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    Crossroad (Canadian edition)

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  1. The equipment lists for the DJ in Canada for any trim levels are better than the US - and the pricing tends to be better. OK, Sirius doesn't offer the same services and we tend to get ripped off for extended warranties.
  2. You could have shorted out the wiring harness, or there could be something wrong with the video input of the radio too. It would be best if you could actually connect a monitor to the video output of the camera to verify that there is no actual signal . . . . . and if there is video, then test where the wiring goes into the radio to localise the problem. If you bought the part online from a dealer you do have an equipment warranty on the kit.
  3. Worse is that the Travel Link Sirius offers in Canada is nothing at all like what they offer in the US. So even if you could add the sales code it wouldn't give you the data the way it does in the US. Why? Because they like spending time on the phone explaining why what the manuals say doesn't match the reality.
  4. At issue is that the radios they're installing have already failed and were simply reloaded. There were no repairs done since they have no idea why they fail, especially since not every radio has failed. That implies that they are sending out units as replacements that are predisposed to failing, and as such simply condemning you to a cycle of failures. That's why you want to be able to reload your own unit at home. It takes lot less time out of your life - and if you get a decent unit (as in it goes for a long time without failing) you won't be forced to send that out when it fails again down the road and risk getting a replacement that lasts 4 weeks. Mine has yet to fail (I know I'll regret saying it), but I have the tools to repair it if it does crap out.
  5. Yes. You just acquire the RB5 module and plug it in. You will need t procure an unlock code for the new radio. If you have an active Sirius subscription on your current radio you simply call in and have it transferred to the new. Then, be aware that lots of people are selling radios that they claim have the navigation feature, but don't. One member here bought THREE separate radios from THREE separate sellers and not one had the navigation option - in part because there are many, many different part numbers out there and there is no universal decoder ring to tell you, as a buyer whether what you are getting has or doesn't. Then there's the simple fact that there are 3 versions of the RB5 in circulation - while the newest is the most desirable (it has access to traffic and it's maps can be updated relatively simply), it also is the one that suffers from a 'can't unlock maps' issue. Also, you will not have access to Siruis' Travel Link service in an upgraded installation. Not fatal in this era of smartphones, but just one more issue. I did the upgrade and have no complaints.
  6. The problem could be as simple as a loose connector. It can also be the radio, but it is more likely to be the Bluetooth module. This is the sort of thing a dealer should be checking for you.
  7. Not *fake news*. Just news from a very misguided source with very strange values.
  8. The radio supports the external OEM Bluetooth module which is installed under the dash, above the steering column. If you had Bluetooth with the current radio (you don't) then you will have Bluetooth with the replacement (you won't). And if you buy a Bluetooth module and plug it in you will still require the microphone mirror, it's wiring. And then, of course there are the buttons for the steering wheel and THEIR wiring. Less trouble to trade in your vehicle, or better yet, to do what I did with my last Journey, which was to install a Garmin Nuvi 3790 which supports voice command - I had it suctioned to the windshield above the mirror and the power was wired through the roof liner and connected to the fuse block behind the glove box. That put it up high and out of direct line of sight of casual passers-by. When I needed to use it I simply lowered the volume on the radio and spoke the 'trigger phrase' and then gave the navigator my commands, whether to navigate somewhere or to dial a number or name. I believe it was the simplest and least costly solution to this very first-world problem. 3790s can be found on Ebay and other places for very reasonable prices - if you decide to go this route make sure they are complete and include the traffic receivers, which are a function of the power cord.
  9. If only it was that simple. The answer is no. Bluetooth is contained in an external module located above the steering column under the dash - and it requires the microphone/dimming mirror in addition to the steering wheel buttons. Satellite requires the proper antenna and cable be installed and you'll need a subscription to the service to make it work.
  10. Just like mine. Yes, those wires do go to the back. But for the life of me I couldn't find the other end. In any case someone is going to have to remove those wires. If you know how to unlock the pins (there's a white plastic bar) then great. I had my dealer do it since they were charging for an hour and he service manager said that they could get it done in that amount of time. It took them 90 minutes but they didn't bill me for the extra . . . . . Note that I connected the camera's power as directed to the cigarette lighter socket up front, but in retrospect I probably would have wired the power to voltage out back, since that's how the OEM wiring does it. Not serious, though, it works well enough except IMO for the way FCA programmed it; I would have turned the camera on when shifted into reverse as it does now, but left it on until the transmission was switched to Dive or Park, since you *might* (in my case that means often) shift to neutral while still rolling.
  11. My '14 is a 2 row. They can be ordered that way. But there is more to the conversion than that extensive list - if you don't have the 3rd row of seats you don't get the rear air . . . . . .
  12. Quick note; The instructions aren't as emphatic as I'd have liked about this: There is a stud poking out of the bezel that fits through a hole in the inside of the hatch and there's a nut that needs to be removed before that bezel comes off. The trim comes off first. It took me 20 minutes of prying and poking before I realised it. Hopefully I've saved you enough time with this advice to allow you to have an extra beer. Good luck with the install.
  13. Good luck . . . . often the ones that say 'nav' don't have it.
  14. IN THEORY (note the caps) all you should require is the bezel with the camera. But my Crossroad likewise was supposedly pre-cabled. It would explain why you can't find a kit for the newer vehicles, because you only need to buy the part. But there is a risk to buying less than the 2011-2012 full kit with the cabling. I couldn't find the cabling in the rear. The bezel with camera can be bought from Quirkparts off eBay (I've bought from them in the past) for $116: If you are less of a risk-taker I see a full kit on Ebay available at $200: If it does turn out that you need to run the cable you'd have it. But be aware that if you need to run the cabling up to the front I would NOT run the power cable as the instructions direct. There's switched power out back - simply power the camera from the backup lamp - that's the way it's done in the factory wiring harness.
  15. I do. It's just sitting on a shelf in my garage . . . .