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#1 Options20002001

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 11:57 PM

I have been looking to buy a 2004 RX330 in dark colors and with built-in NAV. However, I have not been able to find any that are reasonably priced (<$30 K) and meet my other criteria (color, miles etc.). I can find some without NAV though. Thus, I am now thinking of buying one without NAV (without Levinson stereo system) and installing an aftermarket one. Has anybody here done this? How difficult it is to install an aftermarket navigation system and integrate it with the factory amp and speakers? What brand is recommended to give the stock appearance? I am fair with car electronics....installed a pioneer AVIC-D1 and a totally new audio system to create 5.1 DD sound in my LX450 so I am willing to take a reasonable challenge with RX330 :D

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#2 Rx330driver

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 12:24 AM

im guessing pretty hard......look at another post like under this one a few days ago about the wiring diagrams for the mark levinson speakers. No brand can give you the stock appearance without you taking apart the dash and replacing it with a nav dash, which is the upper portion of the entire thing. in that case, the extra cash would be worth it to buy it with a nav. you might want to wake a few months, because many people may trade in their rx330 for the new rx350...so keep looking.

#3 GS/RX_owner_Chicago

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:42 PM

I agree wait for the oportunity under 30K may just not be possible unless you go to FWD. but 32K with 25K to 30K miles may be I just bought one for 34K with 12K miles though so it was worth the extra cash. Navigation and levisnton are sweet options to have if you are planning to make this investment for a long time as we did it may just be worth to pay a little extra than to deal with aftermarked equipment etc.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:03 PM

I agree wait for the oportunity under 30K may just not be possible unless you go to FWD. but 32K with 25K to 30K miles may be I just bought one for 34K with 12K miles though so it was worth the extra cash. Navigation and levisnton are sweet options to have if you are planning to make this investment for a long time as we did it may just be worth to pay a little extra than to deal with aftermarked equipment etc.



Thanks for your advise. I am looking for a 2004 RX330 FWD in dark colors (black, blue, flint mica) and light interior (ivory or gray). Yes, I am willing to wait for one with NAV and ML stereo with <35K miles and is available for under $30K. If you come across one please let me know.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:55 PM

a small search under the Certified Pre-Owned list on lexus.com came back with a lot alot of rx330's with les thean 35K miles and less than $30K. Infact, i may have found the dealership with your car Sewell Lexus, Dallas. Try them, they said they want to get rid of these cars, with nav. so yeah. ON their site, it says they have over 15 rx330s for sale. so try them and call.

Sewell Lexus
6421 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, TX 75209
Phone: 2143528100

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 12:44 PM

I have a 2004 RX330 and I've replaced the factory headunit with a Pioneer AVIC-Z1 DVD Navigation System. I puchased the unit off the Internet (to save a little money) and had it installed at Circuit City. The install looks almost as it was done from the factory. Some of the features o fthe AVIC-Z1 are: bluetooth, traffic information, 30GIG hard drive, music library, DVD playback, iPod capable, learning capability and many other features not offered in previous units. I haven't done anything with the speakers as of yet. I'm comtemplating adding a subwoofer in the near-term. If you need pictures, I can post them for your viewing pleasure. I hope this helps.

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I have been looking to buy a 2004 RX330 in dark colors and with built-in NAV. However, I have not been able to find any that are reasonably priced (<$30 K) and meet my other criteria (color, miles etc.). I can find some without NAV though. Thus, I am now thinking of buying one without NAV (without Levinson stereo system) and installing an aftermarket one. Has anybody here done this? How difficult it is to install an aftermarket navigation system and integrate it with the factory amp and speakers? What brand is recommended to give the stock appearance? I am fair with car electronics....installed a pioneer AVIC-D1 and a totally new audio system to create 5.1 DD sound in my LX450 so I am willing to take a reasonable challenge with RX330 :D

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 05:11 PM

Can you post pics of the install?

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 08:21 AM

Can you post some pictures of the install please? Thanks.

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 08:45 AM

Can you post some pictures of the install please? Thanks.



