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I just purchased a base model 2016 Dodge Journey with the 4.3 radio. It sux! I want to do an upgrade but the dealership acted like I was a mad woman for even asking if they did that. Someone please give me some advice I'm desperate.

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Changing the radio to an aftermarket one is a dog and upgrading to the 8.4 won't affect the sound quality and has it's own challenges unless you have automatic air conditioning, in which case it's just expensive.

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I really just wanted the bells and whistles to be honest. The guy made a mistake that I didn't catch until too late so I ended up with the wrong vehicle. Fml. All my fault. Just feeling lost trying to figure it out. I have someone who's car savy just need to give him all the info and I'm only finding videos on other models with different trims.

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Unless you are willing to spend mega bucks trying to get  what you want, you're better off being satisfied with what you bought. 

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Not sure what happened here.  Got the wrong car?  IDK.  It doesn't matter if I understand.  Honestly, if you really want a different model and you just got the car, why not just trade it in for the model you want?  I know that's not cost effective, but all the $$, aggravation, and effort to upgrade would suck.  I think in your case a trade may make sense if every day you'll lament driving the one you got.  I love my 3.6 8.4 R/T.  Welcome to the forum.

 

Peace.

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Welcome to the forum.  The problem with the base radio is that it also controls functions that are not radio related.  There is a company that makes an replacement for these non radio functions, which will allow you to install an after market radio.  There is a thread on it in the audio section of the forum.  You will want to replace the crap paper speakers first.  This will improve the sound 100%.  Go to Best Buy and sample the speakers on the "sound wall".  I went with Alpine because they produced the best bass.  All of the speakers in the doors are 6x9.  You can change the dash speakers too.  I chose Alpine tweeters with a built in x-over.  I have a bunch of threads in the audio section pertaining to what I did to get the sound that I wanted.  Good luck.

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I purchased my 2014 new in June of 2014.  I have the 8.4 screen.  If I could cut a square hole in the screen and slide in a 30GiG MyGig I would be the happiest camper alive!

 

If I may say so, you are beautiful! :)

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Well depending how far you want to go or spend for that matter there is options. I replaced the dash with 3.5" kickers with bass blockers and all 4 doors with alpine 6x9 2 way speakers and i can confirm it makes one heck of a difference. I also added a lc2i which allows me to install subs and keep the bass at higher volumes.

 

If you wanted to get all the bells and whistles you can install the metra 99-6520B dash kit which relocates the ac controls lower and than you can install an aftermarket stereo. Downside is cheapest i have seen the kit is $400online. So hard for most us to justify that much just for the adapter and not the rest of the equipment. Which is why i haven't done it eaithet. But if you compare the cost to doing a factory upgrade that is still cheaper.

 

Aside from the price tag i don't like how low it it relocates you AC controls.

 

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Wow this is awesome info! Thank you so much! I'm totally down for this!!!! Can't wait to show this to my uncle! I tried so hard to get a different model. I had been in a car accident and was in the hospital and gave my mother my money and info to get this car. Did everything via fax and phone just to get out three weeks after the car was mine and realize it wasn't the one I wanted :-( You are awesome! I'm so excited! I'm willing to pay up to $3000. I love the car for my kids I just need some bells and whistles for $27,000 you know? Lol

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Metra.  That is the name I forgot.  You are well on your way.  Crutchfield would be of great help to you.  Tell them what you have and what you want to do and they take care of the rest!

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On 7/30/2016 at 10:46 AM, Clarice St Clair Latham said:

Wow this is awesome info! Thank you so much! I'm totally down for this!!!! Can't wait to show this to my uncle! I tried so hard to get a different model. I had been in a car accident and was in the hospital and gave my mother my money and info to get this car. Did everything via fax and phone just to get out three weeks after the car was mine and realize it wasn't the one I wanted :-( You are awesome! I'm so excited! I'm willing to pay up to $3000. I love the car for my kids I just need some bells and whistles for $27,000 you know? Lol

Ya I can definitely understand that. The only thing i haven't changed yet is the head unit. But who knows what next week could bring. Lol

 

Otherwise glad i could help. Hope she turns into everything you wanted.

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8 hours ago, Clarice St Clair Latham said:

well if you ever decide to do more please share :) I'm all ears!

Well in that case lol. So far i have changed the door and dash speakers. Removed 3rd row seats and Installed 2 MB Quart MS1-304 12" 4 ohm dvc subs in a sealed box wired to 1 ohm running off a WCC1500.1 at 750 watts RMS. I Installed a WCC1600.4 for the doors but still need to run wires to the doors.

 

Mounted the amps in the storage location

 

 

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