I am planning to buy a Magnum RT in the near future, but I can't decide whether to get the "top of the line" GPS Navigation radio option or the "middle level" CD Changer with Cassette radio option.
The problem is that I want to be able to use my iPod in the car. With the middle option, I can always make do with a cassette adapter (the method I'm using in my current vehicle) until I can replace it with one of Alpine's head units, but I would really prefer to get the Navigation system.
I was originally hopeful, when I heard that the Magnum's Nav radio was made by Alpine, since they have come out with an iPod-specific control module. Unfortunately, that module requires that the head-unit possess one of Alpine's ai-Net ports, and the picture I've seen of the back of the Nav radio doesn't show one.
I would like to use one of the iPod controller solutions like: Denison ice>Link
, Pac AUX-Pod
, or the Neo Car Audio
, but there seems to be an issue with the Magnum (and the 2004 Durango) not being able to use the 'standard' Dodge wiring harnesses... probably because of the new CAN-bus system. This problem shows up when you check the the vehicle compatibility lists for those units.
So.... after that extremely long-winded introduction to my problem, my question is: What is the best way to connect an iPod to the GPS Navigation radio of a 2005 Doge Magnum RT?