Sure no problem... if you need any other details... please don't hesitate to ask.RX330_Navigation.jpg

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 09:27 PM

[quote name='justcruzin' date='Jul 12 2006, 08:45 AM' post='199423']
[quote name='jfarber' post='198890' date='Jul 7 2006, 10:21 AM']
Can you post some pictures of the install please? Thanks.
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Sure no problem... if you need any other details... please don't hesitate to ask.



Did they install the radio cutting wires or direct plug thru harness? Because i have already the center adapter console for the double din just like yours.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 04:23 AM

[quote name='A.lex' date='Jul 24 2006, 11:27 PM' post='200966']
[quote name='justcruzin' date='Jul 12 2006, 08:45 AM' post='199423']
[quote name='jfarber' post='198890' date='Jul 7 2006, 10:21 AM']
Can you post some pictures of the install please? Thanks.
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Sure no problem... if you need any other details... please don't hesitate to ask.

Did they install the radio cutting wires or direct plug thru harness? Because i have already the center adapter console for the double din just like yours.
[/quote]

Unfortunatley, Circuit City technican cut the factory wires. I purchased a wire harness and requested they use it; however, I removed the headunit a few days later to install a SWI-PS (steering wheel interface module) to maintain usage of my steering wheel controls. That's when I discovered the technican had sliced and soldered the unit verse using the harness as requested.

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:59 PM

Sure no problem... if you need any other details... please don't hesitate to ask.

Did they install the radio cutting wires or direct plug thru harness? Because i have already the center adapter console for the double din just like yours.
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Unfortunatley, Circuit City technican cut the factory wires. I purchased a wire harness and requested they use it; however, I removed the headunit a few days later to install a SWI-PS (steering wheel interface module) to maintain usage of my steering wheel controls. That's when I discovered the technican had sliced and soldered the unit verse using the harness as requested.
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Let me ask you. Did they bypass the factory amp? Did you notice any improvement in your sound..... Let me tell you...your dash looks awesome now i'm sick ..i'm 99% that i will cut some wires..But before i start with any changes i will like to find what to expect from this upgrade... Thanks for your help so far.

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 09:55 PM

[quote name='A.lex' date='Jul 29 2006, 10:59 PM' post='201623']
Sure no problem... if you need any other details... please don't hesitate to ask.

Did they install the radio cutting wires or direct plug thru harness? Because i have already the center adapter console for the double din just like yours.
[/quote]

Unfortunatley, Circuit City technican cut the factory wires. I purchased a wire harness and requested they use it; however, I removed the headunit a few days later to install a SWI-PS (steering wheel interface module) to maintain usage of my steering wheel controls. That's when I discovered the technican had sliced and soldered the unit verse using the harness as requested.
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Let me ask you. Did they bypass the factory amp? Did you notice any improvement in your sound..... Let me tell you...your dash looks awesome now i'm sick ..i'm 99% that i will cut some wires..But before i start with any changes i will like to find what to expect from this upgrade... Thanks for your help so far.
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Initially, I was told that I might loose some sound quality because of the DSP and number of speakers that are installed in the vehicle. It was recommended that I install an amp to compensate for the lost channels (being the AVIC-Z1 is a four-channel system) verse the seven-channel supplied by the DSP. But I elected not to install the amp. I wanted to see how the system sound prior to spending any more cash on the installation. Actually, in all honesty, I think the system sounds better after the install of the AVIC-Z1 (from what I can tell, I think the technican reconnected all the speakers). I'm really amazed how great the system sounds. The only problem that I have with the installation was the cutting of the wires and I do have engine noise when playing the radio. I read that would happen in several of the AVIC-Z1 forums (http://avic411.com/). I'm sure there's a device that can be used to alleviate the noise, I just haven't checked into it. I decided to try XM radio instead. I installed a GEX-P920XM a few days ago and I'm testing out XM radio for the time being.

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 02:31 PM

justcruzin,

Okay I have looked everywhere but to no avail. Do you have a source where I can pick up the double DIN faceplate you have in your rx?

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 05:14 PM

justcruzin,

Okay I have looked everywhere but to no avail. Do you have a source where I can pick up the double DIN faceplate you have in your rx?



Sure... the eBay seller is: soarer1975@yahoo.com... you can send him an email inquiring as when he will more units in stock. At least, that's what I did to purchase mine. He's really good about answering emails as well.

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