Originally Posted by StandingAmazed
I'm getting my Civic tomorrow but there is no Nav option here in NZ. Is there any after market way to add Nav?
I'm ordering my Euro Civic in August and am very interested in replacing the stock OEM radio with a double-DIN Nav unit.
I've tracked down the following facia kit from the UK:
GENUINE CIVIC KIT
Now the trick is to find a suitable head-unit. There are plenty of no-name 'wung-cha' Chinese double-DIN units available in Trade-Me or eBay that will supply NZ maps. However my previous experience with these is that the Nav software is almost certainly unlicensed and therefore unethical (and frustratingly difficult to update the map data down track).
I want to stick to a unit that has genuine licensed Nav software with updates that are affordable and of reasonable frequency. My initial scan of international reviews pointed to the Pioneer AVIC-940BT or 950BT as an attractive unit with great interface, however after contacting the NZ Pioneer agent, I found they don't import Nav units at all. Pioneer Australia do have them but won't offer them with NZ maps. So..
Saw on eBay that Android based double-DIN head units are becoming more common, thus the obvious advantage of a good range of Nav software with NZ maps at reasonable pricing, and the real prospect of regular updates to the map data. The problem is all (except one) are again no-name 'wung-cha' Chinese units with doubtful ability to access firmware upgrades (if any) to fix inevitable bugs and feature lacks.
Therefore the only Android unit I would consider at this stage is made by French company Parrot. Their 'Asteroid Smart' is readily available here in NZ and they look to have plenty of accredited installers around the country:
Parrot Asteroid Smart
The facia kit from the UK mentioned above has optional adapter leads for the the Asteroid Smart. As long as the volume up/down/skip steering wheel controls work correctly with it, it would be high on my list for consideration. However my local Honda dealer thinks I may loose the ability to answer or initiate Bluetooth calls on the steering wheel that the factory OEM radio offers.
I'd be interested to hear what other decent Nav head-options might be do-able here in NZ, and I'll keep researching until I take delivery of my Euro L.