dlupien wrote:Any update on the Sony install aarond12? I am actually looking to install that exact same unit into my leaf using the crutchfield kit. Where you able to get the rear view camera to work? How does the unit compare in battery drain to the stock radio?
I haven't had the chance to install the voltage regulator and get the backup camera working, but it's still on the to-do list. I have the regulator and I know the pinouts from other threads... I just have to find the time.
Other than that, I'm very happy with the performance of the radio. The screen washes out in direct sunlight, just like the stock one does, so no improvement there. The screen does dim with the headlights, in contrast to what one person reviewed on Crutchfield's site.
All available steering wheel controls work, though the adapter box has settings for Preset +/- and Track +/-. I only programmed the box for Preset +/- since we don't have Track +/- buttons. Apple CarPlay doesn't skip ahead/back tracks when using Preset +/-, though, even though the regular UI does (e.g., on USB thumb drive content/BlueTooth audio)!
Other than that, Apple CarPlay works brilliantly. When using Maps, the main map displays on the big display while next turn directions appear on the phone. Nice! Other non-Apple apps work pretty well, with some of them failing to launch when the phone is locked. (Just unlock the phone and they start right up.)
I may be installing another one of these soon. My wife is JEALOUS of the radio in my car and wants one for hers. She doesn't have a backup camera in her Jeep Compass, so I will have to add one of those, too, for her. An inexpensive license plate backup camera will likely be my choice for that.