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I am going to lease another luxury SUV and all I really care about is iPod integration. Is there a car that:


* has a large color screen

* displays album artwork, name, etc.

* has navigation

* has bluetooth phone connectivity

* and will allow for a factory DVD system in the rear



I'd like to avoid aftermarket solutions because I don't want to deal with the hassle or make the car more attractive to thieves.


I'm driving a 2004 Mercedes ML350 right now that has absolutely no iPod integration. What were they thinking?
 

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The 1st cars you really saw iPod integration on where around 2004-2005 model years with the Scions. Actually come to think of it I think the 2006 was the 1st Scion to have it. I doubt you will see any OEM integration like you describe. The only aftermarket one I know of like that is the Alpine X001, or whatever the model is, that has no CD support even. All of the other ones let you shuffle and search your music but don't display the album artwork.
 

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Not Chrysler. Avoid their factory radios if you want sensible iPod integration.
 

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I drive a BMW 320d, which has iPOD capability loaded into the armrest. I travel a good 2 hours roundtrip to work so the iPOD gets a lot of audiobook use. I'm sure the higher end models have better capabilities but I don't know what they are. Have you looked at the X3 or X5?
 

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Is that a newer BMW (2007 or so)? The iPod for the older models (pre-iDrive) were horrible. I used to drive an '05 330xi, and the iPod kit for that was terrible. My friend has an X5, and the newer iPod integration is much better.


Not GREAT. But better.


Aftermarket heads, IMHO, are still quite superior.
 

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Originally Posted by yubyub /forum/post/0


Is that a newer BMW (2007 or so)? The iPod for the older models (pre-iDrive) were horrible. I used to drive an '05 330xi, and the iPod kit for that was terrible. My friend has an X5, and the newer iPod integration is much better.


Not GREAT. But better.


Aftermarket heads, IMHO, are still quite superior.

It's an 06. Drives like a dream but I really neeed to take better care of it. The iPOD setup is rinky-dink compared to some others but it serves it's purpose AFAIC. The plug in and recharge units are housed in the arm rest, as mention before. The connection apparatus is, of course, sold seperately but not overly expensive. I think I paid about 20 quid for the whole lot. The sound is just shy of CD quality but better than radio.....depending on the media source. MP3 from a CD will compare equally but downloaded MP3 is not as good. All in all though, it's great for the long drive.
 
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