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CarPlay & CarPlagues in Pioneer AVH-4000NEX
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Author:  jonlpavillon [ Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:20 pm ]
Post subject:  CarPlay & CarPlagues in Pioneer AVH-4000NEX

Hi Folks, Not sure if anyone else has had some goofiness and hopefully Apple and Pioneer will make nice and work closer together to resolve things. But here is my experience, strength and hope so far...

First off I really like the CarPlay features and I think it has made me a much safer driver. I really like how the 15 second advance/rewind works for the Podcast app since that is what I am often listening to while driving. Much safer with the big buttons to skip commercials.

I am pretty handy and the install of the unit was easy. Total cost was just at $500 US with Amazon. Compared to the crap I bought a few years ago for near the same price I am a happy camper.

Overall it works well about 90% but Siri has trouble as others describe. Still much better than using the iPhone without hands free. I live rurally and in the mountains and splurged to add a cell phone signal booster for about the same price as the 4000NEX. But that was the best money spent and Siri was much happier with good LTE signals. Got an increase of 50% of signal strength overall. Since the phone would freeze on rare occasions, I contacted Pioneer to see if there is a firmware update due out soon and got a "not anytime soon" response. Hopefully the next iOS update will incorporate a setting for CarPlay as currently rumored that may make it all work well. I really think the hangups are iOS related. Also I found it helps to unplug before you turn off the radio or it will increase the glitches.

The 4000NEX is kinda on the lower end but really only lacks the navigation which is unnecessary if you like Apple Maps. I don't mind the lower end screen since comparison reviews for the higher end screen did not make much of a difference. Again I mostly use CarPlay so nice screens would be wasted at any rate.

I did just have one major issue and is the main reason I posted here and in other forums so to alert others. I almost had to send my iPhone back for concern of hardware issue when it got stuck thinking there was a headphone being used. I was chatting with AppleCare and after powering off and later I even "Reset of All Settings" it stayed stuck. The next plan was to reset back to factory settings which is a pain. Then last ditch would have been to ship it off for hardware repair. I decided to go back and hook it back up to CarPlay. It worked well in CarPlay and once done and disconnected all was well. Again my bet is that this is an iOS issue since it seems to vary with issues based on iOS upgrades. The latest update 8.1.3 seems to be the glitchiest so far.

Overall worth every penny and glad I have it.
Hope this helps

Author:  klaus [ Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: CarPlay & CarPlagues in Pioneer AVH-4000NEX

Jon, thanks for sharing! It's amazing how far technology has come - when I think back a few years to a $500 head unit, a multi-disc unit would cost that much :)

Very good troubleshooting info for others having their iPhone stuck in headphone mode. Reconnecting to CarPlay sure beats resetting to factory defaults!

What vehicle did you install the 4000NEX into?

Author:  jonlpavillon [ Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: CarPlay & CarPlagues in Pioneer AVH-4000NEX

Thanks Klaus. It is in my 2004 Nissan Frontier pick up. Nothin' fancy.

Author:  klaus [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: CarPlay & CarPlagues in Pioneer AVH-4000NEX

Fancy or not, now with CarPlay it's more technologically advanced than almost all new vehicles you can buy ;)

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