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What replacement stereo unit for 2009 Tacoma?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Plasmech, Jun 2, 2024.

  1. Jun 2, 2024 at 8:34 AM
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    Plasmech

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    The OEM stereo unit in my 2009 Tacoma is a complete piece of shit and has been from day 1. I was considering a Gen 4 Tacoma, but after hearing about all the problems, I've decided to wait 2-3 more years before upgrading.

    What's a good head unit in the $250 or less range for my truck?

    FWIW, the first two that popped up on a vehicle-specific Crutchfield search are:

    Pioneer DMH-342EX

    Kenwood KMM-BT732HD

    The inexpensive JVC KD-X38MBS also looks maybe OK?

    Thanks.

    ETA: is it possible to wire the backup camera, which is currently superimposed over the rearview mirror, into a touchscreen head unit?
     
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  2. Jun 2, 2024 at 8:36 AM
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    81shark

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    I like alpine.

    Might even consider a used one.

    Also.

    HU will help, but speakers and amps will make it sing
     
  3. Jun 2, 2024 at 8:37 AM
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    I suppose it depends on what you want it to do? CDs, Bluetooth streaming and ability to allow hands free calls?

    Or are you looking for something with touchscreen and multi app interaction with your phone?

    Seriously for 250 you can actually get a decent amount of stereo, as terrible as it may sound check out Walmart .
     
  4. Jun 2, 2024 at 8:38 AM
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    eherlihy

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    Dalandser ¡Me Gustan Las Tacos-mas!

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    Same here - worst components of my 08 were the head unit and the catalytic converter of which both failed haha. Don’t want to spend a big amount of money for a fancy head unit when I’ve been using my Bluetooth pill speaker no problem but don’t think a prospective buyer would want that lol.

    Some of the major threads on 2nd Gen head units have a ton of issues with firmware not working to fix connectivity issues etc. Just want something that plays music haha
     
  6. Jun 2, 2024 at 8:45 AM
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    President McKinley w/KLM 203P and threw the roof antenna, ICON RXT leaf spring packs (position 2), Bilsteen 5100s, ARE Camper Shell, Pop & Lock tail gate, Dash Cam
    Then go to Walmart, get a single din pioneer head unit with the ability to blue tooth connect to your phone, get a dash install kit and call it good. Not only will your phone stream to your truck, but you will have a nice little extra cubby to slide your phone or wallet into when driving so you don't throw your hips and spine out of alignment.
     
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    I’ve only seen double din dash kits for our trucks - interesting if there’s a nice looking single din dash kit. I’ll have to look into it.
     
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    Bluetooth and aux input added to stock JBL sound system. Full coverage skid plate.
    You may be set on an aftermarket touchscreen head unit. If so, disregard. However, if you like the look of the sock unit and/or find a screen distracting, I upgraded my 2006 with bluetooth, usb aux, backup camera, a Sony amp, Rockford Fosgate speakers and a tailgate lock. All the amenities that you can get on the newer trucks. The sound is much improved as is the functionality. The install is straight forward and the cost was reasonable. https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/stock-radio-swap-with-bluetooth-and.827229/
     
  9. Jun 3, 2024 at 4:42 PM
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    Can my existing OEM tailgate-mounted backup camera be integrated into a backup-camera-capable head unit?

    Thanks.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2024 at 4:55 PM
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    Hi @eherlihy

    If I buy:

    1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0D1BGXBG4?smid=A36WMQN4HNWX4X

    2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LQ6C45Q?smid=A1LAPRHCR7XHF0

    3. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064J4LOM?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1

    4. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A6JMWEM?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1

    I should be good, right?

    Is installation pretty much plug-and-play?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    I assume you know this, but you need to determine if you have a JBL stock system or not. If so, you'll need a JBL specific harness which will run maybe $80.
     
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    I've read the Sony touch screen is great with lots of built in power...
     
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    I got a Kenwood DPX305MBT, it's 2 DIN with BT audio and calling. It's been working great, calls are very clear. I also got an adapter to use the steering wheel controls, I forget the brand name though.
     
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    Thanks.

    How do I know if I have a JBL head unit?
     
  18. Jun 5, 2024 at 5:11 AM
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    Plasmech

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    My OEM head unit has "TOYOTA AD1808" printed on the front face.

    I'm assuming that's not a JBL.
     
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    If memory serves, it will say JBL on the bezel around the stereo. Not sure if JBL on the speakers is definitive. Thinking not...
     
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