmin system.
 

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Name-Brand car audio systems under $2000 is rarely very good. I'm very happy with my $200 generic system, even with the factory speakers. I may not be an audiophile, playing in jazz and prog rock bands for the last 40 years has kind of ruined my hearing, but I know what sound I like and I can get close with my system. It needs more spatialization and clear low end, but I probably couldn't hear those details bouncing down the highway at 65mph anyway.
 
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Had a Kenwood DNX893S put in mine to replace the OEM. Has bluetooth, Nav etc. Can have the gauges displayed if you want. Only thing I don't like is the warning message about driving and operating the controls. Comes on every time you start the vehicle and you can't access the system until you press the acknowledgement link on the screen.

Semper Fi
 

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Even though my vans have been cargo for my business the audio system is the first thing I replace. In my 2019 I put in an Alpine INE-W977HD with Maestro, replaced tweeters and door speakers and an 8 inch sub behind the passenger seat. Replaced one of the 12v sockets with dual usb to play my music.

Only thing about the Alpine it can be slow to respond like when you're putting in a zip code for the nav they improved that in the newer model, other than that I love it.
 

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I didn't see any. Where do i get a double DIN plate that fits the Ford transit
Websearch. Metra makes a conversion kit. About $50.
 
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