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#688 of 727 Re: Hardwire GPS NAV Camera [danbruski]
Apr 23, 2009 (1:03 pm)
Isn't there a speaker at the top of the dash? I would try to run it through there.
Then you could run it down and maybe splice in to the back of the cigarette lighter.
Only reason I haven't done that is that I move the GPS from car to car.
#689 of 727 2009 Sienna LE
Jun 10, 2009 (6:47 am)
My father bought a new Sienna LE base model with no frills. We would like to add a flip-down DVD player as well as a GPS in the center console. Should we go with a factory installation or an aftermarket system? Thanks.
Jun 12, 2009 (6:54 am)
Aftermarket will be better quality and less expensive. Factory will look more integrated, but you are past that point. If you mean having the dealer install a system then that is the worst case scenario as it will be neither integrated nor inexpensive.
#691 of 727 Re: 2009 Sienna LE [mits130]
Jun 17, 2009 (8:41 am)
I went aftermarket for both.
First, the DVD. The OE system is grossly overpriced, let's face it. For less than half the price I got a 12" DVD player installed, which dwards the OE one. 2 years later and the kids still love it.
The GPS is a little harder to decide. You can get a backup cam with a built-in one, and the screen is bigger. I heard that you can install the newer GPS from a Solara, but I was also told that you would lose the steering wheel audio controls unless you have the JBL sound option, so I passed. I think that was around $1400 last time I looked.
Even aftermarket, you still have choices. We own 3 portables, all Garmins, and they're great. 4.3" screens are now well under $200, and they're easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to use and install.
I'd also consider a Kenwood in-dash device, though, for the big screen. They're about $800 plus installation, but the sky's the limit, you can add backup cams, bluetooth, etc. I think you can have it all for about half the price of OE built-in.
#692 of 727 Is there a recommended Backup Camera System for Toyota Sienna Van 2006??
Dec 13, 2009 (9:18 am)
Has anyone installed a "7" Tft Lcd Color Rear View Backup Camera System with Audio" by Camera View Safety System (Rear View Safety) on a 2006 Toyota Sienna Van?? I am thinking of buying this system, which I found on Amazon, but don't know if it will work on the Sienna. I'm afraid of interfering with the existing electrical system(s), which include a remote starter device and automatic side and back door opening and closing...Any comments? The system sounds good because the camera uses infrared to see, but I just have no idea. Please help if you can. Thank you, best, sos
#693 of 727 '07 Sienna driver's seat
Jan 01, 2010 (9:19 pm)
I just traded my '05 Matrix with 273,000 km (all mine!) on a used 2007 Sienna LE with 40k. It came with the extra value package - heated and powered leather seats, power doors, etc. The only issue I have with the van is the shortage of driver kneeroom. I'm 6'1" and a lot of it is legs. I didn't have this problem with the Matrix, my '98 Sienna that I had before that, or my wife's 06 Camry or '96 Corolla. I have noticed that many new vehicles have a lower dash and kneerom is an issue (including the new Matrix and Corolla).
I love my Toyotas because in over a half million km, I have never been left at the side of the road, a claim I can't make with Ford, GM, or Chrysler, and I've owned them all! I expect to put at least 250 on this Sienna, and a little discomfort will turn to outright pain when spread over a six hour trip.
I took a look under the seat and it appears there is an alternate mounting point for the seat rails that would give about 3" extra room, which is more than ample. Has anyone else had this issue, were you able to solve it, and how?
I will also contact the dealership (I have a pretty good relationship with the service manager there) and see what I can find out.
#694 of 727 Re: '07 Sienna driver's seat [bassdrum]
Jan 02, 2010 (7:50 am)
I'm tall and wanted to improve leg room on my Miata.
Surprisingly, I did so by modifying the dead pedal.
I removed it, shaved about half an inch off the spacers in the back. That moved the dead pedal farther back away from the seat.
I know it seems like a small improvement, but with my foot deeper in the footwell, the angle lowers my knee below the steering wheel, and it's just more comfortable.
Take a look at the Sienna's dead pedal, see if you can make similar modifications. It's worth a look and would be a LOT easier than changing the seat track.
#695 of 727 backup camera, Florida installer recommendations
Jan 03, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Can anyone recommend both:
1) a good aftermarket backup camera system for the Toyota Sienna van (2006), and,
2) a Florida dealer in the vicinity of Monroe County to install such a system?
My husband and I are hoping to have a back-up camera installed before we start on the trip north, around January 18th, but have no personal knowledge of reputable Toyota dealers in the area. I am asking this because the installation instructions for various cameras say that dis-connecting the negative terminal of the battery may "...require the dealer to reset the internal computer." So we are seeking both a camera AND a reputable dealer. Thank you in advance if you can help! SOS
#696 of 727 Re: 2009 Sienna LE [ateixeira]
Jan 05, 2010 (7:23 pm)
Hello Ateixeira, we are considering an aftermarket DVD like you. I know that you bought yours at Circuit City(no longer in business), but what brand did you choose? The ones at best buy are Acoustik and the reviews are not very good.
#697 of 727 Re: 2009 Sienna LE [madams1]
Jan 08, 2010 (1:06 pm)
I can't find it on-line any more so they must have discontinued it.
Best Buy usually has samples on display, I'd check them out. You want good contrast and wireless headsets. If they look good to you, go for it.
I think mine is Jensen? Can't remember now for some reason.