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2012 Entune - is it worth getting?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bizjettech, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Dec 16, 2011 at 7:16 PM
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    bizjettech

    bizjettech [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Is it worth getting? work well? It aint cheap.
     
  2. Dec 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    I probably would have paid $400-600 for it if the truck I was looking at had it. Not $1900. Even then I'd still rather have the regular setup. The stock 2012 stereo works/sounds/looks great to me, and I have navigation on my phone...
     
  3. Dec 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    Its more than just a gps
     
  4. Dec 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    i've specifically told dealers "no entune" ;) too rich for my blood!
     
  5. Dec 16, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    Meh, not as good as the Ford Sync I had in my Mustang. You have to link your phone for everything. The Pandora app sound muffled and you need to be linked to your phone for Bing POIs. With the Sync it was all through Sirius Travel Link, which didn't need to be linked to your phone. So, if you don't mind turning on bluetooth and syncing your phone every time you get in your truck, go for it. Otherwise buy an external GPS.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM
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    RV7Garage

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    I got it with my DCSB Offroad and like it. The audio system sounds good, the GPS is fast, and I love being able to play my iPad thru the Bluetooth. I don't know if I will ever use any of the smartphone features, but they are there to explore if I decide to try.

    One thing that makes me leery is that when you purchase the system you get a "free 3-year license" for the actual Entune functions (all the smartphone stuff), which leads me to believe that someone is going to try charging me for a renewal in the future. Not that I would pay! If (when) that happens, I will just go back to using the features mentioned above.

    It does work well, no problems. I like how you can turn the screen off when you want, and the steering wheel controls are nice. All in all, a good intuitive interface.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2011 at 5:41 AM
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    Good summary, thanks. RV7 project looks fun!
     
  8. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    Thanks! I gotta update that website, been too busy :mad: Let us know what you decide.
     
  9. Dec 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    Fister

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    I have a 2012 with E-ntune. The applications that are available are really useless. It has a sports, stocks, weather, etc, etc, applications. When viewing them on the radio screen it's all displayed real basic and I would rather just check them on my phone. I never would pay the monthly fee for the options so after the 36 month trial if it comes to it I will just leave it be.
     
  10. Dec 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM
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    So other than the gps, what do you get for $2000? I have a 2012 DCSB without Entune, and the audio system sounds good, I can play my smartphone thru the bluetooth, I have the backup camera in the mirror (which to me makes more sense than looking down at the dash), and I have the steering wheel controls.

    How do you update the gps? I just plug my $100 gps into my computer, and I can program my trip in the nice warm house, not sitting out in my garage. Plus, I like having the gps at eye-level when I drive.

    I just don't see the value here.
     
  11. Dec 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    I really like the voice commands for the nav, I use that all the time. I have a garmin also and I never use it now that I have the Entune system. Also, the upgraded sound system it comes with sounds much better that the stock radio, it has a sweet sub behind the rear seat.

    I had a 2012 without Entune and now have one with. I highly recommend getting the Entune upgrade.
     
  12. Dec 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM
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    I also have the entune system. I love it, however in the next week or two I will be replacing everything but the deck

    When i ordered it, that was my plan tho.... I wanted to have the stock look on the dash with better gear behind the seens....
     
  13. Sep 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    Not only NO, But hell no. The GPS is OK once you can get the destnation entered, and thats the problem. Manually in park- its hard. In drive using the voice input, after 15 or 20 times trying, i quit. for the cost its a rip off, the dealer can do the same thing and they have no answers. It's a POS.

    4-22-13, 45000 miles, the Entune now changes stations by itself and or scrolls down the presets. In park or drive not moving or moving on the road. no loose connections etc. and the Nav. system is still crap. went to arrbaration with Toyota over the Entune. Lost--big suprise there, then they sent me a nice shiny flyer saying for only $167.00 I can update the maps on the Entune---so it can still work badly. Good truck, but the Entune is not worth the money. Bad product Toyota!!!! When it totally quits it's gone for good. Not sure what to get yet.
     
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  14. Sep 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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    It's worth it if you want a good sounding stereo without having to go aftermarket. The entune apps are useless but the JBL sounds a hell of a lot better than the standard stereo. GPS is take it or leave it for me since I hardly use it but it's come in handy a few times. I find the input mode worthless but I usually have a good idea of where I'm going and just glance at it for reference. I also like seeing album art so I'd vouch for it about 90%. Maybe helps resale too?

    Search for the mega-entune thread for more opinions.
     
  15. Sep 28, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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    I've only used the GPS once, but I was able to speak my destination the first time I tried. Maybe your city has weird sounding street names or multiple streets that sound similar. :confused:

    I agree that the Apps are pretty much useless. I will only use the GPS, hands-free calling, back up camera, and the radio. I have no need for checking stocks and weather in a vehicle when I already have a phone that does it. Right now, Sirius keeps harassing me via mail about signing up with them. I've gotten 4 letters in about 2 months.
     
  16. Sep 29, 2012 at 7:16 AM
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    I travel a lot and use the GPS in the Entune lots in many states. Entering the destination in the manual or voice input is frustrating. Sooooooo not worth the money. Don't waste you money on Entune!!!!
     
  17. Sep 29, 2012 at 7:27 AM
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    I want to know if I can swap Entune head unit in place of the one I have. I have the blue tooth and steering wheel controls. Anyone know if I can swap this into my 2012?
     
  18. Sep 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    I think you need to have a JBL system, but I may be wrong.
     
  19. Sep 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    I have alpine touch screen w900 in my other truck and entune in my new 2012 and I like the sound of the entune, jbl but the alpine blows it away with the navigation and controls.

    I like the entunes voice commands, I like pandora as well in the apps. The reverse camera is crap compared to alpine and with alpine you can hook up more than 1 camera in case you want to hook up a digital video recorder in front camera for accidents, alpine also allows you to turn on camera while driving.

    I'm torn myself on which system to keep
     
  20. Sep 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM
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    IMO, the only reason I can think of to spend the money for the Entune system is if you want a seamless, all-in-one, turn key solution when you pick up the truck at the dealership.

    Otherwise, your money may be better spent on:

    Smart phone: possibly free from your carrier
    Voice command GPS: ~$200, with lifetime traffic & map updates included
    Aftermarket sound system: $1800 will probably buy a better sounding system anyway

    With Entune, you're locked into paying Toyota whatever they want for updates (how frequent will those map updates be?), and when the head unit dies, it's going to be a lot more painful than tossing a $200 GPS with a bad touch screen. Consider the improvements in smart phones and GPS units over the last few years, and remember that even if Entune delivers all your heart desires today, you're locked into that generation of technology. As far as resale value goes, I think many people would rather not pay for outdated tech.

    AFAIC, Toyota and all the rest of the magic head unit makers have missed the boat. Better to develop a high end sound system with active noise cancellation and speaker phone integration. Leave the multimedia crap to the ever evolving smart phones. Same goes for voice command HVAC and other vehicle functions.
     
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