Thanks. Is the head unit in an '09 Taco swappable with an aftermarket? The fit looks very "proprietary" to me.My 2010 Tacoma radio was a total POS-and yes, also occasionally doing what you were talking about. Can't believe there was no bluetooth in 2010. And, when I hard-cabled something into the Aux jack, I could barely hear it driving down the road with the windows open (nowhere near enough volume).
Kenwood makes AMAZING Android Auto (and, I think also Apple ones) radio heads. Swap that POS radio out and it's like having a new truck for a few hundred bucks. The audio is great (people can barely tell you're calling from a car phone), the volume is great, full google (or whatever) navigation, bluetooth, HD radio, etc. SO worth it.
*It's worth getting the adapter kit that lets your radio talk to the car. It reads the ODBC, steering wheel turn, tire pressure, etc.
Thanks for the detaled reply!I can't swear to it--but I expect it is. You'd be surprised.Turns out, there's a bunch of fancy plastic covering up a pretty normal radio hole-so you just buy a new front plate and, voila, like new.
Here's a pic of the POS factory radio from my Taco. They just put in a new piece that matched almost identically but had a hole for the new radio--you'd never know it wasn't factory.
And, the Kenwood radios support that extra Maestro kit (optional--but so recommended) box that ties into your vehicle's data bus, it is actually better and more capable than many top-end factory radios.
If you can find last year's model at a discount, that might be a decent way to go as well. I replace my Honda Fit's radio this year and did that--the only difference was one less camera input (2 was enough--I didn't need 3 or 4). This is a link to one of their top end ones--you an save some money if you don't need CD/DVD and/or go with one from last year--But there's no way I'd wast my time putting in a radio that wasn't Android Auto (if you're into Apple, "CarPlay"--Kenwood speaks both): DDX9907XR | eXcelon | Car Entertainment | KENWOOD USA
What's really great is that it easily has enough room for a double DIN radio--so slipping in an Android Auto one wasn't a problem.
Note:Having replaced a few radios, I'd strongly encourage you to not cut wires and stuff--way better getting the right wiring harness (B**t B*y's installer, a few cars back, kinda did a hatchet job--the harness wasn't included in their "free" installation and, in fact, just leaving the extra plugs from the back of the radio where I could get to them was like an extra "$100 special fee"). Tying in the Maestro system adds some complexity, so if you're not pretty technically aligned, you might want a true Kenwood dealer/installer. But, SO worth it!
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